Gordon and the Whale presents a first hand-on-gear look at the Black Beauty from THE GREEN HORNET

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
January 13th, 2011

When you get the offer to drive THE GREEN HORNET’s Black Beauty – one of the most iconic TV/movie cars this passenger’s side of the Batmobile – well, let’s just say your typing skills go from 0 to 2 wps. Those words? Hell yes!

For 2011′s redux of the pulp serial – starring Seth Rogen as the masked crimefighter with Jay Chou as his ass-kicking valet Kato – director Michel Gondry and co. made the decision to not make the film as what would otherwise be a 108 minute car commercial (I’m flashing my headlights at you, TRANSFORMERS). Instead, the filmmakers went old school, bringing back the original Beauty make and model in the form of a 1965 Imperial, a black behemoth made by Chrysler as their top-of-the-line limousine-like automobile. In other words, it’s vintage American muscle at its most flexed.

29 Imperials total, ranging in years from 1964 to 1966, were gathered for the film and outfitted with pretty much anything that can shoot bullets and/or make things go boom. One of those cars, known as a stunt car, was recently part of a multi-city tour in association with Carl’s Jr., giving people an in-the-driver’s-seat perspective of this supercharged, superhero vehicle.

Gordon and the Whale was lucky enough to get behind-the-wheel look at the Black Beauty, in which we are still at a loss of words, not to mention hearing, from the geek fantasy come true.

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