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‘Wayne’s World’: What Happened to the Car From the Iconic Queen Headbanging Scene?

‘Wayne’s World’: What Happened to the Car From the Iconic Queen Headbanging Scene?

“Ah, the Mirthmobile!”, announced the arrival of one of comedy film’s most iconic cars, the 1976 AMC Pacer from Wayne’s World. In the 90s comedy classic, the Pacer was the chariot of Wayne Campbell (played by Mike Meyers) and Garth Algar (played by Dana Carvey), two rock music aficionados hosting a quirky public access TV program

The Mirthmobile makes its debut in Wayne’s World as Garth collects Wayne from his parents’ house early in the film. This iconic car also serves as the backdrop for the legendary “Bohemian Rhapsody” scene.

In Wayne’s World 2, the Mirthmobile is once again a popular mode of transport for Wayne and Garth. Its final scene involves crashing through a pane of glass and some crates of chickens as Wayne heads to disrupt Cassandra’s wedding.

The ‘Wayne’s World Car’ Has Some Excellent, Off Beat Features

As you might imagine, the Mirthmobile isn’t your usual movie car. This hatchback flaunts a Baby Blue paint job and flame decals(Schwing!). It also has deliberately mismatched wheels.

The key feature to this slick ride? The vehicle has a sweet licorice dispenser on the ceiling – a clear plastic dome filled with red rope licorice dispensed through a hole with a blade for cutting pieces off. Excellent! Additionally, modifications were done for filming, such as adding quarter-inch steel plates welded to the rocker panels to support cameras.

The license plate number of the Pacer in the movie is F3B 259. Of course, this is a subtle nod to the tragic Feb 3, 1959 plane crash that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and “The Big Bopper” J. P. Richardson, known as “The Day the Music Died”.

AMC’s Pacer was introduced as a modern compact car in the 1970s. Despite its innovative design elements like a wide track for spacious interiors within a compact frame, the car’s unconventional styling made it the butt of jokes. Although the Pacer was built on a rear-wheel-drive platform, the rise of front-wheel-drive compacts with more efficient packaging quickly made it outdated.

AMC did provide a 304-cubic-inch V-8 engine option. However, the Wayne’s World car features the standard 258-cubic-inch inline-6 engine paired with an automatic transmission. Recently, the car underwent a complete restoration to bring it back to its original movie condition. The only significant upgrade was the installation of a modern sound system. The car lacked a functioning sound system during filming. Bogus.

The Wayne’s World car was featured on Pawn Stars nearly a decade ago. After ensuring the Twizzler dispenser remained intact, Rick Harrison picked up the Pacer for $9,500.

However, the Wayne’s World car changed hands before landing on the auction block in late 2022. The Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, concluded with a winning bid of $65,000. The total price, including the buyer’s premium, amounted to $71,500.