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.
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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’