The previous owner was embroiled in fraud.
Movies have often given cars the opportunity to have a greater leading role than the headlining actor. Iconic cars like the Bullitt Mustang almost overshadowed the performances of icons like Steve McQueen. Seeing these cars on the big screen led to fantasies for many kids growing up, and if you're rich enough, you can live that fantasy by commissioning a replica or buying an original hero car. However, if your name is Ryan Sheridan, you've recently lost three movie cars to the U.S. Marshals.
Following a fraud case, the Marshals confiscated a Back to the Future-style DeLorean, a Ghostbusters-style Cadillac, and Chevy Caprice Classic Batmobile replica. These cars can now be yours if you place the right bids at auction.
The former owner of these cars was embroiled in a fraud case that saw him loot tens of millions of dollars from Medicare. Presumably thinking he was untouchable, he decided to spend some of his ill-gotten gains on replica movie cars. Each looks very detailed and will likely excite the kid in many of us. If you're one of those who would be interested in one or all of these cars, the U.S. Marshals Service has listed them on Skipco and will have the cars ready for auction on Saturday, August 1. No minimum bid has been listed, so this could be a good opportunity to pick up some Hollywood style at a bargain.
That said, DeLoreans are not known to be particularly reliable cars. The Cadillac that underpins the Ghostbusters replica is also a 1959 model, so parts may be a little tricky to acquire. The Batmobile, however, is based on a 1995 Chevrolet Caprice. This means that it won't be especially fast, but will likely be the easiest to take care of. While each of these movie cars is rather special in its own right, the new Batmobile for the upcoming film The Batman, may be easier to relate to. It's based on muscle cars of the 1960s and looks seriously mean. Which would you have?