Two years ago, we shared the crazy story of the 1979 Pontiac Trans Am that Steve McQueen drove in his final movie, The Hunter. And if you’re a McQueen fan, the story just got better: the car is for sale ... Read the full article on Hagerty.com:
The transmission would've been a 3 speed automatic, not a 4 speed. I'm sure some idiot with more money than sense will feel like he's got a real piece of automotive history and wildly overpay for it. When in reality, he has a pile of parts that was in a movie for 2-3 minutes and got destroyed. *Gigantic rolling eyes*
Today's special at Carlyle Motors: Classic vintage Trans Am, ultra low miles. Professionally maintained Hollywood car. Engine loaded with lots of extra firepower, blown by industry professionals. Top speed, 140 mph forward, 320 mph in reverse. Idles totally silent. Some cosmetic damage, engine did have slight detonation when last run. Serious offers only, inquire with manager.
The story is the point here... it's everything! The car is just another piece of junk.
The people who promote and perpetuate this "false rarity, one of a kind, special vehicle" crap are just money grubbing bottom feeders.
Some cars are indeed special, rare, cutting edge, etc. But the focus on distilling everything automotive down to dollars misses the point completely. Just enjoy the story and scrap or part out the junk cars. You haven't MISSED OUT on anything.
Hagerty's writer's and contributor's research and presentation of these cars is what gives you access to some very cool stories.
the one that came out of the corn field is not the same car as the one in the field ...the field car has considerable damage to the passenger side roof and the one comes out does not have ant damage there
I've watched videos of the retrieval of vehicles from swamps--so much of the vehicle having rotted away that practically the entire vehicle would have to be hand-manufactured--then sold as "restored". Is such a vehicle really a "restored" vehicle? We must ask ourselves if the outcome represents anything of value. This Pontiac certainly borders on such childish fantasies. Steve McQueen merely sat in the car--he had no great interest in this particular VIN. It isn't like he strongly desired this particular car or even had any love for it. It was part of the "script". But, as the saying goes--"A fool and his money are soon parted". LOL It will bring some high dollars!
I never buy celebrity cars of any stripe, because the attached theoretical cache simply adds nothing to the car. I know a lot of folks don't feel that way. Thanks for the post.