The elegant 1942 supercharged V16 Coupé is the personal car of Marvel’s villain Johann Schmidt – the Red Skull. It is 7.62m long, and with 10 wheels driven by a 16 cylinder cube power engine, it is said to be the fastest car of the era.
Stylistic inspirations given by Captain America director Joe Johnston were the Mercedes 540K, the Mercedes G4 and some hints of the Bentleys and Duesenberg’s of the 40ies.
Due to the shear size of the car demanded by the movie script and character, a truck chassis was used for the practical film car, and proportions were a major challenge for Simon. Existing cars could only be used as reference, all surfaces had to be carefully balance over the huge chassis.