Do we all remember the Mad Max movies ?
In 1979, a young Mel Gibson starred in this movie set in a (overused term) ‘post-apocalyptic’ world (Australia apparently), where everyone is fairly dirty and drives hacked-together vehicles. The star, of course, has a cool car: a supercharged 1973 Ford Falcon XB. For fans of this car, you should check out Eric Bana’s documentary called Love The Beast. His beast, I mean his car, is a 1974 Ford Falcon XB that he races in the Targa Tasmania rally. It’s full of up’s and down’s, but it’s really a great film and has some interesting guest appearances. It is very well made and you should absolutely watch it. (I really REALLY liked it) Amazon has it here: Love The Beast (Instant Video download as well as the DVD for purchase), but you can also find it on Netflix.
Take a peek at http://www.lastinterceptor.com/real.html for some background information on these cars.
Here is a reprint of a feature article about these new concept cars from AutoBlog.com:
Ford displays two Mad Max Interceptor Concepts in Australia [w/video]
If you were unlucky enough to find yourself in the middle of a post-apocalyptic dystopic world where gang violence and a complete lack of any real human society were the norm, there’s only one vehicle you’d want the keys to: a matte black Ford Falcon coupe. Don’t believe us? Apparently you’ve missed out on the Australian cinematic masterpiece that is Mad Max.
Besides launching Mel Gibson’s acting career (we’re not touching that one with a ten-foot pole), the film and its two sequels were famous for the outlandish cars and motorcycles used to rundown unsuspecting prey and their precious last drops of gasoline. And no single machine from the film was as memorable as Max’s Pursuit Special, a 1973 Ford XB Falcon GT351.
In case you didn’t know, the Mad Max series is due for a fourth installment. Tentatively due to hit theaters sometime in 2012, Mad Max: Fury Road is set to star Tom Hardy, Teresa Palmer and Charlize Theron… but, of course, the real stars we’re most interested in will be the cars, which are currently being designed.
Two of the leading candidates for the hero car have been created in roughly 40-percent size and are on display at the Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne. See the two scale models along with a slew of other potential designs in our high-res image gallery below. We also suggest you click past the breakto check out a quick video of the concept on the show floor in Australia, along with the related press release.