FORD FAL­CON XB COUPE ‘IN­TER­CEP­TOR’

Mad Max, 1979 & Mad Max: Fury Road, 2015

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A mas­ter­piece of low-bud­get Aus­tralian cin­ema, George Miller’s Mad Max proved that ne­ces­sity is the mother of in­ven­tion. The movie’s art di­rec­tor, Jon Dowd­ing, opted to use an Aussie Ford Fal­con XB coupe as the ba­sis for Max Rock­atan­sky’s Pur­suit Spe­cial, mainly be­cause it was tough and parts would be eas­ier to source. Fit­ted with a su­per­charged 5.75-litre Cleve­land V8 mak­ing 600bhp, its look was in­spired by Con­corde, a wild 1977 con­cept van by lo­cal Ford de­signer Peter Ar­cadi­pane. For Mad Max 2, two en­larged fuel tanks were fit­ted, the pas­sen­ger seat was re­moved, and Max rigged the In­ter­cep­tor with booby traps. Reap­pears in 2015’s bril­liantly de­ranged Fury Road. “I drive a hy­brid,” says Miller, “but I shouldn’t con­fess that.”

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