Classic Car Suppliers, founded by Michael J.
Kopilec over 17 years ago, was the first movie
car brokerage firm ever. In 1984, while living in
Hollywood, California and working as a free lance
photographer, Michael was approached by fellow
photographers regarding renting his cars (a 1976
Cadillac Eldorado convertible and a 1971 Porsche
914), and his motorcycle (a 1972 Norton 850
Commando) for still photo shoots. This, coupled
with his observation that almost every music
video back then used classic cars in them,
resulted him in asking the question "Where
do all the cars come from that are used in
movies, videos, and advertisements?" Much to
his surprise, he found that there were only a
handful of companies that rented cars for
productions and they primarily only their own
vehicles. He then came to 3 conclusions:
Fellow car enthusiasts like him probably
didn't know that production companies rent the
cars used in filming.
Fellow car enthusiasts like him would jump at
an opportunity to make extra money while getting
the chance to go behind the scenes of Hollywood.
"You don't have to own it to rent it!"
With these three ideas in mind, Michael came
up with the idea of "brokering" cars
and began setting up Classic Car Suppliers.
Everyday of the next year was spent at classic
car auctions, shows, meets, and cruise nights,
building an inventory of privately owned vehicles
to make available for productions. It was at one
of these car auctions that a transportation
coordinator, posing as a car owner, grilled
Michael on his brokering concept. At the end of
this lengthy question and answer session in which
the transportation coordinator was unable to find
any faults in this new concept of brokering , he
handed Michael a business card, revealed his true
motive behind all the questions, and asked
Michael to meet with him at Universal Studios the
next day to discuss providing picture vehicles on
a new TV pilot that he was prepping. Michael met
with him, began work on the TV series "Private
Eye", and the rest was movie history!
While working on "Private
Eye", another transportation coordinator
heard about Classic Car Suppliers, contacted
Michael, and Classic Car Suppliers landed its'
first feature film, "La Bamba". No
sooner had "La Bamba" finished filming,
Michael was contacted to provide cars on an
upcoming feature film, "In the Mood".
Classic Car Suppliers had became a success, and
became established as Hollywood's leading picture
car "brokering" company! Now, by taking
his concept of "brokering cars"
nationwide, Michael J. Kopilec is once again
making Hollywood history and you can be a part of
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