• Jun 6, 2010
Car movies have been big business of late – Transformers, Death Race, The A-Team – which makes it unsurprising that the business of getting cars prepped for movies is becoming even bigger business. The upcoming Green Hornet will use 29 classic Imperials; the third film in The Fast & the Furious series needed 200 cars built and modified; and the fourth installment required 240 rebuilt rides.

The New York Times has a look at the outfit that builds the cars that make us go, "Awesome!" Run by Dennis McCarthy in a shop in Sun Valley, California, his crew of 40 teamsters will grab tens of vehicles from eBay and Craigslist and then work 17-hour days to get them ready to jump, fly, flip, explode, and engage in general badassery. For Fast & Furious, they put that Regal GNX body on its frame backwards so it would look like a high-speed chase in reverse.

And yes, they're already at work on the fifth episode in the F&F franchise. Head on over to The New York Times for the rest of the story – it's one of the few chop shops we're glad to have around.

[Source: The New York Times]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I highly doubt they used a real GNX - I'm sure it was a Grand National
        • 4 Years Ago
        If they were going to change it so much, I'd hope they wouldn't use/waste anything above a base model Regal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tokyo Drift was the best of the F&F series. It had all different actors and different plot, plus all those hot women. They should do another one in Europe with exotic eurocars with different actors and themes. we don't need another rerun of F&F 1,2 & 4. Change it up, put some beemers and MB's and Audis on screen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "For Fast & Furious, they put that Regal GNX body on its frame backwards so it would look like a high-speed chase in reverse."

      I guess I need to see the movie to make any sense of this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lol, wouldn't it have been easier to just hotwire it when he stops to get lunch?
      • 4 Years Ago
      There are more companies producing classic body panels and frames than ever.

      .......Game on.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wonder if they sell any of these movie cars for cheap afterwards?
      • 4 Years Ago
      all the movies cars are all show and no go anyhow...but yee i do agree with you

      a fortune widebody FD... damnnnnn

      or i wouldnt mind that RWD-version EXO XI minus the graphics
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thank god the cars used in F&F aren't all classics and just a bunch of crappy imports. It would be a shame to see great cars destroyed for those crappy movies and for that bad acting!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Have you seen the movies?

        Especially the most recent one..

        There were more classic cars prominently featured than imports.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think I saw a single crappy car in any of the movies which were featured!
        Pug_Power
        • 4 Years Ago
        Last time I checked the Nissan Skyline R34 GTR wasn't a crappy import...
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