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Old time Classic Movie cars resurface after nearly 40 years of hibernation

August 12, 2009

The actual Professor Fate Great Race vehicles are now accessible to the public for the first time in nearly four decades.  And, there is an opportunity to own a bit of movie history at its best! 

Not one, but three vehicles were discovered from the famed Warner Bros. movie, The Great Race with legendary stars Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood and Tony Curtis.

Did You Know...
The Great Race was one of the most expensive and advanced movies of its time. Its production cost in 1964 was $8 million.

These Professor Fate historic icons, till now, had not left the borders of California since their construction in 1964. After their release from Warner Bros., they became one of the prime attractions at the world famous Movie World museum, in Burbank, where they were on display until the museum closed its doors in the late 1970s.

The cars, along with the rest of the Movie World collection, did not see the light of day for nearly three decades until 1993 when a portion of the collection was offered for sale at an elite auction and purchased by a Beverly Hills movie car collector for his private collection.  Sixteen years later, this rare opportunity presents itself again.  Like Haley’s Comet, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  

The Hannibal 8, custom built by Warner Bros at a cost of $150,000 ($150,000 in 1964 is equivalent to over $1 million today).  All hand constructed, it is a true work of art. 

Powered by a Corvair 6 cyl engine and a 3-speed manual transmission; all four rear wheels are powered and chain driven.  It has a cannon that emerges and retracts from the cars bonnet and a functional smoke screen.  The car remains in its original unrestored condition as when it was used on the movie set.  Still fully operational this beauty does actually run and drive!
 
The Rocket Car, this mad scientist creation, believe it or not, is functional.  Special effects include gas nozzles in rockets ends to provide flames for propulsion effects. It rides on rails and is powered by a Corvair 6 cyl but with an automatic transmission.  It is in its original unrestored condition as when it left the film set.  
 
The Torpedo, complete with its screen used trailer, was originally fitted with an electric motor and actually floats!  The rudder turns side to side as does the “hearing apparatus.”

The trio is currently on display at the Volo Auto Museum, Volo, IL, for a limited time and is offered for sale to qualified buyers! 

For more information visit volocars.com or call 815-385-3644.  The museum is open to the public seven days a week from 10 – 5.

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Somebody better buy these up before the end up in the "Cash For Clunkers" program.

Fast Eddie —  

 

 

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