There is no better love affair than Americans and their cars. They love it so much they even invented drive-in theatres so that they don’t have to get out of them. Little wonder, then, that Hollywood has both reflected and encouraged this automotive obsession. These vehicles become a visual icon for the entire film and eventually, an extension of the characters in the movies themselves.
Included in the list are some of the greatest automotive icons in movie history. In these films, the cars really are the stars…
This list of iconic cars of the movies is far from comprehensive, entirely subjective, and has ruled out anything too obvious – anyone can watch Casino Royale, jot down a few Bond cars and curate a list. Now without further ado,
1. Dom’s 1970 Dodge Charger (Fast & Furious Franchise)
Of course, we kicked off the list with the car from the movie that’s all about cars (well till the 5th movie at least – but let’s not get into that now). The 1970 Dodge Charger is by far one of the most iconic cars in the Fast & Furious franchise. The scene from the 2001’s The Fast and the Furious where Vin Diesel’s custom beast of a Charger lined up alongside Paul Walker’s Japanese import for one last street race was as iconic as the car itself. The Dodge Charger continued to be Dom’s most used and recognisable car throughout the franchise.
2. Bumblebee (Transformers Franchise)
Michael Bay took a huge risk by reincarnating Bumblebee from a compact Volkswagen Beetle into the über masculine and now iconic, Chevrolet Camaro. The Transformers franchise is much about the cars as they are about shape-shifting alien 2robots. Michael Bay may have found success in this super popular franchise, spurning out 7 Transformers movies, but the real winners are General Motors. The Chevrolet Camaro raked in a massive sales boost since the dawning of the series back in 2007.
3. John Wick’s 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 (John Wick)
John Wick led a simple life after retiring from being one of the most feared assassins in the world. His only two pleasures in life were his adorable beagle puppy, and his vintage Ford Mustang. That is, until Russian mobsters decided to kill his dog and steal his car. So, it was understandable that he gets a tad riled up. Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sheesh. Unfortunately for them, John Wick was just as kick ass as his classic American muscle. It is also noteworthy that Reeves did most of the stunt driving by himself. Both him and his car, are a goddamn work of art.
4. Tumbler Batmobile (The Dark Knight Trilogy)
The Batmobile has evolved quite a bit since the golden days of Adam West to Ben Affleck. However, it was Christopher Nolan’s reiteration of the Batmobile that clinched a spot in this list. Its design was based off somewhere between a Lamborghini, which was Bruce Wayne’s day car in the movie, and a whopping M1A2 Abrams tank. You may be thinking, why this car out of all the iconic Batmobiles available? My question is, can the other Batmobiles turn into the Batpod motorcycle when needed? I don’t think so, thus, I rest my case.
5. James Bond’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger)
Okay, fine, what’s a list of iconic cars without a James Bond whip. Like the Batmobile, James Bond has utilised a plethora of cool, classy wheels that leaves you desiring for one. But arguably the most famous movie car he used came from the 60’s, a 1964 Aston Martin DB5. The DB5 has since become closely associated with the James Bond franchise and is considered to be the quintessential vehicle of the character. Not to mention that James Bond’s car came equipped with some pretty nifty gadgets. Machine Guns? Check. Oil slick sprayer? Check. Ejector seats? Duh!
6. The Mystery Machine (Scooby Doo)
This surprise entry into the list of iconic movie cars deserves a shout out. Yeah sure it’s not exactly a car and most importantly, it’s a cartoon. But can we argue with the cultural impact it brings to the table? The Mystery Machine itself was, well, a bit crap – its engine had a tendency to break down at important times and does not have any special function. But it is still without a doubt an icon for a generation of children. The vehicle itself wasn’t based off any real-life vehicles, though a 1960’s Chevrolet Sports Van carries the most similarity. What it lacks in function, it certainly excels in being an iconic symbol of movie vehicles. But when you’re trying to get away from janitors dressed up as ghosts to scare off tourists and the engines fails on you, I guess there’s nothing much to say other than..