1964 1/2-‘67 Ford Mustang K-code 289


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1964-73 Ford Mustang’s Brochures Covers. Happy Birthday Ford Mustang. #Mustang50

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The Mad Max police interceptor

The car started life as a standard 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon Coupe, a car exclusive to Australia. And for the first few years of its life, this is pretty much how it stayed.

Then, in 1976, film makers Byron Kennedy and George Miller began pre-production on Mad Max. They needed a vehicle to feature in the film as the black police ‘Interceptor’ - a high performance, evil looking Australian car.

Around the same time, Murray Smith was hired on as part of the Mad Max crew. One of his tasks was to put together the Interceptor, and he started by acquiring the XB Falcon mentioned above. Then Murray, along with Peter Arcadipane, Ray Beckerley, and various others, proceeded to modify the car to what was needed for the film. The main modification is obviously the Concorde front end, and the supercharger protruding through the bonnet (which is for looks only). The Concorde front was a fairly new accessory at the time, designed by Peter Arcadipane at Ford Australia as a showpiece, and later becoming available to the general public due to its popularity. For more information on Peter Arcadipane and his products, see the building a replica section.

The car also received quite a few other, more minor modifications, to complete the package. For a fairly extensive list of exactly what was done to the car, again please visit the building a replica page. There was only ever one black interceptor built for the first Mad Max.

Following the production of Mad Max, the car was no longer needed, and was modified once more to make it suitable for use as a standard road car (basically by removing the blower and the side pipes). It was then toured around Melbourne to shopping centres, car shows and so on as part of the promotion done for the film.

Following this promotional work, the car was finally put up for sale. Surprisingly though, no one at the time was actually interested in buying it.

In the mean time, this low budget Australian film had gained worldwide success, prompting a sequel. The black interceptor was acquired back by Kennedy Miller for use once more.

The blower and pipes were put back, although different to the originals, along with changing the rear wheels. The car was further modified to fit the setting of the new film, with large gas tanks fitted in the back, and its general appearance given a more used and stressed look.

The front end was also modified by removing the bottom section, probably to give more clearance at the front in the outback locations it was required to be driven in for the second film.

In addition to modifying the original car, a duplicate car was also put together for Mad Max 2. It seems that the duplicate car was used for most of the driving sequences, while the original car was used for all the close ups and interior shots.

When eventually the story required for the black interceptor to be destroyed in a spectacular crash and burn up sequence, the duplicate car was used, leaving the original more or less intact. However, its use for the filmmakers was over, and the car was collected by a used metal dealer from Broken Hill for scrap, along with several other vehicles from the film, and destined to be destroyed for ever.

Although it was supposed to be scrapped, the new ‘owner’ was reluctant to destroy this important car, and instead it was ultimately passed on to a colleague, Ray Evans, from Adelaide. The car then sat outside Ray Evans’ scrap yard for more than three years, and was the subject of much interest.  When a great fan of this film series, Bob Fursenko, spotted the car, he realised he had to have it, and after negotiations, Bob became the Falcon’s new owner.

Bob recalled that the car was not in too bad a condition. The front end was smashed, as seen in the film, but generally the car was sound.

Off the car went to Franklin Side Crash Restorers where Tony and Mario Romeo went to work on the car. A number of months and $25,000 Australian dollars passed and the car was complete. The car was restored to its original former glory, but retaining the tanks fitted in the sequel.

Eventually Bob located Murray Smith, and managed to get a number of photos of the car with its registration number still fitted at the Kennedy Miller studios, and obtained confirmation that this was in fact the original car which Murray had built. Bob also obtained photos and information from Ray Evans confirming the cars authenticity.

The car now resides in ‘Cars of the Stars Motor Museum’ in England with other famous cars like The Batmobile, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Munster’s Koach, Mr Bean’s Mini, FAB 1, KITT, etc etc. However, the Interceptor is one of Peter’s favourites. “This is the one and only Mel Gibsons Mad Max Police Interceptor” says Peter, “Any others are obviously fakes, I wouldn’t part with this car for a million Australian dollars simply because it is such an important car, although I hope someday it will return to its native lands because it is a big part of Australian history”.

As of May 2011, the Interceptor, along with the rest of Cars of the Stars and the James Bond museum has been sold.  The car has resurfaced as part of the “Dezer Collection” in Florida. You can find their web page and an entry for the car here.


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Some of the Ford Mustang Sport Versions from 1965 tru 1973. 

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It’s a beautiful car. The Mercedes-Benz W31 typ G4 was a German three-axle off-road vehicle first produced by Mercedes-Benz as a staff/command car for the Wehrmacht in 1934. The cars were designed as a seven-seat touring car or closed saloon, and were mainly used by upper echelons of the Nazi regime in parades and inspections as they were deemed too expensive for general Army use.

But it’s a beautiful car

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