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Whatever Happened To...Movie Cars

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On: Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 2:39PM | By: Karen Cook

Whatever Happened To...Movie Cars

We’ve already explored the final resting places of historical vehicles but movie buffs have a sweet spot in their hearts for fictional cars as well. These automobiles don’t usually have lines but they become characters just as easily as the people who speak.

Batman had Robin for a sidekick, but the Batmobile was essential to his super powers since he didn’t really have any on his own. The one for the TV series we grew up watching was built by George Barris, who you might remember from my previous article. He bought James Dean’s wrecked Porsche. The Batmobile was sold at auction in January 2013 for $4.2 million.

Doc Brown turned a car into a time machine in 1985 and used it to travel back to the 1800s and also into the “future” of 2015. It was a simple Delorean which ran on plutonium which powered its flux capacitor. Considering where it went, its “mpg” were phenomenal. There were actually six made for the movie, and one still sits on the lot at Universal Studios. The others were privately owned with one selling for $541,000.

Alfred tricked out the cars that James Bond drove, with perhaps the most iconic being the 1964 Aston Martin featured in Goldfinger and Thunderball. There were rumors that it had been stolen from a hanger in Florida in the late nineties, but there is also documentation saying that it sold in October of 2010 for $4.6 million.

Last, there is Christine, a 1958 Plymouth Fury and the star of the movie based on the book by Stephen King. She is owned by Bill Gibson who keeps her in a 1200-square-foot air-conditioned garage. She has her own website and promises to put you on her “Do Not Run Over” list if you like her on Facebook.

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