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Christine Fury doesn’t sell at Mecum Kissimmee

by Patrick Rall on

The biggest news from this past weekend’s Mecum Kissimmee auction in Florida was the Ford Mustang from the movie Bullitt, which sold for a record price of $3.4-million. There was so much attention focused on the car that Steve McQueen raced through the streets from San Francisco that many people didn’t know that there was a movie car at Mecum Kissimmee that is more interesting than the Bullitt Mustang.

Christine Fury

That is, of course, the 1958 Plymouth Fury which served as one of the “star cars” in the Stephen King thriller Christine. This was the only car registered to the film studio and it was the cleanest, having been used for close-up beauty shots during the movie. Basically, every time that we see Christine up close in the movie, we were looking at this 1958 Plymouth Fury. There were other cars used in the movie, but this was the car that we all drooled over.

Christine Fury

This past weekend, this 1958 Fury rolled across the Mecum auction block, offering the world a chance to own one of the most notorious, sinister movie cars of all time. However, when the final gavel sounded, the reserve hadn’t been met, so the highest bidder didn’t get to drive this legend home.

Christine Fury

A Unique Story

After this 1958 Plymouth Fury was used for the close-up shots in the movie, it was the prize for a New Year’s Eve sweepstakes on the USA Network during the show “Night Flight”. A guy name Scott Edminster was picked out of the 40,000+ entries and at some point, the car was restored and sold to the Ron Pratte Collection.  We aren’t sure when it was restored relative to being sold, but in any case, it appears to be absolutely flawless – like Christine just after she shined herself up following a night of hellraising.

Christine Fury

It should be noted that this Fury has a bumper sticker that reads “Watch out for me, I am pure evil, I am Christine.” We never saw this sticker in the movie Christine, but when this car made a cameo appearance in King’s “Cat’s Eye”, the sticker was visible. Every other aspect of this car is identical to the car shown in the movie and for a hardcore Mopar fan, this is likely one of the coolest movie cars in the world.

Christine Fury

Christine at Mecum

The 1958 Plymouth Fury which served as the star car in Christine was item number F156 at Mecum Kissimmee and it had an estimated selling price of $400,000 to $500,000. The bidding began at $400,000, but when no one bid at that point, the auctioneer dropped the price a few times, until bids started coming in at $100,000. The price quickly rose to $150,000, $175,000, $200,000 and $225,000.

Christine Fury

At that point, the bidding stalled a bit, but two final bidders would go with $250,000 and $275,000. No one would go to $285,000, so the auction ended with the phrase “and the bid goes on”, which means that the reserve price was not reached and the highest bidder didn’t win.

Christine Fury

You can watch the brief bidding proceedings for Christine in the video below.

We aren’t sure what is next for this car, but if you are a Mopar fan or a lover of the movie Christine, and you have a half-million dollars laying around, the 1958 Fury from the movie is on the market. Of course, if you do buy this gorgeous Plymouth, you may end up like Arnie Cunningham, but you would have an amazing machine.

Christine Fury

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.

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