VOLO — Volo Auto Museum executives say they are well known for collecting and exhibiting Hollywood cars and that when it comes to curating cars, though, the appeal is mutual.
“Hollywood seeks us out, too,” said Brian Grams, director of the museum at 27582 Volo Village Road, where famous TV and movie cars are among the venue’s many attractions.
In fact, one of the museum’s most recognizable Hollywood cars soon will return with significantly souped-up star power. On loan to Stephen King himself is the museum’s red 1958 Plymouth Fury, better known as Christine from the movie of the same name. King requested the car be shipped to Ontario, Canada, where he is working with producer J.J. Abrams, actor James Franco and others on a miniseries based on King’s novel, “11/22/63.”
Grams received a call from a member of the “11/22/63” production crew July 23.
“Mr. King requested that his crew find a Christine for use in his miniseries,” Grams said, recalling his phone conversation with crew member Bryan Lee. “Basically, Stephen King puts little cues in his movies from past works. Our Christine is making a cameo.”
As part of a press conference this week in Ontario, the crew unveiled Volo’s Christine — much to King’s surprise.
“He was super excited that they got the car,” Grams said of the renowned author whose novel “Christine” was developed into a hit film in 1983. “A crew member overheard Mr. King say he remembered our car as ‘pristine Christine,’ and that the car ‘remembered’ him, too.”
In exchange for the loan of the car, the museum requested only to be compensated for shipping costs — and to have King autograph Christine’s dashboard.
“The coolness factor is a 10 on this one,” Grams said. “Stephen King is just such a legend in the entertainment world, and the movie ‘Christine’ was one of the biggest car movies ever made. For us, it’s a real honor and pleasure.”