The world of premium cars is no stranger to rare and unique vehicles. However, every once in a while something truly special comes along – in this case it’s a “something truly special” Turbo Interceptor, one that recently surfaced in an eBay auction, before being written up by BarnFinds.com. The car’s claim to fame is its starring role in the 1986 sci-fi fantasy film The Wraith, along with a young Charlie Sheen. In the supernatural classic, the vehicle had regenerative powers and could “resurrect” itself every time it took out the bad guys in fiery crashes.
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Sure, the Wraith Turbo Interceptor is the no Back to the future DeLorean or James Bond Aston Martin, but it still manages to stand out with its unique style and heritage. The movie car was based on the M4S concept car designed by Dodge on a fully functional platform.
The “M4S” designation is a reference to the car the middle-machine four– cylinder sportscar settings. At the heart of the concept’s sleek aerodynamic body is a 2.2-liter engine with dual overhead camshafts, sixteen valves, and a pair of Garrett turbochargers. The M4S produced 440 horsepower and could reach a top speed of just 320 km/h (200 mph).
Dodge originally intended to use the M4S as the pace car for the PPG Indycar Series, but that never happened. Instead, the M4S became the hero car Wraith film, where it was used for close surveillance. The studio also built four replicas for use where no live performance of the car was required. Two were destroyed during filming, but the others are now stored away in private garages.
According to reports, this special Wraith The Turbo Interceptor is not one of those original movie cars, but a standalone vehicle. It’s also apparently the only road-legal example ever built, making it even more unique. The Turbo Interceptor sticks to the original design, complete with correct overall construction, clamshell hood and scissor doors.
However, the mechanical framework remains a mystery. It is unclear whether it is based on a custom chassis, or a production frame taken from some vehicle. The interior is another highlight of the Turbo Interceptor, boasting a truly elegant fit and finish with some high-tech gadgets.
Understandably, the seller is not willing to part with his valuable vehicle on the cheap. The eBay listing – showing an auction end date of June 19th – missed it! – quoted a starting bid of $290,000, with a BIN (Buy-It-Now) option of $499,000. It ended up not selling, apparently, generating zero bids. We wouldn’t read too much into it though – cars like this usually don’t stay on the market for too long. It will surely only be a matter of time before the car catches the eye of some eccentric collector with a love of unicorns and money to spare.
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