Most Badass Fords from Petersen’s ‘Hollywood Dream Machines’ Exhibit
Ford fans will find plenty to love at new L.A. exhibit that runs through March 2020.
Ford has had a presence in TV and film for as long as they’ve been around, like the Taurus police cars from Robocop, the Country Squire from The Brady Bunch, and the green Mustang from Bullitt. Every time a Ford hits the screen, we’re all over it.
Thus, our hearts were sent racing when we looked at the Petersen Automotive Museum’s newest exhibit, Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy. From now through March 2020, you’ll be able to check out over 50 vehicles from over 20 films and TV shows, including quite a few Fords. Here are our favorites from the exhibit.
SJ-7 Peacekeeper: The Hunger Games
Most moviegoers will remember The Hunger Games trilogy mainly for Jennifer Lawrence. But she wasn’t the only Louisville, Kentucky, native in the film. Under the exterior of the SJ-7 Peacekeeper Assault Transport armored personnel carrier is the bones of a Ford L8000, a truck built at the Kentucky Truck Plant from 1970 through 1998. The big truck was part of the L-Series of commercial heavy-duty trucks, which were used for everything from dump trucks to small tankers.
Ford Explorer XLTs: Jurassic Park
In 1990, Ford gave families a new SUV to haul families and groceries around, dubbed the Explorer. In the same year, Michael Crichton was given a ton of money from Universal Studios and Steven Spielberg for a novel he had yet to publish, dubbed Jurassic Park. A couple of years later, the two entities would come together for the first film of the franchise when Ford provided seven Explorer XLTs to serve as the iconic tour vehicles of the infamous dinosaur theme park. Today, there are tons of replicas of the Explorer, all thanks to being at the right place at the right time (T-rexes aside).
1973 Falcon XB GT: Mad Max: Fury Road
Behold the last of the V8 Interceptors, the iconic 1973 Falcon XB GT from the Mad Max franchise. This one is from the most recent entry, 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, and it didn’t last very long in the film. But no one can deny that this machine is an integral part of the mythos behind the man simply known as Max.
1932 Ford Roadster: Iron Man
Tony Stark has all of the cool toys; he’s a billionaire, after all. Thus, it should come as no surprise that he has some cool cars, too, like this 1932 Ford roadster with a flathead V8 from the first two Iron Man films. The car influenced the look of Stark’s famous suit of high-tech armor in the first film, and brought him closer to his late father during the second film. Thankfully, Thanos didn’t snap this one out of existence so all of us can enjoy this amazing ride.
1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra from Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.
A few decades before Stark became Iron Man, Ego the Living Planet was driving this 1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra in the opening scene of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. The Mustang II kept the pony car alive during the disco days of the mid- to late Seventies, and was a welcome sight for fans who saw the first-gen pony grow into a Clydesdale by the time the downsized car was given the green light.
The Jokermobile from Batman
This color-blocked monstrosity was originally piloted by Elvis before the keys were thrown to The Joker. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Jokermobile from the Batman TV series, one of the biggest campfests ever shown on the small screen.
The 1927 Model T was transformed by George Barris into the Mongrel T, which was used in Elvis’s 1967 film Easy Come, Easy Go before heading off to Gotham to help the infamous Joker win a surfing contest.
Batmobile from Batman
And right there to rain on The Joker’s parade was none other than Batman and Robin in their Batmobile. This version was the first of its kind as far as TV and film go, built by Barris from the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car. Only the concept car was seen on TV and the 1966 film Batman: The Movie, but Barris built four more to send out to state fairs and car shows around the country.
Photos for Ford Truck Enthusiasts by David Ciminelli
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