Celebrity cars often catch the limelight but there have been numerous cars that have become the hero of a movie thanks to their pivotal role in the plot and standout features. The movies may be old, but fans still remember the cars that were featured. Cars from the Fast and Furious franchise, Iron Man’s technologically advanced line-up, Batman’s Batmobile and 007 luxury rides such as the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 have always drawn attention. From fast car chase scenes to the heroes pulling up at hotels in style, these automobiles played a huge role in making the movies what they were. Some racing movies such as Steve McQueen’s Bullitt remain memorable thanks to the car chase scene between Dodger Charger and 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback.
Here are 10 famous car movies by leading car brands that enhanced the movies and are still remembered.
The 1963 Volkswagen Beetle Herbie
“Herbie” which is also known as the love bug was featured in the 1968 Hollywood comedy film titled “The Love Bug” and was the hero of the movie. The 1963 Volkswagen Beetle had a red, blue and white striped exterior. The vehicle garnered so much popularity that the vehicle was featured in around half a dozen more films following the original.
1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance Ecto-1
The famous Ghostbusters car was the 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor which was named Ecto-1 in the 1984 movie. The vehicle was heavily modified for the movie to make it look strange. The modification included a siren, additional lights on the front end with a shiny grille and a huge tail fin.
The Lotus Esprit S1 Wet Nellie
Featured in the 1977 James Bond movie “The Spy Who Loved Me”, this car was part car part submarine making it quite a unique piece. The car was known as “Wet Nellie” and it had a great screen presence on the road and submerged. The movie made use of two separate vehicles to shoot scenes on the ground and underground but posed it as the same vehicle. The original vehicle from the movie is now owned by Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk who plans on restoring the vehicle into a working submarine.
The 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT Pursuit Special
The original Mad Max car “the last of V-8” featured in the 1979 post-apocalyptic movie became a cult classic. The movie has many sequels but the original 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT has cemented its place as the dark horse of the movie.
The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder
Featured in the 1986 comedy movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, the cherry red Ferrari became an iconic character of the film. One of the most memorable scenes from the movie was the one with the vehicle’s demise. The car manufacturer made a total of 37 models of the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder. One of the models was auctioned at Pebble Beach in 2015 for $16,830,000.
The 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans AM
This famous vehicle was featured in the 1977 film titled “Smokey and the Bandit,” starring Sally Field and Burt Reynolds. The box-office success led to numerous sequels and spin-offs but the most memorable element of the original was the 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans AM. The vehicle had a widespread winged firebird on the hood of the black car with hints of gold paint.
The 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback
The famous Steve McQueen car from Bullitt was a 1968 Ford Mustang in deep emerald-green that set the bar high for hero cars. The race car was shot in several car scenes with McQueen behind the wheel. The action-packed feature film with this fabulous race car is still remembered as a classic.
The DeLorean DMC-12 Time Machine
Back to the Future made waves and it is still considered one of the best cult classics. The movie featured futuristic gadgets including the famous time machine by the DeLorean Motor Company. The 1985 movie soared to fame, but the company sadly could not survive and closed down its early phase in 1982. The sports car featured in the movie had a stainless-steel body with gull-wing doors.
James Bond’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5
Another car from the Bond franchise that made a mark is the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that was featured in “Goldfinger”. The on-screen icon was fitted with various gadgets that facilitated the legendary spy. The movie made use of two Ashton Martins one with all the gadgets and the other for shooting the driving scenes.
Batman’s Futuristic Batmobile
The iconic 1930s comics were turned into a TV show and later feature films and the Batmobile was a pivotal part of the movie. The 1966 TV show showcased the Batmobile as Batman’s go-to for saving Gotham city. The show featured a Lincoln Futura concept car for this purpose and the model had 15-inch single-ribbed Rader Wheels, front steel “slasher” blade and a U-shaped steering wheel designed to resemble the yoke of an airplane. The Batmobile remains one of the most iconic movie cars despite the several renditions of the movie.