Americans love cars. We research them before making a purchase. Finance them over long periods of time. Devote precious garage space to their protection. And spend huge chunks of our paychecks on their appearance and mechanical performance. We also love to see them on the big and little screen. So, as we turn the corner on a new year, we wanted to share our top 10 list of movie cars. Let us know if you agree or if you think we should add to the list:
American Graffiti (1956 White convertible Ford Thunderbird)
Arguably one of the best car movies of all time, this 50’s flashback film not only features a young Suzanne Somers driving around in an unforgettable T-Bird, but includes several other cars considered classic Americana: ‘32 Deuce Coupe, ’55 Chevy, ’58 Impala, ’61 Ford Galaxy cop car, ’51 Mercury, to name a few.)
The Fast & The Furious (Virtually every cool car ever invented)
Consider the 1970 Dodge Charger and 1997 Nissan 240SX. This movie is about cars, with people sprinkled in for good measure. If you feel the need for speed, you should spend some time with this series, which currently includes eight installments.
Gone in 60 Seconds (Nicolas Cage’s character’s Shelby Mustang GT500, Eleanor)
While the fans favorite is Eleanor, any call lover would swoon over the vehicles on this movie’s “boost list.”
4. The Italian Job (Mini Coopers) This 2003 film girly little British cars look like top-notch racing machines. If a Mini still isn’t your style, you can’t argue about the appeal of character Handsome Rob’s Lamborghini. Or how about his Miura or Astin Martin convertible?
Drive (Driver’s 1973 Chevy Malibu)
As the name would imply, Driver Ryan Gosling spends much of his screen time driving various cars. The film opens with a tense opening scene heist/pursuit behind the wheel of a silver Chevy Impala. Later, he spends time flipping cop cars. Gosling’s character is more at home behind the wheel than he does interacting with other human beings.
Speed (The Bus)
The genius behind this 1994 epic was in combining the usual suspects for an action film. Car-chase scenes and explosions set the scene. Then, good guy vs bad buy pathos and an attractive innocent woman in the mix mixes it up. This movie puts them all on a bus.
Days of Thunder (Cole Trickle’s NASCAR entry)
This rather absurd entry into vehicle film history hit theaters in 1990. Amazingly, Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel gave Days of Thunder two thumbs up. Decades later, more people remember Mello Yello product placement than the vehicle that promoted it. So, we include it on our list as a marketing canvas rather than its make and model.
Cars (Disney’s animated Corvette/Lightning McQueen)
While in his early days, Lightning McQueen appeared to be a 1950’s Corvette. We love this car because it later morphed into an anthropomorphic stock car. Graphic designers say was inspired by a Le Mans and a Ford GT40. Since real cars can’t do that, this earns it a place in our movie vehicle hall of fame.
Christine (1953 Plymouth Fury)
Although the car in the film is identified as a 1958 Plymouth Fury—and in 1983 radio ads promoting the film, voiceover artists announced, “She’s a ‘57 Fury.”—two other Plymouth models, the Belvedere and the Savoy, were also used to portray the malevolent automobile onscreen.
Knight Rider (David Hasselhoff’s 1980’s confidante and transportation)
Despite the fact this 1980’s series was reimagined in 2008, we love KITT. He was absolutely the coolest car ever created. Equipped with “AI” (artificial intelligence) and voiced by character actor William Daniels.
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