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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Dodge Challenger from Quentin Tarantino’s “Death Proof” Hits eBay


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If you’re looking for a nice wholesome movie to watch with family, Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof is probably not that film. The Grindhouse flick follows a group of friends that are pursued by a psychopathic car enthusiast, Stuntman Mike (played by Kurt Russell), and his “death proof” stunt cars. It’s graphic, it’s raw, and it pulls no punches. 
But if you’re looking for a reasonably inexpensive movie car however, perhaps Death Proof is one film worth looking into. A white 1971 Dodge Challenger claimed to have featured in the film recently came up for auction on eBay.


Without giving too much away, Dodge’s sonorous Challenger earned screen time in Death Proof with actress Sydney Tamiia Poitier at the wheel, as she, Rosario Dawson, and Zoë Bell fight desperately to evade Russell in his sinister black ’69 Dodge Charger. The cars trade paint repeatedly and Russell’s character tries to knock Bell off the hood of the fleeing Challenger, only to have the tables ultimately turned on him. Surprise—Stuntman Mike isn’t so “death proof” after all.
As far as this car goes, the owner claims to have purchased the Challenger once filming was concluded, and it was later exported to Australia, where it still lives. It is said to have remained unmodified since 2007, and it’s got the camera mounts and cosmetic damage to show for it.

Under the hood lies a big 383ci V8 mated to a TorqueFlite 727 automatic transmission, but interestingly the owner suggests this car was originally a Triple Gold big block car. What isn’t so clear however is which car it is from the film.


Most Hollywood productions feature multiple vehicles with the same likeness—one for interior shots, one for exterior glamour shots, and perhaps a few to crash up. Given the brutal blows that the Dodge Challenger and Charger exchanged on screen… one might expect a few stunt cars to exist too.
Like it? The Dodge Challenger asks $32,500.