In the Mad Max world, there’s plenty of cool, rugged cars. But Max Rockatansky had a standout ride. It’s fast, black, and looks like it’s been through the wringer. So, what kind of car did Mad Max drive?
The Birth of The Interceptor
At the heart of many Mad Max movies, the Interceptor takes its place as Max’s personal steed. The vehicle was originally a Ford Falcon XB GT, a model native to Australia. Originally designed for the Main Force Patrol in the movies, its design exudes authority.
The Interceptor, often called the Pursuit Special, became synonymous with Max’s character. Its blacked-out appearance and pronounced supercharger made it a beast on the wasteland roads. George Miller, the director, knew the significance of cars in a dystopian landscape.
Inspiration Behind the Rugged Design
The production designer, Colin Gibson, collaborated closely with artists to reimagine how cars would evolve in a desolate future. The blend of practicality and aggression in the Interceptor’s design reflects the rough terrain of the wasteland.
Remember Mad Max: Fury Road, one of the most thrilling chapters in the Mad Max franchise? The film introduced fans to the Gigahorse – Immortan Joe’s monstrosity built from two Cadillac Coup DeVilles. It was massive, making the Interceptor look small in comparison.
Furiosa’s War Rig, another behemoth, was crafted from old trucks and resembled a moving fortress. This war rig, driven by Imperator Furiosa (played by Charlize Theron), showed that in this post-apocalyptic world, cars were not just transportation, but lifelines.
Interceptor’s Journey Through The Series
In the original Mad Max, the Interceptor was a Main Force Patrol car. It was seen in several stunts, with the raw energy of a younger Mel Gibson playing Max. However, as the sequels progressed, especially in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, the car transformed. It had harpoons, thick exhausts, and was built to intimidate.
Beyond the Silver Screen
Beyond the films, the Interceptor has made appearances in many exhibitions. The Cars of the Stars Museum in Keswick, England, once housed this legendary vehicle. Although the original car resides in Florida at the Miami Auto Museum, many enthusiasts have built replicas worldwide.
The End of the Road
As with many movie cars, the life of the Interceptor has seen highs and lows. Following its appearance in Mad Max, they repurposed the original vehicle, removing its supercharger and many features. However, after its comeback in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, they sent it to a scrapyard after production. Peter Arcadipane, the original car’s designer, would likely have winced at its fate.
Thankfully, Murray Smith (a keen enthusiast) saved the car from obscurity. He then restored it, adding back its supercharger and other modifications.
Legacy of the Interceptor
The Mad Max movies have showcased a range of innovative vehicles, designed for a world gone mad. Yet, through the dust, one car remains the symbol of resilience in the face of chaos: Max’s trusted Interceptor. As the Mad Max franchise evolves, this Australian legend will continue roaring down the Fury Road.