By Mark Hodge @MrHodgey

A MOVIE-loving petrolhead has spent $125,000 creating his own Interceptor - the iconic car from Mad Max

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Videographer / Director: Ruaridh Connellan
Producer: Chloe Browne
Editor: Joshua Douglas, Ian Phillips

INTERCEPTOR: Dale Walter has built himself the iconic Mad Max car and even has a replica shotgun and leather jacket

Michigan born Dale Walter fell in love with the powerful vehicle when he watched George Miller's seminal film over thirty years ago in a tiny theatre, telling a friend 'someday I will own that car'.

ICONIC: Dale commissioned specialist company Mad Max Cars to convert his 1972 Australian Ford Falcon into the Interceptor

The famous car has featured in several films in the Mad Max franchise, including the latest Mad Max: Fury Road, which stars British actor Tom Hardy in the title role.

Dale bought a decrepit 1972 Ford Falcon which took five years to transform into his dream car

In 2008, Dale commissioned specialist company Mad Max Cars to convert his 1972 Australian Ford Falcon into the iconic Interceptor – a process which took five years and $125,000.

WHEELY SPECIAL: The famous car has featured in several films in the Mad Max franchise

The 50-year-old film fanatic, who designs and builds weapon systems for the US military, even has a replica shotgun and leather jacket, similar to the one worn by actor Mel Gibson in the original trilogy (1979-85).

It wasn't just the outside of the Falcon which needed work

He said: “A lot of people ask me what inspired me to build the Mad Max Interceptor.

MIRROR IMAGE: The black beauty is identical to the vehicle from the original 1979 movie

“I was sitting there in the darkness in that theatre and they rolled out that car and I turned to my friend and said 'someday I will own that car' and he said 'yeah right'.

AS SEEN ON SCREEN: The Interceptor is even featured in the latest Mad Mad: Fury Road, which stars British actor Tom Hardy in the title role

“Thirty years later I sent him a picture of me next to the car and it was just such an awesome vehicle.

Dale spent a fortune turning the worthless wreck into a priceless piece of movie history

“When I first saw the car rebuilt I was absolutely stunned, it took them five years to do this but the wait was worth it.

MOVIE MAD: Dale fell in love with the powerful vehicle when he watched George Miller's seminal film over thirty years ago

“We spent over $12,000 on the engine alone which was hand built – so a lot of went into that. I was super meticulous about how I wanted the car to be.”

POWER: The roaring machine has an incredible 450 horse power engine

Dale's car, which has an incredible 450 horse power, is the mirror image of the vehicle from the original 1979 movie and is even fitted with a police PA system.

The experts at Mad Max Cars fitted a new engine, which has 450 horse power, and cost $12,000

But the film buff admitted that the highly expensive yet gas guzzling engine means his Interceptor probably wouldn't fair too well in Miller's post-apocalyptic world.

FILM FANATIC: It took Dale five years and $125,000 to complete the project

He said: “I think it gets six miles to the gallon and you can tell in the second movie Max added those tanks, because this thing sucks gas like its going out of style.”

FLASHING LIGHTS: The vehicle is even fitted with a police PA system
POST-APOCALYPTIC: Dale admits the gas guzzling car might not survive the brutal world of the films
FIT FOR MAX ROCKATANSKY: The car's interior includes the gadgets from the film