A Cool True Story about Vincent Vega’s 1964 Chevy Malibu in “Pulp Fiction”

I’m not sure how cool you can consider the true story of Vincent Vega’s 1964 Chevy Malibu from Pulp Fiction is but it’s definitely odd. The car never belonged to John Travolta as you might have already guessed, but it did belong to the director Quentin Tarantino. Apparently the car was stolen in 1994 and the director never found out who took it or what had happened to it until 2013. The car was found by a pair of cops that had noticed a couple of guys stripping it during one of their patrols. Eventually they found out that the vehicle had another owner but was the missing car that belonged to Tarantino. Fortunately for the guy that owned it at that point he wasn’t found to be complicit in the theft but was considered a victim of fraud.

It was bad luck for the current owner however since Tarantino wanted his car back even after 19 years of wondering just where it had gone to. Honestly that seems rather petty since a guy like Tarantino likely has a few cars and could easily replace the one he lost. It could have have sentimental value to it however which could explain why Tarantino wanted it back so bad, or it could have been a control issue that made him simply want something that was his and that he hadn’t been thinking about that much for the past several years. I get the feeling that his insurance would have already paid out and he would have gone on to another car at that point.

I’m not about to state that losing a car, particularly one as cool as that, would be easy or acceptable if a person was rich or poor, but the idea is that Tarantino lost a car that he could easily replace. He’s not a pauper by any means and aside from sentiment the car was just another car. It was able to be replaced, and in truth he makes enough that he could have found another project car to turn into a suitable replacement for the one that he’d lost. To want it back after so much time had passed is a little petty it seems like. But again, it could have more than just monetary value so there is a definite argument for him wanting the car back.

It’s easy to lose a car, but how easy would it be to lose a car like this? It was tricked out the nines and was a pretty distinctive ride, so if Tarantino had put out word that it was stolen and collected the insurance payment it seems likely that he should have at least been able to find it before so much time had passed. Of course cops don’t put too much effort into finding stolen cars since it’s not that high of a priority. It’s a nice car though, and losing it had to be tough, though with someone that has this much money it’s still difficult to believe that he didn’t just move on from it and curse his luck while driving to work in another of his cars.

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