Grease car ''Hell's Chariot'' goes up for auction
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A convertible driven by John Travolta's love rival in the iconic final scene of the film "Grease" is to be auctioned in Beverly Hills later this month.
Jet black and emblazoned with flames, the customised 1949 Mercury Series 9CM – nicknamed "Hell's Chariot" – is expected to fetch up to £390,000 ($600,000).
The 1978 cult classic musical culminates with a drag race between John Travolta's character, Danny, and leader of the rival gang the Scorpions – Craterface – for the affections of Sandy.
Despite dirty tricks from Craterface – including shunting Danny's car in the rear – Hell's Chariot eventually loses. The car up for auction features the original bent front bumper from that shunt.
The drag race between John Travolta's character, right, and leader of the Scorpions
Darren Julien, president of Julien's Auctions, said: "This is one of the most historic film cars to ever come up for auction. It is being sold for the first time as it was a car thought to have been lost."
"It was actually stored away in a garage for decades after the film was produced and only recently discovered."
The Mercury is covered with stickers from the rival "Scorpions" gang, complete with recreated licence plates VIN 9CM256273.
The car also comes with the razor hubcaps used to scratch Danny's vehicle in the film.
The Mercury was originally built and customised by Eddie Paul at Eddie Paul of Customs, who created all 42 cars seen in the film.
A scene from Greese
Two versions of Hell's Chariot were created by Paul – a stunt version that no longer exists and this one.
This vehicle is distinguishable by its square-top wing windows – the stunt version having rounded-top – and was used for every scene in the film except the stunt shots during the final race scene.
The car was additionally used in the films "Streets of Fire" and "Used Cars".
It has a lower price of more than £130,000 ($200,000) when it is sold at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills on June 26.