• Dec 20, 2009
George Barris-designed Bugazzi -- Click above for image gallery

We're beginning to think that George Barris' movie cars were more restrained than his customer cars -- and that Dolemite had the man on speed dial. Barris built the car you see above: a Bugazzi (boo-GOT-zee), which started out as a 1972 Lincoln Mark IV and was turned into "an American version of a Rolls-Royce."

That means it's been slathered in thirty coats of pearl lacquer and trimmed with 24-carat gold-leaf, hand-applied pinstripes. Up front are two lanterns where the headlights would normally go. Inside, you'll find gold, suede upholstery, Persian rugs, Italian doorhandles mounted on Italian marble slabs, a television, and a back seat wet bar. That could explain why the car cost $10,000 more than a Rolls. Or not.

There were but 12 built, and not only were they bought by celebrities and the owner of the Mustang Ranch, but Motor Trend named it Car of the Month in July, 1973. We don't know what number this car is, nor do we know how many have survived, but we do know you can take it home from Daniel Schmitt & Company for $99,000. Back in October, this car passed under the gavel at an RM Auction in October for a mere $19,800. We know that Barris had set out to make an American Rolls-Royce here, and we understand Schmitt & Co are looking to turn a profit here. But $99K? Guys -- it's not a real Rolls.



[Source: Hemmings Motor News]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I wasn't counting on the carpet ... it caught me of guard!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wouldn't have paid the 20K in the first place. Fail.
      • 5 Years Ago
      DAAAYUMM! That thing is NICEZIZZLE! All the chixd be lovin dat!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it's safe to assume what would happen if it were to reach 88mph.
      • 5 Years Ago
      hard to believe that there was a time that this passed for "style."
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jim, this NEVER passed for style. Even in its day, this was viewed the way those middle-eastern oil-sheik customs are today. Crap for people with way more money than taste.
      • 5 Years Ago
      HATERS GONNA HATE.

      This is so damn cheeseball that it's awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a piece of sh*t(!). Actually the only car Barris did that was even half interesting - and fit it's role perfectly - was the original Lincoln Futura-based Batmobile.
        • 5 Years Ago
        wrong. the car from "The Car" was and is still some slab-sided chopped top minimalist badass.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is that a toilet paper roll holder masquerading as the interior door handle? Classy!
      • 5 Years Ago
      i have never seen before these cars

      http://bit.ly/5jK6yl
      • 5 Years Ago
      Overhang FAIL. wow...
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is pimpin where the big homie snoop he need to see this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The piece de resistance has to be that thoroughly cheap-ass, lace-on steering wheel cover...they didn't even bother to put it on straight.
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