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Top 10 Most Iconic Movie Cars

Posted on 14/03/2017

What makes a good film even better?
A feature from an awesome car!

Flying cars, cars that can go underwater, time machine cars – we’ve got it all! And so, in no particular order, we present to you the most iconic movie cars, ever!

James Bond's Aston Martin

James Bond
Aston Martin DB5
Goldfinger 1964

The DB5 was first featured in Goldfinger and since then has appeared in a further seven James Bond movies to date. In the novels, it was said that the Aston Martin was Bond’s personal car although this is different to what was portrayed in the movie. The Aston Martin looks cool, sleek and has a top speed of 143mph!

Image Source: http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/a18203/top-8-james-bond-cars-ever/

Thelma and Louise Thunderbird

Thelma and Louise
1996 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
Thelma and Louise 1991

Academy award winner Thelma and Louise was a controversial film when it was released and has one of the most iconic endings ever, with the duo driving their Thunderbird convertible off the edge of the Grand Canyon (which was actually filmed in Utah!) The Ford Thunderbird was chosen for the movie simply for its practicality: convertibles are easier to film actors in! A total of five Thunderbirds were used throughout filming, none of which were customised.

Image source: http://cleojournal.com/2014/04/24/later-on-down-the-road-the-anachronistic-geography-of-thelma-louise/

Mr Bean's Mini

Mr Bean
1976 British Leyland Mini 1000
Mr Bean 1990-1995

Mr Bean’s first mini was an orange 1969 BMC Mini MK 2, but was destroyed in an off-screen crash at the end of the first episode. From then onwards it was a 1976 model that was used, in an Austin Citron green colour. The car was central to many of the story lines in the TV series and had many quirks about it, such as the padlock on the door which Mr Bean used instead of central locking.

Image Source: http://factuation.com/mr-beans-car/

Herbie VW Volkwagen

‘Herbie’
1974 Volkswagen Beetle
The Love Bug 1968

Herbie is distinguish by his red, white and blue racing stripes with a racing style number on the bonnet. The Beetles used in filming were fitted with modified VW engines and one was fitted with a 365 Porsche engine which allowed him to reach top speeds. And yes, he could really do a wheelie!

Image source:http://www.herbiemania.com/

Ecto-1 Ghostbusters cadillac

The Ecto-1
1959 Cadillac Hearse
Ghostbusters 1984

The famous ambulance/hearse combination is one of the most recognisable movie cars. The white car featuring the ‘No Ghost’ logo was originally gold before it was remodelled. Since its release, the Ecto-1 has developed a huge fan base and caused many accidents when it drove around New York promoting the film shortly after its release, as drivers lost control when they saw the car!

Image source: http://www.slashfilm.com/first-look-paul-feigs-new-ghostbusters-car-the-ecto-1/

Batman's Tumbler Vehicle

The Tumbler
Wayne Industries Assault Vehicle
Batman Begins/The Dark Knight

Okay, so you might think we are cheating with this one slightly, but the Tumbler is one of the most iconic cars, as it’s simply unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. The Tumbler has a 5.7 litre Chevrolet engine installed which allows it to reach 60mph in just 5 seconds. The Tumbler was created for the Batman trilogy ‘The Dark Knight’ and has become one of the most recognisable vehicles that the superhero has used.

Image source: http://www.hardcoregamer.com/2015/09/18/tumbler-gameplay-shown-off-in-new-batman-arkham-knight-video/167984/

Grease Ford car

‘Greased Lightning’
1948 Ford De Luxe
Grease 1978

Auto-matic, System-matic, Hydro-matic! Danny Zuko’s custom 1948 Ford De Luxe was introduced in the film as an old banger that was spruced up. There were two versions of the car after in the film – the white Ford with gold lightning bolts on the sides and another red one which had a custom red fiberglass was featured at the end of the film (and could fly!)

Image source: http://filmconnoisseur.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/memorable-movie-cars.html

Lotus 1 James Bond Car Underwater

1976 Lotus Espirit S1
The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 (James Bond)

Another notable Bond car was the Lotus Espirit which featured in the Spy Who Loved Me. Referred to as “Wet Nellie”, the car had the ability to go underwater, had cannons that sprayed cement out to pursuing vehicles and had a small periscope on the roof of the car to help Bond navigate when underwater. Nice.

Image source: http://www.designntrend.com/articles/22504/20141022/james-bonds-lotus-esprit-s1-submarine-car-ebay-one-million-dollars.htm

Kill Bill yellow Chevrolet

Buck’s Pussy Wagon
1997 Chevrolet C-2500 Crew Cab Silverado SS
Kill Bill Vol. 1 2003

The bright yellow Chevrolet C-2500 with ‘pussy wagon’ emblazoned across the back of it is certainly one of the most eye catching cars on the list. The writer and director of the movie, Quentin Tarantino, owns the truck and also provided it to Lady Gaga to use in her music video for ‘Telephone’ in 2010.

Image source: https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/171277592050536802/

Delorean time machine from Back to the Future

The DeLorean Time Machine
1982 DeLorean DMC-12
Back To The Future 1985

Doc Brown’s time machine that he made using a DeLorean car from Back to the Future is the last car on our list. Seven DeLorean cars were used throughout filming the Back to the Future trilogy, six of which were used to convert into time machines with another replica for the flying scene in Back to the Future Part 2. It is, quite frankly, one of the most memorable cars we have ever seen.

Image source: https://uk.pinterest.com/dude888/ships-of-the-line/

Sources:
http://www.herbiemania.com/
http://mentalfloss.com/article/64289/15-things-you-might-not-know-about-thelma-louise
http://www.backtothefuture.com/delorean/location

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