Sunday, May 25, 2008

50 Most Memorable Movie Cars part 4

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A couple of quick notes before we get started. For the most part, we're only picking one car per film. Also, a car has to show up in a movie to make it on the list, so KITT and the A-Team van don't make it. And the rankings refer to how memorable a car is, not how cool it is (that would be a much different list). Lastly, a special thanks to our friends at The Internet Movie Car Database for use of their screenshots and car data.

Let's continue, shall we?


20. Christine

Type of car: 1958 Plymouth Fury

Special features: Self-repairing, evil

Appears in: Christine

When Plymouth introduced the Fury name in 1957, it was essentially a sport and trim package on the Belvedere model. And the red paint and interior were custom orders; those options weren't regularly available on the real cars. But what other color works on a demonic, murderous car - beige? We don't think so.


Risky Business

19. Joel's dad's Porsche

Type of car: 1981 Porsche 928

Special features: Annoys pimps, falls off of piers

Appears in: Risky Business

Joel's parents leave for the weekend, and tell him not to drive his father's Porsche, but he just can't resist. But Porsches aren't meant to be U-boats, and it costs serious money to repair the water damage before Joel's parents get home.

Risky Business

Batman Begins

18. The Tumbler

Type of car: Wayne Industries assault vehicle

Special features: Rocket powered, armor plated

Appears in: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight

They never could get the bridge to work, but this baby works just fine, according to Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman). In reality, four street-ready versions were built, and were spied driving at extreme speeds (one was also in an accident) in Chicago before the release of Batman Begins.

Batman Begins

The Cannonball Run

17. The Lamborghini

Type of car: 1980 Lamborghini Countach LP 400S

Special features: Scissor doors, spandex jumpsuits

Appears in: The Cannonball Run

If you were a teenage boy in the 80s, you wanted one of these cars. The black Countach that appears in The Cannonball Run is a standout in a movie filled with hot cars, and it doesn't hurt that it's driving by a smoking hot, spandex-wrapped Adrienne Barbeau.

The Cannonball Run

The Spy Who Loved Me

16. James Bond's submersible Lotus

Type of car: 1975 Lotus Esprit

Special features: Oil slick, rocket launcher, submarine mode

Appears in: The Spy Who Loved Me

This is the second-coolest car that James Bond ever drove (we'll get to his best car shortly). It looks good, it handles well, and it's great for a day at the beach. No boat? No problem!

The Spy Who Loved Me

Gone in 60 Seconds

15. Eleanor II

Type of car: 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500

Special features: Custom bodywork and paint

Appears in: Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)

Like the Lamborghini in The Cannonball Run, Eleanor stands out in a film full of hot cars. Her appearance has proved so popular that it's contributed to higher pricing of late-60s Mustang fastbacks, and there's now a cottage industry based on creating Eleanor replicas.

Gone in 60 Seconds

The Graduate

14. Ben's Alfa Romeo

Type of car: 1966 Alfa Romeo 1600 Spider Duetto

Special features: Attracts older women

Appears in: The Graduate, Wayne's World 2

The success of The Graduate turned the Alfa Romeo Spider into a worldwide icon, and definitely boosted sales of the car. The car's fame and longevity would eventually inspire Alfa Romeo to introduce a "Graduate" edition.

The Graduate

Batman: The Movie

13. George Barris Batmobile

Type of car: Customized 1954 Lincoln Futura

Special features: Bat-phone, bat-turbine

Appears in: Batman: The Movie

Already famous as a star of the Batman TV show, the 1960s Batmobile made the jump to the big screen in 1966. This is probably the most iconic George Barris design, and it's based on the Lincoln Futura concept car.

Batman: The Movie

The Italian Job

12. Charlie's getaway Minis

Type of car: 1968 Austin Mk I Mini Cooper S

Special features: Drives on sidewalks, stairs, roofs as easily as roads

Appears in: The Italian Job (1969)

The Mini was already a popular car in 1969, but The Italian Job is what helped make the car a legend in Europe. That, and a succession of mid-sixties Monte Carlo Rally wins. Although Michael Caine and Noel Coward are the stars of the movie, the Minis really steal the show.

The Italian Job

The Blues Brothers

11. The Bluesmobile

Type of car: 1974 Dodge Monaco with police package

Special features: Cop motor, cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks, and runs good on regular gas

Appears in: The Blues Brothers

After trading the orginal Bluesmobile (a Cadillac) for a microphone, Elwood picked this gem up at the Mount Prospect city police auction. "They were practically giving them away!"

The Blues Brothers

The last Ten coming soon..

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