How much would you pay for a chance to own a piece of cinema history? Well, if the guys down at the Volo Auto Museum in Illinois have anything to say about it you’re going to be paying quite a bit. Currently up for sale is the 1970 Dodge Charger that was driven in 2009’s “Fast & Furious” movie starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. The guys at the Volo museum seem to think this thing is worth big bucks – like $129,000 big. As a car guy though and the owner of a vintage Charger, I can tell you that this sucker is a total hack job and to run the other way if you’re actually considering purchasing it.
From an authenticity point of view there are so many things wrong with this old sled that it’s not even funny. First and foremost is the question of the small block 350 Chevy mill (BLASPHEMY!) that resides under the hood. There’s also the fake BDS blower, what looks to be a Ford 9-inch rear and the fact that they’ve used chicken wire to rebuild the grill. Yes, I know it’s a movie car, but I’m stating some quick things for the uneducated buyer. Now, would this Charger be a cool edition to have in the garage? Well, yes it would, but think about what you’re getting into before you actually plunk down those hard earned greenbacks.
I think that too many times cars like this come up for sale with the perspective buyer thinking that these are running and driving cars right out of the box, something that is usually never true. These cars, just like everything in the movie, was simply used as a prop and was thus treated as such. Now, if you are looking for a piece of movie history, then fine, this 1970 Charger will fit the bill nicely, just make sure you buy it for that reason and that reason alone.