From the earliest days of cinema to the present day, automobiles have played a crucial role in creating some of the most iconic moments in film. These iconic film vehicles have become symbols of adventure, style, and innovation, captivating audiences with their distinctive designs, exhilarating performances, and contributions to bringing to life the stories they were a part of.
The 10 Coolest Movie Cars in The History Of Film
Automobiles in films have frequently become inseparable from the characters who operated them, serving as extensions of their personalities and crucial plot elements.
Whether sleek and sophisticated vehicles piloted by suave spies like James Bond or muscle cars that exemplify the rebellious spirit of outlaws and renegades, each automobile has contributed to the visual storytelling and emotional impact of the films in which it appeared.
10. Gold Finger’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5
When filming for the James Bond film “Goldfinger” began, the more recent Aston Martin DB5 was chosen and rented from Aston Martin for use in the film. This is where the historic collaboration between Aston Martin and the Bond films began, with each aiming to boost the fame of the other.
The DB5 had a 282 horsepower 4.0-liter inline-six engine that could reach 145 miles per hour. In the Bond films, however, the Aston could do much more than just travel fast; with ejector seats, machine guns, and GPS tracking devices, the DB5 was sure to get James Bond out of even the most difficult circumstances.
9. Back to the Future’s 1981 DeLorean DMC-12
The Back to the Future films helped popularize the DeLorean DMC-12. When Marty McFly drove the DeLorean at 88 kilometers per hour to travel through time, the car was instantaneously immortalized in film history.
Unfortunately, the car’s appeal does not end there. The original DeLorean had a very poor 130-hp 2.9-liter V-6 engine and reportedly struggled to reach the 88-mile-per-hour speed shown in the film. To assist it, the production team had to replace its engine with a V-8 from a Porsche 928.
8. The Ford Mustang in the John Wick films
The classic 1969 Ford Boss 429, one of the greatest Mustangs ever made, is one of the vehicles that John Wick is seen owning and using in the movie. A 7-liter, 375-horsepower V-8 was installed in the vehicle, allowing the Mustang to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds.
While the original Boss 429 was only ever offered with a four-speed manual transmission, one scene in the movie made it quite evident that the Mustang being driven by Keanu has an automatic transmission.
7. Death-proof 1971 Chevrolet Nova SS
The roof above the driver has also been strengthened to protect him in case of a collision, and the car’s driver seat has been replaced with a bucket seat with more padding.
As a result, the seat became “death proof,” and the passenger now sits on a tractor seat that is enclosed in plexiglass. The second-generation Chevrolet Nova SS depicted in the film had a 5-liter inline-six and a V8 engine that combined for 425 horsepower and a top speed of 185 mph.
6. The 1967 Shelby GT500 from Gone in 60 Seconds
The car, which was given the name Eleanor, had many changes that improved both its appearance and performance, including pumped fender flares, a lowered suspension with coilovers, a pseudo nitrous kit, and 17-inch wheels.
This monster’s 7.0-liter V-8 engine generated 355 horsepower and allowed it to reach a top speed of 130 mph. By itself, the Shelby GT500 was a highly sought-after vehicle, but Eleanor’s role in the film cemented its legacy for all time.
5. The Italian Job (1967) Austin Mini Cooper S 1275
There was an issue when the making of the 1969 film “The Italian Job” got underway. The Austin Mini Cooper’s manufacturer, the British Motor Corporation, refused to allow any vehicles to be donated to the movie. Troy Kennedy Martin, a screenwriter, insisted on purchasing the classic Mini at full retail price rather than exchanging it for another vehicle as is customary in such situations.
The quick car then helped the bank robbers collect the stolen gold as it was employed in some of the most well-known chase scenes in film history. The vehicle has a four-cylinder engine with 75 horsepower and a top speed of 97 mph.
4. 2 Fast 2 Furious’s 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
The legendary silver GT-R with blue stripes is driven by actor Paul Walker in the role of Brian O’Conner, a street racer who exploits the car to win many races during the film. The Skyline GT-R R34 is powered by a 2.6-liter DOHC, 24-valve twin-turbo straight-six engine producing 280 horsepower.
3. Furious 7’s Lykan HyperSport
W Motors manufactures the Lykan HyperSport, a Lebanese sports automobile. It is the most expensive car ever depicted in the “Fast and Furious” films, costing $3.4 million, and only seven examples were ever constructed.
The Lykan can be seen jumping from one skyscraper to another in Abu Dhabhi in the seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise when Brian and Dom flee the film’s villain, Deckard Shaw.
2. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Mazda RX-7 Fortune
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is a famous film with spectacular vehicles, and one of the most eye-catching ones seen in the film is a VeilSide Mazda RX-7 Fortune driven by the character Han. This stunning vehicle can be seen drifting around Tokyo streets, eluding pursuit, and even drifting alongside a two-wheel-drive Lan Evo IX in the film.
1. Knight Rider’s K.I.T.T.
K.I.T.T., which stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand, is a highly advanced, incredibly mobile, robotic automobile from the hit TV series “Knight Rider,” starring David Hasselhoff. Underneath the high-tech vehicle is a 1982 Pontiac Trans Am that has been completely redone inside and out by Michael Scheffe, complete with switches, lighting, and a yoke steering wheel.