The Mad Max Interceptor – A History: Building It, Filming It

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The Mad Max Interceptor

 

It started as a simple 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon Coupe.  You had probably never seen one if you didn’t live in Australia. For the first few years of its life the car was just a standard Australian exclusive.  But then a few film makers began pre-production on a film called Mad Max.  They were looking for a care that would work as a police style ‘interceptor’.  They needed high performance, they needed evil looking, they needed something that looked Australian.

The film crew came upon this little coup and decided it could become the car they were looking for.  But of course it would need some modifications.  The most noticeable change is to the front end of the car, swapping to a concord front end and adding a super charger that stuck up through the car’s bonnet.  (Interestingly this supercharger was merely for looks, as it wasn’t completely non-functional).  That supercharged was powered by a separate 12 volt motor under the bonnet, which was controlled by the on off switch on the gear stick.

The Mad Max Interceptor – A History: Building It, Filming It

There were other modifications to the car as well, such as those side pipes.  But there was just the one made for the movie. Then the car got a paint job.  The colour scheme was black on black, with the top half receiving a gloss and the lower half being done in a satin finish.  Now that the car was built and ready, it was time to shoot it.

The filming of the car did present some problems for the crew though.  The entire filming of Mad Max was completed with this single car.  Looking back at this now, it seems like it was a nightmare for the crew to think about continuity. A modern production would undoubtedly have a dozen or so cars all ready to be set for different points in filming and to serve as backups in case one of the cars had an issue arise.  As for the sound of the Inceptor in the movie, that is a Chrysler V8 Hemi being dubbed over the actual roar of the car.

When it came time to film the sequel a duplicate was created to handle the driving scenes.  All the close up and interior shots of the movie where done with the original to provide continuity with the first film.  The stunt car was used on the highway shots, where it would be a little less noticeable that the car changed slightly.  However the scene in Road Warrior where the Interceptor is destroyed was accomplished with the stunt Interceptor.  That scene did end up destroying the stunt car and a sole Interceptor was left.

That Interceptor was unharmed, but the production crew felt that they no longer had any use for it.  As such they sold it to a scrap metal dealer.  That dealer must have been a fan, since he didn’t have the heart to crush it.  He did decide to sell the car and after some other shifting of hands it found its way to Bob Fursenko.The Mad Max Interceptor

He poured money and time (over 25,000 Australian Dollars and six months) rebuilding the Interceptor.  It would never make it back to the specs that it had in the first movie due to some things that the production company did to it in the sequel.  However Bob was able to charge people to take a look at it, working toward making back some of the money that he put into it.  Eventually he sold the car and as of 2011 it was part of the Dezer Collection and is located in Florida.

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