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Just as an aside, no one blinks an eye at the fake cars used by Hollywood, some even pay a lot for owning the real “fake” car.

Vanishing Point

When the makers of the existentially angsty 1971 classic Vanishing Point chose a car for main character Kowalski to drive across the US, there was only one choice - the (then) all-new Dodge Challenger R/T.

Not because it was an awesome car, mind you (although it was and still is), but because 20th Century Fox executive Richard Zanuck told them to. He wanted to do Chrysler a favour for its long-time practice of providing the studio with cars on a rental basis for only a dollar a day. Really.So Chrysler loaned Fox five Challengers that had to be returned, making the final scene where Kowalski drives the Challenger into a pair of bulldozers a bit hard to execute. But not if you slyly substitute the Challenger for a white Camaro for the key scene. Which they did. And which people noticed. Funny that.

Ferris Bueller

It is pretty widely known that the "Ferrari 250 GT" in what was almost certainly the best film in 1986 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off - was actually a kit car built on an MG chassis. What is less well known is that the company that built it was effectively sued into oblivion after the movie came out.By 1986 Ferrari was pretty fed up with all the kit car makers ripping off its old designs. More importantly, it was even more upset with them using its logo and name on the fakes. So after a bunch of movie and TV shows came out in the early 1980s that used fake Ferraris - complete with name and logo - they decided to get all litigious. Mark Goyette and Neil Glassmoyer built the replica that caught director John Huges' eye, so he got them to make him three for the movie. Goethe and Glassmaker thought there could be a business in it, but Ferrari had other ideas.[They even have value, Mecum Auction will auction off this car: “Glassmoyer himself will be present with the car's certificate of authenticity at the auction, where Mecum tells us the 1,596-mile car is expected to go for $250,000 to $300,000.” What did it sell for at auction? “One of three slick cherry-red "Ferarris" featured in the 1986 movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" was sold at auction this weekend. The Modena GT Spyder California - not actually a Ferrari, as Cam says in the movie -- was estimated to go for $375,000. But it ended up fetching $407,000.”]


Perhaps the most infamous Ferrari-based celluloid deception of all time was in the short film C'était un rendez-vous by French film maker Claude Lelouch. And the car in question is never even seen.The legendary film is basically an eight-minute long high-speed (and highly illegal) drive across Paris in the early morning. Filmed by Lelouch with a 35mm camera attached to the front of a car, he also did the driving - in his own Ferrari 275 GTB. Except it actually wasn't. While the sound of the engine was the Ferrari, the actual car he used was his Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9. Not quite as romantic, perhaps, but actually a hell of a lot more impressive! It also explains why it was so easy for him to belt up over the kerb at one point and simply carry on.

Miami Vice

Like the Ferrari in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the Daytona that Sonny Crockett drove in Miami Vice was also a fake. While Ferrari sued the makers of the replica, they also offered real Ferraris to the TV show. According to legend, Ferrari offered five Testarossas - one each for main actors Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas, one for producer Michael Mann and two to be used in the show.So in season three, Crockett drove a white Testarossa. Ironically, however, a Testarossa replica (made from a De Tomaso Pantera) was used for stunt work. It was created by the same bloke that built the Daytona!


When Javier Bardem's dentally-challenged villain shot up James Bond's iconic Aston Martin DB5 in Skyfall, it was a scene that made many an Aston Martin fan squirm in horror. After all, a DB5 is something of a rare car these days.Aston Martin only made 1059 examples of the DB5 between 1963 and 1965, and even the car that originally featured in the 1964 Bond film Goldfinger was a DB4-based prototype. But fear not, because the producers of Skyfall didn't actually destroy a DB5. Instead they destroyed a 1/3 scale model of a DB5. Possibly because they were aware of the history and rarity of the DB5, but more likely because they couldn't justify the cost of destroying an actual DB5. They do tend to sell for around US$5 million or so these days.
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