The Mach 5 is one of the most famous race cars in the world because of the continuing popularity of the 1967 Speed Racer animated series.
Speed Racer's iconic Mach 5
In 2000, this hand-built, mid-engine interpretation of the cartoon Mach 5 completed a nationwide automotive safety tour in America sponsored by the Child Safety Network.
Mach 5 car inspired by the 1960's Speed Racer cartoon series
2008 Speed Racer movie poster
The Speed Racer Motors organization then announced plans to build a series of 100 road-ready replicas based on front-engine Corvette platforms, but few were produced.
Mach 5 car from Speed Racer
This super-cool car is on display at The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles and was photographed on July 28, 2009.
The Mach 5 recently appeared in the 2008 live-action movie version of Speed Racer, for which no running vehicles (only prototypes) were made because all the action was digitally created.
Speed Racer movie wall mural on Melrose Avenue in L.A.
Speed Racer was played by Emile Hirsch, but sadly no matter how cool the car looks the film by the Wachowski Bros., the creators of The Matrix Trilogy, was a big box-office flop.
Speed Racer film poster
Buy the DVD in the USA: Speed Racer: The Complete Classic Series Collection