Pedro Fort: The Pink Panther 7.0 liters
September 6, 1969, originates the first episode of this phenomenal pink character that I had so much fun with when I was little: “The Pink Panther.”
Derived from the animation made by Isadore “Friz” Freleng and his good friend David Hudson DePatie, for the film of the director Blake Edwards whose name was just that, “The Pink Panther”.
Acquired his own character and personality thanks to his psychedelic concept, carefree and witty addition to his adventures full of a display of creativity and good humor, since the adventures included other sensational characters.
Achieving a success to the degree of being considered as one of the largest series of cartoons in history.
Of course we must add other incredible talents such as Henry Mancini who was the composer of the music, which was the iconographic rubric of the Panther.
We all know it and that is why I will get to the subject that brings me here Sunday night in front of my computer.
I want to share with you some information about the extreme “Panthermobile”, the car that is seen at the start of presentation, and that is driven by a kid. It may sound very childish but it is not.
Above all, if half a million dollars sounds like a kid thing.
Its creator is a brilliant being called Jay Ohrberg who also invented other Hollywood automotive icons such as the Batmobile of Batman Returns, the DeLorean of Back to the Future, the General Lee of the Dukes of Hazzard, the Grand Torino of Starsky and Hutch, the police car of Robocop, the Flintmobile and some more of the Flintstones, among others.
Based on an Oldsmobile Toronado with an 8-cylinder engine and 7.0 liters curvy 7 meter-long model, it is not as tight as it looks because its engine does not work nor is it allowed to run.
With those sensational seagull wing doors, it’s a museum piece, and a very expensive one as it has been auctioned on a couple of occasions.
The first time it was auctioned for $ 120,000 and the second in 2011 for a whopping amount of no less than $570,000 green bucks!
This reaffirms two things, the first: that the business opportunity is everywhere, that everything has its price, its time and its form: and the second: that healthy fun, with high degree of imagination and humor is priceless.
By the way, I did not like the boy who drove the car, first because he was the driver of the Panther, but the worst is because at the end he forgets and leaves her in the theater, so the pink character has to run after the car at the end of the presentation.