The car chase film “Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry” was a hit in theaters upon its release in the spring of 1974, thanks in large part to the star power of Peter Fonda and a few high-profile appearances from some seriously cool classic cars. The most famous car from the movie is a Citron Yella 1969 Dodge Charger R/T 440 that still ranks among the coolest muscle cars ever captured on film.
A Classic Car Caper
“Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry” tells the tale of an aspiring NASCAR driver and his mechanic, who decide to finance their jump into big-time racing by pulling a supermarket heist and securing a ransom for the store manager’s wife and daughter. As the name suggests, there’s also the obligatory love interest who tags along for the ride. The subsequent escape results in an extended car chase that occupies the majority of the movie and features the protagonists outrunning a series of police vehicles and, most memorably, a Bell JetRanger helicopter.
An Iconic Charger
Peter Fonda’s titular Larry starts out with a classic 1966 Chevy Impala, but the real action begins when the Impala is discarded in favor of a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T 440, complete with an unmistakable Citron Yella paint scheme and a black racing stripe running the length of the car on each side. The 1969 Charger R/T was built with raw power in mind, and the legendary 440 cubic-inch Magnum engine packed under the hood made it a clear choice for one of the longest and most exciting car chases in cinema history.
An Unceremonious End
Despite its lofty place in car chase lore, the original 1969 Dodge Charger R/T 440 from “Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry” led a rather undignified and unlucky life. After sustaining considerable damage during filming despite the use of two stand-in stunt cars, the Charger R/T was sold off by a prop company to a private owner. The Charger was repaired and largely restored to its former glory, but bad luck would rear its head again. The Charger was heavily damaged in an accident and sold off to a car dealership with no mention of its history. Unfortunately for Charger fans, the ultimate fate of the “Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry” Charger remains a mystery.
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