My concern about the possible sale the Hero car is where it will wind up.
The Corvette Museum ? Not likely, but a scary thought none the less.....
Saudi Arabia, Asia??? Far away from the American public.......ARGH! I am praying that the Henry Ford Museum can make some sort of arrangement to keep it there in Detroit, or if not them at least available in an L.A. faciilty open to the viewing public.
The Henry Ford Museum would be a fitting place for it. If it must belong to an individual then someone like Jay Leno would be my pick. A true enthusiast, who met McQueen, who drives all his vehicles, and who would do the car justice. The idea of it going to offshore, especially to a place with no cultural affinity to the USA (like the Middle East or Asia) is just awful. Maybe even Canada or Australia etc, but China? YUK! However the current owner seems pretty decent and right into the car so hopefully he won't just sell out, possibly even making a condition of sale where the owner resides etc.
It was great to see those detailed photos. Puts to rest some of the myths.
One thing I had never noticed, despite many screenshots etc (and great because I haven't yet painted my 68 S code "Bullitt" so I can drill the holes without fear!), was that the little C shaped chromed rear quarter panel ornaments ARE fitted to the movie cars. After seeing those photos I went back and checked the movie and yup, there they are! Hard to see but they are.
Likewise confirms the cars had GT rear valances (we know one got replaced near the end of the chase scene due to damage). Why wouldn't they have? I always said. We have the VIN's and so KNEW they were factory GT's!... Also interesting to see the speaker grilles in the doors, as some claimed they didn't have those either. The engine bay also shows good details, like the low mounted alternator for the Thermactor set up, etc. I'm guessing the rocker trims are replacements as there is no HG paint. Shame the Yankee Metal Products mirror has been replaced by standard FoMoCo square one. (don't think we'll ever figure out if both cars had that as its missing from some scenes). But as we now know, this car was a daily driver for a while.
All in all this is a great thing. Can't wait to see the little movie about it.