Jeffries created 2 cars that were fully functional - after all there were no digital effects in the 60's. The cars have front and rear facing rocket banks, front and rear gas, oil, water, smoke cannons. Rotating headlights, four green and two white, and rotating number plates. A closed circuit TV system, front and rear cell phones (a real big deal in the 60's), brooms that sweep up its tyre tracks and a host of other crime fighting gadgets switches and lights.
During the early 1990's Black Beauty 1 was restored and Black Beauty 2 was restored in late 2008.
Article from a Mexican magazine; it unfortunately makes a basic error and states the car is based on both 1959 and 1966 Cadillacs!
Black Beauty 2, during restoration in 2006:
This is what a standard 1964 Imperial looked like (Black Beauty was based on the '64-'66 model). No prizes for guessing the Lincoln Continental was it's main rival. the irony was that Elwood Engel designed the iconic '61-'63 Continental before jumping ship to Chrysler and penning this beauty.
Another two mere mortal 1964 Imperials, yesterday:
The new Black Beauty
Script co-writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg thought that for the film, they would be forced to use a new car. "None of the versions that companies pitched were as cool as the original," says Rogen, who stars as Britt Reid/Green Hornet. To persuade director Michel Gondry to use a '65 Crown Imperial, car co-ordinator Dennis McCarthy bought and modified one of the vehicles. Low to the ground, with tinted windows, green headlight covers and hot-rod wheels, it garnered Gondry's seal of approval.
McCarthy then had to find 28 more '64 to '66 Imperial Crowns for the production's needs. "We had two hero cars that were basically pristine, with a fully functioning interior, and they weren't used by the stunt department," he says. "Then we had cars that had no motor in it for some kind of gag. What really ate the cars up the most, though, was final chase sequence - the car just goes through various degrees of destruction, and we had to have multiple cars for each degree of damage." The hunt took him from San Diego to eastern Canada. Most of the cars were in terrible shape - more rust than steel - so the crew stripped them to the frames and added Chevrolet ZZ454 V8 engines, Race Trans Turbo 400 transmissions, Ford diffs and four-wheel disc brakes. Body parts for the 1965 Crown Imperial are no longer manufactured, so McCarthy got the pieces from an unlikely source. "We found a very eccentric 80-year-old guy in Washington who had a whole collection of these imperials," McCarthy says. "And the guy would not part with them. He would not sell us a complete car under any circumstances. He would only sell us parts."
|I'll give you one clue who the real star of that film was...|
Thank god then the film itself bombed...