About This 1971 Pontiac Firebird
Posted: 20 Nov 2007
TRAVOLTA FEVER by GEORGE BARRIS
We are offering the authentic one-of-a-kind Hollywood Celebrity Car that was custom built for John Travolta in the late 70's by George Barris and featured in Darryl Starbird's Rod & Custom Car Shows through the early 1980's.
The Travolta Fever was an early forerunner in styling designs to come in the automotive industry. As a Celebrity Concept Show Car it included features such as sculptured fender flares with innovative NASCAR inspired Air Ducts and a Custom Rear Whale Tail.
The Travolta Fever car is an important piece of entertainment history, it is a time capsule highlighting the Hollywood fads of the late 70's and early 80's featuring John Travolta, George Barris, Saturday Night Fever, Urban Cowboy, Disco, Country Music and Celebrity Cars... (The movie, Saturday Night Fever, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.)
The winner of this auction will receive the following items:
• The Travolta Fever Firebird (with Clear California Title)
• www.travoltafever.com website (includes domain name)
• Revell's Firebird Fever Scale Model Kit (Still in the Box & Signed by Barris)
• 1983 Auction Program & Poster from the George Barris Collection Sale (Signed by Barris)
• B&W Photo of John Travolta standing with the Travolta Fever Car (Signed by Barris)
• Photo Library of Car (Recent Magazine shoot plus other photos on 2 CD's)
• Barris TV & Movie Cars book (by George Barris & David Fetherston, Signed by Barris)
• Travolta Fever album (deluxe 2 record set)
• Pontiac Enthusiast Magazine (Nov/Dec 2007 Issue Featuring Travolta Fever)
In the late 1970’s, Travolta's career was flying high with the popularity of the Saturday Night Fever and Grease films. They wanted to create a special car that would fit Travolta's superstar image while tying in Saturday Night Fever. The Travolta Fever show car was built to further promote John Travolta and his career. (The name, Travolta Fever was also used as the title of Travolta's 1978 pop music album.)
Revell produced and sold scale model kits of this Barris customized Firebird making John Travolta's 'Firebird Fever' one of the first celebrity car model kits ever offered by Revell.
In 1980, Travolta inspired a nationwide country music craze with the release of his hit film Urban Cowboy. For the movie’s release, George Barris had the interior of the Travolta Fever car transformed to a customized Urban Cowboy theme appointed with cowhide seats, an authentic saddle for the center console and detailed stiching on the rear seat depicting a cowboy riding a mechanical bull (see photos).
In 1983, several of the cars from the George Barris Collection (including Travolta Fever) were auctioned off in Hollywood and until recently, the Travolta Fever has been out of the public eye and hidden away. A few months ago, Travolta Fever was brought back to George Barris' shop for a magazine shoot and George personally autographed the dash at that time (see photos). Travolta Fever is currently owned by an automobile collector in Ventura, California.
Specs & Details
Exterior Color: silver
Interior Color: brown
Sold For: $27,100
Source: private party
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