The 1970s had its fair share of car chase films, but you can’t make a top ten list without including the film Vanishing Point.
This 1970 cult classic follows a man named Kowalski (played by Barry Newman) on a mission to deliver a car while evading police and meeting a host of characters along the way.
The film received mixed reviews due to harsh critics and some of its controversial subject matter, but there were no mixed feelings about the white-hot Dodge Challenger that Kowalski was driving.
Interesting Facts About Vanishing Point’s Dodge Challenger
The idea for using the new 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T came from 20th Century Fox studio executive Richard Zanuck. Chrysler had a practice of providing the studio with cars on a rental basis for one dollar a day.
Naturally, many of the other cars on set were Chrysler products as well.
Chrysler lent five Alpine White Dodge Challenger R/Ts to the production. Four of them were equipped with 4-speed 440 engines. The fifth was a 383 automatic. Besides heavy-duty shock absorbers, no other special equipment was added to the cars.
According to Newman, the 440 engine may have been a bit too much for the Challenger. He said it was so powerful that “it was almost as if there was too much power for the body. You’d put it in first and it would almost rear back!”
The director brought in the king of stunt driving at that time, Carey Loftin. Known for making cars “fly,” Loftin requested the Dodge Challenger due to the quality of the torsion bar suspension and for its horsepower.
Today’s Dodge Challenger still brings the power and style of yesteryear, making it a force to be reckoned with. If you’d like to get your hands on one, visit Bryant Motors today!