We’re all about feeding your knowledge and expanding your mind. Today we’re going to rev your motors by finding the top 10 coolest cars in the movies. What’s a good film without a hot man, a sexy lady and some fast cars? The first car chase scene was in the 1903 movie “Runaway Match”. Now 115 years later movies are filled with top speed car chases, impressive stunts, wrecks and explosions. They’re filled with admirable pumping gasoline-fueled stunts that leave people in aww and just plain old speechless. So, one of the coolest cars to ever appear in the movies, well let’s take a look.
10: 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon
A country that often rivals America with its automobile tenacity would be Australia. In the 60s and 70s, Australian American automobile companies created the Ford Falcon. This beast of a car was running on a 351 CID V8 engine, rumbling its power and begging to be tested by anyone who wanted to challenge it. It weighed 2500 pounds and with all those horses under the hood, it meant it packed a serious punch on the streets.
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In 1973, filmmakers took the beast of a car and gave it a makeover to create what became known as the interceptor in the first Mad Max film. After the two films the interceptor appeared in, it was so abused it was destined for the scrap pile. However, someone decided to take this piece of history and restore it back to its beautiful Aussie glory the falcon was taken to a museum of coolest cars of the stars in England in 1992. But would later be moved in 2011 to Miami auto museum. Ford Falcon can sell from a bottom price in fair condition at $4000 up to $17000 in pristine condition.
9: 1964 Aston Martin DB5
This classic car made its first appearance in the 1964 film “Goldfinger” that’s right! It was the original spy and Playboy’s car James Bond. The Aston Martin got its name from the man who made it. The sleek body and design were created by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera an Italian coach builder. For the movie, it was outfitted with all kinds of gadgets that James Bond became famous for. It had machine guns, smoke screens, oil slick sprayers and so many more cool tricks. The original car used in these films was sold in 2010 at RM Auctions for $4.6 Million. However, if you wanted to purchase one not used in the movie, you could get one for a cool $450,000.
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8: 1968 Mustang GT 390
This beautiful classic made its appearance in the Steve McQueen film “Bullet”. For this film, the producers decided to alter the already mean looking Mustang. The primary purpose was to give the car a stealthier appeal. By doing this they removed the driving lights and the Mustang emblem in the grille. They also removed all other markings on the car such as the name and all lettering. For this movie, two coolest cars were purchased and modified. One was damaged and the other was purchased by an anonymous buyer.
Its massive engine, allowed to reach speeds topping out at 110 miles per hour. The 390-cubic inch V8, open the doors to performance in the Mustang world. The 10-minute car chase scene in the movie “Bullet” was filmed over the course of 2 weeks and earned the editor of the movie an academy award for best film editing. It’s hard to guess what the actual car is worth today, but some experts guess it would be in the $4 Million range along with the beloved James Bond car.
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7: 1977 Pontiac Trans-Am
The Pontiac Trans-Am is probably one of the most recognizable cars made famous by the movie “Smokey” and “The Bandit”. When the film debuted in 1977, it was ground breaking for the automotive industry. People sat riveted in theatres and drive-ins, as they watch the fast pace car chases and outstanding bridge jumps. They were on the edges of their seats as the car slid smoothly around corners evading the police. Then from 1977 to 1978, the sales of the Trans-Am jumped by 30,000 cars and then another 24,000 by 1979. It’s sleek T-top roof coupled with special edition paint jobs, pushed it ahead of the Corvette. When movies with such stunts are made several coolest cars are used. During the filming of the adrenaline-pumping movie, 4 Trans-Ams were used, 3 of the 4 were destroyed and the fourth had to be towed offset because it simply wouldn’t start anymore.
6: 1981 DeLorean DMC-12
The 1981 DeLorean from the “back to the future” franchise is the car everyone wanted. The car with a sleek body and innovative design was a car just ahead of its time. Created by John DeLorean in 1981, the car had the perfect futuristic feel for the cult classic movies. While the car was beautifully designed and extremely flashy. Beneath the hood told a very different story, the motor was only 130 horsepower with a 2.9-liter V6 engine.
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The prototype for the car was created in 1976. When the DeLorean motor company was established they had big dreams. However, sadly enough the DMC-12 was the only car the company ever manufactured before closing in 1983. There were only 9000 DMC-12’s to come off the line. When the car first came out, the price was supposed to sell for $12000. However, the suggested retail price in the US was $25000. The actual car from the movie sold in 2011 for a whopping $541,000.
5: 1932 Ford Coupe
The 1932 Ford Coupe was a car that every California boy wanted in the 1960s. This bright Canary yellow Ford High Boy was the stuff dreams are made of. It contained a 327 V8, which gave it muscle to go with the body. This stunning car made its appearance in the adrenaline-pumping movie “American Graffiti” in 1973 but set in 1962. The producer paid roughly $1300 for the car in the film. In the film, the Coupe was pitted against an equally intimidating 1955 Chevy.
