Some facts about “Mad Max” 1979 vehicles

Max’s yellow Interceptor was a 1974 Ford Falcon XB sedan (previously, a Victorian police car) with a 351 c.i.d. Cleveland V8 engine.

1973 Ford Falcon XB, Mad Max 1979

The Big Bopper, driven by Roop and Charlie, was also a 1974 Ford Falcon XB sedan and also a former Victorian Police car, but was powered by a 302 c.i.d. V8. The March Hare, driven by Sarse and Scuttle, was an in-line-six-powered 1972 Ford Falcon XA sedan (this car was formerly a Melbourne taxi cab).

The most memorable car, Max’s black Pursuit Special was a 1973 Ford XB Falcon GT351, a limited edition hardtop (sold in Australia from December 1973 to August 1976), which was primarily modified by Murray Smith, Peter Arcadipane, and Ray Beckerley. The main modification is obviously the Concorde front end, and the supercharger protruding through the bonnet (which is for looks only and did not work). The Concorde front was a fairly new accessory at the time, designed by Peter Arcadipane at Ford Australia as a showpiece, and later becoming available to the general public because of its popularity. After filming of the first movie was completed, the car went up for sale but no buyers were found; eventually it was given to Smith.

When production of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior began, the car was bought back by George Miller for use in the sequel. Once filming was over the car was left at a wrecking yard in Adelaide since it again found no buyers, and was bought and restored by Bob Forsenko. Eventually it was sold again and was put on display in the Cars of the Stars Motor Museum in Cumbria, England. The museum recently closed and the Black on Black car went to a collection in the Dezer museum in Miami, Florida.

The Nightrider’s vehicle, another Pursuit Special (one of two in the film), was a 1972 Holden Monaro Coupe HQ LS, also tuned but deliberately damaged to look like it has been involved in crashes.

The car driven by the young couple that is vandalized and then finally destroyed by the bikers is a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air Sedan, also pretuned to look like a hot-rod car with fake fuel injection stacks, fatter tires and a flame red paint job.

Of the motorcycles that appear in the film, 14 were Kawasaki Kz1000 donated by a local Kawasaki dealer. All were modified in appearance by Melbourne business La Parisienne—one as the MFP bike ridden by ‘The Goose’ and the balance for members of the Toecutter’s gang, played in the film by members of a local Victorian motorcycle club, the Vigilanties.

By the end of filming, fourteen vehicles had been destroyed in the chase and crash scenes, including the director’s personal Mazda Bongo (the small, blue van that spins uncontrollably after being struck by the Big Bopper in the film’s opening chase).

From wikipedia.org

Related posts:

Ford GT40 was one of the contenders to be Eleanor in “Gone in 60 Seconds» (2000)
The Mustang From Gone In 60 Seconds was Sold For $1 Million
Gadgets installed on the Aston Martin DB5 for filming “Goldfinger» increased the car weight by 140 k...
Sunbeam Alpine Series I to V in movies and TV series
"Pulp Fiction" cherry red Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu was found 19 years after it was stolen
Ford Mustang used in movie 'Bullitt' has no emblems and even the GT badges
Creating vehicles for "Mad Max: Fury Road" (2015) began in 2009
Cars and Drivers of "Furious 7"
Development of the “V8 Interceptor” used in “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior” (1981)
List of the 48 cars stolen in "Gone in 60 Seconds" 1974 original movie
$3.5 Million was the James Bond's "Spectre" Aston Martin DB10 price in 2016
"Back To The Future" DeLorean Behind the Scenes