Though it’s not a car movie, there is a vehicle that plays a role in the beloved holiday movie It’s a Wonderful Life. The vehicle is Ernie’s GMC Taxi, which carries a despondent George Bailey, portrayed by actor James Stewart, around his hometown of Bedford Falls.
That taxi, a 1930 model, went on display last week at the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and will remain there for viewing through February 2019, the museum said.
After the filming, the taxi was privately owned by a man who planned to restore the vehicle. However, upon reaching age 82, he realized that wasn’t going to happen, so he sold the vehicle, which became part of Nicola Bulgari’s collection. The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage restored the vehicle mechanically but kept the interior and exterior patina.
The taxi is displayed at the museum through the NB Center and the Historic Vehicle Association.It