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Michael Bay continues to release images of vehicles that will star in next year’s Transformers 4, with the newest addition being a Freightliner Argosy cab-over truck.
The original Batmobile from the 1960s television series has sold for an astonishing $4.2 million at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The original 1966 Batmobile is heading to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. in January.
Fans of the original Transformers movie now have the opportunity to own the original Barricade Saleen Ford Mustang from the 2007 Hollywood blockbuster.
But that’s not all. The eBay auction is throwing in a “two for one deal” with a 2006 Ford Mustang GT designed to be like Bumblebee…except it’s not a Chevy Camaro. With the starting bid at $105,000 though, it’s not exactly a two for one. But given that the infamous “To Punish and Enslave” Barricade Mustang sold for $100,000 to Jim Ortte (who is selling it now) some could see the Bumblebee-themed GT as an added bonus.
Barricade was originally designed by Hasbro for Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg for the original Transformers movie, starting life off as a base 2005 Mustang GT before Steve Saleen converted it to a 2008 prototype. It is recognized by Saleen as one of the only non-serial numbered Saleen vehicles. This Barricade was one of three built for the movie and is known as camera car number 2.
Originally titled to Saleen himself, Barricade features a Jet Black exterior with Pearl White doors and is powered by a Saleen V8 engine mated to a five-speed transmission. On the outside is a Full Extreme body kit, 20-inch black Saleen wheels, carbon fiber lip and rear diffuser, Saleen gauge package, competition brakes and suspension, full Police LED light bar, front and rear strobes, specially-designed push bumper, Decepticon police badges, reflective police and 911 decals, Wilwood stunt brake line-lock kit, driver-side camera mount, underhood camera mount, and more.
The second vehicle is a custom 2006 Ford Mustang GT with a 4.6L V8 mated to an automatic transmission. It features 18-inch wheels, GPS, Yellow and Black stripes, yellow engine highlights, LED halo headlights, LED taillights, and other styling accessories.
Barricade can actually be driven so long as the included set of magnets are used to cover up the Police signage. The owner claims that Barricade functioned as a small business for him, being paid for many public appearances.
Offers are being accepted for either vehicle, or both.
GALLERY: Transformers Ford Mustangs
Don’t lie. You’ve always wondered what it would be like to watch different generation Batmobiles go at it in a good ‘ol classic drag race. The folks over at Super Power Beat Down made that a reality by taking the 1989 Batmobile and pitting it against its 1966 predecessor.
Obviously in the sake of entertainment, you shouldn’t hold much merit to the results. Especially since there’s some creative editing at the end for the slow-mo clip that reveals the winner. Nonetheless, the 1966 Batmobile was built off a C4 Chevrolet Corvette with an estimated 300 to 325 hp thanks to a fuel-injected small block, while the more recent ’89 is powered by a carbureted Chevy small block and has closer to 285 hp or so.
So who wins? And what more could you really ask for in a video clip? Cute girl for a host, a pair of Batmobiles burning rubber and well, the end result that is always entertaining.
Watch the Batmobiles fight it out after the break. Be warned that the end of the video may not be safe for work – it’s your obligatory girl in a bikini clip.
When it comes to hero cars, Batman and his bat mobiles or James Bond and his Aston Martins don’t have anything on Mad Max and the devilish rides he and the lawless motor tribes drive.
Thanks to leaked images from the set of the latest Mad Max: Fury Road, we get a sneak peek to see what sort of machines will be featured in the film.
A reported 130 cars and motorcycles will be used to perform almost 200 stunts. The leaked picture shows an oversized truck trailer bed carrying a double-bodied ’59 Cadillac coupe, each featuring two supercharged V8s connected by a planetary gear. Known as the “Gigahorse”, the pair of monster Cadillacs with monster engines are mounted on top of a monster-truck chassis. Finally, to top it all off, the Gigahorse also sports a four-bladed cow catcher.
In the past, the 80′s classics were filmed in the Australian outback over stretches of desert roads. However, Director George Miller believed that the area is “too green” and doesn’t offer the same dystopian landscape as it did years ago. Instead, shots of road wars will be set in the deserts of Namibia.
Tom Hardy replaces Mel Gibson for the role as the new “Mad” Max Rockatansky. The heroine role has been appointed to Charleze Theron, as Furosia. According to Miller, Fury Road will be filmed back-to-back with the sequel, Furiosa. In total, Miller confirmed that three scripts have already been written for Mad Max’s return. Get ready for a trilogy if the first film is well received.
Eleanor, the customized 1967 Ford Mustang GT500 that starred alongside Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie in the 2000 remake of “Gone in 60 Seconds,” will be hitting the auction block, and there’s buzz that it could sell for as much as £100,000 (that’s about US$154,000). We guess that with all of Cage’s recent and public financial issues, he won’t be bidding on this famous movie car.
Out of the 12 Eleanors that were made for the film, five didn’t make it through to see the final cut. The one that’s being auctioned is car seven, which was used for driving shots, as well as for dialogue and interior action shots with the actors. Making it even more special, this Eleanor is one of only two original cars in private hands.
Modifications that were made to this movie star Mustang included a 351-cubic inch Ford Racing crate motor that was fitted with a “big” camshaft and 700cfm Holley 4-barrel carburetor. Other upgrades that make this movie car special are a coilover suspension system, Willwood disk brakes, Schmidt 17×8-inch wheels and side exhaust outlets.
