1969 Ford 'The Car' Replica  Chassis no. 1Z89A849985

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Lot 640
1969 Ford 'The Car' Replica
Registration no. to be advised Chassis no. 1Z89A849985

£ 20,000 - 25,000
US$ 24,000 - 30,000
Amended
1969 Ford 'The Car' Replica
Registration no. to be advised
Chassis no. 1Z89A849985

Footnotes

  • This unique vehicle is an all-steel replica of that which featured in the 1977 Universal Pictures horror movie, The Car, starring James Brolin and Kathleen Lloyd. (Tagline: ‘There’s nowhere to turn, nowhere to hide, no way to stop...’). The original was designed and built by George Barris, well known builder of custom cars whose credits include The Beverly Hillbillies, The Munsters, Batman, The Dukes of Hazard and Knight Rider on television, plus movies Ghost Busters, The Love Bug and Jurassic Park, and is featured in the book, Barris TV & Movie Cars by George Barris and David Fetherston (Motorbooks International, 1996). It is understood that all the originals were destroyed in the making of the movie. However, Racing Legends now offers a model of ‘The Car’, and whenever George Barris is interviewed there is always one prominently displayed on his desk.
    The current owner bought ‘The Car’ in March 1988 from the person who had commissioned its construction after watching the movie. Built around a 1969 Lincoln Continental Mark III chassis and running gear - the same as George Barris used in making the original - it was constructed at Streatham Crash Repairs in South London and took three years to complete. Having enjoyed several years of cruising and winning many awards with ‘The Car’, never failing to elicit a jaw-dropping reaction from onlookers, the vendor decided to take it drag racing, although without any expectation of success because of its weight.
    Necessary improvements included sourcing a new engine from PAW in the USA. This 460cu in Ford V8 was bored to 490cu in (8.0 litres) and equipped with TRW forged pistons; Crane camshaft and lifters; Cobra Jet alloy cylinder heads and valves; Lunati alloy roller rockers; and an Offenhauser Portasonic inlet manifold fitted with Holley 850cfpm double pumper carburettor and 150bhp nitrous oxide cheater plate. The ignition system is MSD6A. Transmission is by a 2500 torque converter to a TCI automatic C6 gearbox with manual valve body (gearchanges must be made manually using the B&M Quicksilver shifter). The 91/4 Ford rear axle incorporates a Detroit Locker limited-slip differential fitted with 3.89:1 gears, while 31-spline axles turn Revolution wheels shod with Mickey Thompson 10½”x15” Sportsman tyres.
    The result is that this 2½ tonne work of art does the standing quarter-mile in the low 13-second bracket, its best time being 13.16 at 102mph which was recorded in the 1997 Custom Car Street Eliminator at Santa Pod. Out of 24 entries competing that year, ‘The Car’ finished 6th in the championship, a highly creditable result for one of the very few participants actually driven to and from the drag strips.
    ‘The Car’ also has several ‘fun’ features including the remote entry system, which also operates the hydraulic suspension (useful for speed bumps!) and horn. There is underside lighting, further enhancing its sinister appearance, while the hole in the rear window is for the reversing camera, which is still in place although the view screen has been removed.
    ‘The Car’ has not been raced since 1997 and has had only rare outings since on local cruises. It has been carefully maintained throughout its life and comes with a history file of bills and MoTs, current road fund licence, Swansea V5 registration document and MoT to April 2007.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the registration number for this vehicle is 'HGC 75J', its original number. The paperwork is currently at the DVLA and will be forwarded post-sale.
1969 Ford 'The Car' Replica  Chassis no. 1Z89A849985
1969 Ford 'The Car' Replica  Chassis no. 1Z89A849985
1969 Ford 'The Car' Replica  Chassis no. 1Z89A849985
1969 Ford 'The Car' Replica  Chassis no. 1Z89A849985
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