With Fast Five opening in theaters this weekend, we thought it would be time to take a look at some of our favorite cars ever featured on the big screen. Needless to say, this was a tough list to pare down and will make for plenty of arguments for all the great cars that were left off. Make sure to let us hear it in the comments!
So without further ado, let us count down the 10 most awesome cars in movies:
Honorable Mention: The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car
Don’t you dream of riding this to the grocery store? Maybe not. A total of six cars were created for the 1968 musical, including a fully functional road going car, GEN 11. Built in 1967, this car was designed by the film’s production designer, Ken Adam and cartoonist/sculptor Frederick Roland Emett. Powered by a Ford 3000 V6 engine and automatic transmission, this uncommon car is about to go on auction in May with an estimated price tag of between $1 and $2 million.
10. 1976 Ford Gran Torino, Starsky & Hutch
Good thing they made a movie in 2004 because it’s an iconic car. Starsky and Hutch’s vehicle of choice for cruising the streets of “Bay City, California” was the 1975 Ford Gran Torino (subsequently upgraded to the 1976 version). Colored in an eye-catching tomato red with a vector white stripe on the sides, the car looked great although one couldn’t exactly deem it a muscle car with the base 250 hp engine .
9. 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Futura Duplex, Ghostbuster
While the Ectomobile doesn’t look like the speed demon that other cars on this list are, it makes up for it with sheer style. Painted white with red tailfins, the car features white walled tires with chrome hubcaps. The roof rack holds more gear and equipment than the tower of an aircraft carrier. While it’s never explained what they are in the movie, we can make accurate assumptions that a radar, satellite communication device, microwave oven, strobe lights, and dishwasher machine are immediately available to our ghostbusters wherever they go.
8. 1963 Model 117 Volkswagen Type 1 (aka the Beetle), The Love Bug
The anthropomorphic 1963 Volkswagen Beetle named Herbie has been featured in numerous Disney movies, starting with 1968′s The Love Bug all the way to Herbie: Fully Loaded in 2005. Painted with red, white and blue racing stripes as well as the racing number “53″, this car has become iconic for opening its doors, or squirting oil by himself. Yes, he has a capricious personality but that’s what make Herbie unique.
7. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
This car is red, Italian, sexy and it meant everything to Ferris Bueller: The freedom, the excitement, the means to make his day off thoroughly memorable. Yet, with a price tag of more than $2.5 million and only 55 of them in existence, one cannot blame his friend Cameron for being so reluctant to take it out for a joyride. While Cameron’s father hand-built convertible may have suffered catastrophic damage in the movie, rest assured that it wasn’t a real one.
6. 1967 Ford GT 500 Mustang Shelby, Gone in Sixty Seconds
It’s not often that Hollywood makes a movie starring a car (yes, the car Eleanor is actually credited) and any Mustang lover absolutely had to see Gone in Sixty Seconds even though, let’s face it, it’s not a very good movie. Eleanor isn’t actually a genuine Shelby GT500 but a creation from the mind of Hot Rod illustrator Steve Stanford. A total of 12 were built specifically for the movie, and of whose, 7 survived shooting. Because they were made to look good in the movie, the cars saw expedient engineering and things like the side exit exhaust were only aesthetic additions.
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