Years before mega star John Travolta started piloting his own jumbo jet, he cruised around in ‘ Travolta Fever ,’ a custom celebrity show car created just for him as his career took off. Now this piece of Americana is up for auction on eBay .
The most famous Pontiac Firebird ever to hit the streets was designed by famed car customizer George Barris who is also responsible for the Batmobile, the Munster Koach, the General Lee and the Monkee Mobile.
“ Travolta Fever is an important piece of entertainment history,” says James Monroe, the car’s current owner from Ventura, Calif. “It is a time capsule that highlights the Hollywood fads of the late 70's and early 80's.”
Saturday Night Fever, the movie that catapulted Travolta to stardom and into Grease and Urban Cowboy, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
“Hollywood promoters wanted to create a special car that would fit Travolta's superstar image and tied into Saturday Night Fever,” says Monroe. “Travolta Fever was built to promote John Travolta and his rising career.”
In 1980, when Travolta inspired a nationwide country music craze with Urban Cowboy, George Barris transformed the interior of Travolta Fever with an Urban Cowboy theme complete with appointed cowhide seats and an authentic saddle for the center console. Travolta Fever is also equipped with NASCAR-inspired, sculptured fender flares and a large rear whale tail.
Revell, the famous plastic model maker, produced and sold scale model kits of the Barris customized Firebird. In fact, John Travolta's "Firebird Fever" was one of the first celebrity car model kits ever offered by the company.
After a short time of being shown on the West Coast, Travolta Fever made its way to the Midwest, where it was leased from Barris by American car and custom hot rod designer Darryl Starbird and featured in several of his shows.
Travolta Fever, John Travolta’s custom celebrity show car, along with the www.TravoltaFever.com Web site are being auctioned together on eBay ( Item number 160175750913 ).
The 10-day listing ends at 5:00 PM on Sunday, November 18.