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)
Charles, Two Lane Blacktop is a bit of a cult film from 1971
but when you have the singer James Taylor as the driver of a '55 Chevy street rod and Dennis Wilson (the drummer of the Beach Boys) as his mechanic, and they are racing a 1970 GTO across the United States for pink slips, you've got yourself a car movie! :)
Had two close friends with GTO's. One still has his..... a '67 GTO ragtop, with a scraped out Chevy 427 & four speed. Dark blue metallic w/ white interior & ragtop. The other was a 1970 JUDGE in orange..... That one is long since departed by accident! The other one is relegated to "show-duty" only.....
Interesting link, Nancy. I'm not sure the Flintstones car is completely fictional, however. Many years ago, I owned a '65 Chevy Bel Air with a rusted-out floor in the back. I could have put my feet through it and pushed it forward like Fred Fintstone.
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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