1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 (Reloaded)
Last updated Jul 15, 2009
This car was a screen-used Hollywood stunt vehicle featured in The Matrix Reloaded as well as other Hollywood productions.
This ia a NO RESERVE AUCTION. The high bidder WILL own this amazing vehicle.
Have all available Pontiac Historical Services (PHS) documentation, which indicates that this Pontiac started out as a 1967 Montreux Blue Firebird with a mild 326 V8 engine. This engine was later replaced with a modified YD-code Pontiac 400 engine from a large body 1969 Pontiac. The car includes a recent TH400 transmission (with cooler), Hurst Vmatic 2 floor shifter, and a 3.55 rear end. The engine has been modified for stunt duty, including an Edelbrock Performer RPM manifold (port matched), headers and Holley carburetor. I have included a recent two-minute video of the car here: http://www.yo...v=yw10FcLz4Tk
The engine has a mean idle that sounds like it means business. Coupled with the striking metallic purple paint, this car not only turns heads but makes dogs bark and babies cry, which is one of the reasons I’m selling it out of my collection. I have two very young children who are scared of the car, and I need something a little more civilized for family cruises.
The Firebird’s first known stunt duty was in Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys II (filmed in Miami and starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence), where it was one of the Haitian gangsters’ vehicles. Prior to stunt duty, the fuel tank was replaced with an 8-gallon fuel cell in the trunk, and the vehicle was fitted with structural cross braces with skid plates at the front and rear underside, as well as a heavy duty aluminum radiator (with dual electric fans) mounted to the front cross brace. Note: after I purchased the car, I removed the rear cross brace and skid plate in order to put an OEM-style gas tank back in the vehicle.
After filming, Sony transferred the title to Cinema Vehicle Services (CVS) in North Hollywood, California, the largest movie and picture car rental house in the world. CVS never titled the vehicle, since it was never to be used on public roads. If you wish, you may contact CVS directly at http://www.cinemavehicles.com/ to verify the authenticity of the vehicle. They have supplied vehicles for countless Hollywood productions, including the "Eleanor" Ford Shelby GT500 from Gone in 60 Seconds, as well as the new KITT from Knight Rider
Cinema Vehicle Services provided the vehicle to Warner Brothers for the filming of The Matrix Reloaded. The vehicle is a screen-used purple Firebird used in the highway chase scene- most of the others were destroyed during filming. In this scene, Niobe (played by Jada Pinkett-Smith) used the Firebird to catch Morpheus (played by Lawrence Fishburne) when he fell off the tractor trailer. In the movie the color of the vehicle appears darker, due to the camera filters that give the movie an eerie greenish glow.
The Matrix Reloaded’s highway chase scene is arguably one of the best (and most expensive) chase scenes in movie history, and is featured in The Greatest Movie Car Chases of All Time by Jessie Crosse- available from Amazon.com: http://www.am...0&sr=8-12
There were 300 cars used in the highway chase scene, which took almost three months to shoot (longer than many films' entire shooting schedule). Of the 300 cars used, this is one of the few stunt vehicles to come back from the movie intact. Here is a YouTube clip of the movie- the car first appears at 5:20: http://www.yo...v=FGmSsMlo2gI
The odometer currently reads 27,290 miles- and I assume that it has rolled over once. I have paperwork, receipts and maintenance records going back over three years, including owner's manual. I have a certificate of authenticity of CVS as well.
Overall condition is very good. This car is not a show car, although it took 2nd place in its class at a local car show. Condition is as follows:
Paint and body: metallic purple is striking but has a few minor paint imperfections/chips/bubbles that could use touching up, but no dings, waves or dents. Being a California car, the body appears rust free. Solid body panels and trunk. Cragar SS rims in excellent condition. All weather stripping has been replaced. Bumper and outside chrome trim is in great condition, but the chrome around the triangle vent windows shows minor pitting.
