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Brandan
Hagerty Employee

7 of our favorite movie cars

We love to trace the myriad ways that cars (and trucks!) permeate our culture and our lives. When we’re not documenting our own adventures or analyzing the collector market or swapping an engine in the garage, we’re digging through the never-ending treasure trove of automotive movies. Though we’ve unearthed some obscure titles in recent months, our own Brad Phillips and Colin Comer decided to spend some time debating the all-time greats movie cars in a recent livestream.

 

Read the full article on Hagerty.com: https://www.hagerty.com/media/entertainment/7-of-our-favorite-movie-cars/

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Brandan
Hagerty Employee

The Bluesmobile will always be among my favorites. I guess I'll have to see if it came up in the talk.

Grace
Hagerty Employee

It does!

TMS
Passenger

Get the lighter fixed......

Pepperalls
Detailer

I feel like this article is fishing for us to post about:

-two lane blacktop 55 chev

-Vanishing Point Challenger

-American Graffiti Coupe, 58 Impala, etc.

-The original Eleanor and the Nic-Cage era one people seem to love

-Bluesmobile as Brandan already posted...

-Dog van from Dumb & Dumber

-Space RV from Spaceballs

-Delorean from Back to the Future... even Toyota truck from same

-could do a whole article just from Mad Max franchise and Fast & Furious Franchise...

 

and so on

Guitar74
Technician

I will add the Phatasm 'Cuda 340.
mfs66
New Driver

What? No Bullit?

Flowerchild147
New Driver

Smoky and the bandit car!! Pontiac firebird Transam 

Flowerchild147
New Driver

And Herbie! Let's not forget that air cooled classic! 

Flowerchild147
New Driver

I think someone else mentioned this but "the car" that came to my mind is the DeLorean from Back to the Future. 88 mph! Might be my generation talking! 

Blister55
Navigator

The Ferrari from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?

“We’re professionals.”

 

The Bandit?

speedsmiles
New Driver

You missed the best one!  The Challenger from "Vanishing Point".

 

Rossbateman
New Driver

More interesting (and authentic) than some of your picks is the Morgan Three-wheeler in Peter Seller's The Party.   Ross Bateman

Blister55
Navigator

It’s a stretch but I also like the treatment that Doc, the 1951 Hudson Hornet, receives in the first Cars movie with Paul Newman’s voice. 

SoCalScott
Passenger

Oh, c'mon. Seriously? How can you ignore the greatest movie car of all time? Steve McQueen's Mustang in Bullitt!

RedRiley
New Driver

One vehicle that really made an impression on me was the 1964 C10 Chevy stepside in the movie A Small Town in Texas. An old moonshiner helps the main characters run from the police. They pull out of the barn in a dirty old beat up truck and the old guy says "Let's show those pigs what this 427 Chevy can do!"

 

Oh, by the way, if you're never seen this, it's a terrific database of vehicles in movies. https://www.imcdb.org/movie.php?id=75235

djtrans
Passenger

The '34 flamed coupe, "The California Kid" had to be the most memorable and highly recognized movie car.  Although the movie was kind of campish by today's standards, the car was awesome.

Jowillie
New Driver

The `55 Chevy gasser that James Taylor & Dennis Wilson toured in "Two Lane Blacktop." Do I remember Warren Oats losing a GTO in a match race in that movie?

Guitar74
Technician

He didn't lose the car, just the race but it was Dennis Wilson driving the GTO.

RG
Passenger

Paul Walker’s Gtrs how can you miss that.

renchero63
Pit Crew

Well, there are three I can think of off the top of my head. Obviously, McQueen's "Bullitt" Mustang. Cheech and Chongs Low Rider and while I forget the movie, Paul Newman drove around in a bathtub Porsche.

jekirkbride
New Driver

Harper was the movie.

Newman one time showed up at the Acadamy Awards with wife Joanne Woodward in a souped-up Porsche insted of a limo.

People were shocked and appalled.

Cool

terryjudd
Intermediate Driver

If you’re looking for a car that was the star of a movie, don’t forget the Lincoln Futura in the 1959 film “it Started with a Kiss”. Without the car, the movie is nothing and the marriage of characters Joe Fitzpatrick (Glen Ford) and Maggie (Debby Reynolds) would have foundered. It's not everyday a car actually saves a marriage.

Christine
Passenger

Yessss Christine can’t agree with you more 😃

Christine
Passenger

Yesssss Christine! Can’t agree with you more 😃

Ragtop69
Intermediate Driver

Christine.  The ultimate millennial machine.  It restores itself, requiring no effort on the part of the "owner".  Sort of like patina.

