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)
I, too, have seen all these movies, bobjengr (except for the two that haven't come out yet). Admittedly, I've seen several of them multiple times. And, yes, I can't get enough of the Bullitt chase scene.
I'm almost embarassed to admit this Charles but I've seen all of those movies. The cars are definitely classics but my favorites are the "rides" from Bullett, Back to the Future and the Bond movies. It's amazing how autos play into action movies and sometimes carry the movie itself. The best "chase scene" ( in my opinion) is the one from Bullett. Excellent post.
Although it was 0on TV, not in the movies, the car that I think was the neatest is the "general Lee", from "the Dukes of Hazzard". Not because of perfomance, but because the car could race hundreds of miles on dirt raods and always arrive perfectly clean. I really want a car that can do that!
For me De Lorean DMC 12 stands out. It has also to do with the fact that, I as a Kid used to think that this is the fastest car there can be in the world, which can manage to change the course of time. And other than that, Its rusty and rough look makes it an ideal hollywood car.
There's been a link to Herb Gordon's driving record in Design News the last couple of days, he's got 'The Saint''s car (a 1966 Volvo 1800 coupe), and will cover 3 million miles by September, God willing! Also - 'Drowning Mona' was the Yugo's big screen splash. With Bette Midler and Danny DeVito, EVERYBODY was driving Yugos. (No info on how many back-up vehicles were used...:-)
He drove one in Dr. No and many other Hillman/Humber Rootes Group vehicles were featured in Dr. No. My mother had an IDENTICAL Series I Alpine repainted to the same color of the Bond Car. My first car was identical to the Get Smart Tiger ( Actually a Series V Alpine for the howitzer sequence ) and obviously the Rootes Group was more cooperative in letting Cubby use their vehicles Humber, Commer, Hillman and of course, an Alpine ).
I should note that in Gumball Rally, The AC Cobra was featured along with a Ferrari with Raoul Julia making the famous first rule of Italian Driving statement:
" What is behind me is not important " as he rips out the rearview mirror and tosses it away...
The owner of the several Cobras were NOT amused at the conditions of the very damaged AC Cobras that the film makers " Borrowed " from them when they were returned. In the later scenes of the movie, you can see the heavy front end damage of one of the last Cobras used. ( It is in the LA Aqueduct, but only for a few seconds )
An under stated car was the Munster mobile and Get Smart's Sunbeam Apline which fit them both perfectly. On the 32 Ford from American Graffiti it should have stated 2-4 barrel carberators. Surely Superman's cars should enter in - esp. the Barris modified Lincoln. Granted all TV cars but I think they all had spin off movies as well.
While the Deuce coupe may suggest Southern California, the woody suggests surfing and the Southern Califonia beach. Some artists like Jan and Dean and the Beach Boys helped make many of those classic images through their songs.
A half century ago, cars were still built by people, not robots. Even on some of the country’s longest assembly lines, human workers installed windows, doors, hoods, engines, windshields, and batteries, with no robotic aid.
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