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    Background DeLorean in the movie Scarface (1983)

    Here is the scene for reference. At around 1:30 in the video when Pacino is standing behind the 928, you can sort of make out a DeLorean sitting in the dealer's showroom in the background.
    The outline for the toll booth window is clearly visible.



    And here's a screenshot taken from my copy of the movie (slightly better quality):
    still-2017-08-09-14h43m45s793.jpg

    After a quick search on the web I found that the filming location for the scene was an old Mercedes dealership located at 8825 Wilshire Blvd here in the LA area.
    I checked in the DMC dealer list PDF and sure enough it's listed:
    05114 Beverly Hills, Inc. 8825 Wilshire Blvd Beverly Hills CA 90211
    Obviously not a big deal since you can barely see the car, but as a fan of the film I think it's pretty interesting. The movie was filmed from late 1982 to early 1983 so what we're potentially seeing here is a brand new DeLorean still sitting in the dealer showroom waiting for its first buyer.

    If your car was originally sold at Dealer #05114, this may even be your car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregadeth View Post
    If your car was originally sold at Dealer #05114, this may even be your car.
    I did a quick scan of our Texas VIN database and found 33 cars with that dealer. Here they are in order:

    1025
    1124
    1141
    1225
    1337
    1921
    1970
    2040
    2178
    2295
    2344
    2572
    2733
    2858
    2925
    3983
    4021
    4082
    4132
    4154
    4156
    4192
    4269
    4277
    4291
    4378
    4491
    4504
    5153
    5389
    5458
    5654
    6107


    (That's not to say that our list is 100% complete, but I believe what is there is accurate). This is the first time I've looked at dealer/VIN relationships

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    It's mine.

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    Wow, good catch. I've seen that scene a hundred times and never noticed the DeLorean. I might've been skeptical, but your research into the filming location makes this seem pretty legit. I just wonder why they didn't choose to use the DeLorean in the scene. Actually, you know, the last thing we need is a Scarface connection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drive Stainless View Post
    This appears to take DeLorean supersleuthing to new heights. Well done!
    I knew they used that dealership in the film but never noticed the car in the shot!! Oh man if only Tony Montana bought a delorean instead of that damn Porsche... great work putting this together!

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    Im gonna throw a monkey wrench in here....I dont see it....if youre talking about the car outside, I see the natural curved reflections off of a window...there isnt enough detail to make out any possible trim around it. I'd bet its a 924 or 944, given that only the front part of the window is visible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lwanmtr View Post
    Im gonna throw a monkey wrench in here....I dont see it....if youre talking about the car outside, I see the natural curved reflections off of a window...there isnt enough detail to make out any possible trim around it. I'd bet its a 924 or 944, given that only the front part of the window is visible.
    Same. Can someone descrip where it is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lwanmtr View Post
    Im gonna throw a monkey wrench in here....I dont see it....if youre talking about the car outside, I see the natural curved reflections off of a window...there isnt enough detail to make out any possible trim around it. I'd bet its a 924 or 944, given that only the front part of the window is visible.
    Not the car that's directly behind him, but the one further back, behind the window blinds. Here is a more zoomed-in screenshot:
    still-2017-08-09-14h43m45s793a.jpg

    I think the low profile, the angle of the windshield, and especially the outline of the tollbooth window gives it away as a DeLorean.

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    Yes, I know it wasnt the one right behind him...hehe.

    I'm still not seeing a definate Delorean there...still looks like natural reflections to me...also the window has more of a curve on the upper area, where as the Delorean has a more pronounced turn because of the straight eges. I can see how you might interpret it as the drop glass...but if that was the case, the trim would be visible.

    Also if it was a real Porsche dealership they shot at, there most likely wouldn't be a Delorean there, unless its a customer's car.

    I still say 924 or 944.
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