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Hollywood's first car broker

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The true story of Hollywood's first car broker

Hollywood's First Movie Car Broker

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!

Hollywood's leading picture car "brokering" company

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 it.

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Private Eye
...on the set of "Cadillac Highway". When GM needed 30 cars & trucks in the 40s and 50s for their upcoming commercial celebrating Cadillacs' Centennial Anniversary in the year 2002, they turned to MovieVehicles.com.
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Q: What kind of vehicle do you need in order to make money in the film industry?

A: Any kind. Vehicles of all years, makes, models, and conditions are needed for filming. We have work for cars, trucks, and motorcycles on a regular basis. MORE FAQS
CAR TRIVIA QUESTION #1
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Which car company designed the Lincoln Model K?

a) Ford
b) Lincoln
c) Packard
d) No such model

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