There have been many great movie vehicles over the year, with their appeal defined by high speed chases, unusual characters and by just being cool in terms of their design. Other vehicles are memorable due to being rooted in reality (or kind of, anyway), or for being involved in excellent set pieces that bring out their best features. With these criteria in mind, it’s possible to review some of the best movie vehicles of all time, the films they were in, and what personal favourites can be singled out for particular praise.
One of the stars of the Back to the Future series, the DeLorean was an unusual looking vehicle before the first film was released, and was probably destined for novelty status. The popularity of the film series made the DeLorean one of the most loved car icons of the 1980s, although the actual car itself doesn’t quite live up to its time travelling adaptation.
1973 Ford Falcon
Used in Mad Max, the 1973 Ford Falcon may not have looked in the best condition when being driven across the (future) Australian Outback, but is difficult to beat in terms of ramshackle style.
There are too many James Bond vehicles to choose from when it comes to cool cars, but The Spy Who Loved Me’s Lotus deserves special mention for being able to shoot down helicopters, and of course, for turning into a submarine.
Take your pick from the 1966 film version, the 1989 sleek ride, or the tank like ‘Tumbler’ of the 2000s, the Batmobile is difficult to beat as an awesome movie vehicle. Modifications have taken on designs from BMW, Lamborghini, and many others, to make the Batmobile a legendary car.
Nissan 350Z Fairlady
It’s hard to really stand out in the Fast & The Furious car franchise, but this gold Nissan 350Z Fairlady from the Tokyo Drift installment is distinguished by its bold colour and serious moves.
Another 1980s favourite, Ghostbusters used a 1959 Cadillac Ambulance for the kitted out ECTO-1 transport. Still one of the most iconic looking of movie vehicles.
1970 Dodge Challenger
Iconic just for its use as the star of the 1970s road movie Vanishing Point, the Challenger also made a welcome return as part of Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof in the 2000s.
Evil cars don’t come much more impressive than Christine’s 1958 red Plymouth Fury – powerful, sleek, and yes, containing the ability to turn men evil. Forgive the last part, and the Fury has personality and power to spare.
1977 Pontiac Trans Am
Fans of Smokey and the Bandit fantasised about racing down highways in this Pontiac Trans Am, possible while using its CB radio to check in on high speed pursuits. The Trans Am’s special abilities included being able to jump bridges, while taking on corners at high speeds.
And the winner? Difficult to call, but for sheer versatility, it’s difficult not to look past the Batmobile, albeit with an emphasis on its more recent incarnation as a supercar with some extra modifications.
Author Bio: Liam Ohm writes about cars, from used car dealers in Derby to the latest car gadgets and technologies. In his spare time he enjoys attending F1 races and networking.