When Fast Five opens in theaters later this month, fans of the Fast & Furious franchise will be treated to another round of beautiful cars doing some of the most outrageous stunts conceived. One of the hero cars used in the opening sequence is a 1963 Corvette Grand Sport replica that we first caught a glimpse of in the trailer that aired during this year’s Super Bowl. Edmunds get’s their hands on the very car driven by Vin Diesel and brings us a cool video showcasing the car and how it was used in the filming of Fast Five.
The ’63 Grand Sport featured in Fast Five comes from Mongoose Motors of Ravenna, Ohio. Yes, the same Mongoose Motors that was sued for Copyright infringement by GM last year. Movie car builder Dennis McCarthy and his crew actually purchased enough components from Mongoose to build a total of 12 Grand Sport Replicas for various uses in the film.
McCarthy goes on to explain in the video that some were built on off-road VW chassis for jumping and stunt use, one for the green-screen and a couple of shells were built to be thrown off a cliff. Of the 12 that were constructed, nine were destroyed during filming.
Check out Edmund’s Inside Line for a complete report of the 1963 Corvette Grand Sport replicas and some other cars and trucks used in the movie. Fast Five opens in theaters on April 29, 2011.
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