The distinctive Buick car driven by Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise in the multi-award-winning 1988 film Rain Main is set to be auctioned.
The 1949 Roadmaster Convertible that US actor Hoffman acquired after the film was completed has an estimated value of between £100,000 and £182,000.
Hoffman said the vehicle, described as the film’s “third character,” has been “in storage for too long” and should be “driven, enjoyed, and cherished.”
Jakob Greisen, Bonhams Head of US Motoring, said: “This Roadmaster offers an exceptional, truly unique opportunity to own the third character from the classic film Rain Man.
“We are honored to have been entrusted with this special car and are certain it will be a hit with Buick enthusiasts and fans of Mr. Hoffman and Rain Man alike.”
Rain Man follows the life-changing road trip of self-absorbed wheeler dealer Charlie Babbitt (Cruise) and his autistic brother Raymond (Hoffman).
The film won multiple Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director for Barry Levinson and Best Actor for Hoffman.
“The car had a very strong visual presence in the film and was there throughout,” Levinson said.
“It became a character. Dustin, Tom Cruise and the ’49 Buick. Essentially, the car had a “third billing”.
The vehicle will be on display at the Bonhams Scottsdale Auction in Arizona on January 27th.
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