Ever dreamed of owning a super cool hero mobile? James Bond and Batman immediately come to mind. Fans and enthusiasts of these kinds of “tricked” out cars will have their shot at owning a screen-used Black Beauty hero car used in the 2011 film The Green Hornet. The car will be auctioned this week by Massachusetts-based RR Auction.
The 1965 Chrysler Imperial, built by Dennis McCarthy of Vehicle Effects in California, is one of just two hero cars remaining from the production. Black customized Chrysler Imperial features its original 413 engine, has 71,421 miles on the odometer, and is the only one built with its original headliner and black leather seats.
Exterior modifications to the car include: two hood-mounted Browning .30 cal machine guns (which when hooked up to a propane tank fired flames through the barrel to simulate gunfire), 12 Stinger missiles to the front and rear bumper, a flame-thrower mounted to the front grill, beanbag launchers and shotgun barrels to the front, a revolving rear license plate (which flips to “Hornet” by pushing a button on the keychain remote), and painted green headlights.
Other modifications include ‘butterfly doors’ with simulated shotgun barrel stickers, 20″ wheels, the working light-up interior console labeled in Chinese, a hidden button in the trunk which automatically releases the locking mechanism, the instantly-recognizable Green Hornet emblem on the trunk, and an embossed Green Hornet trunk interior with an amazing Sony stereo system—not surprising since Sony made the film.
“Twenty-nine cars were made for the film’s production, most of which were either stripped-down stunt models or destroyed during filming,” says Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. “Only two hero cars remain from the film, the other being the ‘pre-Kato-modified’ version of the Imperial.”
The Hollywood auction from Boston-based, RR Auction runs until Thursday, June 26. For more information go to www.rrauction.com.