Continuing with our tour of the Dezer
Collection of “Automobiles and More” at the Miami Auto Museum and Events Center…
As I mentioned previously, the Dezer
Collection occupies 2 warehouse type structures. They’re connected by the walkway shown above…
Real estate developer and collector
Michael Dezer fulfilled a longtime dream when he opened his automobile and
memorabilia collection to the public.
His passion for collecting began with his first vehicle. It was a Vespa given to him by his father when
he was 16… Today, Dezer owns the largest collection of Vespa’s in the world!
For this posting, I’m focusing on iconic
movie and television automobiles…
This auto has some ‘bling’ doesn’t
it?! The Dezer collection features an entire collection of Batman related vehicles and related memorabilia.
This Batmobile is from Tim Burton’s 1992
‘Batman Returns’ movie starring Michael Keaton and Michelle Pheiffer. That movie cost $80,000,000 to make but it
grossed $266,830,000 worldwide…
This is another ‘Batmobile’… This one was
built in 1966 by George Barris for the Batman TV show starring Adam West. It’s based on a Ford Motor concept car, the
Lincoln Futura, which was built by hand in Italy for $250,000. The car had never gone into production and
Barris picked it up for next to nothing.
When asked to develop his 3rd Batmobile practically
overnight, he modified his ‘batlike’ concept car for the task.
Somewhat confusingly, a second Barris
Batmobile that appears to be just like this one is on display at the Hollywood
Star Cars Museum in Gatlinburg, Tennessee…
The first appearance of the ‘Batboat’ was
in the 1966 film ‘Batman’. The boat was also
used in the second and third seasons of the 1960s Batman television series. The Batboat was created by Glastron Industries
in Austin, Texas. It took 31 days to
build. Eventually, a replica was built
of the Batboat.
When the Batman television show was
cancelled, Glastron used the two Batboats for promotions on tours. After much touring, the boats were sold. One boat went to a Glastron dealer who was a
Shriner and he used it in Shriner parades. That Batboat was then moved to the Car Stars
museum in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Apparently, this Batboat is the “other boat”…but I don’t know how it was
acquired or if it’s the original craft…
This ‘Batcycle’ is also from the 1966
television series, “Batman”, and it was used in the original movie. Built in 6 days, using a Yamaha Catalina
(YDS-3) 250 as the base unit, the Batcycle features a side car with a portable
go-cart resting on it for Robin’s use.
As Batman slows down or stops the Batcycle, Robin is propelled off in
the side car and he becomes mobile in his own right! Robin's ‘sidecar’, (or go cart), is powered
by a 55cc, electric start, Yamaha three speed engine.
I didn’t recognize this beautiful 1948
Dodge taxicab! That’s probably because I
didn’t see the movie. This cab was
featured in the 2008 movie, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. The movie starred Brad Pitt and Cate
Blanchett. It cost $150,000,000 to make
the film and it took in about $334,000,000.
This great looking taxicab is for
sale…and you can purchase it for the on-line sale price of $24,995.
It’s yet another spooky manikin that is supposed to represent Olivia
Newton John for the movie “Grease”. This
1948 Ford Deluxe, called “Greased Lightning” in the movie, has overhead
lifters, 4-barrel quads, fuel injection, chrome plated rods and a 4-speed on
the floor. This car is also for
sale…with a price tag of only $179,995!
This 1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III 20/25
was previously owned by Dodie Smith, (1896 – 1990), the English author of the
children’s novel, “101 Dalmations”.
Dodie did fairly well in her career and
her estate is probably still doing well!
The 1961 animated movie “One Hundred and One Dalmations” cost $4,000,000
to make and it grossed almost $216,000,000.
