In some movies, the cars are the stars. American Graffiti and Fast and Furious, to name a couple, drew much of their audience appeal from their use of noisy internal combustion engines.
But cars needn’t be racy to play prominent roles. Thelma and Louise’s 1966 Ford Thunderbird, for example, will long be remembered for (spoiler alert!) quietly sailing off a cliff in the movie’s climax. And the Ford Explorer’s notable contribution to movie history was that it was passively crushed and shredded by a Tyrannosaurus Rex in Jurassic Park.
For the third time, we provide a photo collection of Hollywood vehicles. Bearing in mind that engine size doesn’t necessarily translate to star power, we’ve included the big and the small, the fast and the slow. From the dilapidated Volkswagen van in Field of Dreams to Christie Brinkley’s racy Ferrari in National Lampoon's Vacation, we offer a glimpse of four-wheeled stardom.
Click on the “Wagon Queen Family Truckster” below to start the slideshow.
The “Wagon Queen Family Truckster” in the 1983 movie National Lampoon’s Vacation was actually a modified 1979 Ford LTD Country Squire station wagon. At one point in the film, the script called for the station wagon to go airborne, which it reportedly did for more than 50 feet. The hard landing damaged the front of the car, however, and the damage had to be exactly reproduced on other “stand-in” vehicles for the rest of the film. During the scene in which the car was sold (shown here), the salesman tells the main character (Clark W. Griswold), “You think you hate it now, wait ‘til you drive it.”
(Source: Internet Movie Car Database)