When the first Mad Max movie was released back in 1979, gearheads from all over the world fell in love with George Miller’s post-apocalyptic wasteland filled with more muscle cars than most films could handle. While captivating audiences with intense action scenes and catapulting Mel Gibson to Hollywood stardom, the film also introduced one of the most iconic movie cars of all time: the V8 Interceptor.
Based on the 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT Coupe, the Mad Max Interceptor (also known as the Pursuit Special) was first used by the “Mad” Max Rockatansky character in the original Mad Max movie and continued to make appearances throughout the rest of the movie series.
The car inspired a great many people, including 50-year-old Michigan native Dale Walter. So much so that in 2015, the Mad Max fan spent five years of his life and a grand total of $125,000 to make his dream car a reality.
Walter ended up putting all that money to good use, souping up the car with 450 horsepower, and even fitting it with a police PA system. As you can tell, his Mad Max replica looks just like the real deal.
“A lot of people ask me what inspired me to build the Mad Max Interceptor,” Walter told News.com.au. “I was sitting there in the darkness in that theatre and they rolled out that car and I turned to my friend and said ‘some day I will own that car’ and he said ‘yeah right’.”
“Thirty years later I sent him a picture of me next to the car and it was just such an awesome vehicle. When I first saw the car rebuilt I was absolutely stunned, it took them five years to do this but the wait was worth it.”
“We spent over $12,000 on the engine alone which was hand built — so a lot of went into that. I was super meticulous about how I wanted the car to be.”
Pretty awesome, right? If this doesn’t get you all nostalgic for some epic Mad Max movie moments, I don’t know what will.