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Topper, Movie, 1937 IMDB

Pictures provided by: Raul1983, wrenchhead

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Also known as:

  • Le couple invisible (France)
  • Niewidzialne malzenstwo (Poland)

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bohman US

2007-05-28 22:24


This car was absolutely done by Bohman and Schwartz.
I know this for a fact as Christian Bohman was my Grandfather.

ahight US

2007-07-08 02:46


i'm watching this movie on TV (no way to capture it) but there are alot of different views in the movie. there's also another car or two that could be captured.

roadmistress57 US

2007-07-23 11:42


This car still exists. During WWII, it was used by the Gilmore Oil Company to publicize a wartime rubber scrap drive. Then, after the war, the car was again modified with '40's Buick lines and Cadillac taillights. Note the Gilmore Lion license plate topper; very cool.

It was just shown at the Amelia Island Concours, and pix can be seen at the AACA website Photo Gallery. www.aaca.org
[Image: Scrap_Rubber_Gilmore_Topper_Buick.gif]


-- Last edit: 2007-07-23 11:51:19

CougarTim US

2008-03-09 05:42


The car was redone in 1954, and appears as a background vehicle in the 1964 movie "The Killers": /vehicle_160991-unknown.html

big_mac US

2009-04-22 18:53


In looking at pictures of the 1936 Cord 810 and the 1937 Cord 812 they both have most of the same overall appearance as the car that Bohman and Schwartz created for the movie Topper. Both of these Cords had front wheel drive and the exhaust coming out of the side of the engine compartment. The 1937 model was supercharged.
The following picture shows what the 1936 Cord looked like.
The headlights were changed, the trunk was changed and the front cowling was changed but the overall chasis and engine placement etc appears the same. Was the car used in Topper a front wheel drive?? If it is then one could argue that Bohman and Schwartz started with the either the 1936 or 1937 Cord depending on whether it was supercharged or not.

Raul1983 FI

2011-02-24 14:55


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tv boy US

2011-02-24 20:32


There's a very rarely seen 1950s TV show based on this movie, and an episode in which Topper went shopping for a new car. I would love to find that and track that down, I think he went to a Nash/Rambler dealership!

thebikeman52 US

2012-05-27 08:21


This car was styled by Tony Gerrity of Bohman & Schwartz. Film director Norman Z. McLeod wanted to use a new coffin-nosed Cord, but the Cord\'s unibody construction would have made the movie modifications too difficult to accomplish in a timely fashion. It does have many of the styling cues of a Cord 810/812, but it was in fact built on a 1936 or 1937 Buick chassis... some say the chassis was a Buick Century (Series 60), but with a wheelbase of 132 inches, it was either stretched, or was in fact a Buick Roadmaster (Series 80) convertible chassis. There are many images of this car on the internet, and if you compare the steering wheel, headlamp nacelles, and wheels/wheelcovers to images for 1937 Buick Roadmaster, you\'ll see they are an exact match. Also, many sites list this car as a 1936 Buick, but the movie car has a horn ring which was not introduced by Buick until 1937. (Buick claimed it as an industry 1st in 1937, despite the fact that the horn ring was in fact introduced on the 1936 Cord). It is also possible that Bohman & Schwartz fabricated the horn ring, or pirated the wheel & horn ring from a \'37 Buick, so I can\'t say for sure that this chassis was a \'36 0r \'37... Mr. Bohman, I defer to your knowlege here. The studio sold the car in 1939 to Gilmore Oil, who added a PA system, trailer hitch, and restyled the grill. In this guise, the car was used to promote Gilmore\'s \"Red Lion\" line of fuels and lubricants, even towing a trailer with a live lion cub! Later, Gilmore again commissioned Tony Gerrity of Bohman & Schwartz to build a second trailer which matched the styling of the car. By the late 1940\'s, Mobilgas (later nkown as Mobil Oil) had acquired Gilmore Oil and the car, and had the car restyled by another long-time Bohman & Schwartz stylist, Wellington Everett Miller. He submitted several design proposals to Mobilgas; the design they chose featured a more jet-age front end style with a grill treatment reminiscent of the then-new Studebaker. Now known as the \"Mobilgas Special\", it traveled extensively for several years until 1954, when it returned to California and C.Bohman & Sons (Mr. Schwartz had left the firm by then) at which time the Buick chassis and driveline were replaced with a \'54 Chrysler Newport Imperial chassis No. 7779879 (provided by General Petroleum), with a 131.5 inch wheelbase and a 235hp, 331.1ci Chrysler Hemi. The cost of these modifications in 1954 was over $10,000! Now known as the \"Mobil Special\", the car was estimated to have traveled 300,000 miles in it\'s \"petroliana\" phases. Shortly after the final re-styilng in \'54, Mobil sold the car to it\'s long time driver Leon Wilson at the time of his retirement. The car and the Bohman & Schwartz trailer eventually went to the Jim Brucker \"Movie Cars of the Stars\" Collection, who offered them for auction (without reserve) in 2006. RM Auctions estimated the car and trailer\'s value at that time between $350,000 and $450.000, but it was sold for $132,000 to an unnamed buyer. I can only hope that the buyer was Jay Leno, and that he would restore the car to it\'s original movie configuration... In any case, I can hardly wait \'til this car resurfaces. It is truly a piece of automotive history that should not stay hidden; it is rumored that GM cheif stylist Harley Earl was inspired in large part by this car when he designed the 1938 Buick \"Y-Job\", Detroit\'s & the automotive industry\'s first show car! I\'m hoping someone out there can tell us what has happened to this car since it\'s sale in 2006. Here\'s the link to the RM Auctions website, which has the seven nice photos of the car & trailer in \'06 (note that the trailer still has the partial fender skirts that the car had in it\'s \"Topper\" configuration, and although the trailer\'s wheels don\'t have the same covers as in the movie, they also don\'t match the wheels mounted on the car\'s Chrysler chassis... maybe there are some old Buick rims lurking under those wheelcovers!): http://www.rmauctions.com/CarDetails.cfm?SaleCode=BC06&CarID=r516

ryantee82 US

2013-12-24 05:16


^ That auction listing doesn't work :(

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