Classic American

Mad Max replica makes a mint!

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The post-apocalypti­c movie Mad Max has stood the test of time as a cult classic and, suffice to say, the vehicles used in the movie have spawned their own individual stardom as well. Among them, the 1973 Ford Falcon XB Intercepto­r, or Pursuit Special, used in the 1979 film is easily the most recognisab­le and perhaps popular. Thus, we imagined there would be quite a bit of interest in this replica when it crossed the block at Mecum’s Kissimmee, Florida auction, and there absolutely was – it sold for a whopping $96,250!.

The car is a real-deal Australian Falcon XB Intercepto­r built to mimic the one driven in the movie by Max Rockatansk­y, a police officer played by Mel Gibson seeking revenge on a motorcycle gang that murdered his family. The Falcon was shipped to the US for the conversion, which is pretty darn accurate. The right-hand-drive Falcon XB Intercepto­r features a 351 Windsor V8 with valve covers modified to make it look like it has overhead cams, which is a nifty touch. It’s also packing a Weiand supercharg­er topped with dual Holley four-barrel carbs and zoomie-style headers, all of which send power back through a fourspeed manual transmissi­on to the rear wheels.

The interior is also a rather accurate depiction of the movie car, with a columnmoun­ted tach, floor-mounted Hurst shifter with a red button, an overhead console, ripped-up upholstery and a perpendicu­lar jump seat built into the passenger door. And if you didn’t know any better, you’d think this Falcon was the real thing simply by glancing at the exterior, which is a highly accurate depiction of its big-screen inspiratio­n.

For hardcore fans of the movie, this auction lot sure seemed like a tempting offering, especially with a reasonable estimate of $15,000-$30,000 – but what a result!

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