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vanishing point challengers
« on: June 19, 2010 - 05:26:13 AM »
I watched vanishing point for the 1st time in my life last week.  It got me thinking about what happened to the 8 Challengers that Chrysler loaned out for the film.  Were there any survivors?

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Re: vanishing point challengers
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2010 - 06:02:44 AM »
I think there is one in a museum in Sevierville, TN. Not sure if it is a clone or the real deal. It has dust and dirt on it like it was plucked from filming and shipped directly to the museum.
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Re: vanishing point challengers
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2010 - 08:15:14 AM »
That car is from the horrible remake.

Since nobody has ever uncovered the VINs of the ones used in the original movie there is no way to know, but it is widely believed that all the original cars were destroyed.

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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2010 - 09:33:08 AM »
That car is from the horrible remake.


was pretty bad  :puke:
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Re: vanishing point challengers
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2010 - 01:54:58 PM »
I watched vanishing point for the 1st time in my life last week.  It got me thinking about what happened to the 8 Challengers that Chrysler loaned out for the film.  Were there any survivors?




If you watch the special features of the movie where the Director, Richard C. Sarafian narrates Vanishing Point (1971), he says they basically wrecked all the cars in the movie with the hard abuse and that near the end of filming they were taking parts off the other cars to keep the last one running.

In the movie Bullit with Steve McQueen, the Black 1968 Chargers were destroyed/crushed due to liability - Chrysler.

Another website says the same for the Vanishing Point (1971 movie) 1970 Challengers - no longer exist. Probably liability as well as the cars were on loan from Chrysler.


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Re: vanishing point challengers
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2010 - 10:20:33 PM »
Yep, and on the subject of remakes, Looks like Hollywoods gonna try to remake "Christine" as well only this time the Christine is to be a Buick Grand National....As for the Challengers, I've heard everything from them being buried in the desert to running around Hollywood...Who knows.
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Re: vanishing point challengers
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2010 - 07:31:42 AM »
There were only 4 Challengers loaned for the making of the movie, 3  440 4spd's & 1 383 auto, they were badly damaged during filming, all were returned to Chrysler and were crush as they were about to release the '71 model and didn't want any damaged Challengers around. Also at least 1 of the Challengers was green when it left the factory.
If you look at one scene in the desert Barry gets into an auto, see the brake pedal, and they dubbed him changing gears, the auto was also used to tow the Camaro into the bull dozers at the end.
Rumours have one car in a museum and another in New Zealand but there is no proof that they are the originals.   :bigsmile:
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Re: vanishing point challengers
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2010 - 09:42:43 AM »
yeh... I heard of one in NZ... think he`s a member here too....  :nzflag:  :burnout:
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Re: vanishing point challengers
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2010 - 08:49:55 PM »
The one in NZ you speak of is not from the movie. It is a factory ordered original White 440 R/T - but it's not one of the movie cars.
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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2010 - 02:34:30 AM »
The one in NZ you speak of is not from the movie. It is a factory ordered original White 440 R/T - but it's not one of the movie cars.

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« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2010 - 07:08:54 AM »
The one in New Zealand that I heard of was supposed to be the 383 auto car but nobody has any documentation or proof that it is the original car.   :bigsmile:
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« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2010 - 08:41:39 AM »




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« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2010 - 08:41:39 AM »