The Car / BMW 1998 (E38) 735i or 750iL ?
There is some question as to exactly what BMW model was used in the production of The Transporter movie.
A location director on The Transporter movie involved in all the car chase scenes has provided the following production facts:
The primary vehicle seen throughout the movie is a 1998 BMW 750iL Euro model, referenced as a 735i. This was a product placment vehicle to promote BMW's 7 series of vehicles. The 750iL in the film had a stock 322HP V-12 engine and was fitted with a 6-speed manual transmission (850ci) for the movie (by BMW) to allow for more "action" during the chase sequences.
The vehcle is referenced as a 1999 BMW 735i throughout the movie to promote 735i sales globally and in the USA. The 750iL model was not marketed by BMW for mass market appeal and was very expensive for the time. The vehicle(s) shown in the film are all pre-facelift E38 (1999) and are probably 1998 models.
There were (3) BMW vehicles purchased for the filming. And the model badges were removed because they were not all the same type. During the filming (2) were destroyed and (1) was severly damaged. Small variations in interior appointment levels can be seen in the movie, thus confirming there were multiple vehicles used during filming.
Some of the vehicle stunts involving the BMWs were staged by Phillippe Guegan (Guegan Stunt Company).
Note: The BMW V-12 engine used in the 750iL also was sold to Rolls Royce to power their flagship models.
Click the above image to start the BMW Transporter car slide show.
1. The Ignition code to The Transporter's car is: 1732
2. What wheels were used on the BMW: Brand= ADR Model= M-Silver Size= 17" X 8"
3. How many different license plates are shown in the film for Franks BMW: 7
4. All The Transporters license plates end in: "06"
5. What BMW model number does Inspector Tarconi call Franks car (production mistake): 765
Frank drives this Renault 5 (scene shot in and around St. Remy, France) just before hijacking the airplane.
The opening scene of The Transporter movie was filmed in this parking garage (above) in Nice, France (45 Rue Sainte-Phillipe).
Below is the exact location of the opening parking garage scene (as it appears today) in The Transporter movie.
Tour a fully outfitted BMW 1998 750il. Even by todays standards this was a high end vehicle. Click above image to watch the video.
The above (2) videos are the actual operation and feature videos that were supplied to each E38 owner by BMW at the time of purchase. Click each video to watch.
Frank drives this 1985 Saab 900 to get a stethescope to listen to containers at the ship yard. Scene shot in Villefranche, France.
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The BMW car jump scene (from the bridge) in The Transporter movie (seen above) was mostly special effects. The filming location for the BMW on the "bridge" was actually not a bridge, but rather the Lamarck Caulaincourt (Paris) metro station exit (seen below as it appears today). The jump itself never happened. The scene in the film showing the BMW in the air and landing on the car transport was actually shot as a small jump from a ramp at a car park in Gennevilliers (near Paris) with green screen as a backdrop. The vehicle actually drove on a guide rail for the "jump". In the film you will notice that the tires are missing on the driver side of the BMW as Frank Martin lands the car on the car transport (the car was driven on the rims on the guide rail for the scene shot against a green screen back drop). For some reason, the effects team at Eclair did not correct for the misssing tires in the final cut of the scene?
See rare deleted car chase scenes and overdubbed alternate music and dialog track in this YouTube video. Click above.
The 750il wheels used on The Transporter's car -
ADR M-Classic Silver
Notice the missing tires on the driver side of The Transporters car as it makes the jump-
The BMW in mid air scene (left) is from the series The Hire in 1999. The Transporter film screenplay was very similar to The Hire.
The scenes in The Transporter where Frank picks up "the package" (girl in a duffel bag) is located in Villafranche, France. Place Amélie Pollonnais. The SUV shown in the below scene is a 1981 Nissan Patrol GR -
Place Amélie Pollonnais as it appears in 2012, with the Welcome Hotel in the background (see below).
See video of Place Amélie Pollonnais as it appears in 2012 (Click Above) -
This plaza is on the property of the Welcome Hotel. A landmark hotel on the French Riviera from the 1920's -
Click on the wheel above to go to the ADR Wheel website -
Frank Martin also drive these 2 vehicles in The Transporter -
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2 Avenue Verdun in Eze, France -
Jason Statham prepares to film a scene for The Transporter movie in Eze' France (2 Avenue Verdun) at an AVIA petrol station -
AVIA petrol station (2012) -
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of Place Amélie Pollonnais Villafranche, France -
Click above links to learn more about the Hotel Welcome -
This security code for The Transporters
car is 1732 -
The Transporter BMW at Cap Roux
near Eze, France -
The Transporter BMW at the container docks/shipyards near Marseille, France -
Click Here For Google Maps Location of container docks/shipyards in Marseille, France -
This ignition keypad in the above screen shot is different than the keypad seen in most of the interior shots of The Transporter movie? This keypad is also mounted on the horizontal plane of the console and not in the vertical position of the console. This is the key pad used in the BMW (in So Cal) filming of The Transporter promotional video with Knock Turn' Al -
The Transporter License Plates -
930 UHV 06
802 MGF 06
6202 2K 06
8321 PS 06
3454 LN 06
817 NTS 06
7322 YX 06
Peugeot 2001 307 model police cars. During the filming they utilized 11 of these vehicles -
The opening car chase scene culminates on the Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes, France. Steven Chasman and Luc Besson had to meet with the mayor of Cannes to get special approval to film the high speed chase scenes in the city. It was considered off season at the time of filming and city officials still required a number of safety precautuions to protect the tourists and people visiting the famous Cannes landmark (La Croisette). Frank Martin turns onto the La Croisette from Ave du Canada in his BMW with many police cars in persuit.... and passes in front of the famous Carlton hotel (see arrow below) -
Google maps location at the point where "Frank Martin" enters the La Croisette in front of the Carlton Hotel -
The bank robber's get away car was a 1989 Renault Model 19, Series 1. During the filming of this scene the driver was unable to drive the car (manual transmission) and Louis Leterrier (Director) was the driver seen in the movie backing up and driving away -