Who doesn’t love a good ‘ole fashioned car chase scene?
These are usually some of the most exciting parts of an action movie. What’s even better? When most of the movie is one long car chase!
That’s exactly what the 1974 movie Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry was. Starring Peter Fonda, this movie followed the exploits of a small-time car racer (Larry) and a mechanic (Deke) as they evade the police after robbing a bank.
The guys want to get enough money to build their own race car and pursue their dream of racing in NASCAR. The duo becomes a threesome when they are unexpectedly joined by Larry’s ex-girlfriend, Mary.
And what made the movie even more exciting was the appearance of the sleek and powerful 1969 Dodge Charger R/T 440.
Here’s a 2.5-minute clip of the film:
(Courtesy of Shout! Factory)
Interesting Facts about Dirty Larry’s Dodge Charger
Now, if you know the movie, you know that this Dodge Charger was not the first car involved in the police chase. The gang began their run in a ‘66 Chevy Impala, which they ditch in an effort to further evade police. Fortunately, they just happen to run upon the ‘69 Dodge Charger at a flea market.
Although there has been much debate about the car’s color (green or yellow?), it’s best described as Curious Yellow or Limelight by the Chrysler Corporation, and later dubbed “Citron Yella” by others. The iconic Charger’s look was finished off with a black racing stripe running down both sides of the car.
Under the hood, this car was packing a legendary 440 cubic-inch Magnum engine. Equipped to handle one of the longest car-chase scenes in movie history? You bet!
In order to endure all of the chase scenes and mishaps, production had to enlist a couple of backup Dodge Chargers to take on some of the wear-and-tear.
If you’ve ever wondered what happened to the movie’s star car, the answer won’t bring you much ease. After production wrapped, the car was sold off for its used parts, with no mention to the new buyer of the vehicle’s claim to fame.
The new owner later happened upon information letting him know where the car came from, including a grease-stained shirt he found in the trunk of the car, which he was able to identify in the movie.
The owner attempted to bring the car back to life with some body work, but before it could be completed, the car was in an accident and totaled.
No doubt this car helped make this movie the hit that it was back in the spring of ‘74. Nothing revs up car chase scene in a movie like the muscle and presence of the powerful Dodge Charger!
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