Screen-used Black Beauty hero car used in the 2011 film The Green Hornet. This 1965 Chrysler Imperial, built by Dennis McCarthy of Vehicle Effects in California, is one of just two hero cars remaining from the production. Black customized Chrysler Imperial features its original 413 engine, has 71,421 miles on the odometer, and is the only one which was built with its original headliner and black leather seats. Exterior modifications to the car include: two hood-mounted Browning .30 cal machine guns (which when hooked up to a propane tank fired flames through the barrel to simulate gunfire), 12 Stinger missiles to the front and rear bumper, a flame-thrower mounted to the front grill, beanbag launchers and shotgun barrels to the front, a revolving rear license plate (which flips to “Hornet” by pushing a button on the keychain remote), and painted green headlights. Other modifications include ‘butterfly doors’ with simulated shotgun barrel stickers, 20″ wheels, the working light-up interior console labeled in Chinese, a hidden button in the trunk which automatically releases the locking mechanism, the instantly-recognizable Green Hornet emblem on the trunk, and an embossed Green Hornet trunk interior with an amazing Sony stereo system—not surprising since Sony made the film. In fine, working condition.
Twenty-nine cars were made for the film’s production, most of which were either stripped-down stunt models or destroyed during filming. Only two hero cars remain from the film, the other being the ‘pre-Kato-modified’ version of the Imperial. Titled and registered in California, the current owner frequently drives it to his favorite coffee shop, parks in front, and causes a riot. And although there is a 3 million dollar Bugatti parked outside of the House of Bijan in Beverly Hills, the owner sometimes parks his Black Beauty there, in front of the Bugatti, to see where the tourists will flock. It’s a toss up— hard to ignore a car with machine guns on the hood and missiles on the bumpers. You can see the Black Beauty offered here on Jay Leno’s Garage website where Jay shows this exact car, interviews the builder, and takes a drive. A scarce opportunity to acquire one of Hollywood’s most recognizable vehicles. Click here for videos showing details of the light-up inside console and revolving license plate.
Bidding for the Hollywood Auction opens Jun 19, 2014 & ends Jun 26, 2014