California Highway Patrol Chevrolet Camaro From “The Junkman”

the junkman is an action film released in 1982 by HB Halicki, it is the second part of his trilogy starting with the original Go in 60 seconds and then followed by Car Theft Deadline.

While filming the junkman more than 150 cars, trucks, motorcycles and planes were destroyed, today the film still holds the Guinness World Record for the most vehicles destroyed in a single film.

Quick Facts – Camaro From The Junkman

  • This 1979 Chevrolet Camaro was one of more than 200 cars used during the filming of “The Junkman,” but most of the vehicles didn’t make it to the end of the film, with over 150 completely destroyed.
  • Many of the sheriff’s deputies and police officers who appear in the film are not professional actors, they are real law enforcement recruits, mostly from San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles, and Atascadero.
  • After the film’s release, this 1979 Chevrolet Camaro was acquired by the California Highway Patrol Museum where it will remain on display for decades, only recently turning into private hands for the first time.
  • The car is equipped with a 305 cubic inch V8 mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission, has 15″ wheels, bucket seats, sirens, spotlights, period-style communications gear and a California Highway Patrol livery.

HB Halicki And “Gone In 60 Seconds”

Henry Blight “Toby” Halicki, better known as HB Halicki, is a Polish American director, writer, stunt performer, actor, and filmmaker who began working on vehicles as a mechanic before starting his own foreclosure and towing business in California.

Above Video: This is the original trailer for The Junkman, the full movie is also available to watch on YouTube.

In 1974 Halicki wrote, directed, produced and starred in the film Go in 60 secondsit became a cult classic beloved for its unconventional style and extensive chase scenes.

During filming he would end up with 10 compressed vertebrae after making the film’s final 128 feet (39 meters) jump, which left him limping for the rest of his life.

Halicki’s next movie is the junkman in 1982, he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the film, which takes place in the same cinematic universe as Go in 60 secondsand previous films are referenced in the plot.

A year later in 1983 Halicki released the third film in the trilogy, Car Theft Deadlinewhich he also starred in, wrote, produced, and directed.

Tragically, Halicki was killed in action while filming Gone in 60 Seconds 2 in 1989. He was preparing for the film’s main action sequence in which a 160-foot (49-meter) water tower was about to collapse, but the stabilizing cable attached to the water tower suddenly broke, crashing into a falling telephone pole and killing Halicki instantly.

Image description;  impressionThis is the original Japanese film poster for The Junkman, which highlights the 1974 Bricklin SV-1 and the Goodyear hot air balloon, both of which feature prominently in the film.

Remake 2000 “Gone In 60 Seconds”

Six years later in 1995 Halicki’s widow, Denice Halicki, began working with Jerry Bruckheimer and the Touchstone Pictures team to produce a remake of Go in 60 seconds.

The film was released in 2000, starring Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Robert Duvall, and Vinnie Jones – it would make nearly a quarter billion dollars at the global box office.

Years after his death, Denice Halicki began dating Robert Kardashian, who is best known for representing OJ Simpson and for fathering Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, and Rob Kardashian.

CHP Chevrolet Camaro Shown Here

The 1979 Chevrolet Camaro was one of more than 200 cars used during the shoot the junkmanmost would not survive, with more than 150 destroyed before filming was complete.

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Image description;  impressionThis 1979 Chevrolet Camaro was given a California Highway Patrol livery, as well as a front nudge bar, lights, siren, and radio antenna.

After production of the film was completed, the car entered the California Highway Patrol Museum where it will remain on display for decades.

The car was modified for shooting with a new white and rear paint scheme to mimic the CHP livery, a “Highway Patrol” badge was added to each door and also added in scripted form along the rear spoiler. Red and white A-pillar-mounted spotlights are fitted, as are the front nudge bars, and a large radio antenna.

Remembering this car’s history as a member Go in 60 seconds the cinematic universe is likely to be garnering quite a bit of attention now that it’s being offered for sale in the Bring A Trailer out of Emeryville, California.

If you want to read more about it or sign up to bid, you can click here to visit the listings.

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