For an American, the car is a much more complex notion that a mere means of transport – it’s a reflection of the individual driving it. Decades and decades of film and entertainment industry have seen cars become equally as important as the lead actors in a film or TV series. Rides become iconic for different reasons – sometimes they indicate the societal status of the character, other times just because of the fact an actor drives it that the car becomes hugely popular; and then, there are even instances when the car eclipses the fame of the actor driving it.
Here is our very limited selection of movie car stars in no particular order:
1964 Aston Martin DB5, Goldfinger
This work of art showcased in Goldfinger and Thunderball and it is THE Bond car for the majority of fans. All that power and rad gadgets in a supremely elegant package stun even those not keen on cars. The Bond modifications which are crucial for its massive popularity included machine guns, ejector seat, a ram bumper and a smoke screen among others.
1977 Pontiac Trans Am, Smokey and the Bandit
No one could quite foresee the dizzying fame this car rose to when the film starring Burt Reynolds and Sally Field debuted. What was it that made the viewers go crazy for the Starlight Black Pontiac T/A with a T-Top roof? Some of Burt’s appeal probably dusted off on this ride which had already been on the market for 5 years before the film. Plus, it had better handling than the same-generation Corvette. In any case, the sales rocketed by almost 55,000 from 1977 to 1979.
1968 Mustang GT 390, Bullit
Was this four-wheeled beast cooler than Steve McQueen? It’s a tie really. The fact that Ford had a limited edition of Bullit Mustang produced twice is a testimony to how mean this car was. And the San Francisco chase scenes of this ‘Stang and ’68 Dodge Charger are some of the best in movie history.
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T, Vanishing Point
This superb pony car’s reputation was sealed with Vanishing Point and the crazy driving scenes in the race from Denver to San Francisco. The film boasts amazing stunts, which isn’t a surprise, considering that they came from the same team like in Bullit.
1970 Dodge Charger, The Fast and Furious
The Charger has made many silver-screen appearances, but one of the most impressive was certainly the black street-race menace immortalized in The Fast and Furious. With massive tires tucked in the rear and a supercharger sitting on an immense engine made this ride unforgettable. The insane wheel stand and adrenaline-fueled racing scenes branded this car monster in our memory.
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