It’s not always the likes of Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio who are the big stars of a Hollywood blockbuster: sometimes the cars steal the show. There have been plenty of vehicles throughout time that have become iconic landmarks of the films in which they featured, and everyone from movie buffs through to car enthusiasts (and everyone in between) can appreciate them.
Here you can reminisce on some of your favourite flicks and the four wheeled legends that feature in them, with Are You Selling’s list of the most iconic cars to ever grace the silver screen!
Christine: 1957 Plymouth Belvedere
Who better to play a murderous car with a mind of its own than a scary looking, deep red Plymouth Belvedere? There’s rumours that they destroyed about 13-16 of these models in the making of Christine, but either way the vehicle has become an iconic symbol of that strangely evil car.
Smokey & The Bandit: 1977 Pontiac (Firebird) Trans Am
Smokey & The Bandit wasn’t just a big hit for Burt Reynolds, it made Pontiac into a superstar as well. Sales were 68,745 in 1977 before the movie came out, and soared to 93,341 in 1978 after the film’s release.
And why not? This super slick and speedy car both looked awesome and drove well. Poor Reynolds really lucked out though – he was reportedly promised a Trans Am by Pontiac if Smokey & The Bandit took off; when it did and he called to ask for his freebie, the executive who had promised it to him had retired and the new one refused to back the deal.
Starsky & Hutch: 1975 Ford Gran Tarino
Boy – could that car fly. The red and white car has become a synonymous icon for anyone who thinks about Starsky & Hutch, but did you know it almost was a green and white car? That’s what producer Aaron Spelling originally requested, but Chevy couldn’t help him out, and the red stuck.
Truthfully, we’re kind of glad the green didn’t work out – Starsky and Hutch suit their red companion!
The Italian Job: 2003 MINI Cooper S
What kind of car do you use when you have millions upon millions of dollars? A smart little MINI Cooper, of course. These zippy cars certainly served their purpose in both the 1969 and 2003 versions of the film.
In the original, director Peter Collinson asked if BMC could donate some MINIs but they said no, although Fiat were more than willing to help out. However, Collinson decided MINIs were the way to go, although Fiat still supplied plenty of cars for filming.
Ghost Busters: 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Hearse
Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! And they’ll be there in their “trusty” 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Hearse in next to no time. It was certainly an unusual car, but then again only unusual would do for the trio of ghost hunters.
Ray knew how perfect it was: according to him all it needed was some suspension work, shocks, brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end, new rings, mufflers, a little wiring… not much at all!
Back To The Future: 1982 DeLorean DMC-12
With the premise of the series around time travelling in a car, it’s easy to see why the 1982 DeLorean used in Back To The Future became an icon. Plus, as Doc Brown said, “if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?”
We’re not the only ones thankful for this beaut of a vehicle being made famous by the Back To The Future series; John DeLorean of DeLorean Motor Company actually wrote a letter to screenwriters Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis to thank them for using his car!
Dukes Of Hazzard: 1969 Dodge Charger
Made famous in the television show and then rebirthed through the 2005 film, the orange 1969 Dodge Charger with its “01” painted on the side is iconic Hollywood at its finest. Granted, the latter film was a bit of a flop and nowhere as popular as the original series, but at least it featured that well-loved Dodge Charger. They actually even used one of the original cars for close-ups!
Mad Max: 1974 Customised Ford Falcon Pursuit Special
Mad Max is all about fast action and even faster cars. Mel Gibson got to play with a number of bad numbers in this film, but the Ford Falcon Pursuit Special is the most famous. This awesome vehicle often gets referred to as an Interceptor these days, but technically it more fits a very customised Pursuit.
Either way, we all know that this car went fast and looked super sexy!
The Love Bug/Herbie: 1962 Volkswagen Beetle
It was going to take a very special car to play the lovable character of Herbie, but they managed pretty well by casting a Volkswagen Beetle. When Disney was first trying to figure out what vehicle to use, they had a full line up of potentials to inspect. The team would go along and kick the tyres and grab the steering wheel of each car to check out how it felt, but when they got up to the Beetle they started petting it instead – a pretty clear indicator that it was “the one”.
With his 53 and red, white and blue stripes painted on, Herbie is a star that pretty much anyone can recognise!
James Bond Goldfinger:1963 Aston Martin DB5
There are many iconic things about James Bond: it truly is an empire when it comes to Hollywood classics. The Aston Martin DB5 that Sean Connery gets around in throughout the Goldfinger film is no exception.
This sporty little number was nicknamed “The Most Famous Car in the World” after the movie was a huge hit, and sales increased by a massive 50%. Steven Spielberg, who says Goldfinger is his favourite Bond film, bought an Aston Martin DB5 for himself.
And to think; originally Aston Martin were reluctant to give up two of their DB5s for filming, and producers had to pay for them.