- Everyone has that one movie car that they remember from their childhood that they loved and wanted
- From movies to tv shows, we've all dreamt of having our very own flashy car
- We chose our ten most treasured and iconic cars – but do you agree?
Image credit: The Pursuitist 2015
October 26th marks the launch of SPECTRE, the new James Bond film. And whilst possibly one of the most iconic cars of all time is the DB5, a car with revolving number plates and an ejector seat, everything your classic spy needs, it got us thinking about other cars from our childhood that could be in the iconic car hall of fame.
So whilst there are almost too many to name, we have narrowed down a list of what we think are the top 10 most iconic movie cars are in Hollywood.
Aston Martin DB5, Skyfall
The Aston Martin DB5 is a true representation of suave, sophisticated class – which is probably why James Bond loves it so much. This car has effortlessly guided James Bond through his trials and tribulations as a secret agent. First shown in a Bond film in 1964's “Goldfinger”, the profile of Aston Martin began to grow and sales of the DB5 increased. Whilst multiple Aston Martin models have been used in the Bond franchise, the DB5 remains the most famous spy car, and is quite simply one of the most iconic cars ever produced.
1962 Volkswagen Beetle, The Love Bug
The majority of us will affectionately know this car as “Herbie”, who has won our hearts through many years of loveable films and antics. This anthropomorphic 1962 Volkswagen Beetle has a mind of his own and has the ability to drive himself around, whilst also being a successful race car. Herbie is distinguishable by his red, white and blue racing stripes across the front bonnet, and the number “53” featured on the front and door panels – not to mention his adorable personality!
General Lee, The Dukes of Hazzard
We’re not cheating! Although this car was originally made famous by the long-running TV show, there was a film in 2005 which brought the big car to the big screen. General Lee, or lovingly referred to as “The General”, was the name given to a 1969 Dodge Charger driven by the Duke cousins. Its famous features include an octagonal “01” on the door panels and a Confederate flag on the roof, as well as its unmissable bright orange colour and the Dixie horn.
Mini Cooper, The Italian Job
The Mini Cooper is a true British icon and is instantly recognisable by people all over the world. The Italian Job film features what has commonly been referred to as the most famous chase scene of all time, in which the Mini Cooper plays an integral role. Featuring the red, white and blue of the Union Jack, the cars are pivotal to the gang stealing millions of pounds worth of gold and leaving us with a car chase remembered by film buffs everywhere.
Ford Gran Torino, Starsky and Hutch
Similarly to General Lee, whilst this car may have made a name for itself in the 1970's television series, it was also brought to the silver screen in the 2004 film featuring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. The car used in both of these features was a two-door 1975 Ford Gran Torino, in a bright red paint job with white stripes. Paul Michael Glaser, who played the original David Starsky, took an immediate and long-lasting dislike to the car when it was first shown to him – luckily, the fans did not share his negative feelings!
1968 Ford Mustang GT 390, Bullitt
Any vehicle associated with Steve McQueen was bound to be popular with the general public, and the Ford Mustang used in Bullitt is no exception. Giving The Italian Job Mini Coopers a run for their money in terms of famous car chases, the Highland Green Ford Mustang was filmed flying over the hilly terrain of San Francisco in an epic 10 minute car chase, allowing for both the car – and undoubtedly Steve McQueen – to be prolific in cinematic history. Not only that, but Ford have even made a limited edition version of the Bullitt Mustang – twice.
Pontiac Trans Am, Smokey and the Bandit
The Trans Am has become an American icon after its appearance in Smokey and the Bandit in 1977. Starring Burt Reynolds as the “bandit”, this film caused sales of Pontiac Trans Am’s to skyrocket in the aftermath. The T-top roof with the unmissable black and gold paint-job, plus its excellent handling, made this car a must-have. It’s also fair to say that Burt Reynold’s star appeal didn’t hurt matters either!
1932 Ford Coupe, American Graffiti
This film was the launch of not only George Lucas' stellar film career (and many of the actors included in the film) but it also brought great attention to the Hot Rod industry that continues to thrive in America today. The canary yellow 1932 Ford Coupe is a true star of the film, being pitted against a 1955 Chevy in the films climactic racing scene. This car is instantly identifiable, with the exposed engine and custom build designed exactly to George Lucas' specifications.
The Tumbler, Batman Begins
Bruce Wayne has millions upon millions of dollars at his disposal, so it is hardly surprising that he uses these funds to create an incredible car for his alter ego, Batman. Featuring an array of weapons and gadgets such as a rocket launcher, machine guns and a jet engine to allow it to jump, not to mention being fully armoured, this car is ideal for a superhero. Commonly referred to as the Batmobile, the car also has a feature which allows the two front wheels to eject whenever the car is overly damaged, which swiftly turns into the Batpod.
DeLorean DMC-12, Back to the Future I, II and III
There are few cars that are as instantly recognisable as the DeLorean DMC-12. With its gullwing doors and infamous Flux Capacitor, The DeLorean time machine has earned its place in history. Used by Doc and Marty to travel to both the past and the future – including travelling to October 21st, 2015 – the DeLorean played a pivotal role in the film franchise. Loved by film buffs and car collectors alike, the DeLorean DMC-12 has truly been able to stand the test of time.