Remember Need for Speed? The 2014 action movie from Scott Waugh, starring Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger, The Preacher) and Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) was not a smash hit at the box office and had it not been for the Chinese audience, the movie would’ve tanked. But it turned in a neat $203 million against a modest $66 million budget.
Though it was not the best video game adaptation that was ever made, NFS wasn’t a bad movie and is a decent watch. Its action sequences used a lot of practical effects over CGI and that demanded the need for supercar replicas as stunt vehicles. They production design team built replicas of everything from a Bugatti Veyron to the GTA Spano and the latter is now up for sale on eBay.
The GTA Spano which was driven by one of the racers in the movie’s climactic chase scene met with a crash-and-burn ending. So the example that we have here is perhaps the last stunt car of its kind which survived the shoot. The specimen did find some work after its Need for Speed shooting days, as it got to star in one of Pitbull’s latest music videos – Green Light. The asking price is a bit steep for a replica car of its kind though – $95,000. And that’s too much of money for a movie prop which was used in a flick that wasn’t an iconic piece of film-making to begin with.
Anyway, in case you are a loyal fan of the NFS movie and the GTA Spano, here are the details. Underneath the accurately-crafted lines of the GTA Spano replica lies the mechanicals of a 2013 Infiniti G37 which had run 30,000 miles prior to the transformation. The movie production design team added a fiberglass body and carbon-fiber components to mirror the looks of the actual supercar. The Infiniti G37’s standard features like rear camera, navigation, paddle shifters, power seats and power windows have been carried forward to the replica. It comes with a height-adjustable front suspension too. Very thoughtful for a movie prop, we must say. The makers have registered, titled and insured this vehicle as an ASPT (custom-built vehicle) in the state of Florida and the car has a new VIN number now.
The actual GTA Spano which got featured in the Need for Speed movie’s close-up shots (well, the one which was used in all the non-dangerous scenes a.k.a The Hero Car) and promotional events was sold for $1.5 million last year. Compared to that, this is one good deal. But then again, this is for those who would either love to own a movie prop or for those who’d like their 30 seconds of fame on the streets.