How many people would know of Aston Martin, if it were not for James Bond, or how popular would the Skyline be without Brian O’Connor? Movies make cars a part of pop culture. Even the ones who are not ‘car people’ recognize notable cars from popular movies.
In this list, we’ll count 40 of the cars that were immortalized by movies. These are, no doubt, great cars, but they’d not be a part of a common culture like they are now, if it were not for these iconic movies that featured them.
1968 Mustang GT 390 – Bullitt
You know a car has transcended the movie when the manufacturer makes a limited edition of the car, commemorating the movie, TWICE. The scenes in which Steve McQueen chases the 1968 Charger in his Mustang are some of the best ever shot on camera.
While Mustangs are naturally menacing, the ones in the movie are made even more so thanks to the Magnesium wheels and the stripped-down look.
Lykan Hypersport – Furious 7
There are doubts, even about the legitimacy of this car, but people know it to be the one Dom Toretto jumped across a couple of skyscrapers in Furious 7.
If it is real, seven of these are built and a unit goes for $3.4 million. Cars don’t fly unless you make them!!
1970 Dodge Charger – The Fast and the Furious
Doing a wheelie while spinning the rear wheels might be against the established laws of Physics, but the 1968-70 Dodge Charger is still a movie and TV superstar of a car, one of the timeless champions.
It’s a shame how the car got destroyed due to Dom’s carelessness in the drag race with Brian, and it’s a curse how Dom’s Charger always gets totaled in every single Fast and Furious movie.
Batmobile – Batman Begins
A black… TANK is how a policeman described it when the batmobile sped past him in Batman. Batmobiles have transcended generations and become a part of pop culture but the absolute tank from Batman Begins is probably the coolest of them all.
It appears, if wealth is your superpower, you can commission any vehicle for your war against evil.
1969 Mustang – John Wick
Keanu Reeve’s most memorable on-screen vehicle is none other than the 1969 Mustang, that’s a part of the boogie man’s life that he plays in John Wick.
Though it appears that it is a Boss 429, it’s highly unlikely that they actually used one of those as those things are worth more than $500,000 a piece. It is most probably a Mark1 1969 Mustang, a very potent car nonetheless.
1984 Ford Econoline – Dumb and Dumber
You know a car is bound to be iconic when it has the name ‘Shaggin’ Wagon.’ No, the van did not grow fur, they added tan carpet inside and out to give the van that look.
The van’s windshield acted as the puppy’s and driver’s eyes, and you had to lift up the rear leg to reach the fuel filler cap.
1948 Ford De Luxe Convertible – Greased Lightning
There is no shortage of classics in Grease, but if there’s one that takes the cake for being the best of them, it is the 1948 Ford De Luxe Convertible.
The car has a proper character build-up in the movie from the scrapheap at the start to the shining prize at the end. However, the “four-speed on the floor” transmission John Travolta is seen singing about is not there as the car has a column shifter in the race scene.
1973 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu – Drive
The Chevelle might not appear to be the ideal getaway car for someone who’s known by the sole name of Driver, but there’s a reason Ryan Gosling chose this car when director Nicolas Winding Refn gave him the option to select his character’s car.
The Driver was fond of stock car racing and the Chevelle was one of the most commonly used cars in the sport between 1973-83… that’s why Ryan went with this one.
1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX – Tommy Boy
This car was a real gem, with the 440 Magnum under the hood. It’s a shame it lost the hood, the windscreen, and a door in the encounter with the deer.
Richard should’ve known that letting Farley in would severely decrease the resale value of the Belvedere GTX.
1967 Austin Mini Cooper S – The Italian Job
The Minis in the movie are great but the British Motor Corporation, the maker of the car refused to contribute to the movie, leading to the production crew purchasing six units at market price.
The screenwriter, Troy Kennedy Martin, still refused to trade the Minis for any other car for what became one of the most iconic car chase scenes of screen history.
1972 Lincoln Town Car – American Gangster
You might think of the Lincoln Town Car as an old people mover but in the time when the movie American Gangster is set, it was the car of choice for gang people.
Denzel made the car look good as did a few cosmetic upgrades over the stock appearance of the car.
Lotus Esprit – The Spy Who Loved Me
The driving scenes of the Series 1 Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loves Me are among some of the best ones of all time but the one that really sticks in mind is when the car transforms into a submarine.
If you happen to have one, beware it does not have a propeller, stabilizer, or fins, better drive it on a road.
Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R – 2 Fast 2 Furious
The R34 Skyline GT-R is one of the most underrated and misunderstood movie cars. Being the JDM fan that he is, Brian O’Conner chose to go with the GT-R and we can now tell how right he was!
Sadly, the car was totaled along with Dom’s Chevelle SS in the fourth movie of the series, to fulfill the requirements of the plot.
1964 Aston Martin DB5 – Goldfinger
James Bond’s legacy of fast cars and exotic gadgets can be traced back to the 1964 Aston Martin DB5. Even without the ram bumper, machine guns, ejector seat, smoke screen, oil-slick sprayer, and other cool tricks, this vehicle is no less than a piece of art.
The car is so popular that Aston Martin announced in 2020 that they’ll be producing 25 copies of this masterpiece for a sticker price of $3.5 million each.
1967 Shelby GT500 – Gone in 60 Seconds
The Dupont Pepper Grey 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback is depicted as Shelby GT500 in the car. 11 of these were made for the movie, with three being actual functional cars.
Two of them were destroyed in filming, while the one remaining unit was sold for a whopping $1 million in 2013.