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From 1932 to 1934, the Ford company produced three coolest cars and the Coupe was one of them. During that year the prices range from $490 for the roadsters like the car in “American Graffiti” up to $650 for the convertible versions. While the car was a beauty, after the movie it sat in the back of a lot at the studio, eroding and wasting away. It was eventually bought and sold a couple of times before a longtime fan of the film purchased it and hold it back to Kansas. After much love and work, he restored the car back to its original glory.
4: The Gigahorse
This car is unconventional, to say the least, but then again so was the movie it was created for. You most certainly won’t see one of them driving on the open road anytime soon. They Gigahorse was created for the remake of the long-time cult classic “Mad Max”. This massive beast looks like something someone came up within the middle of a late night well having one too many drinks. It boasts not one but two 1959 Cadillac bodies, that sits atop a gigantic truck chassis.
That’s not all, the large motor consists of a twin Chevy big-block V8 that was also supercharged, giving it roughly 1200 horsepower. The tires on this monster aren’t your average day tires either but then again nothing about this beast is average. It rests on four tractor tires that makes it look like a dragster from the 70s. Since the car was so massive, special shocks, hydraulics and rims have to be fabricated just for it. This one hits number 4 because it’s the most creative and original out there.
3: 1968-70 Dodge Chargers
This next style of the car made appearances in classic television shows such as “The Dukes of Hazzard” and movies like the 1970s hit “Dirty Harry”. For a while, this all-American sports car all but disappeared from the big screen. However, it made a roaring come back in one of the film industry’s hottest phenomena of all time “The Fast and The Furious”.
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The scene that made this car the most memorable was the final race scene with the character Brian by Paul Walker. This heart-stopping scene catapulted the Dodge Charger back into the spotlight, to where it would make another appearance in the follow-up movies, Fast and Furious 4, Fast 5 and Furious 7. The coolest cars used for the film were made not just of one Charger, they were a combined mixture of the 68, 69 and 70s model. The current car now sits at Universal Studios as a priceless piece of history.
2: 1976 Lotus Esprit Series 1
Coming in at number 2 is another blast from the 70s, as well as another infamous Bond car, the 1976 Lotus Esprit Series 1. In the early 50s and 60s, sports cars were big, radiating power and demanding respect. However, by the time the 70s rolled around, the full body of the sports car change from big and boxy, to slim and wedge-shaped. The car industry was moving into the future and the Series 1 Lotus was the one that ushered in the new trend in the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me”.
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The most significant moment in the movie is when the car dove into the water and became a submarine. In 1977 the car disappeared after production of the film was complete. It was discovered 12 years later by someone who purchased a shipping container in Long Island. It had no tires and several dents. Once restored, it went in and out of museums for close to 24 years, before taking the auction block in 2013. The Lotus Esprit Series 1 sold for a cool $997,000 in London by an anonymous buyer.
1: The Batmobile (aka Tumblr)
There are several coolest cars throughout movie history that are just iconic. Mad Max had the Gigahorse and then comes our number 1 car, The Batmobile. Over the decades Batman movies have been made and remade, bringing us up to a total of 6 Batmobiles all together, with each new movie the Batmobile changed as well. However, one Batmobile took the prize in the movie Batman Begins at the summer of 2005 which brought us the first remake of the classic Batman movies. However, the twist in the movie, the Batmobile no longer resembled the classic shape of its predecessors.
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The car now took on an armored military-style body with 37 inches off-road tires, a massive 350 CID Chevy V8 powers this beast. It reaches an impressive 33 feet long and has a top speed of 350 mph. This version of the Batmobile is the only one of six to be given another name “the tumbler.” Through many trial and errors, the creators finally came up with a hybrid in the form of a Lamborghini and a Humvee. Well, the car in the movie isn’t street-legal, a modified street-legal version is for sale for $1 Million.
Bonus Fact: Coolest Cars
The Fast and Furious franchise has destroyed close to 2000 cars since the 2001 debut of the franchise. The most expensive car in the world is the Rolls Royce Sweptail coming in at $13 Million. The body and style of the car is a call back to the 1920s style. The interior of the car is trimmed in the finest wood and leather and as an added layer of luxury, the inside of the car even boasts a champagne cooler in the center console.
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There you have, is the top 10 coolest cars featured in movies. Well, there are numerous makes and models used in films across the world. We scatter the interwebs to bring you the top most desirable and coolest cars to date in film history. So, what we’re dying to know now is, if you could have any one of these cars, which one would it be? Thank you for spending some time with us.