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A Parisian collector is providing the opportunity to ride in iconic cars from the popular movie franchise, Fast and Furious.


A car enthusiast in France is now offering the opportunity to take a tour in some iconic vehicles, such as a Volkswagen Beetle from the Herbie movies, a muscle car similar to those in Fast and Furious, or a replica of the DeLorean from Back to the Future. This experience is available at a newly opened car museum located south of Paris.

At a large warehouse in Etrechy, located 50 km south of Paris, Franck Galiegue, a 39-year-old ex-car dealer, is showcasing a compilation of 43 classic cars that have appeared in well-known films or are imitations of them.

At 21 years old, Mr. Galiegue began collecting cars and he considers one of his most prized possessions to be one of only two 1970s Chevrolet Chevelle Malibus that were used by Ryan Gosling in the 2011 action movie Drive.

“In movies, multiple cars are commonly kept as backups due to the stunts and damage that may occur. In this particular scenario, three cars were utilized, but one was destroyed leaving only two remaining: the one mentioned and another owned and driven by Ryan Gosling in Los Angeles,” he explained.

The Chevelle cannot be rented, but visitors can pay to drive over 10 vintage cars, mostly from the US, featured in films through Mr. Galiegue’s Movie Cars Central. (Access the website: Movie Cars Central – Rent and drive cars from films and TV shows)

He expressed his desire to create a museum-like experience, but with the added aspect of being able to drive the cars. This could take place on our property or even on the roads.

One of the available rental cars is a DeLorean that has been modified to look like the time-traveling vehicle from the 1985 movie Back to the Future.

Mr. Galiegue possesses a pair of Batmobiles, one of which is a reproduction of the iconic vehicle featured in the 1989 Batman movie directed by Tim Burton. He also has a Ford Gran Torino from the popular TV show Starsky & Hutch, as well as Magnum’s Ferrari 398 GTS. In addition, he has a collection of 12 cars from the Fast and Furious franchise, with eight being authentic originals.

The museum is adding three new cars, including a vehicle featured in the 1987 film RoboCop.