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Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is being billed as an ode to classic car movies like Bullitt and Vanishing Point, but Quentin Tarantino already did something similar back in 2007 in his underrated grindhouse film Death Proof. It starred Kurt Russell as the psychotic serial killer Stuntman Mike, but the real stars were the vintage muscle cars on display. Stuntman Mike used a ‘death proof’ 1970 Chevrolet Nova to murder his unfortunate female victims, before switching to a black 1969 Dodge Charger in the film’s climactic chase scene against a 1971 Dodge Challenger.
The muscle car was modified to look like a 1970 model so that it replicated the Challenger from Vanishing Point, which is one of Tarantino’s favorite films. If you haven’t seen it, stop what you’re doing right now and watch the awe-inspiring car chase in Death Proof. Like Baby Driver, all the stunt driving was done practically, and there are no distracting quick cuts disrupting the action.
Stunt woman Zoe Bell also really did dangle dangerously on the Challenger’s hood at high speed while being rammed by the Charger. It was recently revealed that the Death Proof Chevy Nova belongs to a Hoonigan production assistant after it was bought by their dad, who was one of the stunt drivers in Death Proof, for $500. Now the Dodge Challenger used in the movie is being sold on eBay. It’s one of only two surviving Challengers used in the film, and was originally sold by the production team more than 10 years ago. It was then listed for sale last year where it was sold to its current owner for $32,500. Since it was used as a stunt car, don’t expect it to be in pristine condition.
The Challenger still has some battle scars from the film: prominent paint scratches and dents can be seen on both sides, though some were painted on for added effect. There’s also no radio, and the front seats have been chopped and reupholstered to make the actresses more visible in the back. Under the hood lies the car’s original 383 Magnum engine mated to an automatic gearbox. A new exhaust, mufflers and fuel tank was also installed. The car has only driven 38,965 miles and drives and runs “absolutely fine.” At the time of writing, the Death Proof Dodge Challenger has a current bid of just over $16,000, but expect that figure to rise as the auction still has four days to go.