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This #ThrowbackThursday, we’re going a little apocalyptic: the Mad Max Ford Falcon XB GT Coupe
Over the years film has had an intense love affair with cars. The intensity of epic chases over long and narrow streets. Larger than life heroes driving larger than life cars to match their personality. I could draw from several films but one car stands out over the rest of them. That car is the Ford Falcon XB GT Coupe 1973 “V8 Interceptor.”
The car was used in the film Mad Max and its sequels. It is also known as the Pursuit Special. In the movie she is the last of her kind…An intense speedster that Max uses to hunt down gang members in a world destroyed by war and nuclear fire.
What makes this car special is how it goes up against the various gangs’ off road cars. The V8 is heavily modified in order to handle the dangerous waste and the people that reside in.
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Max is a loner and his car is a reflection of that. It has two massive fuel tanks were added to allow the car to travel greater distances. The boot door has been removed in order to accommodate them. This led to the car losing one of its spoilers.
Max also had to add a new fuel gauge.The front bumper was removed to allow the vehicle to travel off road with less hindrance. The passenger seat was removed, and a custom seat for Max’s dog was installed on the passenger door. Max rigged the tanks to explode via booby trap hidden under the car. Max had several weapons hidden within and even outside the car. over the course of each film the vehicle gets more distressed and worn as Max goes up against tougher and tougher foes.
The Inceptor has a very sleek design with the engine coming out of the hood of the car. While the car as an amazing durability It has seen it’s far share of damage and thus forcing it to be modified even further. To a lot of people what makes this car iconic is that it looks and feels like a real car. Unlike the movies of the era like Batman that had flashy and interesting look vehicles Mad Max had something that felt like it belonged to the real world and not just something that looked cool on the screen. Seeing the V8 roar down the highway with it’s amazing shape and unmistakable sound.
Mad Max did something interesting with car chases that haven’t been done before they made them look real. What makes you believe in the V8 is that it’s a real car like the modifications mentioned before what makes the car iconic is that people think it is a real car not just something that is made for the movies. This was something that had seen the fury of the road. It was the V8 the last of the interceptors and that is why this car has lasted as the one the most iconic cars in film.
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