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Full-size Spinner from Blade Runner

(Warner Bros., 1982) Profiles in History is pleased to present an extraordinary museum-quality exhibit piece from Blade Runner: the full-size original flying Spinner vehicle used in the production of Ridley Scott’s spectacular film noir masterpiece. This custom built futuristic car was designed by the acclaimed visual futurist Syd Mead (Aliens, Tron, 2010, Star Trek: The Motion Picture), and fabricated by Gene Winfield Custom Car Designs. Mr. Winfield is renowned for having constructed the full-size mock-up of the Galileo 7 shuttlecraft seen in the classic Star Trek television series. This impressive Spinner vehicle is seen hovering and flying away from Deckard (Harrison Ford) on an acid rain-soaked street, where the Spinner’s pilot announces over a loud speaker “Have a good one” to Deckard. During this sequence, the vehicle was hung on steel suspension cables above the set, and operated by a studio crane. This Spinner was built on a custom aluminum frame to keep it lightweight for lifting. It is also possible that it was used in the traffic jam sequence during the Zhora chase scene. Extensive research, including interviews with production crewmembers, has confirmed that three Spinners were created by Winfield for the production of Blade Runner. Two were drivable and had engines, while the other, the Flying Spinner, did not. One of the two drivable Spinners was considered a “Hero” ground car, and featured an extremely detailed cockpit. It was displayed for many years at the MGM/Disney Studios in Orlando, Florida where it was exposed to the elements, and was later partially dismantled and sold. The other drivable car had its engine removed (along with other modifications) so that it could be displayed as a flying Spinner for a private Blade Runner collector in Japan. The flying Spinner offered here is quite well known, and has had much written about it. It is the vehicle that was built with hanging points, as well as sophisticated hydraulic and electrical systems. After the production, the Spinner was stripped of its interior hydraulic mechanisms and electrical systems (though attachments, levers, and cables remain), and modified to be shown on the custom show car circuit. At one point, this Spinner was sold to the Dade County Police Museum, and en route to South Florida took a tumble off of a flat bed trailer. It was then carefully restored, and put back on tour at car shows throughout Europe. This full-size Spinner was fabricated in fiberglass, metal and aluminum with Plexiglas windows, custom decals, and tires. Some electrical lighting appears to be intact, and the interior features a simulated dashboard, leather seats and carpeting. It measures 15’4” long x 8’ wide x 42 in. tall and requires some restoration, but remains in very good condition overall and highly displayable. It is also accompanied with a letter of authenticity from Gene Winfield, stating that this is the only flying Spinner made for the film. A phenomenal artifact from an important film – now on the U.S. list of National Film Treasures along with Citizen Kane, Casablanca and Gone With the Wind – and which continues to grow in admiration and appreciation as time progresses. Estimate $60,000 – $80,000

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