Classic cars in the movies

25 February, 2014

Cars and movies have always had a close relationship. In fact, the car sometimes is as big a star as the hero and filmmakers know that putting in something gorgeous for the motorheads will always go down a treat. For many, James Bond’s various rides are almost as iconic as the spy himself, and who can forget the DeLorean from Back to the Future?

We thought we would take a look at some of the most famous classic cars from the movies, but of course there are too many to list, so get in touch and let us know which ones you remember the most.

Volkswagen Beetle – The Love Bug (1969)

1969’s The Love Bug featured a 1963 Model 117 Volkswagen type 1 that would go on to star in four sequels including the 2005 remake starring Lindsay Lohan. Although the Beetle had been in production since 1938, the movie gave the timeless classic a boost in popularity and it is now a firm favourite in many ways.

DeLorean - Back to the Future (1985)

Even though the car itself proved to be a flop after production, the 1981 DMC-12 DeLorean is now firmly associated with the blockbuster time-travel film Back to the Future. Now it’s one of the most distinctive cars in cinema and the original cars from the film have sold for more than half a million dollars.

Aston Martin – Goldfinger (1964)

James Bond is known for three things; Gadgets, girls and cars, but which of his four-wheeled companions is the most popular? Everyone has their favourite, but a clear frontrunner is the 1963 Aston Martin DB5 that featured in Goldfinger with Sean Connery behind the wheel complete with machine guns, revolving license plates and ejector seat.

Mini Cooper – The Italian Job (1969)

Although the film wasn’t a runaway hit upon release, the timeless heist movie has now reached cult status along with the climactic getaway car, the Mark II Mini. In fact, three Minis were featured in the film as they barrelled along tight streets, down staircases and into the back of a moving bus!

Shelby Mustang - Gone in 60 seconds (2000)

Although this is a relatively modern film, it really is a car lover’s paradise that deserves an honourable mention with so many amazing rides being featured. Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie are tasked with stealing a huge variety of amazing cars including a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500 (known as Eleanor) which sold for a staggering $1 million dollars at auction.

Ford Mustang – Bullitt (1968)

This 1968 movie starring screen legend Steve McQueen featured a stunning ten-minute car chase scene courtesy of a 1986 Ford Mustang tearing it up through the hilly city of San Francisco. This chase was so well-received that Ford actually produced a limited edition with ‘Bullitt’ in the number plate.

So there’s a quick look at some of our favourites, but there are so many more out there. Honourable mentions go to Ghostbuster’s 1959 Cadillac, Vanishing Point’s Dodge Challenger and the long-suffering Dodge Monaco from The Blues Brothers.