Museum adds famous car

Feb. 26, 2014 @ 04:39 AM

The Bennett Classics Antique Auto Museum has a new addition; a 1923 Dodge taxi that was featured in the movie "Leatherheads," starring George Clooney and Renee Zellweger.

"I'm very excited to have it here and I would like to get some more people excited about it," Buddy Bennett, museum owner said.

Bennett purchased the car from Vergil and Tina King. The couple is originally from Maryland, inherited the car from Vergil's father, the late Vergil King, Sr. before moving to Rutherford County.

The movie was filmed in North Carolina and South Carolina in 2007. The film, released in 2008, was set in the 1930s and 1940s and followed aging football player who persuades a college star/war hero to ditch school and go pro. The screenplay was written by former Rutherfordton resident Duncan Brantley.

The Kings saw a television commercial about the need for old cars in the movie and submitted a picture of their car and it was chosen. It has been at their house in the Chase area ever since.

Ernie Dustman and Morris Shelton, members of the Little Detroit Car Club, found the car and encouraged Bennett to purchase it for the museum.

"I thought it was a good old piece with some history," Bennett said. "It's a museum piece and we are going to leave it like it was."

Christi Hutchins, general manager of the museum, said the car is very rare because it is still in its original condition.

"You don't see these anywhere. It's really rare to see something like this anymore," Hutchins said.

Bennett hopes that people will come to the museum to see this unique find.

"It struck a note with us that it had been in a movie. That made it more interesting for the history part of it," Bennett said. "I look for things that are different and have not been redone too much for the museum. I like the original look."