The Great Race is a 1965 American slapstick comedy Technicolor film starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood, directed by Blake Edwards, written by Blake Edwards and Arthur A. Ross. “The Great Race” was a parody of the historically significant 1908 New York to Paris automobile race, which was won by the American manufacturer Thomas Flyer. In the movie, the Leslie Special is driven by Tony Curtis while his archrival Professor Fate, portrayed by Jack Lemmon, competes in the Hannibal 8.
The Great Leslie is a handsome daredevil always dressed in white with a big smile. His melodramatic nemesis, the villain, Professor Fate attempts to sabotage an automobile race against Leslie and other drivers from New York to Paris. Will he succeed? You’ll have to watch and find out!
This car was designed and built by the Warner Bros Studios. The PVC body was mounted on a modified Ford truck frame and powered by a Ford 260 V-8 and automatic transmission. There were a total of 4 Leslie Special cars built for the movie, Stahls Auto Collection owns two.