The folks at Atlanta Motorsports Group are here at Mosport today, getting in a bit of practice leading up to the ALMS weekend here next weekend. These cars look great on track.
When you see some of today’s retro cars what sort of memories do they bring back for you?
Recently it was announced that Ford Motor Company is bringing back the Playboy Pink Mustangs to the very popular retro 2008 Mustang’s line up. There are probably those of you who don’t remember the year Playboy gave a “Playboy Pink” convertible Mustang to the Playmate of the year. For those of you who do remember seeing them running around you may remember the mixed reviews the public had of them or what a great month it was for Playboy stands but whenever I remember those Playboy Pink Mustangs I am reminded of something other than that month’s edition let alone the articles everyone supposedly read.
After 39 years of hibernation, the 1966 Mercury Station Wagon that served as a love nest for Dean Martin and Stella Stevens in the 1966 movie “The Silencers” is now on permanent display at the Volo Auto Museum.
A stylish, sexy adventure in the tradition of James Bond, “The Silencers” was a big hit for screen legend Martin and Playboy model Stevens. As secret agent Matt Helm, Martin saves the planet from a megalomaniac and his dastardly covert organization.
George Barris, builder of the original Batmobile and other famous Hollywood cars, created the perfect mode of transportation for a spy living the swinging lifestyle made popular by Martin and his Rat Pack friends.
The Sex Wagon, as it’s referred to in the movie, features two separate bedrooms clad in leather upholstery, a fully-stocked martini bar, a tailgate modified to lower as a step, and a working TV, which was a big deal in 1966.
The museum recently purchased the wagon from the private estate of Swing Dance Hall of Fame Member Lou “Bart” Bartolo. A big fan of the three Matt Helm films, Bartolo purchased the wagon from a back-lot sale at Columbia Pictures in 1967 and kept it in storage until his recent death.
The museum spent months restoring the vehicle to its original condition. On July 1, 2006, during a special event at the museum, Barris was reunited with his Sex Wagon for the first time in nearly forty years.
Believing the vehicle had been destroyed, Barris was shocked and thrilled to see the wagon once again and began to recall stories of Martin and Stevens and the production of “The Silencers.”
“For me, this car is a great reminder of a very special time in Hollywood history,” he said. “It brings back a lot of good memories.”
The Volo Auto Museum is home to the George Barris TV & Movie Car Collection, featuring the original Batmobile, The General Lee, K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider and close to 50 other famous vehicles.
The Volo Auto Museum, 27582 W. Volo Village Road, Volo, IL, is open seven days a week.