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1989 Mercury Grand Marquis

1989 Mercury Grand Marquis in Stone, Movie, 2010 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: US

1989 Mercury Grand Marquis

Position 00:17:44 [*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

Owner of this vehicle: jd1961

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achiu31 CA

2011-01-22 19:04

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ford_guy US

2011-01-22 19:31

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It has the 1988-1989 steering wheel.

jd1961 US

2015-08-06 05:25

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I own this very car. Just bought it this week. It's actually a 1989 model and is still in very good condition except for the seats, which were ruined in the making of the movie. The driver's seat has a square hole cut through it for the stuntman's special seat belt, and the rear seat has two big stains from movie blood that they can't get out. I plan to replace the seats, fix a couple of minor mechanical issues, and resell the vehicle. I'll be driving it around soon, and it's pretty cool to know that Robert DeNiro drove it before me. I don't think that'll increase the car's value much, though.

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night cub US

2015-08-06 07:10

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Thanks for the info. Enjoy your car!

jd1961 US

2015-08-07 04:47

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Thanks for the response.

One day last week I was out in my daily driver, a 2003 Crown Vic Police Interceptor (awesome car!), when I happened upon this outside a hot rod/custom shop:

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Wow, I thought, that looks awfully nice for just $1200. Wonder what's wrong with it. Little did I know that minutes later I would be behind the wheel of a legendary piece of cinematic history, right up there with the Bluesmobile. I was told that it runs good, has 115,000 miles, very little rust, the A/C works, and, oh yes - Robert DeNiro drove it in a movie. What?! I had never heard of "Stone," a movie that appears to have been a box office bomb. It was filmed here in Michigan, and apparently this shop works with movie cars, so there it was. All right, I'm thinking, why so cheap?

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Gee, that's a pretty good reason. Anything else?

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Oh. I see.

So while the guy was getting the keys, I'm thinking if this is all that's wrong, I could easily fix it up and flip it for a nice profit. I took it for a brief ride, and yes, it runs and drives very well. I made a $1000 offer, they took it, and here we are.

The movie car angle makes for a cool story, but I can't see anyone paying big bucks for it just because DeNiro's butt sat in that seat. You know, the seat with the hole in it. I'll keep the seats for the sake of provenance. It does have a rusty brake line that needs replacement, the shifter linkage needs lubrication, and it'll get a tuneup & oil change. Tires are OK. I'm sure I can at least double my money.

Postscript: The shop that sold me the car called this morning - they wanted to take a look at my Crown Vic. Another movie that's filming here needs a Michigan State Police car as a stationary prop for a scene, but mine's the wrong shade of blue. I brought it there anyway, and they stuck a bubblegum machine on the roof and took some pics, as did I:

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Yes, they want to use my car in this movie shoot in exchange for a paint job to MSP blue, like this:

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My car looks nice in those above pics, but trust me, it has a lot of scratches, and still sports the ghosts of the police car markings. Seems like a fair trade - have you priced a good paint job lately?

Wow. All this because I stopped for an amazing used car bargain. It changed my life!

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Ford_Guy US

2015-08-07 19:15

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Great story! Thanks!

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