California’s Petersen Automotive Museum is going full-Hollywood during Monterey Car week, with a display of seven legendary cars, mostly from films.
In addition to classic film icons such as Herbie the Love Bug, the Delorean from Back to the Future and the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s Batman, there will also be one of the original hot rods — Big Daddy Ed Roth’s fiberglass-bodied Outlaw from 1959.
“Our selection of display vehicles for 2019 is set to be one of the most exciting groups we’ve ever sent to Monterey,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry Karges. “Monterey Car Week is one of the centerpieces of the automotive world, and its luxurious events are a perfect opportunity to share this group of Hollywood hero cars and timeless customs with the public outside of the museum.”
Back to the Future’s Delorean time machine
With its futuristic aerodynamic body, gull wing doors and unpainted stainless-steel body, the Delorean DMC-12 was the perfect cast for the decades-hopping Dr. Emmett Brown. All it needed was some fancy add-ons such as Tesla coil and a flux capacitor (neither easily found in the aftermarket).
When Tim Burton signed to bring Batman back to the silver screen, he wanted an art-deco styled, powerful-looking, unique, menacing signature car that would become as identifiable as the George Barris-built model from the 1960s’ TV series. The Chevy-Impala based car has achieved such status, with many replicas in high-demand at comic-book conventions, although one of the two originals resides at Petersen.
Grease’s Greased Lightning
Barris himself chimes in with his 1946 custom Ford called Greased Lighting, which John Travolta and Jeff Conaway “built” in the film version of the musical Grease, while the two and their shop buddies and gang members dance and sing the praises of the plain car turned hot rod (complete with Hydramatic 4-on-the-floor and 4-barrel carbs with fuel-injection cut-off).
Although not a movie star itself, it went on to inspire a series of hot rods from Ed “Big Daddy” Roth that would become stars on their own merit, particularly in the Hot Wheels ranks. Roth was fascinated with fiberglass and Outlaw became his first attempt at creating a fiberglass body, which would allow him to replicate the cartoon like body ripples he had penned on the “weirdo” monster-driver (such as Rat Fink) caricatures on the T-shirts he was selling at Kustom Kar shows.
Speed Racer’s Mach 5 Prototype
Built in 1999, the replica of the cartoon series Speed Racer is true to the animated version, so much so that it has become the go-to design for other Mach 5 Prototype replications. The real-life model was created for an automotive safety initiative, so it doesn’t quite make the 5,000 hp of the cartoon.
Herbie from Herbie Fully Loaded
The idea was to reboot the Herbie franchise in the new millennium, presumably with the original Herbie from the original The Love Bug, though this is a thoroughly modern conversion of a 1961 Beetle, including a large rear wing to allow it to take on and best the cars and drivers from NASCAR’s top series.
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me’s Shagmobile
It’s hard to imagine Austin Powers giving up his original Union Jack-painted Shaguars (1961 Jaguar E-Type and a 2001 Jaguar XK8 convertible) but he apparently has to be a little more discreet travelling back in time to reclaim his mojo, so he is handed a psychedelically-painted Volkswagen New Beetle convertible (OK, not so subtle).
The Outlaw hot rod will grace the lawns of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Aug. 18, while the other six cars will be on display at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on Aug. 16.