Many special cars have been created for the big screen, but there are some that really stand out as memorable. Futuristic, gadget-loaded, gizmo-rich or just funky – movies have provided a great selection of cars that we wish we could have, cars that have taken us for very real rides in the movies. This list presents ten of the memorable ones.
10. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
One of the first remarkable movie cars, this may not be the coolest vehicle, but it is a warm memory for most people who have seen the film. It has the ability to fly with built-in on-demand wings and propeller. And it had some type of magical ability to make anyone riding in it start to sing. The name came from its own particular brand of engine pings; after Potts rebuilds the car, he nicknames it Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for the noises its engine makes.
9. Starsky and Hutch 1976 Ford Gran Torino
Starsky and Hutch – they had their names on the marquis, but the show would never have been the same without the quintessential Gran Torino. It roared through the alley and out onto the main street, spinning completely to pin a perpetrator’s car against the curb – It was the four wheeled, 400 cubic inch co-star of “Starsky and Hutch.” Because of the popularity of the car on the TV Show, Ford built approximately 1,300 “Starsky & Hutch” Gran Torinos in the Spring of 1976.
8. Die Another Day Aston Martin Vanquish
It is sometimes quite close between the best features of a Bond film, with each new movie trying to outdo the previous one. The action, the Bond girls or the Bond cars all compete for our attention and each one is an object of “viewer fantasy” during the movie. In Die Another Day, the car is at the top of the heap. Aston Martin introduced its Vanquish model through the Bond flick, and it was one cool ride. Aside from being very fast, very smooth and always maneuverable in the chase, it had the requisite Bond coolness; the Aston Martin Vanquish V12 was fitted out with the following gadgets by Q-Branch:
- Two under-hood mounted auto-aiming machine guns
- Front firing rockets behind the main air intake grille
- Seat with spring loaded ejection system
- Enhanced waterproofing
- Under-chassis air cannons
- Central console mounted gadget controls
Aston Martin supplied a pair of Vanquishes for the film, one of which featured a trick gearbox that meant it could run faster backwards than it could going forwards – a feature used to great effect.
7. Indian Motorcycle from The Great Escape
In 2008 Steve McQueen’s 1940 Indian Scout motorcycle comes up for auction in California as demand rises for movies and merchandise associated with the late actor known as the “King of Cool”. Well, there is no denying that Mr McQueen is as cool as the day is long, the Indian is certainly up there too. The movie is a classic, the scene that has McQueen’s character escaping from a military prison camp can’t be beat for thrills an chills and the motorcycle was a critical part of that whole wall-to-wall cool factor. The actor owned about 200 motorcycles. McQueen’s family auctioned 166 motorcycles in Las Vegas in 1984, he said, and a few of the remainder “trickle out” onto the market each year.
6. Ghostbusters 1959 Ecto-1 Cadillac
The Ghostbusters rode in a converted station wagon, like the old-fashioned limo ambulance. In fact, the original car was a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor. It was fitted to be able to handle all the ghostbusting gear and still look cool in New York City. There were three 1959 Cadillac Miller Meteors produced for use in Universal Studios theme parks and Ghostbusters film. The total weight of the Ecto-1 is 5,000 pounds and its length exceeds 20 feet, has no locks and features a push-to-start switch.
4. Mad Max 1973 Ford Falcon
As Mad Max was filmed in Australia, most cars used in the movie were Australian, and most of those have been modified. Max’s black Pursuit Special/Interceptor was modified the most. It started out life as a 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT, a car that is exclusively Australian. Starting out stock, it came with a 351 Cleveland, a 4-speed manual transmission, and a 9″ rear end. The drive-train was kept, along with most of the original interior (except for steering wheel, dash light, blower switch, and overhead console), and thus mostly body modifications were made.
3. Time Travelling DeLorean
In real life the DeLorean was a bust as a car, but in the movies it was transformed into the coolest time traveling machine ever. Once it hit that magical 88 mph and jumped into the next time period, movie fans around the world were taken along for the ride. And in each movie, the car presented its own problems to the plot, such as the empty tank in the old west when gas had not yet been invented.
2. Batmobile – The Tumbler
The Dark Knight introduces a new Batmobile, known as “The Tumbler”, and is for most fans the coolest Batmobile of the series and one of the coolest vehicles created ever in movies. This is of course a highly subjective opinion but one that is widely shared. It’s 8 inches wider than a typical semi truck, weighs almost as much as a Hummer H2, accelerates from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in five seconds and can jump 30 feet. The cabin seats a driver and one passenger, with a unique arrangement for the driver: for normal driving situations, the driver simply sits in the left seat. In ‘attack’ mode, the driver’s seat moves to the center of the car, and the driver is repositioned to lay face-down with his head in the center section between the front wheels.
The film’s makers manufactured four complete, street-ready race cars, which use an actual 5.7-liter Chevy V-8 engine. The engine has been tuned so that it can provide the power necessary to take a 5,000-pound vehicle from zero to 60 mph in 5 seconds. The enormous tires are real 37-inch-diameter, off-the-shelf, 4×4 mud tires called Super Swampers made by Interco, while the front features a set of Hoosier racing tires. The rear uses a standard truck axle, but the front wheels are not mounted on an axle at all. Each is instead mounted on independent suspension elements inspired by the long-travel suspensions of Baja racing trucks. When airborne, the front wheels pop about 30 inches on their suspension to absorb the shock of a 30-foot fall. The Batmobile’s body is made of 65 carbon-fiber panels. (source)
1. 1970 Dodge Challenger (Vanishing Point)
Summary: easily one of the coolest cars in one of the coolest car movies. Tarantino paid homage to this movie in his Grindhouse series, relfecting the love of a generation of many wqho watched this either on late might TV or were lucky enough to see it in the theatre.
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