In a spacious hangar located in Etrechy, 50 kilometers south of Paris, Franck Galiegue, a former car dealer aged 39, proudly presents his collection of 43 vintage cars, all of which have either appeared in renowned movies or are meticulously crafted replicas.
Galiegue, who embarked on his car collection journey at the age of 21, considers one of his prized possessions to be one of only two surviving 1970s Chevrolet Chevelle Malibus featured in the 2011 action film "Drive," driven by Ryan Gosling.
He explained, "Movies often require multiple cars as backups due to stunts and potential damage. In this particular case, they used three Chevelles - one was completely wrecked, leaving only two in existence: the one here and the other one owned and driven by Ryan Gosling in Los Angeles."
While the Chevelle is not available for rent, Galiegue's venture, Movie Cars Central, provides paying visitors with the unique opportunity to experience rides in over 10 vintage car models, predominantly American-made, that have graced the silver screen.
He expressed his vision, stating, "I wanted to create something akin to a museum, but it had to be a dynamic experience where people could actually drive these cars, either on our premises or even on the open road."
Among the cars available for hire is a DeLorean transformed to replicate the time-traveling machine from the 1985 classic "Back to the Future."
Galiegue's impressive collection also includes two Batmobiles, including a replica of the one featured in Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman" film, a Ford Gran Torino from the "Starsky & Hutch" series, and the iconic Magnum's Ferrari 398 GTS. He boasts ownership of 12 cars from the "Fast and Furious" franchise, with eight being original vehicles. Furthermore, the museum is set to introduce three new additions, including one from the 1987 movie "RoboCop."