The movie Fast Five is loaded, from the opening moments of its 130 minutes of run time to the credit roll, with expensive, exotic, rare and fast cars. But there is one notable exception: the 1971 Ford Maverick driven by the character Han.
(I would argue the 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 XL in the movie is not a crap car; it’s becoming a rather sought-after collectible – unlike the Maverick, which is, was and always will be, crap.)
The Fast Five Maverick, however, is something of an inside joke for Dennis McCarthy, the film’s picture car coordinator. It’s an intentional placement, because of the film’s setting in Brazil (although it really isn’t filmed there) and the Maverick’s popularity as something of a “muscle car” in that country.
McCarthy even went to the trouble of hopping the Maverick up with a 5.0-liter V8 (from an ’83 Mustang) and a 5-speed manual transmission. In a piece of investigative journalism all too scarce these days in the automotive trade, my esteemed colleague John Pearley Huffman, managed to track down the actual Maverick used in the filming. He took it for a memorable test drive; I heartily recommend you read his review. The exterior and interior of the car, down to the shelf paper on the dash and the plastic “Grabber” hood, were intentionally made to look – let’s euphemistically say - “shabby chic.”
No word on what might happen now to this, arguably, the most famous Maverick ever made. Suggestions are welcome.
May 4, 2011