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5 of the Most Iconic Cars in Film History



by Billy Kirk July 31, 2017

5 of the Most Iconic Cars in Film History



You like movies. You like cars. We like ‘em, too.



This article was an absolute no-brainer.



Below, you’ll find our picks for five of the absolute most iconic cars in film history. With the exception of a few modifications in a couple instances, all these vehicles are real-world autos. So, if you and your bank account are feeling frisky, maybe you can pick up one of these at auction! (But probably not.)

1. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 | Goldfinger (1964)



This bad boy was featured in both Goldfinger and Thunderball (each a classic Sean Connery-era James Bond flick.) We’d take any Aston Martin on any day of the week, but this particular sophisticated, sporty racer had a boatload of spy tricks in its wicked arsenal. We’re talking smoke screens, oil slicks, machine guns, a ram bumper and, when things got a little too hairy, an ejector seat. So classic. Oh, and there was even a “map screen” of sorts that predicted modern GPS navigation systems.



BTW, if your bank account truly is feeling frisky, keep in mind that one of the DB5’s used in Goldfinger went for a cool $4.6 million in 2016.

2. 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 Fastback | Bullitt (1968)





 

Granted, most of us are just too young to know much about Steve McQueen. But the guy was the King of Cool (he was actually called that). Standing as the archetype of the “anti-hero”—a more novel concept back in the 60s and 70s—McQueen starred in killer movies such as The Great Escape, The Thomas Crowne Affair, The Getaway, and The Magnificent Seven. But it was Bullitt that birthed the now iconic “Bullitt car”—the dark green 1968 Ford Mustang GT. The Bullitt ‘Stang was so popular following the movie’s release that Ford released two limited edition iterations to the public.

3. 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 | Back to the Future (1985)



This is one you 100% know—the Back to the Future DeLorean. Yes, the DeLorean is real. Yes, it was also a real flop commercially. But damn, it always elicits a wave of nostalgia. What’s truly funny is its engineering. The time-traveling machine that had to hit 88 MPH to “make the leap” in theaters only had a 130 horsepower 2.9-liter V6 engine in real life. You could not win any street races in this thing, let alone hop through time.


4. 1979 Ford LTD Country Squire | National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)





OK, the Wagon Queen Family Truckster in National Lampoon’s Vacation does differ from these other examples in that it technically doesn’t exist. It was a car cooked up by the folks at Warner Brothers to lampoon (ya see?) the prevailing design sensibilities of auto companies in the early 1980s. Just look at the monstrosity—tons of wood-paneling, way too much ornamentation. A monstrosity! But it’s certainly iconic, and was built off the very real 1979 Ford LTD Country Squire platform.


5. 1963 Modena Spyder California | Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)



Oooh, baby. Who wouldn’t kill to get behind the wheel of one of these? Can you even blame Ferris for making poor, whiny, hypochondriac Cameron take the car out against his father’s wishes, eventually resulting in its complete destruction at the end of the film?



Well, yeah, you probably can blame him. But regardless—what a beautiful, iconic car. And what a hell of a day off.

Billy Kirk
Billy Kirk