Cinematic cars: 1967 Shelby GT500 in “When You’re Strange” (2009)

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Jim Morrison driving his 1967 Shelby G.T. 500. The clip is from the film “When You’re Strange” (directed by Tom DiCillo) which is in turn borrowed from the movie “HWY: An American Pastoral” which Jim made in 1969 with some friends (Paul Ferrara, Babe Hill, and Frank Lisciandro). This footage is considerably clearer than my previous post of Jim driving the car. Go full screen with this clip, the resolution is killer. You can even see dust on the car it’s so crisp and clear.

I did a lot of research on the Shelby and all indications are it was trashed after Jim hit a telephone pole when he was drunk. He had clipped it before, but on that occasion he bent the frame, ending his time with The Blue Lady (his name for the car). Jim met the same fate as the Shelby two years later, though some think he’s still alive. It’s kind of fitting as some people are convinced this car still exists. Maybe he’s still driving it.

Shelby fans, note the car has no front grille emblem, no trunk emblem, small lettered Speedway 350 tires, uneven, hammered rear exhaust outlets, comfortweave seats, fender mounted antenna, and half the molding on the driver’s side taillight is missing. LOL. Best of all, it’s a 4-speed nightmist blue car with parchment interior and 10 spoke wheels. He knew how to pick ’em, huh? That’s the way I would have ordered it. If only you could go back in time!

An identical car sold at Barrett-Jackson auctions for $330,000 in January, 2008.

Bonus clip! Turn your sound way up for this one:

Bloody marvelous— a love song to LA if there ever was one.

~ by velofinds on August 24, 2012.

2 Responses to “Cinematic cars: 1967 Shelby GT500 in “When You’re Strange” (2009)”

  1. There’s something perfect about that.

    The car and driver just “fit”. Love it!

  2. video looks distorted, shouldn’t it be widescreen ? or is the effect intended to add surrealness ?

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