A whole bunch of incredible movie and Hollywood memorabilia is on the auction block right now.
Based on a 1965 Chrysler Imperial, the Black Beauty is a rare find and one that’d make any classic car fan pretty dang happy. Features in the Seth Rogan reboot of the Hornet in the 2011 film of the same name, this car is one of the only two remaining so-called ‘hero cars’ from the movie. The other Imperial is pre-modified from before the Hornet’s sidekick Kato got his hands on it; this one though, this one is all action.
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.”
You can see the Black Beauty offered here on Jay Leno’s Garage website (in the video above -ed) where Jay shows this exact car, interviews the builder, and takes a drive.
“A rare opportunity to acquire one of Hollywood’s most recognizable vehicles,” says Bobby Livingston.
The Green Hornet’s Black Beauty is the headliner here, but it’s far from all there is for film fans to sink their claws into at the Hollywood auction by RR Auctions in Massachusetts. Here’s a list of what you’ll find when you check out the auction (comic book fans will not be disappointed), complete with some pics in the gallery below:
- Gorgeous oversized portrait of Marilyn Monroe for her appearance in the gritty Asphalt Jungle, the film that helped propel her to stardom.
- Army Archerd’s Prestigious Walk of Fame plaque from the famed Variety columnist’s estate.
- The Hollywood auction from Boston based, RR Auction runs from Thursday, June 19 to Thursday, June 26. For more information go to www.rrauction.com.
- Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) The origin and first appearance of Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and the first appearances of Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko cover and art.
- The Avengers #1, signed on the front cover in black felt tip by Stan Lee (Marvel, 1963). An extremely desirable title signed by the hero’s creator and Marvel legend.
- Ultra-rare pair of production made Wolverine claws created for Hugh Jackman’s character Wolverine in X2: X-Men United. These claws consist of three hard plastic/resin curved claws which measure 10.5 each, connecting to custom-made metal tangs, each stamped “FX Smith, Canada,” with two Philips head screws for adjusting the size This simple, yet effective design, fits between the wearer’s knuckles, tapering them to appear as if they’re protruding directly from the skin.
- Screen-used Klingon rifle from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. A Klingon disruptor rifle used on-screen in the 1984 film Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. The cast resin rifle measures 26″ long, and is painted maroon, with a metallic gray barrel, and ergonomically-shaped grip and shoulder stock. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Prop Store which states this “Klingon Disruptor Rifle has been inspected and is guaranteed to have been used in the production of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.” An intimidating weapon, synonymous with the battle-hungry Klingons and a very rare opportunity to own one.
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