Sometimes Hollywood movies makes certain models of cars as famous as the actors that star in them. Want an example, how about the movie Back to the Future? That movie has made the DeLorean DMC-12 as famous as any of the actors in the film. There aren’t many people who don’t know what a Delorean is. Let’s take a look at several other cars made famous by Hollywood.
1932 Ford Deuce Coupe
It’s the end of the summer in 1962 in a small California town and it’s the night before certain characters leave for school. American Graffitti is basically about dealing with the anxiety of saying goodbye to their familiar town and friends. A central sub-plot in the movie is Paul Le Mat, behind the wheel of his bright, yellow 1932 Ford Deuce Coupe is taunted by Harrison Ford in his ’55 Chevy.
KITT of Knight Rider
KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand) was a high-performance Trans Am that co-starred along with David Hasselhoff in the series Knight Rider. It was a souped-up sports car loaded with artificial intelligence. In the series, KITT could hold a conversation, shoot weapons and use holograms to transform into other vehicles. The series undoubtedly sold a lot of Trans-Ams for Pontiac.
1973 Gran Torino Sport
A rusty, green 1973 Gran Torino appeared in the Coen Brothers classic movie The Big Lebowski. The Torino shows up in many scenes. It’s a wreck of a car that is stolen, crashed and abandoned by thieves, used to attempt to deliver ransom money.
The General Lee
Over seven seasons, the General Lee, a 1969 Charger, outran cops on the back roads of Hazzard County with John Schneider and Tom Wopat behind the wheel. Dulles Chrysler, a Leesburg, VA-based Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealer, says rumour has it that Warner Brothers totalled an average of two Chargers per episode of the The Dukes of Hazzard and it ran for six seasons!
Christine, a 1958 Plymouth Fury, was the star of the 1983 Stephen King horror movie of the same name. Here’s the plot: Keith Gordon is a teenager who purchases a wrecked 1958 Fury to restore. After he finishes it, he catches the attention of Alexandra Paul. When the two start to date, Christine becomes jealous and vengeful.
1981 DeLorean DMC-12
In Back to the Future, a DeLorean is used as a time machine. Built in the movie by Christopher Lloyd, the DeLorean is equipped with a flux capacitor, and uses plutonium as fuel. Without question, the DeLorean automobile would be just a car from the past if it wasn’t for the popular movie Back to the Future.
1969 Chevelle Malibu
In Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Will Ferrell drives a black and gold 1969 Chevelle. After major competition with Sacha Baron Cohen, and a serious wreck on the track, Ricky has to find a way to get back on top of the race game. The hero of the movie, no question, is the 1969 Chevelle Malibu.