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Entrepreneur Peter Kalikow has put his vision of building the world’s best car back in the driver’s seat, and his journey is making its way to the big screen.
Kalikow — whose career includes stints as a real estate mogul, former owner-publisher of the New York Post, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey — and his automobile fascination are chronicled in the documentary The Mirage, which will have its premiere on Oct. 24 at the Philadelphia Film Festival.
Kalikow’s mission to reboot production of his dream car, dubbed the Momo Mirage, is explored in the Kyle Roper-directed film, which also delves into “the world of car design, construction, and the politics behind it,” according to the synopsis of the film.
Roper also produced the Sacred Bull Media film alongside Diane Richey and Kalikow’s son, Nicholas Kalikow.
In 1968, a 26-year-old Kalikow used money earned working construction to design a coupe he hoped would have the speed of a Ferrari Gran Turismo and the comfort of a Rolls-Royce. Debuted at the 1972 New York International Auto Show and featured on the cover of Road & Track Magazine, the Momo Mirage’s success only lasted three years before production halted. Reportedly only two of the allotted 150 cars were ever completed.
Kalikow, 71, now serves as president of the established H.J. Kalikow & Company.
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