Interior: This car previously had a Montreux Blue deluxe interior, which was replaced with a black standard interior (prior to me owning it). Dash is very nice and seats have been redone. Includes, original AM radio, not hooked up, so I don’t know whether it works. Carpet headliner and door panels are in good condition. Fire extinguisher. Period Grant steering wheel (with new horn button) is in excellent condition.
Engine: Great condition and runs excellent. My mechanic, a Pontiac master mechanic, told me that this sounds better than any Pontiac engine he’s ever worked on, including his own. YD code engine from 1969 full size Pontiac with 16 code heads which have been heavily ported. Aluminum roller rockers. Holly 650 carb (probably could better use 750 or 850) with electric choke. Newer TH400 transmission with shift kit (stall unknown).
Since I’ve owned the vehicle, this is what I’ve done (at least):
-new Dunlop GT Qualifier tires, 235/60/15 Front, 245/60/15 Rear (still like new)
-new power steering pump (car also has power drum brakes)
-three point front shoulder harnesses
-new Edelbrock RPM manifold port matched to heads.
-new rubber/polyurethane front suspension bushings.
-new gas tank/sending unit
-new parking brake cable
-new interior dome lighting
-new heater core
-new auxiliary gauges
I own the car outright and have clear title (as well as a copy of the previous title to Sony Pictures).
Car is completely roadworthy and all systems function as they should, including all gauges, headlights, wiper/washers, climate controls. The only thing missing is hazard switch.
This car is absolutely beautiful- the only imperfections (to my knowledge) are:
-speedometer reads 10 mph higher than it should (should be correctable with speedo gear from TCI Engineering)
- has very slow fluid leak from the steering box.
- car has no spare tire or jack hardware
- redone door hinges work great, but door gaps are slightly asymmetrical
This car is ready to drive virtually anywhere. Bid to own a piece of a billion+ dollar movie franchise that you can drive and enjoy every day.
Winning bidder also receives copy of The Matrix Reloaded DVD and movie poster, as well as a copy of The Matrix Revolutions video game (which also features this car). Yes you can drive this car in real life AND in a video game.
Car is for sale locally If you're in the area, feel free to contact me to take a look at it.
Payment Methods: I accept cash, certified check and money order (PayPal for deposit only).
|Price||$18,000 Or Best Offer|
This Pontiac started out life as a 1967 Montreux Blue Firebird with a mild 326 V8 engine, which was later replaced with a modified YD-code Pontiac 400 block. A TH400 transmission, Hurst floor shifter, and a 3.55 rear end were added to the drivetrain.
The Firebird’s first known stunt duty was in Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys II (filmed in Miami and starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence), where it was one of the Haitian gangsters’ vehicles. The fuel tank was replaced with an 8-gallon fuel cell in the trunk, and the vehicle was fitted with structural cross braces with skid plates at the front and rear underside, as well as a heavy duty aluminum radiator mounted to the front cross brace.
After filming, Sony transferred the title to Cinema Vehicle Services (CVS) in North Hollywood, California, the largest movie and picture car rental house in the world. CVS never titled the vehicle, since it was never to be used on public roads.
Cinema Vehicle Services provided the vehicle to Warner Brothers for the filming of The Matrix Reloaded. The vehicle was one of two screen-used purple Firebirds used in the highway battle scene, one of which was destroyed. In this scene, Niobe used the Firebird to catch Morpheus when he fell off the tractor trailer. This is the only stunt vehicle to come back from the movie intact.
YD-code Pontiac 400 block.
TH400 transmission, Hurst floor shifter, and a 3.55 rear end
Power steering & brakes
Front skid plate
YD-code Pontiac 400 block
TH400 transmission, Hurst V-matic 2 floor shifter
3.55 rear end
hot cam, roller rockers
Edelbrock performer RPM intake
Holley 650 carb
hooker headers and dual exhaust
front safety belts
Grant steering wheel
Rose metallic purple paint job
Cragar SS rims
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