At some point in his life every boy has wanted to own some version of the famous Batmobile or dreamed of cruising around in some other vehicle they saw in a movie. In general, most people can never own a piece of vehicular cinematic history due to price or practicality – until now.
Marvel Studios recently announced they plan on selling almost every vehicle used during filming of Captain America: The First Avenger at an auction held in England, which will be facilitated by the auctioneers Historics at Brooklands.
There are a total of 53 vehicles ranging from cars, trucks, ambulances and school buses and some even include movie paraphernalia such as logos and actual bullet holes.
Auctioning off equipment and props used for a film isn’t a new idea and has been done before by other studios. However, what Marvel Studios is doing by making this MANY vehicles from one movie available to the general bidding public is unprecedented. There are three other factors regarding this auction that make it truly unique:
- Each vehicle is authentic, is restored and was ACTUALLY used in the film – there are no replicas being sold.
- With the exception of one truck, every vehicle is estimated to sell for under $10,000 – most are valued around the $3500 – $4500 range.
- Most vehicles have little or no reserve.
You might be wondering why Marvel Studios would want to sell off the vehicles they spent good money putting together and customizing. The answer is pretty simple – Captain America director Joe Johnston and executive producer Nigel Gostelow are both passionate classic car fans. Says Gostelow:
“I, along with our director, Joe Johnston, are both avid ‘petrol heads’, and so historical accuracy was vitally important to us. When it comes to movie production, the settings need to look and feel real, and these cars played a large part in that process.”
Historics at Brooklands will hold the open auction on March 3rd, 2011 and you can bid on any vehicle of your choosing by telephone or through an online bidding process – even if you don’t live in England. If you are interested in seeing pictures of the cars’ interiors and engines, then be sure to check out Historics at Brooklands’ website . We’ve posted the profiles of the seven most interesting-looking vehicles below with the remaining forty in a gallery on the next page.
1937 Chevrolet Four Door Stunt Taxi
1938 International Harvester D Range Panel Van
1941 Chevrolet Half-Ton Short Bed Pick Up Truck
1942 Chevrolet Gillig Brothers School Bus
1942 GMC 352 Military Truck
1943 Dodge Military Ambulance
Berliet Military Truck
It’s encouraging to see that Johnston made sure to use authentic vehicles from the 1930s and 1940s in Captain America and shows that he was actually taking the extra time necessary to bring a sense of realism to the film. A couple of weeks ago, after watching a screening he did say that audiences are going to really like his movie – but that’s like a chef telling his patrons how delicious his food will be because he tasted it beforehand.
The first full trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger will show during the Super Bowl on February 6th, 2011 and both movie fans and comic book geeks alike are cautiously optimistic that it might actually be everything they’ve been expecting from a Captain America movie.
Captain America: The First Avenger hits theaters July 22nd, 2011.
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Source: The Province, Historics at Brooklands