The 1996 live action production starring Glenn Close cost $75,000,000
but it brought in about $321,000,000…
Guys of a certain age…and perhaps the
girlfriends they dragged to the movie… should recognize this automobile. It’s the Green Hornet and Kato’s car, the
“Black Beauty” from the 2011 movie that was ‘imaginatively’ named “The Green
Hornet”. This superhero action comedy,
starring Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz, cost $120,000,000 to make but it did
manage to pull in box office receipts totaling about $228,000,000!
Part of the high cost of this movie can
be linked to the car. The production
team modified 29 Chrysler Imperial Crown sedans from model years 1964 to 1966
in order to portray the Green Hornet's supercar. Twenty-six of those cars were wrecked during
production and 3 survived.
I want this car! Talk about an attention getter… I know that raspberry with a tan interior may
not be your favorites, but this auto sure does grab the eye doesn’t it!? This car, with Madonna at the wheel, was
featured in the 1990 movie, “Dick Tracy”.
It starred Warren Beatty as Dick Tracy.
Madonna played ‘Breathless Mahoney’, one of the many comic book
characters featured in the movie…
This is one of several cars used in the
1996 movie, “Evita”, which starred Madonna and Antonio Banderas. It’s a 1928 Hudson Super Six. The 6-cylinder engine produced 29.4 horsepower
and the various models produced originally cost between $1,250 and $1,795.
With 85 costume changes in Evita, Madonna eclipsed the Guiness World Record for
movie costume changes. The record had
been previously held by Elizabeth Taylor with 65 different costumes in the
I suspect that most readers will recognize
this vehicle! It’s the famous 1959
Cadillac “Ecto 1” from the 1984 blockbuster movie, “Ghostbusters”. This movie car was built using a Cadillac
Miller-Meteor ambulance as its base.
Miller-Meteor was part of the Wayne Corporation in Richmond Indiana,
which was best known for manufacturing school buses. Wayne went out of business in 1992.
This car is a Ferrari 308 GTB. You may not recognize it but Laurie did! It was driven by one of her heartthrobs, Tom
Selleck, in the Hawaii based TV series, “Magnum, P.I.” The show ran for 8 seasons and I doubt that
we missed any of the shows unless we were on vacation…
Yet another scary pair of manikins! This is the 1976 Ford Gran Torino from the
2004 movie, “Starsky and Hutch”. Gran
Torino’s were built from 1972 through 1976.
This crime action comedy starred Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson…and it was
subtitled “Good Cops. Bad Hair”. The
movie cost $60,000,000 to make and it brought in $170,000,000.
Recognize this ‘car’? It’s the “Johnny cab” or taxi that took
Arnold Schwarzenegger for a ride in the 1990 movie “Total Recall”. The ‘dummy’ in the driver’s seat is another
of the museum’s manikins…not the original homicidal dummy/taxi driver from the
movie. To view the original in action,
go to http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x10bfo9_total-recall-homicidal-johnny-cab_fun.
Laurie and I both enjoyed this movie… It
was a fun action flick!
Total Recall's visuals demonstrated how
technologies that are still being worked today should integrate into normal
life. The Johnny Cab is a completely
self-sufficient, Artificial Intelligence controlled taxi cab. As demonstrated in the film, it is equipped
with sensor bars on the front and back.
This allows it to monitor the road around it and react in real-time to
changing conditions. The American Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency and auto makers have been working an AI vehicle for many years and,
based on news reports, we are nearing a possible operational version of a
This isn’t really a movie or television
automobile…although it was driven by a well-known personality and race car
driver. Jeff Gordon crashed this car
when its brakes failed on a critical turn at the Pocono 500 race in New
York. The car is/was a 2006 Chevrolet
Monte Carlo and Jeff reported that it was the hardest hit he ever took! To view the crash, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgsWAN7Fo4I.
This 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Spider
was used in another of my wife’s (and my) favorite TV series…”Miami Vice”. Don Johnson drove this car during the first 2
seasons of the show. Only 122 Spiders
were built out of a total production run of 1,284 Ferrari 365 GTB/4’s. Surprisingly, at least to me, is the price for
this automobile… I could pick it up from the Dezer Collection for only
$79,995. You can check it out at http://inventory.dezercollection.com/1973-ferrari-daytona-miami-vice-car-c-507.htm.
