The original 1973 Ford Falcon XB from the Mad Max movies is one of the most iconic and recognizable cars in cinema history. It was originally a white 351 cu in (5.8 L) Australian built 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT Hardtop, but was heavily modified by Graf-X International to become the Pursuit Special seen in the films.
Some of the modifications included:
- A custom aerodynamic front end with a large air intake
- A roll cage
- A variety of lights, including spotlights, fog lights, and brake lights
- A custom exhaust system with twin tailpipes
- A variety of performance modifications, including a high-performance engine, a limited-slip differential, and upgraded suspension
The Pursuit Special was driven by Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) in the first two Mad Max films, and it became an instantly recognizable symbol of the post-apocalyptic world of the films. It was also featured in the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road, where it was modified into a more rugged and off-road capable vehicle called the Razor Cola.
The original 1973 Ford Falcon XB Pursuit Special is now a highly sought-after collector's car, and there are a number of replicas and tribute cars that have been built over the years. It is a truly iconic car that has become synonymous with the Mad Max franchise.
Here are some additional facts about the original 1973 Ford Falcon XB Pursuit Special:
- The car was originally owned by the Main Force Patrol, a fictional police force in the Mad Max universe.
- The car was painted black in the first film, but it was repainted white for the second film.
- The car was destroyed in a crash during the filming of the second film.
- A replica of the car was built for the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road.
- The car is now on display at the National Motor Museum in Australia.