Iconic Cars From The Movies

I put together a small selection of what i would consider “Iconic” cars from the movies. The cars you will see and read about below were the ones that came to me without really having to think, the ones that stood out in my memory.

I’m sure some of you will have other cars that equally deserve to be listed and if you do I would love to hear from you. I hope everyone enjoys this post as much as I did creating it.

Back to the Future Delorian

The DeLorean DMC-12

The DeLorean DMC-12, commonly referred to as The DeLorean was the only model ever produced by the John DeLorean’s DeLorean Motor Company.

The car is most notably featured as the time machine in the Back to the Future film trilogy. The PRV engines of the cars were dubbed over with recorded V8 sounds. Six DeLorean chassis were used during the production, along with one manufactured out of fiberglass for scenes where a full-size DeLorean was needed to “fly” on-screen; only three of the cars still exist, with one having been destroyed at the end of Back to the Future Part III, two additional cars left to rot, and the fiberglass replica being torn apart for scrap.

Universal Studios owns two of the remaining cars, occasionally putting them on display or using them for other productions, and the last resides in a private collection after having been extensively restored.

Batman Mobile 1989

The Batmobile 1989

The car was built upon a Chevrolet Impala chasis with a Chevy V8 engine when previous development with a Jaguar and Ford Mustang failed. A second car was based on an Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible.

All gadgets (aside from the Cocoon-mode) on the Keaton-mobile in both movies were fully functional although the exhaust after-burner could only be run for 15 seconds at a time due to the amount of fuel it consumed.

The car’s roof and seat had to be altered as, initially, Batman’s cowl-ears were too big to clear the roof when entering the vehicle.

In addition to a new array of gadgets, the Batmobile in Batman Returns also possesses additional window-wipers that it did not previously have in Batman (1989).

For the scenes where the Batmobile deploys the Cocoon armour in Batman (1989), a life-size model of the vehicle was built and the animation was provided by stop motion technology. In Batman Returns, the shields had the same characteristics. However, the design was slimmer and the special effects were provided by computer-generated imagery.

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Aston Martin DB5 (1963)

The Aston Martin DB5 is one of the most famous cars in the world. John Stears, who created the silver-birch DB5 for use by James Bond in Goldfinger (1964). Although Ian Fleming had Bond in a DB Mark III in the novel, the DB5 was the latest model when the film was being made.

Another silver-birch DB5 with the original registration BMT 216A is used for the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, during the 50th anniversary of the release of the first James Bond film Dr. No.

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1968 Mustang “Bullet”

Two 1968 390 V8 Ford Mustang GT fastbacks (325 hp) with four-speed manual transmissions were used for the chase scene, both loaned by the Ford Motor Company to Warner Bros. as part of a promotional agreement.

The Mustangs’ engines, brakes and suspensions were heavily modified for the chase by veteran car racer Max Balchowsky.

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1968 Mustang “Bullet”


The Tumbler

Bruce Wayne acquired a shelved Wayne Enterprises military vehicle, called the “Tumbler”, to serve as his Batmobile. Originally sporting military desert camouflage paint, Bruce Wayne requested Lucius Fox to have the Tumbler painted black. At that time, Wayne never referred to it as the “Batmobile.”

Acceleration: 0-60 in 5.6 seconds. Under full acceleration, the car could actually rise up on its front suspension while the front wheels stayed planted on the ground creating an effect like a giant spider. Aprrox. full speed: 160 mph.

Ghost Busters Ecto 1

Ghost Busters Ecto 1

The Ectomobile, or Ecto–1 is a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor limo-style endloader combination car (ambulance conversion) used in the 1984 film Ghostbusters. The original vehicle design was the creation of Steven Dane.

Earlier versions of scripts written by Aykroyd for the first Ghostbusters also include mentions of the Ectomobile having the power of interdimensional travel. The shooting script for the movie describes the Ectomobile as being black, with purple and white strobe lights that gave the vehicle a “purple aura”.

Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am

“Smokey and the Bandit” Pontiac Firebird

Four modified black 1976 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am “Special Editions” were each built according to the required stunt work. Since the nose on the Trans Am was different for 1976 they had to be modified to look like the new release for the 1977 model year.

Hal Needham saw the Black and Gold Pontiac Trans Am and loved it. Knowing the film would be released in 1977 it needed to appear like a new car since the scene called for a just bought “speedier than that” car.

The 1976 Black Special Edition cars also carried the “50th Anniversary” fender logo on them, since 1976 was the 50th Anniversary of Pontiac. The ’77 cars didn’t have this logo. They acquired the Snowflake Rims also new for 1977 as well as the new nose from Pontiac and made the needed facelift.

All were damaged during the rigors filming. The particular car used to jump over the dismantled bridge was reportedly destroyed performing the stunt. The bridge itself, though no longer used for traffic, was still intact prior to filming. The middle section was demolished specifically for the stunt.

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1967 Mustang Shelby GT500 “Gone In 60 Seconds” (2000)

Cinema Vehicle Services of Hollywood California custom built and supplied the 1967 Mustang Shelby GT500 for the movie. Eleven identically prepared cars were used for the chase scene of Nicolas Cage Driving “Eleanor”, with only seven surviving filming.

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1967 Mustang Shelby GT500 “Gone In 60 Seconds” (2000)

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