For car lovers, some big screen vehicles can be just as memorable as their flesh-and-blood counterparts. Over the years, Hollywood has created some truly iconic movie cars, ranging from sleek and stylish to cute and quirky. Here's a look at some of the most famous cars to star in feature films.
10. Black Beauty from "The Green Hornet"
All good crime-fighters need an awesome set of wheels, and The Green Hornet's Black Beauty certainly fits the bill. While shooting the 2011 film, production crews wanted the car to look just as it did in the 1966 television series. To accomplish this, filmmakers located 29 of the 1964-6 model Chrysler Imperial Crowns, all but three of which were destroyed during filming.
9. James Bond's Aston Martins
In the 2006 film "Casino Royale," filmmakers set a new world record when Bond flipped his Aston Martin DBS and rolled it a record seven times. As for the most iconic Bond car, that honor goes to the Aston Martin DB5, which has appeared in eleven films over fifty years.
8. The Batmobile
The Caped Crusader's car has changed considerably over the years, with Christopher Nolan's most recent "tumbler" versions looking more like a tank than a sports car. For the 1989 film "Batman" (and the 1992 sequel "Batman Returns") production designers created a sleeker model using the chassis from two Chevy Impalas, on which they built a custom body.
7. The Ferrari from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"
In "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," the bright red 1963 Ferrari California Spyder belonging to Cameron's dad met with a rather unfortunate end. On the bright side, the three cars used in the film were actually specially made (and much cheaper) Modena Spiders, one of which recently sold at a charity auction for a reported $235,000.
6. Herbie from "The Love Bug"
With its racing stripes and number "53" on the hood, few cars are as immediately recognizable as Herbie, the beloved Volkswagen Beetle from "The Love Bug." Since making his debut in 1968, Herbie has starred in a handful of feature films and TV series, the most being the 2005 movie, "Herbie: Fully Loaded."
A car lover's worst nightmare is depicted in the 1983 movie adaptation of Stephen King's novel, "Christine." Possessed by the spirit of her former owner, the car becomes conscious and kills people ruthlessly, then restores herself to perfect condition. Appropriately, the iconic vehicle used in the film was a 1958 Plymouth Fury, but only two of the 22 cars used during production survived filming.
4. The Bluesmobile from "The Blues Brothers"
At the time of its release in 1980, "The Blues Brothers" held the record for most cars crashed in a single film. The first "Bluesmobile" was a 1974 Dodge Monaco, and fourteen were used to film the original movie. The former police car got an update for the 1998 sequel, "Blues Brothers 2000," which featured a 1990 Ford Crown Victoria as its automobile star.
3. The Trans Am from "Smokey and the Bandit"
The 1977 comedy "Smokey and the Bandit" catapulted the Pontiac Trans Am to instant fame, and by the film's release, there was a six-month waiting list to purchase one. Four cars were used in filming, and by the end of the action-packed movie, they'd all taken a beating. Director Hal Needham recalled being ready to shoot the very last scene, only to find that the last of the four cars would no longer start and had to be towed to the set.
2. General Lee from "The Dukes of Hazzard"
Originally a TV series, "The Dukes of Hazzard" made their way to the big screen in 2005. Staying true to the series, the film featured a well-known automobile star: the 1969 Dodge Charger known as "General Lee." Twenty-six different Chargers were used in the film, some of which were 1968 and 1970 models that were converted to match the 1969.
1. The DeLorean from "Back to the Future"
The ultimate in iconic movie cars is the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 used by Marty McFly in the "Back to the Future" series. Nearly 30 years after the first film's release, the vehicles can still be seen on occasion; one was temporarily housed at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, then later appeared at the 2011 Comic-Con.
Content by Zoe Bauer.
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