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Barn Find Porsche 917-024 “Le Mans” Movie Car Set for Auction

June 9, 2017 in Barn Find / German / Movie Car / Race Car / Restoration / Video

Today, on this otherwise redundant and mundane Monday morning, we have the intriguing story of the barn find, restoration and coming sale of Porsche 917-024, the actual vehicle used in the filming of the iconic car enthusiast’s cult classic race movie “Le Mans” with Steve McQueen. It is set to hit the auction block this August with Gooding & Company in Pebble Beach, and as we all know, anything with the “King of Cool’s” name attached to it adds a multiplying factor of many times it’s value to it’s final price. Expectations of this famous car’s sale are projected to hit in the neighborhood of an astounding, yet not surprising, $20 million. The accompanying barn find story of how it had dropped off the radar for 23 years…
1969 Porsche 917K, chassis 917-024

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1968 Ford Mustang BULLITT Movie Tribute Car

September 22, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Modification Thread / Movie Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration Shop / Sleeper

UPDATE: This car was one of our original features here at It just sold at the Bonhams auction in Arizona today (January 16th, 2014) for $88,000, as seen HERE

Original Feature:

This 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback is a “Bullitt” tribute car built by a collaboration between Gateway Classic Mustangs and Year One, as seen on The Highland Green car was made in 2008 for Steve McQueen’s son, Chad, with the intention of recreating the same character of his father’s original movie car while at the same time utilizing improved modifications that have been developed since the movie’s debut.


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PART 2 of Abandoned Cars: A Sad, Sad Pictorial

September 7, 2016 in American / English / French / General Discussion / German / Italian / Japanese / Movie Car / Race Car

#Here we have a continuation of the “Abandoned Cars: A Sad, Sad Pictorial” feature we did not too long ago. A few from that past post may have sneaked their way into today’s segment that we have overlooked, but what we find most interesting is that that we have featured 2 of the basket cases here as restoration projects. The goal, of course, is to track down and find the remaining to showcase on our site. Until then…

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1980 Lamborghini Countach S Restoration from “Cannonball Run”

February 12, 2016 in Italian / Movie Car / Restoration Shop / Sympathetic Restoration / Video

This 1980 Lamborghini Countach S is the subject of a sympathetic restoration by Tony Ierardi at Auto Italia in Florida. As it is the actual vehicle used in the filming of the 1981 cult-classic car movie “The Cannonball Run”, he decided to document a bit of it’s history and it’s much-needed refresh on a website that he created and dedicated solely for this car, which is linked below at the bottom of this page. We apologize in advance for no engine shots, and for the silly exhaust pipes, but, hey, what can be expected from a cheesy “comedy” from that era? So, how about we just turn a blind eye to both of those exceptions and move on, shall we?


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“ENTOURAGE” CADILLAC IS THE STAR OF THE MOVIE: A Design Commentary by Wallace Wyss

June 7, 2015 in American / Design Analysis / guest contributor / Movie Car / Reader Submission / Wallace Wyss


During Monterey Car Week back in 2011, I was invited to the preview of this car at a country club owned by Clint Eastwood in the Carmel area. I was blown away by the car’s boldness, but saw some impractical features that would have to be dropped before production. Still, it was a bold move to put Cadillac ahead of Lincoln in terms of showing their thinking for the future. What follows are my comments based on my first impressions…
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Canepa Design

May 22, 2014 in American / Build In Progress / Engine Swap / English / French / General Discussion / German / Italian / Japanese / Movie Car / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop / Swedish / Video

Check out Canepa Design’s current weekly shop walk-through video below, then be prepared for additional sensory overload with 60 photos from’s past visit from their interview with the man himself, Bruce, linked on the next page. Some stuff is just too good for words, or maybe that’s because it’s not possible to speak with our jaws dropped to the ground, so enjoy the following as we sit here in utter gawking silence…

Video Recommendation: Rendez Vous

March 9, 2014 in French / German / Italian / Movie Car / Video

As a video suggestion for a pleasant way to start your Sunday morning, how about yet another viewing of the French short film Rendez Vous? We say “yet another” because as fellow vintage car enthusiasts, we have a blind faith that you have already seen the cult classic movie by Claude Lelouch before. We find that it never seem to get old watching it time and time again, even after the cat got out of the bag in more recent years when it was revealed that the Ferrari soundtrack was dubbed in over the Mercedes Benz 450 SEL 6.9 that was actually used for the filming. A behemoth of a vehicle in and of itself, although we’d agree that using it’s engine noises wouldn’t have been quite as audibly tantalizing with an automatic transmission and no heel and toeing. Regardless, this is an absolutely epic movie nonetheless which we love each and every minute of every time we watch it. For legal reasons we probably should throw in here the whole “don’t try this at home” stipulation, not that you’d ever try anything so haphazard yourself, of course…

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