Here’s the list of the top 10 iconic cars seen in Hollywood movies.
Hollywood, through the years, has made many noteworthy movies in all genres. Among them, there are a lot of noteworthy films and film franchises that have featured some of the most iconic cars in the history of Hollywood. From exciting street races to jaw-dropping stunts, these cars along with the films have stayed on our minds. Not only are these movies classic, but the cars they featured were of similar nature. Hollywood gave all of us great experiences through these movies and now, let’s reminisce about some cars from the greatest hits of this genre.
This article features 10 of the iconic cars featured in the Hollywood hits, check them out!
1970 Dodge Charger – The Fast & The Furious Series
We are going to start with one of my personal favourites ever – The Fast and Furious franchise. Vin Diesel and his American muscle car – the 1970 Dodge Charger made each other look more powerful and attractive than ever. The car comes with a personal and emotional backstory that makes it, even more, stand out in the film. When the first part of the film series was released in 2001, Diesel made an impact among the auto fans with his classic car and impressive quarter-mile races. After the car’s popularity soared because of this, a modified version of the 1970 Charger was seen in the Furious 7 movie that came out 15 years later.
Audi R8 – Iron Man
RDJ can travel only in style especially when he is playing a multimillionaire and a superhero at the same time. Iron Man might find his suit more suitable to fly around faster but the brilliant Tony Stark definitely prefers his shiny Audi R8 to make an entrance. The first appearance of Audi’s R8 was in the 2008 Iron Man. Tony Stark did not ditch his very expensive toy in the successive films either. Marvel gave different variants of the R8 for Tony Stark to keep his flair for theatrics. Audi even continued its connection with Robert Downey Junior off-screen by having him unveil the Audi E-Tron GT in 2018.
1969 Ford Mustang – John Wick
No one is going to question the revenge escapades of John Wick because of his attachment to his dog or his car. Well, all that risks and violence may look a bit extra for a car to you. But it did get us with an exceptional series of action films to enjoy for years to come. The loss of his 1960 Mustang not only got John Wick out of his retirement but us on repeated re-runs of 3 films full of thrills. The 1969 Mustang first appeared in the 2019 John Wick movie, the first part and it is powered by a Ford 32-valve 5.0-litre Coyote V8 engine. Fun Fact – A workshop in Oklahoma in the USA partnered with Ford to build more of this particular Mustang model in 2020.
Chevrolet Camaro – Transformers Series
Do you guys remember the brave and loyal Bumblebee from the Transformers series? There is no way we can leave him out. Although Bumblebee takes the forms of different models throughout the film series and the animated series, the one that stands out is the Yellow Chevrolet Camaro that appeared in the first part of the Transformers movie series. Fans loved the smartass Camaro who displayed heart and proved to be the best sidekick for the teenage human hero of the movie. Further films from the series featured the Camaro with some slight modifications and facelifts, nonetheless receiving the same love and popularity from the masses. Bumblebee even got its own movie in 2018 though it appeared as a VW Beetle in that one.
Aston Martin DB5 – James Bond Films
It is a toss-up to decide who is arguably cooler – Tony Stark or James Bond. Without getting too much into that, we’ll get to the 1964 Goldfinger starring Sean Connery as James Bond in which he drove the Aston Martin DB5. It was jaw-dropping to see smoke screens, machine guns and oil-slick sprayers in a car that sent the enemies into a tailspin. Another Bond movie, The Thunderball (1965) also had the original DB5 in it which was sold for around 4.6 million US dollars in 2010. With the kind of desire it incited partly due to its popularity from being in the Bond movies, Aston Martin decided to build 25 units of a Limited Edition DB5. Almost all the cars from this edition sold out even before they were out of the production line in 2020. They were priced at around 3.5 million US dollars per car.
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S – Bad Boys For Life
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have a brilliant car chase scene in the 2020 movie, Bad Boys For Life. Filmed in the streets of Miami, Porsche’s 911 Carrera 4S is seen speeding maniacally by Smith while Lawrence is trying to hold on to his life. This movie is also a part of the Bad Boys franchise, third to be specific. The Carrera 4S breaking the speed limit in this scene is going on 6-cylinder 420hp engine. This sleek-looking car can reach a top speed of 305 kmph and can reach 100 kmph from stop in just 4 seconds.
1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 – Gone In 60 Seconds
Gone in 60 Seconds featuring Nicholas Cage is a heist film that was released in the year 2000. The actual star was an original Shelby Mustang GT500 that was called “Eleanor” in the movie. It is one of the most memorable cars in the history of Hollywood to date. The original version of the car ran on a 7.0-litre V8 engine that can accelerate from 0 to 100 km in 6.5 seconds. Fusion Motor Company from Los Angeles builds custom units of this model.
1968 Ford Mustang GT390 Fastback – Bullitt
Steve McQueen created history when he filmed the exciting car chase scenes for the 1968 film, Bullitt. He raced around on a dark green Ford Mustang GT390 Fastback that ran on a V8 engine. This 2-door Mustang made a lasting impact on fans not with just the awesome chases from the movies but also with its classic muscle car body. During filming, the crew used 2 Mustangs and crashed one. The other one that came out unscathed was auctioned much later in 2020 for 3.4 Million US dollars.
Subaru WRX – Baby Driver
Ansel Elgort drove the Subaru WRX in the movie Baby Driver that came out in 2017. The car used in the movie was a modified version of the 2006 Subaru WRX that ran on a 2.5-litre H-4 engine. The cars used in filming were even sold on eBay later. The movie and the car gathered a fan base that was well deserved due to some amazing and well-crafted car chase scenes.
1968 Austin Mk I Mini Cooper S – The Italian Job
The last movie on our list is another classic from 1969 – The Italian Job starring Michael Caine. A crime movie with abundant humour, this movie has an iconic climax involving Mini Coopers in 3 different colours – red, white and blue. The scene involves a very memorable chase with the cops following the movie’s main characters escaping with the stolen goods. The Mini Coopers were popular models before and skyrocketed higher after the movie’s release. There is even a remake of this film in 2003 starring Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron that was shot in Los Angeles.
Does this article get you thinking of watching these movies once again? Grab your popcorn and chill in front of your screen. And let us know in the comment sections about some of your favourite car chase sequences!
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