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They really tie the collection together: cars of “The Big Lebowski” headed to diecast

Published in blog.hemmings.com

The Dude’s 1973 Gran Torino. Photo via IMCDB.org.

While it’s not considered much of a car movie, the Coen Brothers’ 1998 cult classic The Big Lebowski is one of only a handful of films to inspire festivals, fervent admirers and an entire religion, so diecast model maker Greenlight recently decided to come up with a line of model cars patterned after the ones in the movie.

The star of the lineup, of course, is The Dude’s 1973 Ford Gran Torino, a four-door beater that gets crashed during a ransom money dropoff, stolen, briefly inhabited by a hobo, recovered, taken for a late-night In-N-Out Burger run, and then set on fire. No word on whether the Credence tapes will be included with it. As eagle-eyed movie car enthusiasts on the Internet Movie Car Database pointed out, the same weathered Gran Torino also appeared in the 1999 flick Blue Streak and in an episode of The X-Files.

Other cars Greenlight has scheduled for release with the Dude’s Gran Torino are private investigator Da Fino’s Volkswagen Beetle and the 1985 Chevrolet Corvette that Walter Sobchak mistakenly believes belongs to little Larry Sellers.

The three will be released in 1/43rd scale. Pricing — in bones or clams or whatever you call them — hasn’t been announced. For more information, visit GreenLightToys.com.