SeanO
Passenger

In 1981 I was in HS and had just gotten my driver's license. I was standing in a Brynmar Stereo store looking for  a new needle for my record player when I heard a high revving engine blaring from the high end speaker room. I went in to see what the wonderful sound was and they were playing a bootleg copy of Rondevus of a Ferrari flying through the streets of Paris in the early hours. WOW! Talk about car porn for a 16 yo.  

oldWheels1964
Passenger

Not for everyone but the Volvo 544 in World According to Garp is a great car. Role in the movie ends up being quite dramatic. Owned one since 1993 and is presently being prepped so she can hit the road again. 

mwmyers91
Intermediate Driver

Surely one of the most crindge worthy sex scenes 

kennethyoung
Passenger

Ferris Bueller Ferrari

kennethyoung
Passenger

Ferris Bueller Ferrari

Alaska19
Passenger

In the Wolf of Wall Street there were actually two Countach. One nice one as seen in the picture. The other one did get wreaked for the film. The wreaked one is in the middle east somewhere. Was told it was turned into a water fountain, but i can't confirm that part.

Herbie3Rivers
New Driver

How did Herbie the Love Bug not make this list!?!

Luvdembugs
Navigator

Herbie should have been at the top of the list!
Sgvette
Passenger

7 is a short list. They could have had 25.

Morningflight
Passenger

If the limit is one Cobra, then yes, definitely the Gumball Rally 427. For runner up, I'm voting for the red 289 Viva Las Vegas PR car/ movie car/ CSX2019 Dragon Snake.

rkeller
Navigator

The fake Ferrari from Ferris Bueller's day off is my #1

Mikesdad1
Pit Crew

Are you Kidding, where the Bandits Trans Am, The Bullitt Mustang, the Hemi Challenger that Kowalski drove, those are hero cars, though thank you for not bringing anything from the fast and the stupid, I mean furious 

DHess
Pit Crew

Amen to the Bandit Trans Am, my childhood dream car; I got my ‘78 TA 36 years ago and still absolutely love during it around

JoeZ
Passenger

I think the Bullitt Mustang should have been one of the first cars listed. The classic chase scene and, of course, the mystique of Steve McQueen make it an easy choice for me. 

shoulderboards
Intermediate Driver

The primary white Challenger used in the vast majority of the scenes in Vanashing Point was not equipped with the legendary Hemi motor, but had a 440 Magnum backed up by a pistol-grip 4-speed transmission.  The producers also used a different white Challenger with a 383 motor and equipped with a trailer hitch that was both a stand in as well as a utility vehicle that towed a trailer and also pulled the white Camaro to speed in it’s collision with the two Cat dozers.

Guitar74
Technician

I paused the movie more than once (the original, not the remake with Viggo Mortenson), and got very clear shots of "383 Magnum" on the side of the power bulge. It would make a lot of sense as the 383 was the cheapest big block to obtain.

 

The made for tv remake cars are on display at the Floyd Garrett Musclecar Museum in Sevierville, TN. The chase car in that film was a 440 automatic car, and the "glamour shot car" was a Hemi 4 spd, although I think it was a clone. The chase car still wears the sprayed on "movie dirt".

in_garage
Pit Crew

Yes! The Trans-Am and Mustang for sure. It's like the guys were picking the best - from a B category not A. More movie than car.

kopkar1
Passenger

Actually Kowalski's Challenger was a 440-4bbl R/T. I believe the backup cars were 383s

Band1
Passenger

I have a true 1977 Pontiac Trans Am SA just like the one in the movie. It is the most iconic movie car EVER!!  I can't believe it's not on this list. BOO! 

Miketheump
Pit Crew

Not that it was a great car but without it there wouldn't be a trilogy, how was the DeLorean left off the list, the time machine that even today people stop and have a must see. An iconic memory that has spanned at least 3 generations. Marty McFly and Doc Brown will never forgive you.

DaveA
Intermediate Driver

I agree! As an owner I am constantly amazed at the love that people have for the DeLorean. It’s not a time machine, it’s not a speed machine, but it absolutely is a SMILE machine.

Jakekl
Passenger

Great list, but to me misses the top 5 quintessential movie cars: Bullit Mustang, Back to the Future Delorean, The Graduate Alfa Romeo Spyder ‘Duetto’, James Bond Franchise Aston Martin DB5 & The Spy Who Loved Me Lotus Esprit S1 ‘Wet Nellie’  

Achfc
Passenger

Eleanor!!!

SprintB
Passenger

The “Goldfinger” Aston Martin. I had a matchbox one that ejected a little figure out the roof  !  Probably my favorite toy car ever.