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‘Christine’: All About Horror’s Coolest Car

‘Christine’: All About Horror’s Coolest Car

The 1958 Plymouth Fury from John Carpenter’s Christine is renowned as one of cinema’s most sinister and iconic cars. In the 1983 cult-classic horror film adapted from the Stephen King novel, the spotlight isn’t on an actor, but on a sentient red coupe.

Christine, the sleek killer car, is a cherry-red 1958 Plymouth Fury with a mind of her own. Restored to near-mint condition by her owner Arnie, she goes on a rampage, leaving a lasting mark in horror movie history. Carpenter and King’s classic about a car turning a person into a murderous mechanic still resonates with gearheads decades later.

Although King’s novel achieved immense success, the movie failed to receive the same level of acclaim. Released on December 9, 1983, it was met with lukewarm reviews and low box office attendance. Nevertheless, it has since emerged as one of the most iconic horror and car films ever created. The killer car (along with Cujo) even managed to have a cameo in another King-penned film, 1985’s Cat’s Eye.

During the initial planning of the film, $500,000 was allocated, and advertisements were placed nationwide to find appropriate candidates. A total of 24 cars were acquired for filming, predominantly ’57 and ’58 Savoys and Belvederes, along with one Fury.

Given the extensive automotive destruction needed for the script, numerous cars were designated as parts donors according to Motor Trends. Each car had a specific role in the movie, and after filming concluded, only three remained unscathed. The other cars, or what little remained of them, found themselves at Bill and Ed’s Auto Wrecking in Fontana, California.

“Her name’s Christine…” (Image via YouTube / Columbia Pictures)

Where is the Car From ‘Christine’ Now?

Where the three remaining screen-used cars ended up is a twisted tale. One was sent to MTV for a raffle. Once it was given away, all evidence of its existence vanished… a mystery that endures to this day.

Another car was sent to a radio station in Simi Valley, California as part of a nationwide promotion that was awarded on New Year’s Eve. Scott Edminster became the owner of that car and then moved it to New Hampshire in 2004. Subsequently, it was sold at Barrett-Jackson to Ron Pratt. The car was once again sold in 2015 and is currently showcased at the Rochester Auto Museum in Rochester, New York.

Mecum currently values the car between $400,000 and $500,000. Despite efforts to sell it at Mecum Auctions’ Kissimmee 2020, the endeavor proved unsuccessful.

“Whoa, whoa. You better watch what you say about my car. She’s real sensitive…” (Image via YouTube / Columbia Pictures)

However, Stephen King fans hoping to see Christine in all of her horror car glory are in luck. Christine super fan Martin Sanchez acquired the final survivor, now showcased at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles, California.