Museum seeks donations to acquire antique camera car

Staff Writer

The Museum Of Western Film History in Lone Pine has an opportunity to acquire a unique and special 1928 camera car, typical of the many camera cars used in filming from the 1930s - ‘50s. Many similar cars were used along Movie Road in filming Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy and many other films shot in the Alabama Hills.
The car is a 1928 Lincoln and will go at auction in Oklahoma Tuesday, June 21. 
Museum representatives say they need to raise up to $7,500 to support the acquisition of the car. The car would become the centerpiece of an exhibit providing a unique look at how pictures were made along Movie Road and would be supported by numerous photos of similar camera trucks used in the period and in some cases film of the cars being used.
Once owned by the Hollywood studio RKO, the 1928 Lincoln has been in the possession of private collectors for many years, most recently Clifton Hill, who has been collecting cars for over 50 years, but has recently decided to liquidate his collection. The car has been used in many movies, the last the 1988 Sony Tri-Star Film Sunset with Bruce Willis and James Gardner.
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