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The Pontiac Trans Am used in the Steve McQueen film ‘The Hunter’ has emerged from a barn after being hidden away for 39 years.
The classic car world was shocked last year when one of the two missing Ford Mustangs used to make the 1968 Steve McQueen thriller “Bullitt” was accidentally discovered rotting away in a junkyard in Mexico, where it had been sitting since…well, no one exactly knows.
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It was a once-in-a-lifetime movie car moment. At least until this past January, when the secretive owner of the other Mustang – the “hero” car McQueen drove in all of his close-up shots – pulled it out of storage for the first time in decades to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film.
The iconic green coupe has been blowing away fans on a world tour of car shows ever since. But now a car that was literally blown away in the last movie McQueen ever made has been unearthed from an Illinois barn, and it’s got a great backstory of its own.
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It’s a Pontiac Trans Am that was featured in the 1980 film “The Hunter,” in which McQueen portrayed real-life bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson, who was credited with tracking down over 5,000 criminals during his career. The film debuted just three months before McQueen’s untimely death at age 50 while being treated for cancer.
In its most memorable scene, Thorson rents the Trans Am from a small airport and drives it to a farm where the fugitive Branch brothers are hiding. As he searches the property, they start throwing lit dynamite at him, steal the car and try to get away. Thorson then jumps in a combine harvester and chases them through a cornfield, before they accidentally drive over one of the dynamite sticks as it goes off, splitting the car in...
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