Where Are They Now? The Hollywood Edition of Movie Cars

Every once and a while, a non-speaking movie role wins over the audience and becomes legend. We’re talking about movie stars that are more machine than man: Hollywood cars. 

These cars were cool, thrill-seeking, and a few were deadly—but where did they end up? Keep reading to learn about what became of some of Tinseltown’s most famous vehicles after the cameras stopped rolling.

The Jeep from Jurassic Park

The Jeep from Jurassic Park
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Who could forget the off-roading adventure that was Jurassic Park? It’s hard to imagine staring up at a leaf-eating Brachiosaurus from any other vehicle than a topless Jeep Wrangler YJ Sahara. Stephen Spielberg’s 1993 sci-fi classic remains popular across generations, so it’s no surprise that fans are wondering where the Jurassic Park Jeeps are these days.

Universal Studios owns the Jurassic Park Jeeps and some of them occasionally make appearances at car shows. A few have even come out of retirement to appear in the Jurassic World franchise. You can get a look at Unit 10 and Unit 12 by visiting Universal Studio’s Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida. 

Benjamin Braddock’s Alfa Romeo in The Graduate

It was amusing to watch Dustin Hoffman’s character Ben have a series of existential crises while zipping around town in his red Alpha Romeo, but whatever happened to this adorable European convertible from 1967’s The Graduate?

Hint: It’s no longer parked outside Mrs. Robinson’s McMansion. Three 1966 Alfa Romeo 1600 Spider Duettos were used for filming. At the time, the two-seater roadster was a new addition to the Italian automaker’s lineup and its appearance in The Graduate was prime product placement—although it didn’t do much to boost sales. 

Afterward, one of the Spiders got a black and orange paint job and became an SCAA race car. As for the other two, one is said to have been restored by a private owner while the other was sadly destroyed.

1970 Dodge Charger R/T from The Fast and the Furious

It was amusing to watch Dustin Hoffman’s character Ben have a series of existential crises while zipping around town in his red Alpha Romeo, but whatever happened to this adorable European convertible from 1967’s The Graduate?

Hint: It’s no longer parked outside Mrs. Robinson’s McMansion. Three 1966 Alfa Romeo 1600 Spider Duettos were used for filming. At the time, the two-seater roadster was a new addition to the Italian automaker’s lineup and its appearance in The Graduate was prime product placement—although it didn’t do much to boost sales.  

Afterward, one of the Spiders got a black and orange paint job and became an SCAA race car. As for the other two, one is said to have been restored by a private owner while the other was sadly destroyed. 
1970 Dodge Charger R/T from The Fast and the Furious
Source: Mic from Reading – Berkshire, United Kingdom, CC BY 2.0  via Wikimedia Commons

2001 saw the release of The Fast and the Furious, a film that spawned even more sequels than Jurassic Park. Of all the ridiculously tough cars included in the films, the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T belonging to Dom Toretto (played by Vin Diesel) was the one to be reckoned with. So, where is it today?

It took four Chargers to make The Fast and the Furious, but the one that appears in close-up shots (as opposed to stunt and prop Chargers) is actually a 1969 Charger customized to look like the 1970 version. One of the stunt Chargers now belongs to a museum in Indiana and the other two are privately owned, but you can check out Dom’s custom Charger on display at the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois.      

The souped-up Ford of Thunder Road

If you love car movies, you can thank 1958’s Thunder Road because it’s one of the first. The film stars Hollywood icon Robert Mitchum as Lucas Doolin, a moonshine transporter on the run from federal agents and a malicious gangster. And run he did, in a Ford Custom Coupe complete with a triple-carburated V8 and a button that sprayed oil from the back to trip up his enemies Mario Kart style.

One of two Fords Mitchum drives in the movie is a unique ‘51 Custom with a mashup of parts from 1949 and 1950. It’s said that Mitchum loved the car so much that he kept it, and his son James (who also appears in the movie) sold it to a private buyer circa the year 2000 for around $100,000.

Killer Christine

Few cars are as famous or moody as Christine, a 1958 red Plymouth Fury with a taste for murder. Christine is a Stephen King classic, published in 1983 and launched into horror film greatness by director John Carpenter that same year. Wondering where this devil doll is now?

There were actually 24 Christines of varying models and model years, due to the fact that some had to be filmed close-up and others had to be destroyed (we won’t spoil the end but you get where this is going). Reports from MotorTrend and Wired inform that three Christines (including one restored stunt car) are in the capable hands of superfans—but there’s only one that’s a true ‘58 Fury.

The Fury was won in a raffle by a man named Scott Edminster, but he ended up selling it. The car was then auctioned twice over before settling at New York’s Rochester Auto Museum.

Written by: Mary K. Cahill

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Author: Mary Cahill

Mary K. Cahill is a writer from New Haven, Connecticut. She specializes in creating content that combines the automotive world with history and pop culture. When she’s not writing, you can find her absorbed in a novel, traveling the city on foot in search of vintage treasures, or having movie night with her family.

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