It may not look the goods, but Jake (John Belushi) & Elwood (Dan Akroyd) ever faithful Bluesmobile (a 1974 Dodge Monaco) is as sturdy as they come, wrecking havoc from the back roads of Texas to the mean streets of Chicago, delivering these “Men on a Mission from God!”
KOWALSKI’S CHALLENGER (VANISHING POINT, 1971)
When a films plot involves an adrenaline junkie on a mission to deliver a 1970 Dodge Challenger from Denver to San Francisco in 15 hours, it better have the balls to back its play, and that is exactly what Vanishing Point does in the process creating a legendary movie which inspired car lovers everywhere.
BULLITT’S MUSTANG(BULLITT, 1968)
Featured in one of the greatest car chases in movie history, and driven by the coolest man to ever grace the screen in Steve McQueen, this 1968 Ford Mustang is a muscle car with little equal, ripping up the streets of San Francisco and looking mighty good while doing so.
BANDIT’S TRANS AM (SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT, 1977)
Just as much a Burt Reynolds trademark as his moustache, this 1977 Pontiac Trans Am kept the Bandit(Reynolds) one step ahead of the law, with Eagle wings spread across its bonnet to symbolise the freedom which makes America so great.
ECTO-1 (GHOSTBUSTERS, 1984)
With Sirens blazing and occupants packing nuclear heat, the Ecto-1 was as much a fixer-up as they come, a former bucket of bolts Cadillac Ambulance, bought foot over fist by the ever gullible Ray (Dan Akroyd), only to become one of the most identifiable cars to scream through the haunted streets of New York City.
THE GENERAL LEE (THE DUKES OF HAZZARD, 2005)
“Shit movie, great car” is an often used criticism towards the film adaptation of popular TV series The Dukes of Hazzard. Indeed, it is the sight of that sunburnt orange General Lee, a modified Dodge Charger with Confederate flag on roof and cops on tail, that made Hazzard fans scream “Yee-hah!” That, plus Daisy Dukes short-shorts.
THE BATMOBILE (BATMAN, 1989)
Tim Burton’s revisionist take on the Batman universe meant creating a new Batmobile, sleek in design, chrome black in colour, and with enough gadgets to make James Bond envious. That its max speed in reality was only 40 mph shouldn’t matter (post production tricks made it seem faster), for this is a toy that most boys would love to own.
THE DELOREAN (BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY)
In reality, the DeLorean line of cars were a bust. But thanks to the time travelling adventures of Marty McFly from Back to the Future, it will always be remembered as the car that could not only travel through time, but thanks to modifications from mad scientist Doc Brown, could also fly!
ASTON MARTIN (JAMES BOND SERIES)
Has there ever been a brand of car that has seen as much action as James Bond’s famed Aston Martin? Through the decades many models have featured along with several different drivers, yet no matter the era, the situation, or the Bond, the Aston Martin came out on top, with enough gadgets to sustain an army.
PURSUIT SPECIAL (MAD MAX, 1979)
The ultimate car movie, Mad Max has sustained generations of hear heads with its high speed action and auto carnage, courtesy of Mel Gibson and his supercharged Ford Falcon Pursuit Special , prowling the long winding roads of dystopian future Australia in pursuit of speed demons and savages who have terrorized the motorways.