That didn’t take long.
Kansas City custom-car builder Joe Pace has sold the replica he made of the Mutt Cutts van from “Dumb and Dumber” to an anonymous car collector from Mankato, Minn.
The collector’s nephew, Jake Downs, drove eight hours from their town outside Minneapolis to purchase the van for its full asking price: $20,000. He describes his uncle as a private man and “lifelong fan of ‘Dumb and Dumber.’ ”
On his way back home, Downs said in a phone call from Iowa that his uncle found out about Pace’s Shaggin’ Wagon from a story published last week in The Kansas City Star.
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Pace said that after the story came out he was contacted by three serious buyers. The Minnesota collector got to it first.
On Tuesday morning, Pace loaded the van on Downs’ trailer and snapped photos as he drove away.
“This hurts,” Pace said. “I really didn’t want to sell it.”
Said Downs: “It almost made me sad to take it.”
Pace built the Mutt Cutts van in 2015 by attaching shag carpet “fur” to a 2003 conversion van. He made his Shaggin’ Wagon look just like the one Jeff Daniels (as Harry Dunne) drove with Jim Carrey (as Lloyd Christmas) in the movie, with a floppy red tongue and ears that flap in the wind. Pace, a movie buff, has also crafted detailed replicas of the time machine from “Back to the Future” and the Ecto-1 from “Ghostbusters.”
Last week, he reluctantly decided to sell the Shaggin’ Wagon to help offset the cost of his dream car, a Lamborghini Countach kit car.
But it sounds like the Mutt Cutts van is going to a good home: Downs said that his whole family loves “Dumb and Dumber” and that his uncle talks about the movie all the time.
“Anytime you see him, he’s got a quote for you,” Downs said. In his favorite scene, a cop on a motorcycle attempts to pull over Harry and Lloyd as they’re cruising in the Shaggin’ Wagon.
“Pull over,” the cop yells.
“No, it’s a cardigan,” Harry says, “but thanks for noticing.”
The van was already turning heads on its journey north. Downs said almost every passing driver gives him a thumbs up.
He added that his uncle is excited about sharing the Shaggin’ Wagon with his community: “He wants to make people smile.”
Pace is already dreaming about his next project: a Batmobile.
He’s also considering totally redeeming himself with local “Dumb and Dumber” fans by building another Shaggin’ Wagon.
“I miss it already,” Pace said. “I think there’s gonna be another one in my future.”