• Jun 30th 2010 at 3:31PM
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Let's take a stroll back through time to an era when droves of people, young and old, would willingly pay to watch bad actors and improbable cars join forces to fight evil on the silver screen. No, we're not talking about 2007, nor Michael Bay's Transformers. We're interested in something altogether more pure – 1986's The Wraith. If you've never seen the film, you're missing out on a piece of cinematic car history that uses plot only as a vessel for plot holes. But never mind that. The star of the show is none other than the 1984 Dodge M4S Concept. Charlie Sheen is there, too.

Using its mid-ship, twin-turbo 2.2-liter Cosworth four-cylinder engine, the newly christened Wraith is no longer a prisoner of the show circuit. Using state of the art special effects, the car spends the length of the film running down gang members and restoring order to society.

And now it's for sale. After being found in pieces, some loving soul has taken the time to restore The Wraith to its former glory, and it's now available for sale in Kansas. According to the site, the seller is open to entertaining offers. Take our advice: don't low ball the guy. The Wraith just might come for your immortal soul.

[Source: Hooniverse | Image: The Wraith Car]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Chrysler sent us a promotional poster of the movie with this car on it. Wish I still had it. We thought this car was very cool at the time. The movie is very cheesy and I'm surprised that the gang over at Mystery Science Theater 3000 never got ahold of it. I haven't seen it in a very long time but I remember Randy Quaid's patrol car was a Dodge 600 4dr sedan. I also want to think that they had the occasional FWD car spinning it's rear tires but I could be wrong about that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Makes me thirsty for transmission fluid.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That stuff has some Kick! :D

        And stay clear of Randy Quaid. That is good advice all-around.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That the same 2.2 that was up in my 82 Charger? If so, that's one sweet ride!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I used to watch that movie all the time back in the day.

        But wasn't this car all black?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wish the man would let me smoke my screen dark like that on my daily ride!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I loved the movie, and still do. But only because of the cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Unloading the Wraith": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FI-F2MgubA
      must see and hear!
      • 5 Years Ago
      So that's where BMW got their Frozen Gray.
      • 5 Years Ago
      turbo interceptor!
      clint howard! charlie sheen! nick cassavetes!
      i have it on DVD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I loved that movie as a kid because of the cars, Sherilyn Fenn, Skank and Gutterboy. If you haven't seen it, you're missing out on a classic piece of 80's car film glory. This Dodge was badass and had a really nice maroon/candy apple color to it. The pentastar on the nose spoiled the illusion that this was some ghostly car from another dimension though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I never saw Metalstorm but The Hitcher with Rutger Hauer is one of my favorite thrillers of all time. Hauer was an excellent bad guy in the 80's. He was the ultimate bad guy that you felt bad for in Bladerunner.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As a child of the 80s, I can say that I actually saw that movie in the theater. Since I was a youngster with low expectations, it was perfectly fine for the schlock that it was at the time.

        Wanna know a worse movie, I mean _far_ worse, that came out around the same time that my mom paid good money (snicker) for me to see as well? Metalstorm: the Destruction of Jared-Syn. Since we only got Star Wars episodes every, what, 3 years? - this was filler in the meantime. Very, very, poor filler. Like, I think I walked out to play pacman or joust in the lobby half way through...

        (While we're at it, a similar vein B-movie but much better done was The Hitcher with Rutger Hauer. No supernatural cars, but better for it.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      "2.2" Cosworth? They made such a beast? I know the 2.0 is a legendary motor.

      By the way, "you're missing out on a piece of cinematic car history that uses plot only as a vessel for plot holes." line

        • 5 Years Ago

        Your folks had a rare car. I think there were only about 125 or so LeBaron's with the Turbo IV (a 2.2 Turbo intercooler and VNT (Variable Nozzle Turbocharger)). I think the 5 speed was Getrag unit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Off the top of my head......

      The black car featured in the movie was a real-life technological wonder, the Dodge M4S. A joint effort of the Dodge Division of Chrysler Motors and PPG Industries, one of the highly sophisticated PPG Pace Cars for the PPG-CART Indy Car World Series. The M4S was designed and constructed at an estimated cost of $1.5 million, and featured performance and technology to match that lofty figure. The innovative body design was developed in the Chrysler studios, while PPG developed the finish - a special bronze pearl paint job formulated just for this car. The M4S was powered by a Chrysler 2.2-liter four-cylinder one-of-a-kind engine that exceeded 194 mph. According to 'Gary Hellerstein', transportation coordinator for this film, a total of seven versions of the M4S were needed for filming. The original, on loan from Dodge, was used for close-ups and details. Two more "drivers", consisting of perfectly detailed bodies on dune buggy chassis, were used for stunt driving chores. There were four "shells", empty bodies on bare, towable frames, that were sacrificed in various crash scenes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The M412... ancestor of the M412! :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        @vpc: Congrats... unlike many here you did some research before posting (& it shows)! The Dodge M4S debuted with a specially developed three coat pearlescent paint by PPG. The main color was in crude terms... an A&W Rootbeer Metallic, but the upper DLO (from A-Pillar to the intergraded rear wing) was a Gloss Black. The Wraith Interceptor movie car also used this paint scheme.

        In 1986 or 87 Chrysler was starting to work on "Cab Forward" style concept cars & felt the M4S was also an example of this. So to make the M4S fresh, Dodge had PPG develop a bolder Gold Champagne paint & sent the repainted M4S on the Auto Show circuit

        The 2.2L was like nothing found in the Daytona, It was twin turbocharged & its head was almost a dead ringer for Cosworth's. Perhaps a Mopar engineer with a semi works IMSA Daytona in his future? :) :) The chassis was custom built by Joe Huffaker, who was tweaking Pontiac Trans-Ams & Fieros to compete in IMSA GTU? & SCCA classes. Chrysler engineers (many with 70's NASCAR experience) assisted Chrysler Design matching the body to the Huffaker frame. Numerous fab shops in Detroit were also involved... so that explains why the M4S has a "high" ride stance. The movie cars were well.... cheap movie cars.

        Unlike GM's Aerotech project that would come later... the Dodge M4S (despite its 1.5M build cost) was on a shoestring budget. GM hired AJ Foyt to pilot the Aerotech & its speed run was conducted at Talladega? The car ran 267 MPH. The M4S had a Coefficient of Drag number of .236, yet had technical problems at its speed run at the private Transportation Research Center (now owned by Honda). The M4S ran 194.8 MPH & was driven by 1973 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Graham McRae. Unfortunately, while attempting to break the 200MPH barrier the M4S hit a deer ending any future speed run ($$$ focused on repairing the M4S for its actual job as a PPG pace car...) 194.8 still ain't bad for an 80's Dodge 2.2L 4 banger!!!

        Also while filing the Wraith... two stuntmen were killed in accidents. Both driving the numerous movie car replicas of the M4S.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Interesting stuff.

        I always thought it was their "Black Cherry" paint color. When I was a teen-ager, my parents had a Plymouth Voyager minivan in Black Cherry. It looked nearly black most of the time, but turned a slight maroon in direct light. It was a nice looking dark color. Maybe the PPG collaboration is where that came from.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes! Yes! Yes! I love that movie; must have seen it over 2 dozen times. There is a hottie in for those of you who have not seen the Wraith. I believe it was set up to be a pilot for a mini-series. Regardless, the car was hot in the movie and if I have more than 2 nickels to my name (after kids expenses) I would make the owner an offer.

      If you are a 36 year old child of the eighties this car is for you.
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