And time has been good to Eleanor – she still looks as good today as she did in the movie. Sporting a metallic grey exterior that’s accented with black stripes, the 1967 Mustang interior carpets and seats are spotless and it still has the “go baby go” switch on the gear lever.
This famous movie car will be sold by COYS at the Autosport International show in Birmingham on Saturday, January 14th.
The Volo Auto Museum will be hosting one of the most comprehensive Hollywood car auctions ever on June 8th. Based out of Illinois, the auction will feature plenty of Hollywood’s most famous rides including the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine and Herbie, from Lindsey Lohan’s 2005 feature film. And the coolest part of the auction? No reserves!
But of course no auction featuring Hollywood cars would be complete without some from the Fast and the Furious movies. Several vehicles will be auctioned off from the fourth installment, including the 1973 Camaro F-Bomb, an Infiniti G35, the Buick Vin Diesel drove in the opening scene and the 1970 Chevelle he beat Paul Walker in.
Other noteworthy vehicles include a Gotham City police car from The Dark Knight along with the infamous semi-truck and trailer. A jalopy from the movie Beverly Hillbillies is a nice classic, along with Switch Blade, the first vehicle ever built on Jesse James’ Monster Garage. Oddities include the Bull car from Death Race 2000 and a Jeep from Windtalkers. Last but not least is the truck Harrison Ford and Cate Blanchett used in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
With no reserve set for any of these vehicles, we have to wonder how low some of them might go for.
GALLERY: Hollywood Auction Cars
This author has a confession to make. Out of all the testosterone-laden, Ad-riddled, motorized-wet-dream action of the Fast and Furious franchise, I’ve only seen the fourth one—and it’s rather beside the point to say that it wasn’t very good.
Not even the first movie of the franchise, which at this point has become basically an icon of the car enthusiast movement—the part of the group that thinks it’s cool to add wings to small Japanese hatchbacks and enough stickers to make the inventor of the Bedazzler feel underappreciated. Case in point: this fine selection of vehicles, fresh from the Universal Studios impound lot, that have recently surfaced on Autotrader. They represent the entire range of The Fast and the Furious franchise: The Fast and the Furious, 2Fast 2Furious, Tokyo Drift, Fast and Furious, and the upcoming Fast 5, which is just as fast but has toned down the furiousness. Still plenty of Vin Diesel, though.
The cars include an Acura Integra GS-R, a Nissan 240SX drift car, Tyrese’s Mitsubishi Eclipse from 2Fast 2Furious, the beat-up Monte Carlo from Tokyo Drift, and even a stunt replica of the F-Bomb Camaro from Fast and Furious, which Vin Diesel wheelies into a bad guy’s chest. If the rest of the series packs such hilariously over-the-top badguy-killing destruction involving Mr. Diesel, I may finally get around to checking out the earlier, awesome, meme-tastic films. Danger to the manifold!
GALLERY: Fast & Furious Movie Cars
The movie is full of high speed chases and destruction in typical 1980′s fashion. You’d either love this movie or think it is one of the biggest time wasters ever invented.
Some of its supporters seem to be Ford of Australia and the team behind Top Gear Australia and they have pooled their talents together bring a modern version of the Mad Max car.
Out of the many designs penned, two designs have been picked as the finalists, one penned by Nima Nourian and the other by Simon Brook.
Ford Australia’s Melbourne based Design Director Chris Svensson said, “Our entire team was very excited to be involved in this after-hours project and they approached it with a great deal of enthusiasm – even those that were too young to remember the first Mad Max movie. We had a special screening of the original movie so they could understand it.”
These two final designs will be voted on by readers of Top Gear Australia, and the winning design will be turned into a full-scale model. Since a Mad Max 4 is being planned, the winning car could end up in the new movie.
Given that it’s now spanned almost a full decade, the Fast & Furious franchise can likely be labeled as a success, at least from a commercial standpoint. Last year’s film, the fourth installment, dubbed Fast & Furious, (new model, original parts), saw a bit of a return to the original script and original cast, but with more emphasis on proper cars.
If modified vintage muscle is your thing, then watching this latest F&F film brought about a veritable feast of automotive eye candy. Among them was the F-bomb Camaro, that takes center stage in the final act. Well, not one to shy away from the spotlight, the F-Bomb is hitting the limelight once again, this time because it’s up for sale. The 1973 Chevy Camaro, looks street tough with it’s skinny front tires, side exit exhaust and matte green paint with contrasting stripes, grille and bumpers. However being a movie car, all is not what it appears. In place of a reportedly 1,500 horsepower twin turbo V8 is an evergreen 350 Chevy small block, coupled to an automatic transmission. Nevertheless, it is a genuine Hollywood film vehicle, not a replica. Currently up for sale by Volo Auto Cars, part of the Volo Museum in the Illinois town of the same name, the asking price is $39,998. While that may seem a lot for a garden variety Camaro, even a second gen, consider this: While you could build your own replica for less, this is the real deal. And imagine how cool you’d look when your friends come over on a Saturday and see this thing in the garage. While we’re on the subject of Fast & Furious specials, apparently one of the Buick Grand Nationals used in the movie was also up for sale recently, but no word on the Chevelle or the bad guy’s Torino.
Get more info on the F-Bomb Camaro at the link below
GALLERY: Vin Diesel’s Fast & Furious F-Bomb Camaro