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Even if you've never seen Scott Boses, you've probably seen his cars. His three '59 Cadillac convertibles appeared in more than a dozen movies, from "Weird Science" to "Pink Cadillac" and "Heartbreak Hotel." He provided more than 100 cars for "Back to the Future" He owns the original roadster driven by Jethro in the "Beverly Hills" TV comedy from the '60s.

Bosés (pronounced Bo-zay) is president of Hollywood Picture Vehicles in Los Angeles. He owns more than 150 vehicles from 1917 to 1967, and his main business is providing vehicles for motion pictures. He also provides them for commercials, videos and print ads, and he works with stunt teams who use his vehicles. A typical car earns $150 per day or $500 per week. "We don't send anything out without a babysitter," says Bosés. "We never believe anyone in the film business, when they say what they're going to do with a car."
If you've ever grimaced at seeing a neat collector car blown up, crashed, burned or otherwise destroyed in a movie, you can relax. "When we're going to blow the car up, I'll build an imitation car - like I'll buy a rusty '57 Chevy sedan from the Midwest, cut of the pillars, put on a fake convertible roll, then give it a paint job before it's destroyed on film. We definitely don't destroy good cars." Sometimes customers change their minds. Bosés built three replica 1969 Pontiac GTO Judges for the Sylvester Stallone movie, "Demolition Man," then saw General Motors -which was paying to have its cars used in the film - change its mind. "They decided they wanted to help Oldsmobile more than Pontiac," Bosés said. "They used three Olds 442s."
He provided more than 100 cars for the "Back to the Future" movies, as well as "Karate Kid" and its sequels. For "Karate Kid 2," which was filmed in Hawaii but supposedly set in Okinawa, he bought 11 right-hand-drive cars in Japan for filming, then had to destroy them afterward. At the Silver Auctions Hot August Nights sale in Reno, he plans to sell a 1955 Bel Air convertible driven by Whoopi Goldberg in a new movie, "Carina, Carina."

Bosés, who has a master's degree in psychology and a bachelor's degree in English has been a car collector since the mid 60's. His first car was a 1954 Plymouth that he bought for $35, "and that put me in the collector car market. I've been renting cars to the film industry for 16 years." Among his interests are micro-mini cars; he has more than 20 vehicles like the BMW Isetta, Messerschmitt and Crosley. He also owns lots of '50s and '60s police cars and a '58 Cadillac convertible once owned by Elvis. "I bought it in Hawaii from the owner of the Denver Broncos," Bosés recalled. "After I paid for it, he said, 'Oh, I was told it was owned by Elvis. I don't know if that's true.' "So I wrote to Cadillac and asked if they could confirm that Elvis had bought it. They wrote back and said, no, it had been purchased by a Colonel Parker, not by Elvis." Colonel Parker was, of course, Elvis' manager.
He also owns an unusual vehicle that was "commissioned" by actress Debbie Reynolds for her marriage in 1954. "She didn't know if she wanted a '54 Eldorado or an Oldsmobile Fiesta. So she delivered the Oldsmobile to George Barris, known as the King of the Kustomizers, and he made an Eldorado out of it," Bosés says. "Coming at you, it's an Oldsmobile. Leaving you, it's a Cadillac. Mattell made a model for about 10 years." Although Bosés enjoys his vehicles, and has favorites, "everything is for sale" - if the price is right. It is, after all a business, and Bosés buys or sells about 30 cars a year. "Even today, when I see a car I like, I'll make a U-turn and go after it," says Bosés. "Living in Los Angeles, you run out of space before you run out of neat cars to buy."

Source: Silver Auctions - July 1994
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