It’s always exciting when automotive stars of the big screen don’t meet a grisly fate. After all, plenty of American muscle and European exotica have met their demise after the director yells ‘Cut!’ Now, the(not ) Auto Museum in Illinois is auctioning off a passel of movie cars from notable gearhead films.
A screen-used 1963 Corvette Grand Sport replica that appeared in Fast Five is on the block, having shown up in the train heist scene fans will recall from that flick. Said to be built to show standards instead of the usual Hollywood cut-and-shut job, the car was apparently used by both Paul Walker and Vin Diesel.
Fun fact: the Grand Sport was a lightweight version of the 1963 car, featuring a 550hp aluminum V8 engine and targeted for the Le Mans race that year. Sadly, various and sundry wet blankets within management put a kibosh on the program before it ever turned a wheel in anger on the track.
Two machines from the Ford v Ferrari epic are being auctioned by the folks at Volo Cars; a 1966 Ferrari GTB Competizione Speciale and a 1965 Ford Econoline – both used on screen. The Fezza replicates a real Prancing Horse campaigned in the famous auto race and is apparently plenty driveable. Purists take note: this car is powered by a Mustang 5.0L engine and manual 5-speed transmission.
This group in Illinois aren’t the only ones hawking movie cars over the next couple of months. Barrett-Jackson is holding a modified version of their annual Scottsdale event this week, for example, with a couple of silver screen machines showing up on their docket.
A too-cool 1973 Ford Torino that was built for the ESPN movie ‘3: The Dale Earnhardt Story’ will be sold on Wednesday, just a few lots ahead of a 2006that was used in ‘Baby Driver’. The latter comes with a stack of movie memorabilia and is fitted with what looks like a massive e-brake handle.