The Adams Probe 16/Durango 95 - A Clockwork Orange movie car... where is it now?

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  1. ApexOversteer

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    Made in 1969 by the Adams Brothers, the Probe 16 was a outrageously styled car, of which only 3 were made.

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    It was known in Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film A Clockwork Orange as the Durango 95, the vehicle that carried our anti-hero Alex and his Droogs into the night to play "hogs of the road", finally taking them to the novelist's house and the famous Singin' In The Rain scene.

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    The car then drifted into obscurity for all but a few anorak petrolheads. It would reappear in 2004 as one of the voting choices in Top Gear's segment Restoration Rip Off. It was joined by a Chrysler once owned by Keith Moon, the Queen's Land Rover, a Lotus 10 ordered by (but never delivered to) James Dean and Paddy Hopkirk's first racing Mini Cooper, which eventually won the voting.

    Click to watch the Top Gear segment on the Probe 16

    As any Top Gear fan knows, the Probe 16 wasn't chosen for restoration, and even if it had been we'd never have seen it, we never did get to see the results of the restoration of the Hopkirk Mini.

    So where is the Probe 16 from A Clockwork Orange now? Has it been restored, or does it remain in that English lockup, rotting away still?

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  2. pitbullforte

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    i tought these should have one the TG voting, it is crazy and exclusive.
     
  3. lola9090

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    It is 99% restored alive and well. I'll post a pic if I knew how!!
     
  4. ApexOversteer

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    I can't wait to see the photos of the Probe!!!
     
  5. lola9090

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    As it is after its restoration although to finish it off I need to lower the suspension, black the sill and a few other things and it will be perfect. Awesome car and 41 years old!!
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  6. ApexOversteer

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    WOW! Nice work! What a car! Makes me very happy that it was saved and restored! Thanks for posting these!
     
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  8. dbw

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    too bad alex hasn't aged as well.......
     
  9. mseals

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    Wow.... so, how did you end up with one of three cars made?

    And, any idea where the other two are?

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  10. ApexOversteer

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    The first one is unknown today, possibly burned and destroyed. The second car is in a private collection in Ottawa, Canada. This is the third Probe 16 and the most famous, being the A Clockwork Orange movie car.
     
  11. lola9090

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    The other two cars are now being restored. One lived in California and in a sorry state, the other in Canada. Both are being restored together in Canada I believe. I'm now restoring my Probe 2001.........
     
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    #11 ApexOversteer, Oct 6, 2010
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    So the rumors were true and Probe #1 (AB2) still exists... nice! I'd love to see pics of your Probe 2001!
     
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  15. DenisC

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    Actually, the other 2 are here in Ottawa, I was there last fall, one car in storage (as stated in poor shape- but since the other is so close it would be easy to replicate any part) and the other is in a collection. I was it unfortunalely it was parked close to the wall and too boxed-in to examine it properly. The celan one is in very ggod shape, would not need a restoration, a simple refresh would do.

    You guys realise these were powered by a rear mounted small 4 cylinder motor, you get in the car by stepping over the side glass, in through the sunroof, lie on your back with the steering column between your legs like a go-kart and runs on 13 or 14inch wheels :) I am not quite sure why they are (if they are) considered production cars or kit cars ??
     
  16. ApexOversteer

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    Austin 1800cc straight fours indeed. I love how you have to climb over the side and the roof slides into place over you, like a fighter jet canopy. It's about the only car in 1969 that could out "wow" a Miura at a stop light. They are the ultimate expression of that 60's sci-fi sub-genre of the mod culture. If David Bowie's Space Oddity was a car, it would be a Probe 16.
     
  17. lola9090

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    Funny you should say that as the guy who owned my car before it was sold to Pollock in the US was a genuine playboy in London and he owned a Miura as well. He found he had more luck picking up the girls with the Probe than the Lambo.

    He had enough of the Probe when the rear wheel came off yet again as the design of the rims put too much force through the Imp stub axle which tended to snap. This time he swiped a lamp post!!

    Peter Adams fitted a Triumph 1500 stub axle instead which cured the problem.
     
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    I think that you will find that there were more than 3 of these cars made.
    I remember at least 2 of them being for sale at one time in England. One in my old home town.
    It was also offered as a kit, after sales of the built car didn't come up to expectation.
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  19. GrayTA

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    Wow, what a fascinating car. I had no idea!!!


    And to find the owner is a member here too!!! This is just too much!!! Thanks for being here among us Lola9090!!!!




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  20. nugent

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    For comprehensive information on the Adams Probe series, including the Probe 15, Probe 16 and Probe 2001 see www.probe2001.com. The site includes details and photos of all known cars as well as simiar iformation on the Concept Centaur , a probe derivative
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  21. Lemke

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    It looks like a '60s Le Mans racer from the back. Very cool looking car.
     
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    Nice to see that they are still alive and restored (or being restored).
     
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    ww.probe2001.com is now relaunched as www.adamsprobe.com. The site has full information on all known Adams Probe 15, Adams Probe 16 and Adams Probe 2001 cars as well as a section on the Concept Centaur GT, a Probe 15 derivative.
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  24. Durango 95

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    Is Here at Adams Probe 16.

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    They also have information on the Probe 15, Probe 2001 and Centaur GT.
     

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