• Apr 15, 2012
The Mel Brooks Star Wars send-up Spaceballs may be most memorable for its flying Winnebago, but a hovercraft also features in the hilarious action. Like a lot of movie prop vehicles, the hovercraft that carted Dark Helmet around had no power source of its own (other than a Napoleonic Rick Moranis in some scenes).

The Just a Car Guy blog found the hovercraft in the Justice Brothers Museum, and it turns out that after the movie, this prop became an honest-to-goodness working vehicle much like Lone Star became a prince at the end of the film. Originally built by famous customizer Dean Jeffries in just two weeks, the hovercraft now has a rear-mounted engine and can carry up to eight people in out-of-this-world style. Hit the link for the full story.


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      jz78817
      • 2 Years Ago
      nitpick- that was Princess Vespa's craft.
        Travisty
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jz78817
        Bingo. It's also a Mercedes that her dad got "a very good deal on it"...
        audiohack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jz78817
        but didn't Dark Helmet capture Princess Vespa and Dot and then search the hovercraft?
      Mikey Smelser
      • 2 Years Ago
      man, whoever authored this post hasn't even seen this movie..you should be embarrassed at the lack of accuracy. it's a SPACEcraft (with launching pad) not a hovercraft, it never carried around Dark Helmet (but one of the doors hit him and made him fall inside) and DVP paid cash for this bad boy! If at all possible, please try to save the car...
        atc98092
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mikey Smelser
        Correct. The hovercraft used in the movie was an open cockpit used when searching the desert. This was Princess Vespa's Mercedes spacecraft. "Do you hear me, comb the desert!"
        audiohack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mikey Smelser
        Mikey - I've seen Spaceballs PLENTY (though it's been a while) - I was thinking about the scene where the door falls on Dark Helmet when I mentioned that was the only power source it originally had. -Dan
      Sum Dum Goy
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is Princess Vespa's Honeymoon Gullwing Mercedes.
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can it go plaid?
      tifosiotaku
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bet she gives good helmet.
      Mac
      • 2 Years Ago
      A brand new, white Mercedes, 2001 SEL Limited Edition. Moon roof, all leather interior. I got it at a very good price. I paid cash. My cousin, Prince Murray, has a dealership in the valley. He was very nice to me.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      EJD1984
      • 2 Years Ago
      This reminds me a lot of the vehicle used in the Logan's Runt tv series. http://www.snowcrest.net/fox/loganpics/tv/7more/6a.JPG May have been made by the same production shop.
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