While great films contain great actors, it is not uncommon for their characters’ vehicles to steal our attention from time to time. There have been some seriously iconic movie cars throughout several decades of film, and whittling them down to a list of just 10 is admittedly difficult, but we think we’ve just about managed it with the following selection.
Aston Martin DB5- Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye and Skyfall
The Aston Martin DB5 first appeared in the James Bond film Goldfinger. The Aston Martin DB5 had a revolving registration plate, an ejector seat and defence mechanisms. The DB5 was used during several car chases in the Goldfinger, Thunderball and GoldenEye. The most famous Bond car was used again in the 50th anniversary film Skyfall.
Ford Mustang- Bullitt
Steve McQueen stars as Frank Bullitt, a San Francisco cop determined to find the criminal that killed a witness under his protection. The car chase in the film revolutionised car chases in film and became a classic, with the sound of the Mustang providing the perfect soundtrack.
Mini Cooper- Italian Job
Mini Coopers were iconic during the late sixties and early seventies due to the Italian Job’s cool car chase after the gang steal gold. Featuring the British flag colours of red, white and blue, the three Mini Coopers make their way through many obstacles to escape the police and finally board a moving coach.
DeLorean DMC-12- Back To The Future
The DeLorean is portrayed in the film Back To The Future as a stylish futuristic time travelling car that can transport people to the past and to the future. The Back To The Future film expanded into a three-film series featuring the magnificent car. However, the car itself didn’t sell well and it is believed only 6,000 exist today.
Dodge Challenger- Vanishing Point
A 1970 Dodge Challenger needs to be delivered to San Francisco from Colorado. This task is given to Kowalski who takes a bet that he can drive the car approximately 1,230 miles in less than 15 hours. Kowalski drives the Dodge Challeger during some great car chases.
VW Beetle- The Love Bug
The Love Bug is about a race driver who becomes a champion driving a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own called Herbie. The sales of the Beetle peaked during the early 1970s as a result of its film presence.
Ford Falcon- Mad Max
A vengeful Australian policeman sets out to avenge the murders of his partner, wife and son by a motorbike gang in the Mad Max Interceptor, a 1973 Ford XB GT Falcon with major changes to the body.
Dodge Monaco Sedan- Blues Brothers
The Bluesmobile is a 1974 Dodge Monaco Sedan featuring cop styling used by the Blues brothers to save the Catholic home where Jake and Elwood were raised. During the film, a bridge starts to open and the Blues brothers drive the Bluesmobile over the bridge and jump the gap.
Ecto-1- Ghostbusters The Ghostbusters
Ecto-1 car was originally a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance that was modified to make it look more unique as part of the ghost-catching business.
AMC Pacer- Wayne’s World
Known as the Mirth Mobile, the 1976 AMC Pacer was the transport for Wayne and his friend Garth. The car was a sky blue car featuring flame decals with a liquorice dispenser, a full bar tap and later in the film a CD player.