Big Mad Max fan? We crunched the numbers to find out just how much it would cost to insure the cars involved in the high-stakes cross-desert car chase that made up the majority of Mad Max: Fury Road. Find out the results here.
Mad Max: Fury Road cars up for auction
It was announced just days ago that 13 of the iconic classic vehicles from Mad Max: Fury Road would be going under the hammer on 26th September. The winners will be able to own a piece of the Hollywood blockbuster hit.
The cars being auctioned are what the auction house describes as the “survivors of the apocalypse that was the filming of Fury Road”. This includes the iconic War Pig, the morale machine Doof Wagon and the modified Gigahorse.
Seeing this news got us wondering: suspending all disbelief, imagine they still had to pay insurance in the post-apocalyptic wasteland, perhaps to Immortan Joe himself, how much would it have cost the characters to insure the Mad Max: Fury Road cars considering all their modifications and the not-so-flawless driving histories of some of the drivers? We turned to the quote heroes at Adrian Flux to find out.
The War Rig
The War Rig is an 18 wheeler based on the Tatra T815 that has been heavily modified to serve Immortan Joe. The original cab that used to sit over the engine was moved to the middle of the chassis, while a Chevrolet Fleetmaster Sedan was widened to make up the back of the cab for extra room. Add the 500hp Tatra factory racing engine for extra power and you’re halfway to recreating the Frankenstein’s monster-esque War Rig.
The War Rig also features a tanker and fuel pod so the War Boys could easily move around on top of the vehicle and attack enemies if necessary – using the two turrets added to the 18 wheeler. VW fans beware as these were made of a split Volkswagen Beetle.
The Doof Wagon
Fitted with drums on the back, a mobile stage for the electric guitarist (the Doof Warrior, who is hanging from bungee cords) and a wall of speakers and sub-woofers to amplify the sound, the Doof Wagon is Immortan Joe’s morale machine. Like the military drummers who would help boost troops’ morale in battles, the Doof Wagon also helped to rally the troops while letting enemies know that Joe was on his way.
The vehicle is a modified version of the 8×8 MAN KAT1, with the front end of a Holden FJ being used for the Doof Warrior’s stage. Unlike most of the other vehicles on this list, the Doof Wagon was not a weapon in the traditional sense, though it did act as a form of psychological warfare. The Doof Warrior also had a fully functioning flamethrower, which was activated with a whammy bar.
The Gigahorse is another highly modified car that makes an appearance on Mad Max: Fury Road. The bulk of the vehicle is essentially made up of two 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Villes stacked one on top of the other. As the vehicle is driven by Immortan Joe, the concept artist Peter Pound thought the Cadillacs would work well as they could reflect his “authority and status”.
The Nux Car
Nux’s Car is a heavily modified 1934 Chevrolet 5 Window Coupe. Equipped with Cooper STT tyres for off-roading and stripped down to the metal, the vehicle is suited to the post-apocalyptic world. It’s also very well suited to Nux, who has made significant changes inside to make the car better matched with his personal style.
Most significant of all is that Nux has installed a cross to the front of the vehicle where a person (“the blood bag”) can be attached to an IV tube running from them to the driver for extra adrenaline. The car is also equipped with a number of thundersticks to throw at other vehicles, a functional sunroof, and a brake pedal with his own name welded onto it, making it one of a kind.
In Fury Road, Max’s V8 Interceptor – a GT Falcon – has seen better days. The car is rusty and sputters out black smoke when on the go, so it’s no surprise that Max and the car are captured by Immortan Joe’s cronies soon after the film begins.
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