Tuesday, June 3, 2008

50 Most Memorable Movie Cars part 5 ( FINAL 10 )

Courtesy of http://www.rottentomatoes.com/

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.

Here are the final 10 cars, enjoy:

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

10. Mr. Frye's Ferrari

Type of car: 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB

Special features: attracts joyriding parking attendants

Appears in: Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Cameron says his father loves this car more than life itself. Ferris scoffs at his priorities, but does highly recommend picking one up, if you have the means. It's a simply beautiful car, and fortunately the filmmakers destroy a mere replica, not the real thing.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off


9. Tim Burton's Batmobile

Type of car: GM Batmobile

Special features: Turbine, remote control, shields

Appears in: Batman, Batman Returns

The 1989 Batman needed to overcome a lot of the camp baggage left by the old TV show, and the new Batmobile was big step in that direction. Although the 1960s Batmobile was cool, this new one was simply mind-blowing.


Starsky & Hutch

8. Starsky's Gran Torino

Type of car: 1976 Ford Gran Torino

Special features: Mag wheels, custom paint

Appears in: Starsky & Hutch

The long-running TV show helped make this car popular, but it's the 2004 film the qualifies the iconic red Gran Torino hot rod for a high rank on the list. About ten of the cars were destroyed during filming, and only a couple have survived.

Starsky & Hutch

Smokey and the Bandit

7. Bandit's Trans Am

Type of car: 1977 Pontiac Trans Am

Special features: T-tops, CB Radio

Appears in: Smokey and the Bandit, Smokey and the Bandit II

Burt Reynolds' previous stint as bootlegger in White Lightning involved a relatively boring Ford 500. But this time around, he drives the outrageously-styled Trans Am, complete with the "Flaming Chicken" decals.

Smokey and the Bandit


6. Ecto-1

Type of car: 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor

Special features: Siren, sliding proton pack storage

Appears in: Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters 2

According to Ray, it just needs some suspension work and shocks. Brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end. Also new rings, mufflers, a little wiring. But hey, the old ambulance was only $4800. That's only about $10,000 when scaled up for inflation.



5. James Bond's Aston Martin DB5

Type of car: 1963 Aston Martin DB5

Special features: Oil slick, smoke screen, ejector seat, radar tracking system, machine guns, revolving license plates

Appears in: Goldfinger, Thunderball, The Cannonball Run, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale

This car is as much a part of James Bond lore as is the Walther PPK. Sean Connery can be seen driving it in Goldfinger and Thunderball, Pierce Brosnan drives one in Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies, Daniel Craig drives one in Casino Royale, and Roger Moore uses one to goof on himself in The Cannonball Run.


Speed Racer

The Mach 5

Type of car: Racer Motors Mach 5

Special features: Auto-jacks, bullet-proof canopy, retractable saws, tire crampons

Appears in: Speed Racer

The Mach 5 historically known for the Japanese animated TV show, but is now the star of this week's Speed Racer. The physical version of the Mach 5 is gorgeous, and lives up to fans' high expectations (even though the movie may not).

Speed Racer

The Dukes of Hazzard

3. The General Lee

Type of car: 1969 Dodge Charger

Special features: Extensive race modifications, musical horn

Appears in: The Dukes of Hazzard

Dumb movie, dumb TV show, awesome car. The General Lee is proof that you can keep a TV show on the air for 6 seasons simply based on the popularity of a single car (and Catherine Bach in tight shorts). Like some other cars on this list, the General was mainly known for TV, but found regained popularity when jumping to the big screen.

The Dukes of Hazzard

The Love bug

2. Herbie

Type of car: 1963 Model 117 Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle)

Special features: Ultimate cruise control

Appears in: The Love Bug, Herbie Rides Again, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, Herbie Goes Bananas, Herbie: Fully Loaded

The 1968 Disney film The Love Bug was partly inspired by and helped push along the Beetle craze in the 1960s. The little grey race car with a lot of personality has since gone on to star in 4 sequels and a TV movie, with co-stars ranging from Bruce Campbell to Lindsay Lohan. Why is Herbie at #2 on this list? Try finding someone who doesn't know who Herbie is.

The Love Bug

Back to the Future

1. Doc Brown's De Lorean

Type of car: 1981 De Lorean DMC-12

Special features: Flux capacitor, remote control, hover conversion, Mr. Fusion generator

Appears in: Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III

The Back to the Future movies were all blockbusters, and were all based around one thing - a De Lorean-turned-time machine invented by the eccentric Doctor Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd).

Back to the Future

1 comment:

  1. YEAH! The only thing missing from Back to the Future was giving the car a name.

    But I forgot about eckto -1 !