Movie Cars: Why They Probably Aren't Worth The Investment @ Top Speed

Movie Cars: Why They Probably Aren’t Worth The Investment @ Top Speed

They are usually not what they seem

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We have covered quite a few movie cars for sale and in almost all cases, they are not the version of the car that they are trying to portray in the movie. Of course, we are excluding stunt cars as, more often than not, those are either shells with no interior or the cheapest kind of replica you can get that looks vaguely convincing.

There are numerous examples of movie cars posing as something they are not and many of them come from the “Fast and Furious” franchise. Not long ago, we wrote about a 1973 Plymouth Barracuda, which was used in “Furious 6” and “Furious 7”. The car was made to look like a 1970 AAR Cuda, but in reality, was a much more sedated version of the car from a time when emissions regulations had already started choking performance out of American V-8s.

Sometimes, some stunt cars survive and the Porsche 911 “996” from the 2001 “Gone in 60 Seconds” is a perfect example. At the time the movie was released, the 996-generation of the Porsche 911 could still be bought as a brand new car for around $66,000. You will notice the quotes around 996. That’s because the stunt car was actually based on a 1978 Porsche 911 (930). Aside from the 996 body panels, which were manufactured to a high specification in Germany, the car is, essentially, a neglected 930 that never got the love it deserved. The asking price is equally as absurd, as it is twice that of a good-condition Porsche 996.

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The 2009 Fast and Furious was full of cars that weren’t what they seemed. Paul Walker’s Bayside Blue Skyline R34 GT-R? That was, actually, the lesser GTT, “dressed” like a GT-R. Of course, there was the Hero car, which was a real GT-R and that sold for a fortune some years ago – well over even today’s asking price for a rare version of the R34 GT-R. The orange BMW E36 that supposedly had the E60 M5’s V-10? That was a 540i automatic. But by far the biggest offender is Dom’s Dodge Charger, which had a fake blower.

They are usually not worth the money

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Every time a movie car is listed for sale, the seller feels obliged to tell us something along the lines of how the car is a piece of cinematic history. Naturally, price speculation is very real in such cases. Of course, there is what we call perceived value and someone who is very much into the automotive cinema is able to justify the asking price. However, the vast majority of times, these cars are not worth the investment for a couple of reasons.

We already mentioned how these cars are, usually, not the more desirable version of the car, which they are meant to portray. One of the last surviving Challengers from “Death-proof”, for example, is equipped with the 383 cubic-inch V-8, while the movie portrays it as a 440 Six-pack. The fake Porsche 996 from “Gone in 60 Seconds”, in the sorry state that it is in, has been listed for $65,900.

Of course, there are exceptions in cases where the actual hero car is on sale and has been built to high specifications. A perfect example is Craig Lieberman’s Toyota Supra, which was Paul Walker’s ride in the original “Fast and Furious”. That one had an extensive list of parts from Greddy, HKS, and other renowned manufacturers, and made 569 wheel horsepower.

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Another example would be the C3 Corvette Grand Sport used in Fast 5. That one was a replica built by Moongoose Motors and while it isn’t one of the five original C3 Grand Sport Vettes, it was finished to the company’s highest specifications, under license from GM, and would normally cost $85,000.

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Sometimes, there are real gems for sale like the 1973 F-Bomb Camaro which was a 1,500-horsepower, twin-turbo beast. The F-Bomb Camaro was listed for sale in 2010, for $40,000, which given its performance capabilities, sounds like the bargain of the century.

The vast majority of movie cars are not properly maintained

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When a movie is finished and released, the surviving movie cars are often stored in a warehouse where they would sit for an unspecified, often very long, period of time. As a car enthusiast, you probably know that not driving a car for a long period of time can often do a lot more harm than “driving the wheels off” of it. Some of the hero cars come to a more favorable fate and find themselves in an automotive museum where people with the right knowledge about cars maintain them as needed. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for the vast majority and when they eventually come out on sale, they are more of a project car than anything else.

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