Did I mention that the museum features a huge James Bond collection and display? It includes many ‘Bond’ cars and other
related items of interest. For example,
there is this scale model Lockheed Martin VC-140B Jetstar that was used in the
1964 Bond movie “Goldfinger”, which starred Sean Connery. Four of these models were built for the
movie. This one was returned to Lockheed
and, after 2 or 3 owners, it was purchased by the Ian Fleming Foundation.
Only 204 ‘real’ Jetstars were built. The Jetstar is notable for its 4 tail mounted
engines and the fact that it was the first dedicated business jet to enter
service. Former President Lyndon
Johnson’s Jetstar is on display at his former ranch in Texas. Elvis Presley owned one too…and it’s on
display at Graceland in Memphis. Elvis
named his “Hound Dog II”.
This is one of the 3 Aston Martin DB5s
used in the 1995 movie “GoldenEye”. This is Dawn's favorite car! (Note: This was the 17th movie
for the Bond franchise!) One Aston Martin was kept in pristine condition for
close-ups and the other 2 were used for the stunt driving scenes in the hills
above Monte Carlo (Monaco). Pierce
Brosnan stared as Bond in this movie.
This is the first and most recognized of all James Bond
automobiles. The Aston Martin DB series
was used in several Bond movies.
This is an Alfa Romeo 159. Two of them were used in a car chase in
“Quantum of Solace”, the 22nd Bond film, which featured Daniel Craig
as James Bond. (Note: Bond was driving his usual Aston Martin DB5) The Alfa
Romeo 159 was built between 2005 and 2011.
I found it hard to believe that 240,000 of these cars were built! I was also surprised to find a 2008 model for
sale on the Internet for only $17,950.
We need a new car but this car just doesn’t have enough trunk
This 1937 Rolls Royce Phantom was also
featured in the 1965 movie “Goldfinger”.
This was the villain’s car… Goldfinger’s driver was ‘Oddjob’, his Korean
‘enforcer’ and bodyguard who killed people by throwing his steel hat. (See the
manikin above) In the movie, the body of the car was made out of 2 tons of
gold. Goldfinger’s plot was to attack
the USA’s gold depository at Ft. Knox Kentucky.
This is Jill St. John’s, (aka ‘Tiffany
Case’s), beautiful 1971 Mustang Mach 1 muscle car from the 1971 Bond movie, “Diamonds
Are Forever”. Sean Connery made his 6th
and last appearance in a Bond movie and this car was used by Bond in a lengthy
car chase. The movie cost $7,200,000 to
make and it grossed $116,000,000! Country
singer, TV host, actor and businessman, Jimmy Dean, was featured as a reclusive
Howard Hughes billionaire character. (Jimmy Dean Sausage is now owned by the
Sara Lee Corporation)
This is the 1998 Jaguar XKR that was
driven by the villain ‘Zao’ in the 2002 Bond movie “Die Another Day”. This movie stared Pierce Brosnan in his 4th
and final appearance as James Bond. It
was the 20th film in the Bond franchise! Of course, Bond drove an Aston Martin in this
movie…this time an Aston Martin Vanquish.
I’ve only shown a tiny fraction of the Bond collection in this posting… Michael
Dezer began buying these cars in 2011, when he snatched up dozens of the super
spy's on-screen rides from the James Bond Museum in Keswick, England. Since then, Dezer has amassed 59 Bond related
cars. The collection also includes
boats, tanks, jet skis, motorcycles and thousands of other pieces of
memorabilia. The buyer would even get the yacht used in the 2nd Bond
movie, 1963’s “From Russia With Love”.
That’s about it for now. Just click on any of the photos to enlarge
Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave