Evolution of the Mad Max Interceptor
The release of the teaser trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road this past week got us all fondly envisioning a post-apocalyptic, Australian wasteland, and a future sewn solely from studded leather. While all that might not be true, it has indeed gotten us thinking about the star of the original series – that’s right, the Ford Falcon V8 Interceptor. Or should we say, ‘the last of the V8 Interceptors.’ The monumental film car started out as a 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon, and for about four years that’s pretty much the way it stayed. Then in 1976, with pre-production beginning to ramp up on the original Mad Max, director George Miller needed to acquire a hero car. He chose the XB.
The Falcon underwent significant body modifications to harden itself up for the role, most notably the enclosed front-end, side-exiting exhaust, and of course the giant supercharger shooting through the hood. Fender flares and dual rear spoilers helped flush out the ‘Road Warrior’ look.
After completion of the shoot, the car campaigned around Australia to promote the film, but thanks to overwhelming international success, was soon back in action for Mad Max 2. The 1981 flick saw the original Interceptor don two large gas tanks, located in the boot, and spawn a duplicate car, designated for chase scenes. The clone eventually met its match against the hairstyle guru Wez, yet ironically after the film concluded, the remaining Interceptor was sold for scrap.
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However, instead of destroying the car, the scrap yard owner kept it around for years. It was eventually spotted by an avid fan of the series and after about $25,000, the car was returned to inch-perfect authenticity.
It toured the Australian car shows for a while before making its way to the National Motor Museum of Australia, the Cars of the Stars Motor Museum in the UK, and now its current home. Like all old things – now pushing 41-years-old – the Interceptor currently resides in Miami, Florida, as part of the Dezer Collection.
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Source: Mad Max Movies