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‘The Evil Dead’ 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88: Horror’s Star Car

‘The Evil Dead’ 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88: Horror’s Star Car

The “hero car” from the 1981 horror cult classic The Evil Dead might be one of the most used vehicles in mainstream cinema history. Of course, we’re talking about Ash Williams’ (the prolific Bruce Campbell) trusty yellow Delta 88.

Ash drives this trusty ride through the original trilogy of Evil Dead films (including Evil Dead II in 1987 and Army of Darkness in 1992). It even pops up in the 2013 remake.

A more mature Ash is once again seen driving the car the the TV series Ash vs Evil Dead (2015-2018). Believe it or not, this is the exact same vehicle across all of these projects. However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Owned by the film’s director, Sam Raimi, the 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 is rumored to have at least a cameo in every movie he’s helmed. This includes Raimi’s western The Quick and the Dead. Reportedly, the trusty automobile is under a tarp somewhere in the film…

However, the beloved Evil Dead car isn’t just quietly in the background of Raimi’s other efforts. It was an important vehicle in Peter Parker’s big screen debut (and Raimi’s first full-on blockbuster). Uncle Ben himself drove around Peter in the 1973 Oldsmobile in 2002’s Spider-Man.

The ‘Evil Dead’ Oldsmobile as Uncle Ben’s car in ‘Spider-Man’ (Image via YouTube / Columbia Pictures)

‘The Evil Dead’ Car Wasn’t Always in Perfect Working Order…

Meanwhile, the car wasn’t always in perfect working order. Reportedly during the filming of Evil Dead II, Sam Raimi had his 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 transported from Michigan to North Carolina because it wouldn’t run.

It seems the car was featured in all of Raimi’s student films and was a sentimental favorite of the director. Perhaps he feels like it’s a cinematic good luck charm and therefore gets some love in all of his film projects.

“This damn car has been in more movies than I have!” Evil Dead‘s Bruce Campbell confirms in his memoir If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor. “For some reason, it became the all-purpose car that appeared in almost every Super-8 film we ever made. When Sam began to make feature films, he kept using it – starting with Evil Dead in 1979.”

The 1973 Oldsmobile as seen on the ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ TV show (Image via YouTube / Starz)

Horror fans looking drive in style like Ash Williams can indulge in acquiring a 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88.

A well-preserved two-door convertible model of the 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale can be obtained for an approximate price of $12,300 according to Hagerty. While various platforms offer these vehicles for sale, the Royale variant stands out as the most coveted choice.