from U.N.C.L.E. Piranha - Metallic blue,
two-seater custom built stock Piranha sports
car made of thermoplastic seen on the
espionage adventure THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E./NBC/1964-68.
Equipped with gull-wing doors, the U.N.C.L.E.
vehicle was driven by secret agents Napoleon
Solo (Robert Vaughn) and Illya Kuryakin (David
Originally, a Dodge Charger car was used in a
few episodes as the U.N.C.L.E. car. In the
third season, auto designers Gene Winfield
from AMT model car company and Dan Dever
created a special vehicle similar to James
Bond's gadget-filled Aston Martin for a cost
of between thirty and forty thousand dollars.
The car was also used by agent April Dancer
(Stefanie Powers) on the spin-off series THE
GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E./NBC/1966-67.
The U.N.C.L.E. Piranha car featured:
six-cylinder Corvair engine
throwers in the front gril
mock rocket launchers built into the
rear rocket thrusters
parachute mounted in the rear behind the
license plate (which read: U.N.C.L.E.)
propellers for amphibious travel
a revolving wood-grain dash board that
housed radar and sonar screens.
specs: wheel base-88 inches; length-156
inches; and height-45 inches. Bubble type
windows were added in the fourth season.
When the U.N.C.L.E. series was canceled, its specially
built vehicle made the rounds at a number of
custom car shows but eventually turned up
rusting on blocks in Colorado, minus the
The U.N.C.L.E. car was resurrected
when Bob Short, a fan of the show from the Los
Angeles, found the car and completely restored
it to mint condition.
The U.N.C.L.E. car was also produced in
miniature die-cast metal by Corgi and called a
Gun Firing T.H.R.U.S.H. Buster. The first
version was a 1961 Oldsmobile Super 88 sedan,
with a miniature Solo and Illya who fired
weapons out the window when a lever on top of
the car was depressed. The car came with a
silvered plastic ring that showed either the
image of Napoleon or Illya when tilted from
side to side.
Corgi then produced a version of
the Piranha U.N.C.L.E. car complete with hood
that opened and fired a rocket. AMT marketed a
one-twenty-fifth scale plastic model version
of the U.N.C.L.E. car in 1967.
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