Ferris Bueller Ferrari replica is so choice, and now it can be yours

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The famous film car is heading to auction with a $250,000 sale estimate.

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How Hollywood furthered our automotive obsession [w/videos]

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The car enthusiast's passion generally isn't founded in any single experience. It is a result of many influences, coming from places like our parents, our surrounding area's culture and, almost always, the media.

The automobile plays both major and minor roles in nearly every movie and TV show known to mankind. Today the editors at Autoblog and AOL Autos are paying homage to a few of these, acknowledging the ones that stand out in our minds as having played a profound part in forming our ardor for all things automotive.

Head on past the jump to see the cars from the big and small screen for which our staff still pines. And make sure to tell us about your favorite movie/TV cars, in Comments.

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How Hollywood furthered our automotive obsession [w/videos] originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How Hollywood furthered our automotive obsession [w/videos]

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The car enthusiast's passion generally isn't founded in any single experience. It is a result of many influences, coming from places like our parents, our surrounding area's culture and, almost always, the media.

The automobile plays both major and minor roles in nearly every movie and TV show known to mankind. Today the editors at Autoblog and AOL Autos are paying homage to a few of these, acknowledging the ones that stand out in our minds as having played a profound part in forming our ardor for all things automotive.

Head on past the jump to see the cars from the big and small screen for which our staff still pines. And make sure to tell us about your favorite movie/TV cars, in Comments.

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How Hollywood furthered our automotive obsession [w/videos] originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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eBay Find of the Day: Craterface’s ’49 Mercury convertible from Grease

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1949 Mercury hotrod from Grease

Here is your chance to own your very own piece of greased lightning. Well, not the Greased Lighting, it's actually the black, flamed 1949 Mercury convertible that races against John Travolta in the classic 1978 movie Grease, and it's for auction on eBay Motors.

While it appeared in the film's exciting drag race in a Los Angeles storm drain, the hot rod was reportedly lost until last year, when the seller found it as a shell. He verified that it was the actual car with original builder, Eddie Paul, and sent the car for a complete restoration.

The auction includes original parts like the exhaust tips used in the movie and bent bumper from when it hit Travolta's car in the scene. The restorer recreated the scorpion stickers on the doors, razor hubcaps and license plate. He also installed a 1949 Mercury 255-cubic-inch (4.2-liter), flathead V8 and three-speed manual transmission with overdrive.

The car comes a letter of authenticity from Paul and other documents verifying that it appears in the movie. The seller claims that this is the only car from Grease that is privately owned.

The auction currently sits at just over $100,000, but the car's reserve price hasn't been met yet. There are four days left, so there's still time for you to enjoy some warm summer nights in this hot rod with your own Sandy or Danny Zuko.

eBay Find of the Day: Craterface's '49 Mercury convertible from Grease originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Fans petitioning Sony Pictures to restore Ghostbusters ECTO-1

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Ghostbusters Ecto1

Star cars can live on in the hearts of movie fans, but as we learned with the DeLorean time machine used in Back to the Future, even some of the more popular cars can end up being forgotten about by the studio. Such is the fate that has befallen the lead car from the Ghostbusters franchise - a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance more affectionately known simply as ECTO-1.

As you can see in the image above, ECTO-1a (the updated car used in Ghostbusters 2) looks much different from the last time we saw it help rid New York City of ghosts, ghouls and evil spirits in 1989. Neglected and apparently left to the elements, the car is in rough shape likely requiring far more than the "$4,800" the car took to fix up in the original film (you know, for the suspension work and shocks, brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end, new rings, mufflers and a little wiring).

Just like the recent restoration project for the BTTF DeLorean, though, a group called Ghostbusters Fans wants to get its hands on this car to restore it back to its original glory. To do so, it has set up a petition in hopes of convincing Sony Pictures Entertainment to allow it to purchase the car at scrap price and eventually plans on setting up a funding campaign on Kickstarter in the future. Scroll down for more information on the potential ECTO-1a restoration, and be sure to visit the site to sign the petition.

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Fans petitioning Sony Pictures to restore Ghostbusters ECTO-1 originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 13 Oct 2013 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Inside the minds of people who own movie cars

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A new video series documents movie car owners.

People who own movie cars are a different breed. Judging from the two videos on theAFICIONAUTO, a trend seems to be forming among them: they're not interested in cars per se, but more specifically cars that double as movie props.

This new video series hosted by Christopher Rutkowski promises to document the world of movie car owners, which is full of people who are eclectic as the cars they own. The first episode focuses on a man who owns a DeLorean DMC replica Time Machine from Back to the Future, and the second profiles a man who owns a replica Batmobile from 1966's Batman.

Head on below to watch them, and perhaps take some time to read about a Porsche 928 from Risky Business.

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Inside the minds of people who own movie cars originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Getting to know the cars of Fast & Furious 6

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The team at Universal Pictures recently invited us check out the real stars - the machinery - of its upcoming action thriller Fast & Furious 6, due in theaters on May 24. On hand at the studio special effects facility were more than a dozen vehicles, each with its own unique story to tell.

Giving us special insight to the logistical nightmare of coordinating the 300-400 vehicles consumed during filming (sadly, nearly all were destroyed) was Dennis McCarthy, the film's Picture Car Coordinator. McCarthy, a true car guy, explained the difficulty of turning a street car into a Fast & Furious celebrity. Aside from the obvious safety upgrades to keep the stunt crews secure, engines are often upgraded (the small-block LS3 from General Motors is the team's jack-of-all-trades), differentials welded and slide brakes fitted (allowing precise control of the rear calipers to induce drift). The cars are mostly all modified in the States, and then shipped to shooting locations around the globe.

Eye candy such as the heavily customized 1969 Dodge Daytona (pictured above) is even more impressive up close, when you realize that its side pipes required the entire exhaust system to be packaged within the confines of the passenger compartment. The team purchased seven Euro Mark I Ford Escorts, a celebrated 1970s-era rally car complete with stock fender flares, but only one made it through filming. We were drawn to the LS7-powered Lister, with with its bright livery and 1,800-pound curb weight, but our favorite turned out to be the new three-passenger Flip Car. The one-off handcrafted vehicle features a 500-horsepower LS3 running through a V-drive from a boat with the rear steering mechanism of a monster truck. Simply badass, even if it's not even remotely street legal.

If you have specific questions about any of the vehicles after clicking through the gallery (all of the images have been labeled to ease identification), post them in Comments.

Getting to know the cars of Fast & Furious 6 originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 17 Mar 2013 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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