Great films need equally awesome cars, don’t you agree? We’ve rounded up some of our all time favourite cars from the silver screen to take a drive down memory lane. From the classics like Grease to 2000s hits like Mean Girls, let’s have a look at the cars truly shift the movies up a gear…
1981 DeLorean DMC-12 – Back To The Future
Has anyone tested the theory of fitting a DeLorean DMC-12 with a flux capacitor to time travel… and if they have, did it work? Jokes aside, did you know that there were three of these cars used during the filming of Back To The Future, dubbed by the production team “the A car”, “the B car”, and “the C car.” Personally, we would have chosen some more inventive names, but hey – we’ve never managed to build a time machine!
1966 Ford Thunderbird – Thelma And Louise
If you’ve never seen the classic that is Thelma And Louise, we should warn you that there are spoilers ahead. Simultaneously a chick-flick, a road movie, and a thriller, this iconic car came to a rather violent end at the bottom of the Colorado River. There’s no denying that this turquoise Ford Thunderbird was the star of the show.
1948 Ford De Luxe – Grease
The fixer-upper that Kenickie spent his summer earnings on to race at Thunder Road was a 1948 Ford De Luxe. It’s pretty run down until Danny and the rest of the T-Birds turn it into, well, Greased Lightning!
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1964 Aston Martin DB5 – Goldfinger
Arguably the most recognizable James Bond car, the Aston Martin DB5 makes its debut in Goldfinger and goes on to appear in Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall, Spectre, and No Time To Die. It has been driven by three of the most iconic Bonds: Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig. Not every car comes equipped with machine guns, tire shredding blades, and an ejector seat!
1961 Ferrari 250 GT – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
If you’ve been haunted by the image of a Ferrari crashing through a window and plummeting down a hill since 1986, we’re here to tell you that it was a replica all along – which is good considering there were only 56 1961 Ferrari 250 GTs ever made, and they’re each worth around 11 million dollars! The car that flew through the window was actually a specially-made fibreglass shell.
Lexus SC 430 – Mean Girls
The Lexus SC 430 had fans in Taylor Swift, Blake Lively, and even Mila Kunis. It also made appearances in One Tree Hill, The OC, CSI, Family Guy, and Gossip Girl. However its defining moment just has to be in the 2004 new age classic: Mean Girls. Even though it was all the rage in the US, Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May both agreed that it was “the worst car in the history of the world.”
1962 Ford Anglia 105E Deluxe – Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets
Usually the students of Hogwarts get to school on a magical train, but when Harry and Ron found that they had missed the train in their second year they decided to fly to school in a Ford Anglia, of all things. The car is quite a favourite with fans, and one of the 16 Anglias actually went missing from the film studios. It’s widely assumed that a fan stole it, but it was later found in the ruins of a castle in Cornwall. We don’t think that a diehard Potterhead would ditch the Weasley’s iconic set of wheels so easily!
Lightning McQueen – Cars
The only animated car to make it onto our list, Lightning McQueen is said to be inspired by a number of real world cars including the Ford GT40, the Dodge Viper, and a Lola Cars racecar. Although a lot of people would assume that the car was named after the actor and racing driver Steve McQueen, Pixar actually named the character in memorial of Glenn McQueen, who was one of their animators.
1963 Volkswagen Beetle – The Love Bug
Herbie is a Disney live-action icon, and there’s no denying it. He [she?!] made his debut in the 1969 film The Love Bug, before going on to star in four more films and his own TV series. The production crew had to make some big changes to the charismatic but unassuming 1963 VW Beetle however, and he was fitted with a Porsche engine and brakes, as well as wide-base wheels with Indianapolis 500-type race tyres.
1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor – Ghostbusters
Did you know that the Ghostbusters Ectomobile was actually a converted ambulance? There were only around 400 of the original 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteors produced, as it turned out to be a rather difficult car to drive. Sadly the Ecto-1 gave up the ghost during the production of the second film when it broke down in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge causing an almighty traffic jam, which resulted in the NYPD giving the production team a hefty fine!
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