In the soon-to-be-released film, Need for Speed, the Ford Mustang will earn its 3,000th credit in movies and television programs. Over nearly 50 years, it has appeared in films ranging from Goldfinger and Bullitt to such TV shows as Spencer and Kojak.
Not to be outdone, the Chevy Corvette sports a similarly long resumé, and is rumored to be adding to it with an appearance in the 2014 action film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The truth is, though, there’s nothing unique about cars playing big movie roles. It’s been happening for decades with countless vehicles that are fast, slow, elegant, and ugly. Car chase scenes in such films as Bullitt and The French Connection are now considered classics. And 40 years after its release, automotive buffs still talk about the role of the classic cars in American Graffiti.
We’ve collected photos of vehicles that played major movie roles. There are, of course, countless more. Tell us about your favorites in the comments section below.
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According to movie legend, Aston Martin was initially reluctant to part with its Aston Martin DB5 for the filming of the 1964 James Bond film, Goldfinger. As a result, the producers had to pay for the prototype used in most of the scenes. The vehicle, considered to be the most famous in movie history, provided Bond with an assortment of gadgets, including revolving license plates, a GPS dashboard, armrest controls, smoke screen, oil slick, rear bullet-proof screen, front-wing machine guns and, of course, the ejector seat. (Source: Aston Martin)
Yes, wealthy characters did have car phones in some of the old movies, Tweet. I recently saw an old Bond movie (I think it was Goldfinger) and Sean Connery was talking on a car phone from his Aston Martin.
Did you forgot, in my opinion anyway, the greatest detective car of all time? Columbos 1959 Peugeot 403 convertible. If a car could define one's personality, that one certenally did Columbos.
Wikipedia says this about the car:
"While on duty, Columbo does not drive an official LAPD car; he prefers to drive his own car, a French automobile, a 1959 Peugeot 403 convertible which is equipped with a police radio. In the earlier series, the car used was clearly royal blue at one time although faded and sun-damaged. In the later series the car seems to be "primer"-colored. Columbo says he parks his car in the shade because the sun ruins the paint. The California license plate is damaged in later episodes, but is clearly shown undamaged in episode 1 of season 1 from both the front and back as "044 APD"."
"Peter Falk selected the car personally, after seeing it in a parking lot at Universal Studios. In season 5 episode "Identity crisis", Columbo boasts that the car is a rare automobile, "only three like it in the States". From June 1956 to July 1961 only 2,050 were produced, and only 504 were produced for model year 1959. Columbo's car frequently has mechanical problems."
"When the series returned on ABC, James and Connie Delaney of Findlay, Ohio owned the car but were unwilling to sell it, though they lent it to Universal for filming."
Volkswagen AG is developing a lithium-air battery that could triple the range of its electric cars, but industry experts believe it could be a long time before that chemistry is ready for production vehicles.
California’s plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isn’t the first such undertaking and certainly won’t be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.
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