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Original Mad Max Interceptor - In Florida

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:48 pm
by PursuitSpecial
Now in Florida at the Dezer Museum. Oddly enough it doesn't come up when you search the inventory with a make of "FORD", I found this by searching Google.

Who wants to correct him about the 302 and 1974?

http://www.dezercollection.com/inventor ... ywood_cars

Re: Original Mad Max Interceptor - In Florida

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:15 pm
by Nightwalker
I can't find the interceptor on that site.
But I had a look around. I don't know about the genuinenesses of the cars but I had a look at the Gator car of Death race 2000.
The car is not exactly the same and he claims it is a Volkswagen V6. The real Frankenstein car is build from a Corvette (V8).

Re: Original Mad Max Interceptor - In Florida

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:08 pm
by Peter Barton
Try this link:
http://www.dezercollection.com/1974-for ... -c-986.htm

Yes, the info they have up is a little poor at the moment.

Re: Original Mad Max Interceptor - In Florida

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:46 pm
by BlownV8
If it is the original, it's a shame the owner doesn't even know what is it/has.

Re: Original Mad Max Interceptor - In Florida

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:45 pm
by Peter Barton
BlownV8 wrote:If it is the original, it's a shame the owner doesn't even know what is it/has.


Agreed - currently it looks like it is just another car bought as part of a collection, that the new owner has no particular love for or interest in. Peter Nelson was totally the opposite, the Interceptor was virtually one of his favourites. Hopefully they do something to change that, I would be interested to hear from anyone who visits where / how it is displayed.

Re: Original Mad Max Interceptor - In Florida

PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 8:57 am
by Bad cop
In regards to the car from "Death Race 2000," you and the owner are both right. Producer Roger Corman bought Volkswagons as a base for the designer to build the cars upon, and most likely placed other car bodies over the chasis of Volkswagons.

Re: Original Mad Max Interceptor - In Florida

PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 10:05 am
by Nightwalker
Some cars where based on VW's, and some others where based on a Fiat and Corvette.
IMDb trivia:
Several of the cars in the movie are re-bodied Volkswagens, including a VW Karmann-Ghia (Matilda's Buzz Bomb). The white Resistance Army car that chases Frankenstein very briefly before crashing and blowing up is a 1965 or 1966 Ford Mustang. Nero's car was based on a Fiat 850 Spider, and Frankenstein's on a Chevrolet Corvette.

So, the car of Frankenstein is a Chevrolet Corvette underneath.

Re: Original Mad Max Interceptor - In Florida

PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:15 am
by Zarana-X
It is a common misconceptin that Frankenstein's car is a Corvette. It is, however a Shala-vette kit car, based on a VW. Reportedly only 12 Shala-vettes were ever built, by Dick Dean.
The original car was buit using a VW pan and Corvair engine and transmission. The car listed for sale appears to be the actual car. Here is the original car under construction, along with the finished car:
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As you can see, the front wheels are VW 4x130 mm bolt pattern (possibly converted to run Karmann Ghia disc brakes? or just because 5-slot mags were more readily available in the smaller bolt pattern. This is just speculation on my part, cause the car originally had the big 5x205mm bolt pattern), and the rear is chevy 5 bolt, becasue of the Corvair runing gear.

Re: Original Mad Max Interceptor - In Florida

PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 2:34 pm
by PursuitSpecial
Peter Barton wrote:Try this link:
http://www.dezercollection.com/1974-for ... -c-986.htm

Yes, the info they have up is a little poor at the moment.


Yes, sorry, that's the link I meant to post initially. Maybe he hasn't gotten the car yet? Though his website does display some of the other vehicles already from the COTS museum I believe. I like how he has the for sale prices on each vehicle. He must not have gotten an appraisal yet for the BoB, but it will be interesting to see what that figure is.

It's too bad they "restored" the car back in the day and didn't just leave it with all of that dirt and patina it had after filming was over.

Re: Original Mad Max Interceptor - In Florida

PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 7:24 pm
by aussie muscle
BlownV8 wrote:If it is the original, it's a shame the owner doesn't even know what is it/has.


it looks like he's bought a lot of his cars from Volo Museum. (you can see their name on the number plate of the terminator 3 hearse). a lot of their cars were reproductions.