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MDA GT 40

MDA GT 40 in Die Another Day, Movie, 2002 IMDB

Class: Cars, Coupé — Model origin: UK

MDA GT 40

Position 00:05:04 [*] Background vehicle

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Gag Halfrunt UK

2006-07-24 14:11

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Looks as if the producers rented Tanks4hire's Ural 375 as well as its T-55:
http://www.tanks4hire.co.uk/ural6x6russianarmytruck.html

petrol_ted UK

2006-07-28 12:36

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Ah, look at that beautiful car, the original ford GT40, in the gulf colour scheme. i love it! Did you they called it the GT40 because it was only 40 inches high. They also made a GT42 for slightly taller people, as it was 42 inches high

grafitti1 US

2007-01-14 07:16

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The car featured in this movie was a replica by MDA, and another one was supplied in the movie with bullet holes, as said from the link here:
http://www.mdagt40.com/media.htm
I must say myself that the replica featured is a well made one, however.
P.S. I am sorry if I may have upset anyone by revealing the fact that the GT40 featured isn't a real one.

antp BE

2007-01-14 11:07

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grafitti1 wrote
P.S. I am sorry if I may have upset anyone by revealing the fact that the GT40 featured isn't a real one.

No, it is the opposite: it is great to have detailled info ;)

Gag Halfrunt UK

2007-01-14 12:24

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grafitti1 wrote The car featured in this movie was a replica by MDA, and another one was supplied in the movie with bullet holes, as said from the link here:
http://www.mdagt40.com/media.htm

The MDA site seems to say that they supplied only one car and delivered it with fake bullet holes:
Quote MDA supplied a GT40 Mk I for the James Bond 007 movie Die Another Day. The producer wanted a Gulf Racing colored GT40 as part of the dramatic opening scene. The car was specially prepared to look like the Le Mans winning GT40 in 1968 - 69, complete with bullet holes!

If that's right, the undamaged car seen here is a real Ford GT40, which is then replaced by the MDA replica when it has to appear damaged.


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gliffhanger NL

2007-01-14 12:45

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Gag Halfrunt wrote
The MDA site says that they supplied one car "with bullet holes". This might mean that the udamaaged car seen here is a real Ford GT40, which is then replaced by the MDA replica when it has to appear damaged.


i'm agree with you. in the making of, 'The Ice Race'. They are not ony showing the aston and the jag. but the car at beginning and they are saiy that there where a few cars. a ford gt 40 and a replica. but they haven't told what kind of replica it was. because they did't want to lose a Old Ford GT40

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Grafitti1 US

2007-01-14 20:04

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I think everyone may be right about the real car for a scene and a replica w/ bullet holes for another. I'm sorry if I made any error (which I myself highly doubt, since MDA is one of the best GT40 replica manufacturers worldwide!).

G-MANN UK

2008-10-22 19:43

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Gag Halfrunt UK

2008-10-22 19:48

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As I noted above, it seems that the undamaged GT40 is a genuine Ford, not a replica.

MartinBond NL

2009-11-08 01:50

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Awfull model:

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gt40boss EN

2010-08-18 15:27

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Hi Guys,
I came across this site by accident whilst looking for information on the above car and thought I had better post the correct facts because as you have rightly said above the car is an MDA GT40 MK1. The production people asked specifically for a GT40, there was one for sale at the time in Red. The producers wanted a Gulf Livery car as to replicate the original GT40 chassis number 1075 which is worth millions. The shooting was due to take place in less than a month and there was no time to build a complete car from scratch, therefore the Red car was repainted into Gulf colours. Also two complete front ends were produced and painted into the same colours. This was so the fronts can be easily changed by unbolting the front body mountings, ideal for changing during shooting when the two "spare" fronts were loaded with the expolisve charges for the scenes. Only the one car was used and two spare front ends.

The car was indeed a replca and I thank you for your kind comments that it was well made and almost indistinguishable from the original car. I had little time to produce the car as it was being collected in three weeks and away for three weeks. When the trailer for the film came out, I was pleased to see my car there twice in a short clip. I have saved the downloaded trailer for my collection and just as well as most of the scenes from the trailer end up cut from the film. However, It is there (blink and you miss it) a few times. I did get a stranger sense of satisfaction when the car got the good news with the machine guns. I guess we all love a shoot em ups.

The car was returned to me a little worse for wear! two front ends came back, one complete and one with the holes. The last front end was used for promotional displays during the release of the film and I believe was hanging on Pinewood studios wall.

The car itself has a hybrid chassis with rose jointed adjustable suspension for fast road and racing use. It has a Ford V8 and dimensionally it is the same size as original car. The only changes to the car recently have been to the wheels which are now knock on pin drive spec not bolt on (this was the only area that let down the facade of originality and not easily spotted except by experts. The car has been used for some events over the years and shows but not as yet in a Bond exhibition.

During the filming, I was asked to visit the studios to watch the scenes. Unfortunately this did not happen and I was a little disappointed being a bit of a Bond Fan myself.

The car is owned by myself and has been upgraded underside from that early version but remains the same looking topside. Apart from knock on wheels of similar spec (as per original GT40s) It is much the same. The car is available for events, exhibitions and or for sale (at the right value). Any enquiries answered.

We also produce two of the three Goodwood Festival of Speed 2003 GT40 LeMans winning display. The three cars hanging on the wall! Thats another story. I still have the Black MK2 car from that display and likewize that is also for Hire or sale. The same three cars were used in the Goodwood Revival meeting of 2003 on display for Scalextric to promote their box sets of the 3 winning 1966 MKIIs. Two of the three cars were then owned by myself and the last Gold car was owned by a Friend who lent his car. Again with little time to produce all three cars were reworked and repainted into the correct livery.

Well I hope that provides accuracy to the forum. And I agree that was a cheap looking model, but Im glad it was done. I was asked a few years back whether I minded it being replicated as a model I thought nothing of it and just recently I have seen this picture of one. It was definitly no Exoto.

Your comments and or enquiries are welcome.

Regards
Mark

Jonnie Comet US

2011-10-09 09:57

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Thanks for all the super history and detail, Mark.

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