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HIA873 was the Californian license plate of Spike's black DeSoto Fireflite 1959 car. To be able to drive during daytime, the vampire had its windows blacked out with spray paint and kraft paper.

History

In 1977, after killing his second Slayer, Spike drove his DeSoto to Greenville, California, where he orchestrated a robbery.[1]

Twenty years later, in 1997, Spike arrived in Sunnydale, running over its welcome sign with the car.[2] He also used it to drive to the Sunset Club.[3] Spike eventually left the town in the same car, while holding an unconscious Drusilla, after running it over the door of Crawford Street Mansion's garage.[4]

In 1998, Spike returned to Sunnydale and once again ran over its welcome sign with his car, but this time falling over its door drunk and alone. He left in the following day, driving the DeSoto while listening and singing to the Sex Pistols in the daylight.[5]

The car was last seen in 2001, when Spike drove Buffy Summers to a stakeout at night. He offered her a flask of bourbon from its glove compartment, and declared to Buffy he loved her in the same night. Notably, the windows of the car were completely clear this time.[6]

Behind the scenes

  • In the original script of "School Hard", its debut episode, Spike's car was intended to be a Cadillac, also black.
  • The car was reproduced in the miniature series Johnny Lightning Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in two variants titled "Spike's Desoto".
  • Spike's car was left on the set of Sunnydale's main street for well over six months after the final shooting of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When the car was finally removed, it had to be towed off the lot by a truck because it no longer ran. Even so, the company who had leased it to the studio was able to sell the DeSoto for over $10,000 when they put the word out that it was Spike's car from the show.[citation needed]

Appearances

References

  1. "Spike: Into the Light"
  2. "School Hard"
  3. "Lie to Me"
  4. "Becoming, Part Two"
  5. "Lovers Walk"
  6. "Crush"
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