'Smokey and the Bandit' - 1977 Pontiac Trans Am
The 1977 movie "Smokey and the Bandit" tells the story of a man illegally hauling beer across state lines. The truck is led by a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am driven by Bo "Bandit" Darville, portrayed by Burt Reynolds. He drives in a spirited fashion designed to distract the authorities from the truck, sort of like an automotive rodeo clown.
The car used in the movie is a second-generation Firebird Trans Am, which appeared in the 1980 sequel "Smokey and the Bandit II" and in 1978's "Hooper," also starring Reynolds. Fans who want one for themselves can find a red and white model in mint condition for $25,500 through Hemmings Motor News.
'Goldfinger' / 'Thunderball' - 1963 Aston Martin DB5
British Secret Service Agent James Bond is identified with no car as much as the 1963 Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball." It exudes the same mixture of sophistication and menace as 007, and fits the character's personality perfectly.
In 2010, the car was sold at RM Auctions Automobiles in London. The buyer was a collector from Ohio named Harry Yeaggy, who brought the car home for $4,600,000, according to The New York Times.
'The Love Bug' - 1963 Model 117 Volkswagen Type 1
The 1969 Walt Disney film "The Love Bug" tells the story of a demolition derby driver who uses an anthropomorphic 1963 Model 117 Volkswagen Type 1 "Beetle" in his races. The film was hugely popular and spawned four sequels, including "Herbie: Fully Loaded" in 2005, starring Lindsay Lohan.
The Beetle, in production since 1938, was enjoying a surge of popularity when the 1969 movie came out.
'Risky Business' - 1981 Porsche 928
"Risky Business" is the 1983 teen comedy that made Tom Cruise a star. He plays a suburban Chicago teenager left home alone by his parents for the weekend, with explicit instructions to keep his hands off of the stereo and off of his father's 1981 Porsche 928. Neither instruction is heeded, and the fun begins.
Six Porsches were used in filming, and in 2007 a fan of the movie, Lewis Johnson, told the Porsche enthusiast publication Excellence the story of his decade-long quest to acquire one. After much legwork, he was able to track down a 1979 model used in some wide shots, which he donated to the Forney Museum of Transportation. "I realized that what I was really chasing was an illusion," he told the magazine. "And you can't drive one of those home and park it in your garage."