Original Mad Max
Ford Falcon XB GT Coupe 1973 “V8 Interceptor”
The V8 Interceptor, also known as a Pursuit Special, is driven by Max Rockatansky at the end of Mad Max and for the first half of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. It is based on a 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT coupe, which was modified to become a police interceptor by the Main Force Patrol.
The ‘soon to be’ black Interceptor started its life in November 1973 as the Ford Falcon XB GT hardtop in Polar White. The vehicle was ordered by Rural Motors in Orange, NSW. The car’s VIN reveals that the vehicle came with a 351ci Cleveland V8 engine. It had black vinyl interior, a two-tone (white and black) bonnet, laminated windscreen and the ubiquitous optioned seatbelts. It was one of the last 86 imported big-port US 4V engine/top loader-equipped GT hardtops built by Ford Australia. Only six of these were in Polar White.
After the purchase, the movie’s art director Jon Dowding contacted the now defunct vehicle enhancement specialist company Graf-X International in Melbourne. Ray Beckerley – Graf-X’s general manager took the task and along with Alan Hempel, John Evans and painter Rod Smythe began transforming the car according to Jon Dowding’s vision.
“He told me he wanted the black car to look evil, it had to look different; and [the paint finish] had to be both gloss black and matte black. And that was about the extent of the brief’