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1971 De Tomaso Pantera Owned By Elvis Presley

De Tomaso Pantera
All Photos By Gail

Elvis Presley, who had a passion for both cars and guns, shot this Pantera with his personal firearm during a temperamental outburst, losing patience when the car would not start. The two bullet holes on the steering wheel rim and one in the floor pan were never repaired and today serve as reminders of his occasional fits of rage.

De Tomaso Pantera

Elvis bought this Pantera on the used car market for $2,400 in 1974 for his then-girlfriend, actress Linda Thompson. Although its mid-engine configuration qualified it for exotic car status, the De Tomaso Pantera cost far less that a comparable Ferrari or Lamborghini because of its relatively inexpensive, but no less potent, Ford engine.

Photographed at the Amazing Automobiles Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

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1966 Batcycle

1966 Batcycle
All Photos By Gail

Built from a 1966 Yamaha Catalina (YDS-3) 250, the Batcycle features a side car with a portable go-cart resting on it for Batman’s sidekick, Robin. The entire Batcycle and side car are handsomely customized in black and white colors with a Batshield molded into the fairing (the shell placed over the frame) and fender guard. Not only is the Batcycle a hugely modified Yamaha Catalina 250, but Robin’s cart, which is an integral part of the Batcycle rig, is powered by a 55cc, electric start, Yamaha three speed engine. The bike was designed by Tom Daniel and built in 5 days in April 1966 by Richard “Korky” Korkes and Daniel Dempski, doing business as Kustomotive. Yamaha gave them three black motorcycles, so they could build one “hero” bike and two copies. The basic design of the fairing came from a Yamaha.

1966 Batcycle

Photographed at the Amazing Automobiles Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

Pink Thing of The Day: 2001 Honda S2000 from 2 Fast 2 Furious

Pink Honda Front View
All Photos By Gail

This Honda S2000 is driven in the opening sequence of the 2003 Universal film 2 Fast 2 Furious, a movie that offers a glimpse into the lifestyle excesses of some modern day tuner car aficionados. Painted a custom shade of Pink, the roadster was equipped with a special ground effects kit and 18-inch rims for the scene in which is jumps a bridge. A Paxton supercharger was fitted to increase its horsepower rating from 240 to 340.

Pink Honda Rear View

Pink Honda Door Detail
Photographed at the Amazing Automobiles Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.