Posted by: Jerry Garrett | September 20, 2011

The Cars of DRIVE: The Original Getaway Chevelle

Perhaps not a lot of people remember the movie, "Faster", starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, but that Chevelle SS was too memorable for its own good.

The 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle driven by Ryan Gosling’s character Driver in the movie, “Drive” was not the first choice of director Nicolas Winding Refn.

“The vehicle that was originally chosen was an earlier model Chevelle,” said Darrin Prescott, Drive’s stunt coordinator. “The vehicle they really wanted  had already been in a movie – it was the Chevelle SS that ‘The Rock’ drove in ‘Faster‘.” (Mr. Prescott was also stunt coordinator on “Faster”.) Ironically, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in that movie also played a character merely named “Driver”!

Watch for the white-on-matte-black Chevelle SS (and a quick flash of a certain gold ’66 Pontiac GTO) in the vehicular mayhem shown during the “Faster” trailer:

There has been some debate about what year that “Faster Chevelle” really is. The movie car was supposed to be a 1970 model, which is highly collectible and valuable. But it’s really a 1971 – and a 1972.

The movie’s prop department reportedly built three of the Chevelles, using 1971 chasses, with a mix of 1972 and 1970 body panels thrown in. The key appearance markers, such as the headlights and front clip, were from the correct model year parts catalog.

The reason for the sleight of hand was a matter of simple economics: All of the movie cars came in for some damage; wrecking 1970 Chevelles was deemed too much of a luxury (not to mention sacrilegious).

So, some clones were sacrificed to the Gods of Cinematic Glory.

The mystery Chevelle

Early in pre-production, the filmmakers commissioned a poster for “Drive”, that had Mr. Gosling standing in front of a blue 1966 Chevelle. What happened to that? I don’t know. But I suppose that poster may become something of a collector’s item?

Mr. Gosling said once the choice of a 1973 Chevelle was made for “Drive”, he personally dismantled it and rebuilt it. That’s how car and Driver finally bonded.

Jerry Garrett

September 20, 2011


  1. Nice to see something different being used in a movie. They should have used a Maverick or a Comet.

    • Not everyone is a Ford fan

  2. The Chevelle in the original poster is actually a ’65 or ’64 – definitely not a ’66. The ’66 was the first generation 2 body style, and looks quite different from the car in the poster.

    • Thanks!

    • Its a 1965 Chevelle

  3. that’s not a chevelle on the cover…lol… that is a 69 Plymouth road runner!!

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  5. Well first I would like to say that this is my favorite movie. I was born and raised in Detroit and have been a car nut most of my life. I was building a 1977 Malibu at the time of the movies release (Sept 16) . And that is actually my Birthday !
    The Malibu that I was (and still am) building is the last year of that style.1973 – thru – 1977, after that they shrunk.
    The “Drive”, in the movie is to me more about the Drive in him ‘Driver) than wheeling car’s about.
    I would love more than anything , too own “the” Malibu in ” Drive” ! So if you happen to know where it is, or could have Ryan get in touch with me I would be the beginning of possibly a dream come true.

    Sincerely, Anthony Varga.

    • There are (or were) two companies in southern California that supply cars for most movies: Cinema Vehicles (or Cinema Vehicle Services) and movietimecars. Both have websites and you could start there, by contacting them directly.

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