20th Century Fox commissioned two Black Beauties for The Green Hornet television show
Dean Jeffries chose the 1966 Chyrsler Imperial as a base vehicle, then threw a Mythbusters episode full of gadgets at it...
He had 30 days to get them both done. When the #2 car came back to him in 1993 in wretched condition, he spent two years restoring it
The sail panel was extended 14 inches to create a more limo-like profile from the side. Otherwise, only the door handles have been changed in the side profile
The rotating headlights revealed a green set for Kato's infra-green vision
The rocket launchers were actually just squib-filled tubes
To the left of the rockets, note the retractable rams that were deployed to hold the car upside down on the rotating table in The Green Hornet's garage
Non-lethal Green Hornet gas was blasted from here
The Imperial's actual roofline was untouched, only the sides extended. Note the cutouts for shooting bad guys behind
More rocket launchers in back, because who can get enough of those?
Another gun in back shot oil, grease or smoke
Follow the broom tracks, not tire tracks, to catch up with The Green Hornet
Keystone Alloys with Green Hornet center caps
Not exactly the most discreet superhero, The Green Hornet...
The green card that Kato would use with the infra-green lights for his special vision abilities
Dean Jeffries built the only two original Black Beauties in The Green Hornet TV show. Others, such as those built by George Barris, were replicas
A truly mobile phone...
This scanner in front, under the dash, occupies the Imperial's stock ashtray. Other folks did a lot of smoking in the sixties, The Green Hornet did a lot of scanning...
Behind the center armrest in the back seat...
is a drafting set and table...
in case The Green Hornet needed to design a bridge... or something...
The gadget panel built into a cabinet behind the front bench. Toggles, anyone?
Another scanner screen. Note the currency symbols, and the order of the numbers: eight comes before a backwards seven...
A second screen in the back seat. Like we said, The Green Hornet loved tracking things...
A regular Imperial back, passenger door reveals...
another panel of buttons to control the working gadgets
If the gadgets didn't cut it, there were always guns - two of them hid in compartments in the C-pillar...
and shot through slots beside the back glass...
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