Jaguar’s recent record-setting barrel roll at the launch of the E-Pace was inspired by the stunt in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun - and now’s your chance to own the very 1974 AMC Hornet X that achieved the incredible (and original) feat over a twisted, broken bridge in Thailand.
The Hornet had the driver’s seat moved to the middle of the cabin for the right weight distribution to be able to do the eye-widening jump/roll. The wild complexity of the jump involved the car making a 270 degree twist in the air and landing back on the wheels and incredibly, stunt driver Loren “Bumps” Willard did the jump in one take and the only damage the Hornet suffered was a cracked windshield!
It was the world’s first ever computer-modelled stunt (it was originally conceived by US stock car driver Jay Milligan and he first performed the corkscrew in 1972 at the Houston Astrodome; the rights were purchased by the Bond producers after the movie was released to stop it appearing in any other film!).
It may have looked like a stock AMC thanks to the exterior body panels but it featured a tube frame that replaced the standard chassis in order to get the stunt done in one piece. It also got a tiny fuel tank at the back while power came from an inline six.
Now, Auctions America is selling the stunt-prepped Hornet at the Auburn Fall auction in Auburn, Indiana, from August 31 to September 3. Get bidding - but don’t actually try replicating the stunt if you end up buying it!