The most memorable scene in Wayne’s World, is almost certainly when Wayne (Mike Myers), Garth (Dana Carvey) and their crew sing along to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in Garth’s car, a 1976 AMC Pacer. (I know for some of you younger readers that last sentence has a lot of words you may not understand, so maybe that old standby YouTube can catch you up to speed.
But as iconic as that scene was – it even propelled “Bohemian Rhapsody” back into the Billboard top ten 17 years after it was released – that moment wasn’t the coolest thing about the car. They could have belted out the song in any car. The best part of the car – as revealed later in the movie – was that it has a ceiling-mounter licorice dispenser, preferably for use with Super Ropes.
So upon hearing that the original 1976 AMC Pacer from Wayne’s World was going up for auction, one question immediately came to my mind: Is the licorice dispenser intact?
Thankfully, the answer is yet. Barrett-Jackson, the company auctioning off the vehicle, says the car underwent some major restorations “to bring it back to its movie condition.” The whole thing was stripped down then refurbished and rebuilt from the frame up. However, the auction house specifically states, “All the props inside the car are original.” And sure enough, in the photos, Barrett-Jackson shows a pic specifically of the licorice dispenser – though by the looks of it, some uncaring individual appears to have filled it with Red Vines or maybe even, god help us, Twizzlers.
Just how much the car will bring in is still under debate. “These cars have been the butt of jokes, but this one is a piece of pop culture,” Craig Jackson, the auction company’s chief executive officer, told Bloomberg. “[The price is] always a wild card. The car is selling at no reserve, so we’ll have to wait and see. We’ve sold a Mayberry R.F.D. police car here [from the Andy Griffith Show] for $121,000 that was probably a $10,000 car. It just takes two people, two bidders, who remember the movie and want a piece of history.”
Meanwhile, Road & Track contributing editor Colin Comer told Bloomberg he’s skeptical. “With this car, I think the movie provenance is the only value to the car…. The movie is kind of a cult classic, but it’s not exactly going to be looked at as a turning point in cinematic history, and this Pacer isn’t exactly a Steve McQueen movie Porsche.” Thanks for shitting on my childhood Colin.
How about this: Will someone just pull the licorice dispenser out and sell me that? Then I’ll just sing “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the shower like always.