Yes, usually dogs sleep in cars. Though in the weekend I watched a fairly decent old NZ movie called “Sleeping Dogs” the movie itself is based in the 70′s and so the cars involved are a magical selection (obviously common fare for the time but looking back on it is quite impressive). I decided I would try and screen capture a few of them for your perusal. The first car you see in the movie is a powder blue Holden HQ Ute, followed very closely by a KE26 Toyota Corolla Van/Wagon. Sweet deals;
Oh, to save you the bother, I already used carjam.co.nz to check all the viewable plates and none had any history on them at all so the cars are either locked up in sheds somewhere with dead registration or the much more likely scenario that they’re all well and truly gone, likely as husted hulking heaps returning ore to the earth.
The main character (Smithy) uses the Corolla to shove the other chaps HQ out of the way, it’s most amusing, then when you get to see the front you’re not so surprised that he’s done that at all.
Later on in the movie, Smithy goes to see a chap about renting an Island to live on and when the guy offers to swap him a boat for his Corolla he exclaims that the Corolla cost him $3000. Probably a similar price to what you might pay now for one, if you’re lucky. They’re of course not new anymore, but an interesting comparison none the less.
After some time on the island, the Special Police come and bundle Smithy into an old Toyota Hiace and take him from the Coromandel to Auckland.
During the journey you get to take a squizz out the windscreen when they pull up into the Police station.
Into the station itself and one of the Special Police vehicles (amongst numerous Toyota Landcruiser’s) is a Toyota Crown (MS85)
After some time kept in a police cell, Smithy gets moved elsewhere, again in the Toyota Hiace and this time through central Auckland and we get to see a decent amount of cars, not too easy to capture them all but I got a few of them and we also get a good front three quarter of the Hiace;
As Smithy escapes and runs through the crowds and traffic, there’s a decent selection of vehicles to oggle.
Smithy jumps into the back of an old Dodge ambulance to escape (which is obviously driving slow enough for him to catch it) allowing for a few snaps of the cars lining the street at that time.
Lots of other random things happen which takes a while and the next vehicle of interest is this old Ford truck.
Further to the escape, our two main characters make use of a MkIV Ford Zephyr and proceed to do a series of skids in it, in their haste to get away from the Special Police.
I can just see Ford Zephyr enthusiasts wincing at all these scenes with the Zephyr in it, it really gets a hilarious hiding. At one point you get to witness them slamming the column shift down into what I can only assume is 3! Phwoar!
Of course, these are the things you have to do when you’re being chased by;
…that’s about where the automotive excitement ends. There’s a few good shots I’ve missed, no doubt but I think I’ve covered enough to at least peak your interest to watch the film. Which in itself is not that special but I liked it, even if only for the vehicles of the time. The film itself is called “Sleeping Dogs” should be available at any good video rental store. I hired it from Video Ezy, Invercargill.