“Action!”: Film’s Most Iconic Motors
by Ed Scott
The silver screen has almost as many iconic cars as it does iconic movie stars – and there will undoubtedly be a new edition to the motoring hall of fame when James Bond’s latest Aston Martin makes its screen debut when the new 007 film is released this year.
So to get your engines revving before the release of the very un-Bond sounding ‘Spectre’, here are some of the most iconic cars to have hit the big screen…
7. Ford Mercury – Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
James Dean is silver-screen-cool personified in this film – from the upturned collar of his Harrington to the turn-ups his 501’s, and he completes the look with a pretty cool ride, this 1951 Ford Mercury.
Dean famously, not to mention tragically, died in an accident while at the wheel of a Porsche Spyder before the film was released.
6. Aston Martin DB5 – Goldfinger (1964)
In reality, the first James Bond car was a pretty modest-looking Sunbeam Alpine Series II, he drove all over a mountain in Dr No – but to all but the biggest Bond buffs, the first Bond car will always be the Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger.
And if you don’t think James Bond’s original Aston Martin DB5 is one of the most beautiful cars ever made, you deserve to have your licence revoked!
5. Ford Mustang GT 390 – Bullitt (1968)
The only things to ever match Steve McQueen for on and off-screen cool were the cars he drove in his films – and it doesn’t get much cooler than the Ford Mustang GT 390 he ragged around the streets of San Francisco in one of the most epic car chases in cinema history.
4. VW Beetle – The Love Bug (1969)
If it’s a car with a personality you’re after, few can match the VW Beetle – and no VW Beetle has ever matched the personality of the 1963 Vee Dub used in the Disney movies. From the towel rail bumpers to the go-faster stripes and gumball logo, there’s arguably no more iconic a car like this one.
3. Cadillac hearse – Ghostbusters (1984)
It’s not the fastest, it’s not the prettiest and it’s hardly likely to figure on anyone’s list of must-have automobiles, but there’s no denying that the Cadillac Ecto-1 used in the Ghostbusters movies is one of the most iconic cars from one of the most iconic films of the 1980s.
2. DeLorean DMC-12 – Back to the Future (1985)
Just a year after Ecto-1 hit our screens and we were introduced to what would become another of the decade’s most iconic cars – Doc Brown’s time-travelling DeLorean. As the Doc said himself: “If you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?” And this car certainly has style, from the gull-wing doors down to the time-travel-enabling flux capacitor.
1. Chevrolet Camero – Transformers (2007)
The original ‘Bumblebee’ transformer was a yellow Volkswagen Beetle. Although it could have been brought bang up to date in the form of a new Beetle, the makers of 2007’s summer blockbuster decided to give Bumblebee an entire image overhaul and have it transform into a stunning Chevy Camero.
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