20. Blade – 1968 Dodge Charger R/T The evil Charger owned by “daywalker” Blade featured in all three of the Blade trilogy, it’s evil, yet simple style won the hearts of many people for its understated style, and awesome engine. The 1968 Dodge Charger featured in all three of the Blade Trilogy, its purposeful yet understated looked coupled with an engine note to die for made it a movie fan favourite. 19. The Rock – 1996 Ferrari F355 Spider In one of the opening scenes Nicolas Cage takes a Ferrari to pursue Sean Connery in a Hummer. Hurtling through the streets of San Francisco the Ferrari meets an untimely end being crushed under a derailed tram; our hero of course leaps to safety without a scratch. Fans of the Italian marque will be pleased to know that the 355 was no more than a component replica. 18. Thelma and Louise – 1966 Ford Thunderbird A classis road movie featuring an all American classic convertible car. And who can forget that ending. 17. Le Mans – 1971 Porsche 917 Le Mans A film based around Le Mans in the 70’s the two main cars featured in the movie are the Ferrari 512 LM and the Porsche 917 piloted by Steve McQueen. In reality the 917 outpaced the 512 by some margin, it might also come as no surprise but in the climatic crash scene the Porsche and Ferrari were actually rebodied Lola replicas. 16. XXX – 1967 Pontiac GTO If you’ve never seen xXx imagine Bond’s weapon laden DB5 but for for generation X. The film’s star Vin Diesel takes the wheel on the 67 Pontiac GTO, equipped with the most inconspicuous of hood mounted air intakes and incredible purple paint job and head light mounted missiles. 15. Graduate – 1966 Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto Often seen as the poor man’s Ferrari in its day but it’s starring role with the ever charismatic Dustin Hoffman behind the wheel in The Graduate has cemented this little car’s reputation in movie history. 14. Fast and Furious – 1970 Dodge Charger The first Fast & Furious Movie features a plethora of highly modified performance cars but the best known is unquestionably the 1970 Dodge Charger driven by the Dom played by Vin Diesel. Featuring a huge air intake and super charger bursting out of the hood this charger had enough torque to pop wheelies off the line. The car only really features in the final climatic scenes of the movie where it unfortunately meets an untimely end 13. Austin Powers – 1967 Jaguar E Type A British Spy like no other, Austin Powers needs a car like no other. A 1967 Jaguar E Type emblazoned with a giant Union Jack across the entire body work was the perfect mode of transport for Austin. 12. James Bond (The Spy Who Loved Me) – 1975 Lotus Esprit The Lotus Esprit S1 has to be amongst one of the most recognisable Bond cars of all time. In the real world the Lotus Esprit wasn’t noted for its reliability, but in the fictional world of Ian Fleming’s James Bond Q successfully engineered the road going Esprit into a fully submersible submarine car allowing Bond to take on the bad guys where ever they may be. 11. Cannonball Run – 1980 Lamborghini Countach LP400S The Lamborghini Countach was the poster car of the 80’s with it aggressive lines, wide low stance, it really was a supercar that was years ahead of the competition. The opening 4 minutes of the Cannonball Run features a Countach sporting completely over the top front and rear wings out-running a Pontiac Firebird highway patrol pursuit car. Despite the movie featuring many other notable cars the Countach will forever remain the most synonymous with the Cannonball Run. 10. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider When Ferris decided to take a day off school he thought it would be a good idea to go for a joyride in a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California. The California Spider is a very rare car only 36 were ever made and the most recent one sold for in excess of £10 million. Needless to say the car that featured in the movie was a replica.. Phew. 9. Mad Max – 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT Coupe “Last of the V8 Interceptors” Mel Gibson’s Ford Falcon featured post-apocalyptic armoured styling, a huge blower intake and big red button to activate the supercharger that you just waiting to be pressed in every scene. With a movie budget of only $350,000 AUD this must be one of the most iconic cars to stand the test of time from such a low budget movie. 8. Love Bug – 1963 Volkswagen Type 1 One of the most endearing, recognisable characters of all time. Number “53” Herbie was a little magical VW Beetle that dreamed of being a race car and did so quite successfully, spawning 6 more movies and a television series. 7. Smoky and the Bandit – 1977 Pontiac Trans Am Burt Reynolds appears in the list once again this time in a 77 Pontiac Trans Am in Smokey and the Bandit. Featuring gold wheels, a distinctive Firebird hood decal. A never ending sequence of chases, doughnuts, j turns and jumps this apparently indestructible car reeks almost as much onscreen charisma as our moustached star. 6. Gone in 60 Seconds – 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 The Nicholas Cage Movie Gone in 60 Seconds is actually a remake of the original made in 1974. The star of the movie is undoubtedly Eleanor, a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500. Eleanor is the only Ford Mustang in history to ever receive star title credit in a movie. The mustang used in the 2000 film was actually a much less rare 1967 Mustang GT dressed up with a Shelby GT-500 inspired badging and body kit. Genuine Shelby GT-500s are worth in excess of 1 million dollars. 5. Ghostbusters – 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ECTO1 is one of the most recognised ambulances in movie history. Originally a 1957 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Dan Akroyd’s character Ray Stantz transforms the beat up car into a the Ghostbusters preferred mode of transport adding proton pack and trap storage as well a whole host of other gadgets that only a qualified Ghostbuster could really explain. 4. The Italian job (1969) – 1968 Austin Mini Cooper S By 1969 the Austin Mini Cooper S was already well on it’s way to be becoming an automotive legend. The original Italian Job movie sealed it’s fate as an automotive cultural pop icon. The movie also features a Jaguar E-Type , a Lamborghini Miura, a Lancia Flaminia Convertible, an Aston Martin DB4, and a Fiat Dino, but it’s the Minis that are unquestionably the stars of the show.. 3. Bullitt – 1968 Ford Mustang GT390 Fastback Too many this movie features the holy grail of car chases. Steve McQueen hurtling around the streets of San Francisco in a 1968 GT390 Fastback being hotly pursued by the bad guys in a black Dodge Charger. 2. Back to the Future Trilogy – 1981 DeLorean DMC 12 It’s slightly ironic that the DeLorean DMC-12 one of automotive history’s greatest white elephants is probably one of the most recognisable and well loved movie cars of all time. In reality the gullwing door brushed steel bodied car was slow, heavy and very underpowered; some US variants speedos actually topped out at 85mph! But in the hand’s of Dr Brown played by Christopher Lloyd the unwieldy sports coupe was transformed into the time travelling Delorean that we all know and love. Of the original 6 cars used in the trilogy, only 2 remain, one being owned by Universal Studios and the other is in the hands of a private collector. 1. James Bond – 1963 Aston Martin DB5 The Aston Martin DB5 has appeared in more Bond Movies than you probably remember, Sean Connery got behind the wheel in Goldfinger and Thunderball, Pierce Brosnan took over in Goldfinger and Tomorrow Never Dies; and more recently Daniel Craig went for a spin in Skyfall. Not wanting too feel left out Roger Moore got to take the DB5 for a cross country drive in the Cannonball Run. Even without it’s movie star kudos the DB5 would be one of the coolest iconic cars of all time.
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