September 5, 2006Kelly called me @ work today and told me that the orginal GTO that was used in the movie Dazed & Confused (1993) is for sale!
Actual scene from movie
I researched the car through some of my connections and here is what I came up with.
The car was listed in Hemmings Motor News for $10,000 o/bo back in 1996 from the original area where the movie was produced (Austin, TX).
The car then was bought by someone in PA. He sold it for $25,000 in the 2000's to the current owner right in my state where it is currently forsale! Tyngsboro, MA
Interesting reading I found:
Recently a man by the name of Reid Sullivan e-mail me and told me some of the cars he owned were used in filming Dazed and Confused. Also that, as I hope you know, Pickford's GTO was not a real Judge .. so I conducted this 'mini interview' ...
Why was a real Judge not used in filming?
An ad appeared in the paper stating in similar words : we need mid-seventy year cars to use in filming of an Austin based movie. Since I collect pre-80s vehicles, I thought I'd reply. At this time Richard Linklater was a noname, and therefore couldn't pay enough to abuse an actual judge. During filming, much damage was aquired on the two 'judges'. The hood tac was stolen from the original, camera holes were drilled into the sides of the stunt double, pulled unsafely on trailers (not to mention those burn stains and smells from all the smoke)> Basically a money/availability reason
What other cars were yours?
1969 Stingray Corvette (red)
1969 Shelby Cobra (Black)
1970 Shelby Cobra (Gray)
1967 GTO (Black) (or was it a 70?)
1966 GTO (gold)
Where did the other cars come from? Who did they belong to?
Rebuilt corvette from scratch (found in dump)
Bought cobras, GTO
Slightly Rebuilt '66
When you say you built the GTO - was it for the movie or had you made it previous?
The original judge was built during the winter of 1991-1992, with no knowledge of the movie. Just another project. The stunt double was built just weeks before filming because Linklater couldn't film "without a stunt double."
How did you get involved with D&C?
Right place at the right time...
"'The Judge' Comparison : Real VS Fake"
The untrue 'Judge' used in Dazed and Confused housed a 455 cubic inch L75 PR-Turbo Hydramatic (Automatic 3-speed) @ 360 horsepower engine, which is quite different than a real 'Judge's' L67 Ram Air 4 @ only 400 cubic inches (but some were still only 360 H.P). The false 'Judge,' which produced 500 ft. lbs. of torque @ 2700 RPM, has a 10:1 comp. ratio; its Rally 2 wheels, which attached to the 3.07 rated safty track, completed the true "Judge" look, since 'Judge's' were equipped only with these rarer wheels. To further complete the 'Judge' look, Blue-ORANGE-Pink stripes were added over each tire cavity (factory on real 'Judge' that had the color ORBIT ORANGE). The Orbit Orange paint job was a new color introduced for the 1970s version, since the C. Red of the previous year was so popular; therefore (since this was not a real judge), this fake had to be painted this elite color. The original base for the judge seen in Dazed and Confused was bought from a family in ~1990, who had brutaly placed 180,000 miles on the TAC. Origionally yellow, the car was painted white to hide the wear of the previous owner. In 1992, the car was painted Orbit Orange in a shop near Austin.
Much controversy on how many cars were used in D&C arises from many people: to clear things up - there were only two judges used. The stunt double differs from the fake (described above) majorly; instead of a 455 cubic inch engine (3-speed), it had a 400 cubic inch model (4-speed). It was, however, even more different in that it had a manual transmission and the older had an automatic. Some think there is another give-away that there are at least two different cars used for filming - Some think the stripes on the sides of the cars are different; they're not. The stunt double's look less sharp and discoloured because they were not clear-coated over like the fake's were. The stunt double's only resemblance to a real judge are its wheels (rally 2), color (orbit orange), and steering wheel. The fake one didn't have the steering wheel that an actual 'Judge' should have, but had a regular (but factory) GTO's, while the stunt double had the only wheel used on a 'Judge,' the 'Custon Sport.' Overall, neither the fake or the even-faker were even close to being a real 'Judge,' but they sure did look great didn't they.?