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The following movies are noted in particular for their portrayal of Mopars:
The following movies were noted by forum users and correspondents (their names are at the end). To keep this list within reasonable length, we're holding it down to movies where the lead actors drove Mopars - if we took any movie that had a Diplomat, Monaco, Volare, or Fury as a police car or taxi, we'd have practically every movie made in the last thirty years!
Private eye with motorbike chasing a 1968 Plymouth Road Runner (four-speed)
by Hemi Andersen
The 2 featured “cops” were the ones parked on the bluff as Kowalski drove by on the road below. They quickly jumped into their 1970 Plymouth Belvedere, powered by a 318 engine and A-904 Torqueflite with front disc brakes. Sorry, I don't have the VIN any more.
That car was damaged when chasing the Challenger over a narrow bridge in some small town. The driver of the Belvedere overshot the bridge turnoff, sliding off the road and slowly rolling the car onto its left side in the ditch.
I bought the running gear from the car in the fall of 1971, for parts, at Frontier Auto Wreckers in Sunland, CA. I never took the body but spent two weekends unbolting all the useable parts and loading them into my 1963 Plymouth Belvedere station wagon, originally owned by Petersen Publishing Company in LA. (They do Motor Trend among other magazines.)
The complete 8 1/4" rear end went into my 1963 Belvedere so I could take the 8 3/4" "Pumpkin" to New Jersey and install it in my old 1958 Plymouth Fury, which I had given to my father as a second car.
The LA 318 and single-piston front disc brakes went into my ’63, still used the push button 727 that was in the ’63.
The A-904 transmission and driveshaft were sold at the dealer I worked at. Lots of small parts went "who knows where?"
In 1975, the 318 got removed and sold to the Chrysler dealer I worked for. It was installed in a used car that needed it and I installed a 1974 Duster 360 HP short engine that had been removed under warranty. (Nothing major wrong with it, but a long story.)
The Chrysler factory rep that gave me the 360 told me about the movie and the 1970 Belvedere, which was not supposed to be wrecked in the story. It was brand new when it was leased or loaned to the movie company and had around 2,300 miles on it when I bought the parts.
I have no parts left except the name-plates from the front fenders. The 360 short engine continues to this day, never having been disassembled, and now powers my 1979 D-150 pickup.
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See also our "Mopars driven by celebrities" and "Mopars on TV" pages, and this AMC "car stars" site which has more AMC car appearances, along with some notable Dodges, Chryslers, and Plymouths. It has details on each movie.
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