We’re car people. We transport them with care and cradle them like our children because we love everything about vintage vehicles. Can you remember the moment you first fell in love with cars? Was it when you witnessed a Mustang zipping down the street? Maybe you attended a classic car show as a kid or fantasized as you laid on your belly playing with your Hotwheels on the living room floor. Or was it when that special model made its big screen debut, flashing across the silver screen and embedding into your heart? Car magazine once ranked the top 40 cars in movies, based on the votes of fans. We wanted to share the top ten with you to see if you agree. Did your favorite cars in movies make the list? Let’s have a little fun and take a look at the top cars in movies. We’ll look at the first 5 entries, and then make our way to the top 5!
Number 10: The 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T from “The Vanishing Point”. This movie is a cult hit from 1971 that starred Barry Newman as, Kowalski, a down-on-his-luck former veteran. He is hired to transport the Dodge Challenger from Colorado to San Francisco. Shortly after pick-up he takes a bet to get the car there in less than 15 hours. After a few run ins with the law he embarks on a cat and mouse chase to get the car to California on time.
Number 9: The Audi S8 from “Ronin”. Robert De Niro, Jean Reno and Sean Bean…three amazing actors that are enough to make this film worth watching, but add an amazing car chase through the streets of Paris and you have a thrill ride like no other! The action feels amazingly real in part because director John Frankenheimer insisted that the scene be shot in real time with no post production special effects.
Number 8: The Porsche 917 as featured in “Le Mans” the Steve McQueen racing epic. The film fictionalizes the real life race held over 24 hours in Le Mans, France. Considered by many to be one of the most authentic racing movie in history, the Porsche 917 used in the film is one of the rarest cars ever produced with only 25 ever made. This car was listed for auction last year with a $20 million dollar price tag, making it the most expensive Porsche ever sold.
Number 7: The cherry red Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a movie classic. Could you imagine a senior skip day behind the wheel of this beauty? Who didn’t groan when they tried to reverse the mileage by running the car in reverse only to see it crash and burn? Thank goodness the real Ferrari wasn’t used in filming—the filmmakers totaled a replica instead.
Number 6: The 1967 Mustang Fastback named Eleanor from the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds”. In a movie that is filled with amazing cars, Eleanor stands out from the crowd. For a movie packed with car chases, eleven “Eleanors” were built and seven were reported to survive. The “main hero” car, used for promotional photographs was sold at auction in 2013 for 1 million dollars.
These amazing cars in movies only made the bottom ten! Are you surprised? Check back with us for the top five and let us know what you think of the list. Or, if you need to have your starlet chauffeured to her next big debut, contact us today. We will make sure the star of your garage arrives looking her best.