Props Are Props: The Fast & Furious 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Movie Car

Article by Anthony Alaniz (Anthony_Alaniz). Video courtesy of theAFICIONAUTO.

While movie lore is oftentimes more elaborate than reality, movie cars hold a special place in many of our hearts. For many movies, from Bullitt to Gone in 60 Seconds, both the original and the remake, cars are the stars. Even the Italian Job popularized BMW’s MINI. Today’s car destroying, high speed franchise is Fast & Furious. We like to think we could all be the next Dominic Toretto—have you seen the parking lot of a movie theater after a Fast & Furious movie? It’s hilarious. Refill the popcorn on the way out, park at the edge of the lot and enjoy the hilarity as stock Honda Civics try to drift.

The franchise has had numerous cars come and go, with Dom’s 1970 Dodge Charger being the halo car of the series. While the movies have introduced drifting and modified Asian cars to the mainstream car culture, when the first film came out with Supras and Preludes, there was no automotive response to the sheer presence of the Charger on screen.

Rumored to have 900 horsepower with a nine-second quarter mile under its belt, the black Charger R/T lives a more docile and pampered life than the movie alludes to. Dom’s Charger sits at Picture Car Warehouse when it is not being filmed, which was bought by the company after the fourth film and has had recurring roles ever since. Each time the car has appeared on film it has received minor upgrades, like wheels and a coat of gloss black paint.

Sadly, the car doesn’t have the rumored 900 horsepower and the sweet, iconic blower is fake, activated by a flip of a switch. What makes the car owned by Picture Car Warehouse so unique is that it was driven by the late Paul Walker in Fast Five.

YouTube car reviewer theAFICIONAUTO had a chance to get behind the wheel of the beast. He said it was fast, easily performing burnouts, and it was excruciatingly and deliciously loud—just as one would expect from a brutish American muscle car. It may not be a nine-second car, but it sounds like one… and that is half the battle.

In the end, theAFICIONAUTO asks, ”Would you spend $85,000 on a Porsche or a movie car?” We’ll answer that question with a resounding yes. What's your choice?


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Anthony Alaniz (Anthony_Alaniz)

Born and raised in southeast Michigan. Chose to stay out of necessity. Staff writer at a small community newspaper covering city government, the schools and whatever else happens in town. J-school graduate from EMU, weekend mechanic, car enthusiast and open-road connoisseur. Open to all invites of hospitality and adult beverages.
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