Green Hornet Black Beauty car, complete with machine guns, up for sale

(June 19, 2014) The screen-used Black Beauty hero car used in the 2011 film The Green Hornet, will be auctioned next week by Massachusetts based, RR Auction. The 1965 Chrysler Imperial, built by Dennis McCarthy of Vehicle Effects in California, is one of just two hero cars remaining from the production.

The customized Chrysler Imperial features its original 413 engine, has 71,421 miles on the odometer, and is the only one built with its original headliner and black leather seats.

Exterior modifications to the car include: two hood-mounted Browning .30 caliber machine guns (which when hooked up to a propane tank fired flames through the barrel to simulate gunfire), 12 Stinger missiles to the front and rear bumper, a flame-thrower mounted to the front grill, beanbag launchers and shotgun barrels to the front, a revolving rear license plate (which flips to “Hornet” by pushing a button on the keychain remote), and painted green headlights.

Other modifications include "butterfly doors" with simulated shotgun barrel stickers, 20-inch wheels, the working light-up interior console labeled in Chinese, a hidden button in the trunk which automatically releases the locking mechanism, the instantly-recognizable Green Hornet emblem on the trunk, and an embossed Green Hornet trunk interior with an amazing Sony stereo system — not surprising since Sony made the film.

“Twenty-nine cars were made for the film’s production, most of which were either stripped-down stunt models or destroyed during filming,” says Bobby Livingston, executive VP at RR Auction. “Only two hero cars remain from the film, the other being the ‘pre-Kato-modified’ version of the Imperial.”

You can see the Black Beauty offered here on Jay Leno's Garage website where Jay shows this exact car, interviews the builder, and takes a drive.

“A rare opportunity to acquire one of Hollywood’s most recognizable vehicles,” says Livingston.

Among other items featured in the Hollywood themed auction: One-of-a-kind original painting of Jean Harlow by renowned artist and collector Bill Mack, mixed media, acrylic, oil, and urethane, painted on a 24 x 30 piece of authentic metal from the original ‘Hollywoodland’ sign that stood in the Hollywood Hills from 1923 to 1978, during the glamorous 'Golden Age' of cinema. And Marilyn Monroe's notated script from Gentleman Prefer Blondes, complete with dialog changes and personal acting tips.

The Hollywood auction from Boston based, RR Auction runs from June 19 through June 26.