Movies have given us some of the most iconic cars in history, but what happens to them when the credits roll? Let’s dive into some famous movie cars and their fate after the final cut:
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First up is everyone’s favorite Ford Mustang from the American classic, “Bullitt.” This famous Ford fastback changed hands from the Kiernan family who purchased it for $6,000 after the film, to a new owner who bought it last year for an impressive $3.74 million.
Bandit Trans Am
From the Burt Reynolds film “Smokey And The Bandit” came the Bandit Trans Am. Tragically, not one of the 12 original picture cars survived, but the promotional car for the film fetched $550,000 at a Barrett-Jackson auction.
Paul Walker Supra
The first “Fast & Furious” movie introduced audiences to Brian O’Conner’s famous Toyota Supra. An integral part of automotive film history, it was auctioned in 2015 for $185,000.
Christine, the murderous Plymouth Fury with a mind of its own, found a quieter life after the film. Bill Gibson, who purchased the car at the age of 19, still owns it today.
The futuristic Pontiac Trans Am from the television series “Knight Rider,” is in the hands of Joe Huth in Pennsylvania. David Hasselhoff drove this 1987 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am on screen.
The famous 1969 Dodge Charger known for its thrilling stunts in “The Dukes of Hazzard” is now owned by Bubba Watson, who bought it for $121,000.
Ferris Bueller Ferrari
The replica of the Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder used in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” remains a mystery, but replicas have been sold at auction for as much as $400,000.
Love Bug Beetle
The delightful “Herbie” from “The Love Bug” is a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle. Of the original cars, one was restored by Tony Alanzo and can now be seen at the AACA Museum.
Vanishing Point Challenger
The 1970 Dodge Challenger from “Vanishing Point” became a symbol of rebellion. Post-production, the cars used were controversially crushed and sold for scrap.
Starsky & Hutch Gran Torino
After the show “Starsky & Hutch” ended, the 1976 Ford Gran Torino was returned to Ford. Later, A.E. Barber Ford of California bought it, and the car was last seen fully restored in Florida in 2015.
Blues Brothers Monaco
Most of the 1974 Dodge Monacos used in “The Blues Brothers” were sadly destroyed. A remaining car met its end on a Mississippi road, left by its driver.
Back To The Future DeLorean
The time traveling DeLorean from the “Back To The Future” trilogy now resides in the Petersen Automotive Museum, having been introduced in 2016.
Thelma And Louise Ford Thunderbird
From the film “Thelma And Louise,” a 1966 Ford Thunderbird was used in high-speed chases. One of them was auctioned with signatures from Brad Pitt and Geena Davis for $71,500.
Dom’s Dodge Charger, known for its fake wheelie burnout from “Fast & Furious,” is currently on sale at the Volo Auto Museum for a hopeful price of $129,000.
James Bond DB5
The 1964 Aston Martin DB5, driven by Sean Connery’s James Bond in “Goldfinger,” was bought by car collector Harry Yeaggy for $4.6 million.
Steve McQueen’s Le Mans Porsche
The Porsche 917K driven by Steve McQueen in “Le Mans” was auctioned off for a whopping $14 million. It’s an iconic car from an iconic film, combining two legends of their respective fields.
The famous Ecto-1, a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance conversion, was used in the “Ghostbusters” series. Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis drove this ghost chasing vehicle, and it now resides at the Sony Pictures lot in California.
Jurassic Park Jeep
One of the Jeep Wranglers used in “Jurassic Park” with the distinct logo and paint job was sold at auction for $18,000, showcasing the film’s enduring popularity.
Mad Max Interceptor
The 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT Coupe, also known as the Interceptor from “Mad Max,” currently belongs to the Dezer Collection Museum in Florida after its extensive restoration.
Wayne’s World Pacer
The 1976 AMC Pacer, famously known for the “Bohemian Rhapsody” scene in “Wayne’s World,” was auctioned off for $37,400. This “Mirth Mobile” retains its original baby blue paint and flame decals.
Rain Man Buick Roadmaster
Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise drove this 1949 Buick Roadmaster in “Rain Man.” A few years ago, it was sold at auction for just over $170,000.
Dumb And Dumber Shaggin’ Wagon
This isn’t your average 1984 Ford Econoline. The Shaggin’ Wagon from “Dumb And Dumber” was made to resemble a dog to promote Harry’s Mutt Cutts grooming service. It was last reported to be in the hands of a private collector.
Little Miss Sunshine VW Bus
The yellow 1971 Volkswagen T2 Microbus from “Little Miss Sunshine” is remembered for its wild road trip. While its current location is uncertain, it remains a beloved symbol of a dysfunctional family’s journey.
Grease Ford Deluxe
The 1948 Ford Deluxe Convertible, better known as “Greased Lightning” from the film “Grease,” is currently part of the Volo Auto Museum’s collection in Illinois.
Death Proof Chevy Nova
The 1971 Chevrolet Nova SS 396, prominently featured in Quentin Tarantino’s “Death Proof,” was reportedly sold to a private collector after filming concluded.
A-Team GMC Vandura
The 1983 GMC Vandura, decked out in black and red with a spoiler, was the vehicle of choice for the “A-Team.” A replica currently sits in the Cars of the Stars Motor Museum in the UK.
Various versions of Batman’s Batmobile have been created over the decades. The 1989 version from Tim Burton’s “Batman,” designed by Anton Furst, has been displayed at Warner Bros. Studio Tours, while other versions are housed in various collections globally.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
The magical car from “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” was sold at an auction in Los Angeles for over $800,000. This custom-built car remains one of the most beloved vehicles in film history.
Tony Montana’s 1963 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible from “Scarface” was rumored to be in the hands of a private collector, having undergone a meticulous restoration.
Italian Job Mini Coopers
The three Mini Coopers used in the 1969 film “The Italian Job” performed a heist through the streets of Turin. While the originals’ whereabouts are unknown, replicas and tributes are often seen at car shows and events.
From roaring engines to nail-biting chases, these cars have etched themselves into cinematic history. While some find homes in museums and private collections, others sadly fade into obscurity. Yet, their legacies on the silver screen remain immortal.