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Seven of The Most Iconic Movie Cars

Date: Mon 3rd December 2018   |   Author: L Blake

The Bluesmobile, 1974 Dodge Monaco Sedan, The Blues Brothers

“Well thank you, pal. The day I get out of prison, my own brother comes to pick me up in a police car.”

Starting the list off is the Bluesmobile and there is no denying that this is an iconic movie car. Described as a decommissioned Mount Prospect police car, it has “cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks” and the ability to perform crazy stunts such as jumping over an open drawbridge and back flipping in mid air.

At the time, The Blues Brothers claimed the world record for the most amount of cars destroyed in one movie. Out of a whopping 103 destroyed cars, 60 were shown piled up and destroyed in the famous car chase, the climax of the movie.

The Blues Brothers with Bluesmobile


1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, Ferris Bueller's Day off

“The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California. Less than a hundred were made. My father spent three years restoring this car. It is his love, it is his passion.”

When Ferris Bueller decides to skip school due to faked sickness, a whole whirlwind of trouble follows. Trouble that concludes with his best friend's father's prized 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder crashing through a large glass window into a ravine.

It’s lucky that the only real Ferrari used in the film was for close ups. In fact, three replicas were used throughout the film. These replicas were Modena Spyders. The suspension broke on two of the replicas due to the big jump scene, which took nine attempts. The third replica was only a fiberglass shell, which was used when the car got wrecked.

Ferris Buellers Day Off


Aston Martin DB5, Goldfinger

“M's orders, 007. You'll be using this Aston Martin DB5 with modifications. Now, pay attention please. Windscreen - bulletproof. As are the side and the rear windows. Revolving number plates, naturally. Valid - all countries.”

The Aston Martin DB5 used in Goldfinger may not be the car that Ian Fleming had placed Bond in originally (it was written in the novel that he drove a DB Mark III), but it is definitely the most famous when it comes to iconic movie cars.

The particular DB5 that was used had some extra gadgets thought up by members of the crew throughout the film’s shooting. These included tyre slashers, smoke screen, bulletproofing, revolving number plates, machine guns and even a handy ejector seat. Everything a secret agent like James Bond may need.

After a long absence from the Bond films, the DB5 returned in 1995’s GoldenEye. This time it included gadgets such as a printer and communication device, and champagne cooler under the centre armrest.

James Bond with Aston Martin


1958 Plymouth Fury, Christine

“Whoa, whoa. You better watch what you say about my car. She's real sensitive.”

The car with a vicious streak. This psychological horror film, based on the Stephen King novel also named Christine, sees the shiny red Plymouth Fury taking revenge on vandals and driving the owners that lovingly restored her to gruesome ends.

It is a little known fact that 15% of the movie's entire budget was spent on the 16 Plymouth Fury cars used in the film (that's more than was paid to any actor) and only three were still in mint condition when the film's shooting was complete.

 

1973 Ford Mustang, Gone in 60 Seconds

“Attention all units in the San Pedro, Long Beach, Torrance and Carson areas. Stand-by to copy. Long Beach PD is in pursuit of a 1973 Ford Mustang, yellow in color.”

Gone in 60 Seconds is a 1974 American action film that centres on a group of car thieves who are tasked to steal 48 cars (all of which are given female code names) in a matter of days.

Out of the 48 cars that Pace and his car theft ring are tasked with stealing, the trickiest is Eleanor,  a beautiful yellow Ford Mustang. After several attempts at stealing multiple Ford Mustangs, a car chase that spans across six California cities ensues. This is a famous 40 minute chase scene that concludes with 93 cars being destroyed during filming.

A remake of the film was made back in 2000, with the list of expensive cars that needed stealing being bumped up to 50. Eleanor returned to the screen in the remake but this time as a Shelby Mustang GT500.

Mustang from Gone in 60 Seconds


DeLorean DMC-12, Back to the Future

“Wait a minute. Wait a minute, Doc. Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?”

We couldn't put together a list of iconic movie cars without mentioning Doc Brown's DeLorean.

Having slipped and hit his head when hanging a clock in his bathroom, Doc Brown pictured the flux capacitor when he came to. He then went on to spend 30 years working on the famous car to transform it into a time machine.

This car was the image of cool back in the 80s. With its gull wing doors developed by Grumman Aerospace and its futuristic shape penned by designer Girogetto Giugiaro, the DeLorean really was the perfect car to go back to the future in.

Mart McFly and the Doc with Delorean


Mini Cooper S, The Italian Job

“Just remember this - in this country they drive on the wrong side of the road.”

Ranked one of the top heist films of all time, The Italian Job sees Charlie Croker and his gang travel to Italy to steal gold worth four million dollars from under the Mafia's nose. To be able to escape quickly down the windy Italian streets with the gold in the boots, the group use three Mini Coopers. This chase scene is iconic, seeing the cars fly down sets of stairs, through shopping centres, speed along tunnels and even drive up onto the roof of a building!

Mini in the Italian Job

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