There are many things that make a movie memorable, but for car enthusiasts nothing stands out more than the perfect ride. The list of cars made famous by the movies they were featured in is a long and ever-growing one. In no particular order, here’s a selection of some of our favourites to date.
1968 Austin Mk I Mini Cooper S
From: The Italian Job
The Mini was already popular when The Italian Job hit the screen, but the film’s release is what helped make the car a legend. That and its run of Monte Carlo Rally wins in the mid-sixties. The movie’s drivers may be skilled thieves, but the Minis steal the show.
1981 DeLorean DMC-12
From: Back to the Future
With gullwing doors and a stainless-steel body, the DeLorean’s unique, retro-futurist design was the perfect choice for Back to the Future. We couldn’t imagine Doc Brown’s famous time machine looking any other way.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB
From: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
If you’re going to skip school and see the town, you might as well do it in style, and what could be more stylish than the simple beauty of this vintage car. It didn’t fare as well as Ferris and friends though; we all shuddered a little when the love of Mr. Frye’s life shattered that glass wall.
1963 Aston Martin DB5
Easily the world’s most famous and beloved movie car, James Bond’s Aston Martin has driven him through several of the franchise’s films. 007’s already beautiful ride gets an extra boost from concealed add-ons like machine guns, ejector seats and an oil-slick sprayer.
1966 Ford Thunderbird
From: Thelma & Louise
Road movies just wouldn’t be the same without old cars. When Thelma & Louise take off in pursuit of their freedom in Louise’s classic T-Bird convertible, we expect them to be in for a wild ride and we’re rooting for them every mile of the way.
1963 Model 117 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle a.k.a. Herbie
From: The Love Bug
The Volkswagen Beetle is iconic and The Love Bug helped make it so by pushing along the Beetle craze in the 1960s. The little grey race car’s big personality made it the star of several sequels alongside big-name co-stars.
1976 Lotus Esprit Series I
From: The Spy Who Loved Me
An international spy like James Bond needs tools that adapt, and a car that does the same. Watching his Lotus Esprit transform into a submarine, sprouting stabilizer fins and props, is one of the coolest things we’ve ever seen.