There are hundreds of famous cars in films, in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes the plot in the movie is all about the car, such as in the 1969 Disney production, The LoveBug, which was the beginning of a series of movies about Herbie, the Volkswagon – who evidently had an adorable personality. Some may remember the 1983 American horror thriller based on the Steven King novel, Christine, - the all-knowing and violent automobile.
The Bond films have always provided a good viewing of a high-end sports cars and brands we don’t often see, such as the Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Lotus, Saab and Rolls-Royce. Batman has always driven the gadget-laden Batmobile. If they didn’t look so bat-like, they would have made it on this list, as we love a car filled with high-tech features.
Audiences generally like the fastest and most expensive cars, so they can sit on the edge of their seats with hope that the heroes have the best chance of getting away. Oh how we love a good car chase, and the autos we selected to show you today are definitely fan favorites and some of the priciest brands around.
1. Skyfall - Aston Martin DB5
James Bond is often seen driving an Aston Martin. It’s the Bond/sports car combination that viewers love and have come to expect. In fact, James has driven the Aston Martin DB5 in at least five Bond films. Oddly enough, it is not a super fast car. For example, some of the fastest cars in the world take less than three seconds to go from 0 to 60, the Aston Martin takes seven seconds – comparably a lazy car. The Aston Martin DB5 only has a 282 horsepower engine and with all the equipment and bullet-proofing, the car has a lot of drag. Although who couldn’t use one of those ejector seats every once in a while?
2. Need for Speed – Ford Mustang GT
Ford’s Mustang GT was the hero car in the 2014 blockbuster, Need for Speed. When ex-con/street racer joins a cross country race, his ex-partner puts a price on his head which makes this race harrowing all the way to the end. His silver and blue striped Mustang gives a great show as it chases, races and moves through explosions. The engine is V8 supercharged and it has 662 HP that can go up to 6500 RPM. It’s top speed of 148.8 mph is slower than a Lamborghini or Ferrari, but it has what it takes to make a fun and exciting film.
3. Back to the Future – 1981 DeLorean DMC-12
Aside from being a time machine, the DeLorean was one of a kind. The movie used a DeLorean DMC-12, which is the only model the manufacturer ever produced. The gull-wing doors and stainless steel panels make this the perfect choice for a time machine. Less than 9,000 cars were made in the first run between 1981-1983. The unfortunate timing of this car is a big part of its quick demise, as it happened during the biggest American auto slump in history. But the DeLorean will always have a place in our hearts from our love of the Back to the Future movies. We hope someday there will be a futuristic auto that will transport us in time in every direction.
4. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California
Poor Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck) was going to be in big trouble when his father discovered his Ferrari 250 GT landed at the bottom of a ravine. Leave it to Ferris Bueller to get everyone involved in his shenanigans and be the only one to come out “smelling like a rose”. This film will go down in history as being a fan favorite, as Matthew Broderick’s brilliant acting makes Ferris everyone’s hero. That gorgeous 1961 Ferrari 250 GT had to be duplicated for several of the shots. It would have cost a fortune to destroy or sink any of these fine machines. After all, only 100 of these models were manufactured.
5. Risky Business – 1981 Porsche 928
Another film that will live on forever is Risky Business. This is one of Tom’s first big films and there isn’t a viewer in the world who doesn’t remember the famous Cruise-in-his-underwear and sunglasses scene. Through a comedic chain-of-events, Joel (Cruise) ends up with a $300 per night hooker (Rebecca De Mornay) and as he runs to the bank to get the money the zany happenings begin. Before owe know it, the sleek Porsche 928 winds up in the bottom of Lake Michigan. By the end of the movie, all is well. This movie was critically acclaimed and heralded as one of the best of 1983.