Posted by: Jerry Garrett | December 18, 2011

Was This Peppy Miller’s Cadillac in “The Artist”?

Is this Peppy Miller's car in "The Artist"? (Imagine it in black & white)

[UPDATE:  For more information, read my updated post about the cars of “The Artist.”]


Trying to figure out what was that car Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) drove in “The Artist”? And crashed? (“BANG!”)

Ouch! Hope Peppy had the CDW coverage!

It appears to be a bright red 1935 Cadillac Convertible Sedan, very much like the one shown above. This particular car, registered in California where the movie was shot, was offered for auction in 2008 at Meadowbrook. Estimated to bring around $140,000, the bids in fact only came up to $92,500, and the vehicle was withdrawn for sale.

Queries to RM Auctions, the auctioneer, for more information about the owner, etc., have so far gone unanswered. We’ll let you know what, if anything, we find out about the car.

Mr. & Mrs. Hazanavicius

Please compare the car shown above to the one that director Michel Hazanavicius and his wife, the movie’s star actress, Berenice Bejo drove to the premiere of the movie in Hollywood on November 21, 2011.

Yes, the wheels & hubcaps are different!

Jerry Garrett

December 18, 2011


  1. […] an earlier post here, I discussed the 1935 Cadillac Convertible Sedan that is driven by Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) in […]

  2. Yes, very close match at least.
    Unfortunately they chose to use a car that was clearly more modern than any of the others – and made after 1933 – the year the film concluded.
    “Striking” car nevertheless!


  3. […] in “The Lincoln Lawyer“; the 1935 Cadillac that Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) crashes into a tree in “The Artist“; the fabulous cars of 1959 in “The Rum Diary“; and, […]

  4. Jerry – sorry, but you’re completely wrong about the cars in the movie. Both featured cars are Lincolns. Valentin’s is a ~’30 (note the characteristic bumper, which they kept thru ’31). Peppy’s is a 36 K-series V-12; the location of the badge on the grille is the tip on that one, plus in the scene near the end where she blows the horn to try to summon Clifford the chauffeur, you can read Lincoln on the horn button. Since the scene is supposed to be 1932, as you note, this is a major anachronism (still, the whole film’s nevertheless great). The cars at the premiere are another matter – that one is a Cadillac.

  5. When you see Peppy driving the car, you can read the letters ‘LA’ on the steering wheel boss. Therefore I conclude that the car was (or was meant to be) a La Salle.

    • The LaSalle logo has a capital “L” and an “S”, either side of a small “a”.

      • You may be right.

  6. […] of debate among readers of this blog, since I made a claim that it was, in columns posted here and here in December 2011. Finally, a year later, the owner of the movie car contacted me to confirm it was […]

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