Some people would love to own a car that was used in a television show or movie, but don’t think it’s possible to ever buy one. However, movie and television prop cars do wind up being for sale, some of which are quite affordable.
According to AutoGuide, a pair of television prop cars, presumably functioning, are currently up for auction after the show they were featured in, “Terra Nova,” was canceled. The show, which lasted one season, was about a group of people sent through time to live in the Cretaceous among the dinosaurs after environmental change and overcrowding rendered Earth unlivable.
Both are heavily modified; little remains of the original vehicle except the chassis, suspension and drive train. One is a 1985 Range Rover, on sale for $2,409, and a 1990 Toyota Land Cruiser, available for $6,059. The cars aren’t intended for road use due to extensive cosmetic modifications, but would definitely make for cost-effective and novel off-road toys that would turn heads.
The cars are being auctioned off in Australia, where the show was filmed.
Cars of the stars
Prop cars can be desirable, as they were used in television programs and films seen by millions. Once shooting wraps, the cars have to go somewhere and occasionally, they are bought by the public. They look great in the driveway or on the street and often aren’t too expensive.
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For instance, AutoTrader had several cars from the “The Fast and the Furious” film series for sale on the site. The lots included a 1996 Acura Integra from the first film, a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse from the second film, a 1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo from the third film, and a 1991 Nissan 240SX and 1973 Chevrolet Camaro from the fourth film.
The Volo Auto Museum in in Volo, Ill., as many similar museums do, has a movie car display in the museum and occasionally sells cars from films and television, cars owned by celebrities as well as classic cars. For instance, according to CNN, the Volo museum put the AMC Pacer from the “Wayne’s World” films, dubbed “The Mirth Mobile,” up for sale at $15,000. The Volo Museum currently has the Lotus Espirit from “Pretty Woman” and the only extant “KITT” car from “Knight Rider” in its movie car exhibit, among others.
Can get expensive
Though some former prop cars cost about as much as a normal road car, some command much higher prices due to being that much more desirable.
For instance, English auction house Coys sold one of the “Eleanor” Ford Mustangs from the remake of “Gone in 60 Seconds,” one of the three driven by Nicolas Cage in the film, for 95,000 pounds (about $148,000) in January, according to Octane magazine. AN Aston Martin DB5 used in the film “Goldfinger” which included the special effects modifications, sold last year for $4.1 million, according to Jalopnik.