Development of the “V8 Interceptor” used in “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior” (1981)

After being re-acquired by Kennedy Miller for the second film, the rear wheels, supercharger and pipes were changed.

Mad Max 2 Pursuit Special Build
V8 Interceptor, Mad Max 2

The car was further modified to fit the setting of the new film, with large petrol tanks fitted in the back, and its general appearance given a more used and stressed look. The front end was also modified by removing the bottom section to give more clearance for the outback locations it was required to be driven in. The front of the car was in fact broken off early in the film during a chase scene. As well as modifying the original car, a duplicate car was also put together for Mad Max 2.

Work in progress
V8 Interceptor, Mad Max 2

The “Hero Car” and “Stunt Double” at the same spot
V8 Interceptor, Mad Max 2

It was a much rougher January 1974-built Fairmont Coupe automatic originally yellow in color. It was used for most of the wide shots and stunt work while the original car was used for all the close ups and interior shots. The duplicate was rolled several times for its roll sequence until the right shot was caught on tape (stress marks are visible on the car in the movie). The duplicate was later blown up and its remains were salvaged by a local Broken Hill resident.

Dupliate Interceptor about to be rolled
V8 Interceptor, Mad Max 2

The Last V8 with front end intact
V8 Interceptor, Mad Max 2

Post Mad Max 2

After destroying the duplicate car, the remaining original car was set be scrapped. Although it was supposed to meet its demise, the new ‘owner’ was reluctant to destroy this important car. Instead it was put up for sale yet again, but failed to be sold. It was then passed onto a colleague, Ray Evans from Adelaide. The car then sat outside of Ray Evans’ scrap yard for more than three years and was the subject of much interest. When a great fan of this film series, Bob Fursenko spotted the car, he realized he had to have it, and after negotiations, Bob became the Falcon’s new owner. Bob recalled the car was not in too bad a condition. The front end was smashed, as seen in the film, but generally the car was sound

V8 Interceptor in scrap yard
V8 Interceptor, Scrap Yard

V8 Interceptor in scrap yard, back
V8 Interceptor, Scrap Yard

V8 Interceptor scrap yard blower setup
V8 Interceptor, Scrap Yard

Restored Interceptor at Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne
Restored Interceptor, photo

Cars of the Stars Motor Museum

By the early 1990s Mad Max hysteria had passed and the car was on display in the Birdwood Motor Museum in Adelaide. Bob decided he’d done everything he wanted with the car and put it up for sale. Yet again there were no takers. Finally car collector Peter Nelson heard of its whereabouts. He runs the Cars Of The Stars Motor Museum in the UK, and has an extensive collection of movie cars. He’d long had the Interceptor high on his wish-list and at a car rally in Germany in 1992 he heard it was available. After contacting Bob and verifying that the car was the real deal, he shipped it to the UK.

To Peter, the Interceptor is much more than just another film car.

“This car was the most important car, I felt, to a country. Some people would say Mad Max is probably one of the most important Australian films.” “I like the styling. It suits the film perfectly, and it made a great presence within the film.”

It used to reside in Peter’s museum, and people traveled from around the world to see it. It was sold to Miami Auto Museum in Florida, USA. in 2011

Miami Auto Museum

Currently the original V8 Interceptor resides at the Miami Auto Museum, Florida.[8] Unfortunately the car is in poor condition.

From madmax.wikia.com

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