When you believe of actor Vin Diesel and automobile films, the normal intersection of these ideas is the “Quickly and Furious” franchise, but there is an additional action series that weaves the two collectively: “xXx.”

Dubbed the Flame Automobile, the 1967 Pontiac GTO Hardtop that not too long ago visited Jay Leno’s Garage has been owned by Thom Sherwood because 2005. A Pontiac fanatic who wrote evaluations of films that featured the brand, Sherwood knew from the minute he noticed the GTO in the “xXx” trailer back in 2002 that he had to have a single. 

5 working ’67 GTOs have been constructed for the movie along with a sixth, non-working rig automobile which was employed for different shut-up shots. Of the 5 runners, two have been offered on eBay by the manufacturing studio and wound up in the hands of an investor in Malibu, California. The Flame Automobile was a single of these. Sherwood assisted the investor promote a single of them at Barrett-Jackson and ended up getting the 2nd a single for himself.

As pointed out over, in spite of appearances, the Flame Automobile GTO started out daily life as a difficult leading, as did all of the autos constructed for the movie. It was converted by Revolution Studios contractors, who scalped it, shaved the door handles, re-did the interior to spy-automobile specs (which includes a flip-up rear bench concealing a cache of weaponry), slapped on a side-exit exhaust program and repainted it in shade-shifting Indigo Blasberry Prizm. We’re fairly positive that just indicates shimmery purple.

Below the hood, it truly is packing a 400-cubic inch Pontiac YS-code V-eight generating 335 horsepower mated to a Turbo-Hydramatic three-velocity automobile. Prior to Revolution’s contractors did their perform, it was completed in Montreux Blue above blue vinyl.

Sherwood paperwork the automobile, its modifications and its provenance on a devoted world wide web web site, but it truly is significantly far more entertaining to view him speak about it with Leno, as their enthusiasm shines via in the video. Examine it out.