Are they dreaming of taking a tour in a Volkswagen Beetle like in the “Herbie” films, a “Fast and Furious”-style muscle car, or even a replica of a “Back to the Future” DeLorean? A French collector offers just that in a new car museum south of Paris.
In a giant hangar in Etrechy, 50 km south of Paris, former car dealer Franck Galiegue, 39, displays a collection of 43 vintage cars that have either featured in famous movies or are replicas. The former racer, who started collecting cars when he was 21, is particularly proud of one of his creations: the 1982 DeLorean transformed into the time machine used in the 1985 movie trilogy.
A Porsche 911 Turbo and a Chevrolet Corvette Z06 are among the 43 cars displayed at the brand-new museum. In addition to the rare and expensive supercars, the Paris Collector displays some lesser-known vehicles from the fast-paced film franchise.
The most iconic is a pure white Mk4 Toyota Supra driven by Dom Toretto in the first Fast and Furious movie. The car defines the character and seals the bond between him and Brian O’Conner in the movie. This car may have met an unfortunate end in the sequels, but it’s still a fan favorite.
The 1969 Yenko Camaro and 1970 Dodge Challenger also have a special place in the hearts of “Fast and Furious” fans. The two muscle cars were owned by main characters Brian O’Conner and Roman Pearce and were destroyed in the series. A 1971 Alfa Romeo 2000 GT is another excellent example of a car in this movie franchise that revolves around races and car chases. The stylish Italian-made sports car was driven in a scene where it fought against a Lamborghini.
A BMW M5 might not seem like the kind of car that would feature in a fast-paced action movie, but the British manufacturer knows how to build some of the best cars on the market. The M5 appeared in the seventh and final Fast and Furious movie, driven by Brian O’Conner and Dominic Toretto against their enemies. The mighty open-wheel racer was also jumped by the movie’s villain, Han Seoul-Oh, played by Sung Kang.
One of the newest additions to the Paris collection is a beautiful Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR from the movie F9. The hand-built supercar, powered by a twin-turbo 6.3-liter V-12 engine, was loaned for the film by Noble from the UK. The museum is assembling an additional exhibition with other fast-paced movie cars from the franchise, including the original ’76 Nissan Skyline GT-R from the first Fast and Furious movie. The exhibit will be ready by the end of the year. Eaglemoss, the UK’s leading publisher of partworks and collections, is releasing a series of 1:8 scale models that allow you to build your model versions of these legendary movie cars.