Thursday, August 3, 2017

1974 AMC Hornet James Bond Stunt Car at Auction August 2017

From the Auctions America website

1974 AMC Hornet Hatchback "Astro Spiral" - James Bond Stunt Car

To be offered on August 31-September 3 2017
Estimate: $250,000 - $350,000, Offered Without Reserve 

  • The stunt car used in The Man with the Golden Gun
  • Center steering
  • Upgraded suspension and roll cage
  • Specially balanced for “Astro-Spiral” jumps
  • Operable and in as-jumped condition
When the phrase “Bond Car” is used, it typically brings to mind a gleaming silver Aston Martin DB5 bristling with gadgets, machine guns, and mysterious red buttons that may or may not eject your passenger. To those of a different generation, it might suggest a white Lotus Esprit that Q Branch had converted into a submarine, or perhaps a silver BMW Z8 convertible. For some, though, there is no more noteworthy “Bond Car” than this, the 1974 AMC Hornet X “Astro-Spiral” stunt car from The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).

The famous stunt saw James Bond, played by Sir Roger Moore, drive the Hornet over the remains of a collapsed bridge, corkscrewing over a river to continue his pursuit of the villains. In today’s CGI world this seems a minor undertaking; in 1974 it was awe-inspiring. The corkscrew stunt itself was conceived by famed racing and stunt driver Jay Milligan and was performed by Mr. Milligan publicly as early as 1972. Following his successful execution of the trick at Houston’s Astrodome, Milligan contacted the producers of the Bond series and offered it to them for the next installment of the franchise. The producers secured the right to use the trick and ultimately filed a patent on it to ensure that no one else could perform it on film.

Performing the trick in a controlled setting is one thing; to safely execute the stunt on location in Thailand under the limitations of a movie set is quite another. To produce a film-worthy stunt while ensuring the safety of the driver and film crew, extensive computer modeling was in order. At the time the science of automotive computer modeling was still in its infancy and not yet able to produce useful results for the film. It took the groundbreaking work of Calspan Corporation and engineer Raymond R. McHenry to create the system that ultimately enabled the trick to be successful for the film. Following extensive research, engineering, and programming, the trick was exhaustively planned before the first ramp was built. So successful was this planning that the car, bravely piloted by stunt driver Loren “Bumps” Willard, landed exactly where the simulation predicted after hitting the ramp at the suggested speed of 40 mph. Reportedly the trick only required one take, an amazing testament to both the skill of the programmers and that of “Bumps” Willard.

Due to the pioneering systems created by Calspan and Mr. McHenry, the Hornet survived the jump without incident. In a further indication of the skill of the programmers, the basic technology they created for the stunt still influences computer simulations including today’s most popular racing video games.

Offered from the Jay Milligan collection, This 1974 AMC Hornet Hatchback is the actual stunt car used in The Man with the Golden Gun. The car is operable and remains in as-jumped condition, having suffered no damage during the stunt’s one-take execution. The engine and chassis numbers of this car match those on the shipping invoice created when the car was sent from the filming location in Thailand back to Jay Milligan’s JM Productions in New York.

The sale represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a truly significant piece of automotive, technological and film history.


Please note this vehicle is being sold on bill of sale only

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Wayne's World 1976 AMC Pacer Up For Bid at Barrett-Jackson


VIN# A6C667A271223

"Lot #608 - This is the original 1976 AMC Pacer used in the iconic film "Wayne's World." Modifications made for the film included baby blue paint over the original yellow exterior and brown interior, tow hooks welded to the front subframe, 1/4" steel plates welded to the rocker panels for camera supports, heater and air conditioning were removed, rear wheelhouses were modified to fit speaker boxes, a hole was drilled in the roof for the famous licorice dispenser, flame decals were added, and components were removed from the inner dash to accommodate the cup dispenser and a door mechanism above the sealed-off glove box. The studio also went with a purposely mismatched wheel combination of chrome spoked wheels in the rear and factory hubcaps in the front. Every effort was made in the car's extensive restoration to bring it back to its movie condition. All bolted-on body parts were removed and the exterior body was stripped to bare metal. Bumpers and original wheels were rechromed and the body was refinished with Nason base coat/clear coat to match the movie color. Seats and headliner were recovered, and all interior panels and dashboard were refinished. The only part of the restoration not true to the movie are the upgraded speakers and stereo (the 10" restoration speakers are not functional as there never was an amp in the car). The stereo system is operational, however, and ready for you to do your own rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody.'' All the props inside the car are original. The complete front end, including steering rack, was rebuilt. The exhaust, water pump, power steering pump, alternator, battery, belts and hoses are just some of the mechanical parts replaced during the refinish of the motor. Other items restored or refinished include the grille, headlamp doors and bumper cushions; all moldings and the weatherstripping were replaced. NOS taillight lenses, front hubcaps and parking light lenses were added to the restoration."

Monday, May 23, 2016

Weird and Wonky American Cars - AMC makes the list 3 times...

Weird and Wonky American Cars

1970 AMC Gremlin

1975 AMC Pacer

1979 AMC Eagle Wagon


1957 Rambler Cross Country

1974 Bricklin SV-1 (some had AMC engines)

Monday, April 11, 2016

10 Great Car Names That (mostly) Lost Their Luster

10 great car names that (mostly) lost their luster | Fox News

Musclecar buffs fondly remember the AMX, the
short-wheelbase, two-seat version of AMC’s Javelin ponycar. After
cancelling the AMX, AMC moved the badge to the 1971 Javelin performance model.
But a few years after the Javelin ended, AMC pulled its own “Cobra II”
move and made “AMX” a garish dress-up package for the Hornet compact and
then, later, the smaller Spirit (a Gremlin rerun). At least you could
get an optional 304-cube V-8 in ’79. And, get this: Two 1979 AMX’s took
first and second in class (25th and 43rd overall) in Germany’s
Nürburgring 24 Hour race, with Indy racer Lyn St. James and actor James
Brolin among the six drivers.