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Weekly Open Thread: Top 10 Movie Cars?

Popular Mechanics has its list of the Top 10 Movie Cars of All Time. In order, they are:

10. James Bond's 1964 Aston-Martin DB-5 [edited] from Goldfinger
9. James Bond's 1975 Lotus Esprit Series 1 from The Spy Who Loved Me
8. The 1977 Pontiac Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit
7. A 1932 Ford Coupe from American Graffiti Waynes_world_pacer
6. Marty McFly's 1981 DeLorean from Back to the Future
5. Steve McQueen's 1968 Mustang GT 390 from Bullitt
4. The 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T from Vanishing Point
3. The 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon from Mad Max
2. Batman's Batmobile/Tumbler from Batman Begins
1. A 1970 Dodge Charger from The Fast and the Furious

Apart from the obvious absurdity of not including the actual Best Bond Car Ever, a few on that list have made it to the heights of being blogged about here. I'm not sure if I'd include the Batmobile as it's not even a production car but, eh, whatever. I can think of a few obvious Car Lusty ones, such as the Pacer from Wayne's World, Flounder's brother's '64 Lincoln Continental from Animal House, Jake and Elwood Blues' '74 Dodge Monaco, and the '58 Plymouth Fury from Christine. There are some others that made their name on TV before hitting the movies (e.g., Starsky's Torino) but those were made more famous initially on the small screen, so I don't really count those. I feel certain we can come up with a few more.

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For Me (No Particular Order)
8.Ram 2500 From Twister
7.Ferrari 250 GT California From Ferris Buellers Day Off
6.BTTF Delorean
5.1983 Wagon Queen Family Truckster (Its Not Production, But Who Cares?)
4.Alfa Romeo Spider From The Graduate
3.Bandit Trans-Am
2.1970 Monte Carlo From Ace Ventura
1.Bullitt 'Stang

I'm not sure if I can make a list of my favorite movie cars without getting repetitive here, but if you want to know what movies a certain car (or truck) has been in, here's a great source: The International Movie Car Data Base ( ) will help you find almost anything, either by vehicle description or movie title.

Oh, I think the Wagon Queen Family Truckster is definitely close enough to a production car to warrant a place on the list.

I helped build a van that was used in "Ernest Goes To Jail," ( ) but probably the less said about that, the better (runs and hides).


What about the VW Beetle from the "Herbie" movies.

I was surprised The Love Bug didn't make it in. I'd swap that out for the American Graffiti car since I'm not certain anyone could really name it off the top of their head.

Typo alert: it's a DB-5 in Goldfinger...the DB-9 was 40 years later.

I Would Have Put Herbie In, If I Didnt Have Such A Distaste For Beetles

The made-up Winton (there were Wintons...just none looked like that) from one of Steve McQueen's best films: The Rievers...

Maureen O'Hara chasing John Wayne's airplane in Stutz Bearcat in The Wings of Eagles.

The Pontiac in The French Connection.

The chopped 50 Merc in Rebel Without a Cause helped popularize customs.

Totally unrelated, but utterly, totally worthy, I give you this:

I could just watch and listen to those for hours and hours.

Other notables:

The Mini Cooper Ss used in the first "Italian Job."
Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang
"American Graffiti" Coupe

John B,

The 1949 Mercury driven by James Dean in Rebel wasn't chopped:

Fozzie Bear's 1951 Studebaker in "The Muppet Movie" should be up there as well.

I'd like to nominate Steve McQueen's Porsche 917 in Le Mans. Talk about a car taking center-stage in a movie!

What about the car in the movie, The Wraith. It was a pretty awesome car also.

I know this may be stretching things, but the Munster Koach was used in a theatrical release, "Munster Go Home."

The TV Batmobile found its way to the big screen, and while they were at it they added the Batcycle, Batboat, and Batcopter.

"Holy stretch this to the limit, Batman!"

I liked the Jaguar Hearse from "Harold and Maude." The the scene where Harold is looking at the car holding a torch.

1967 Shelby GT500, Gone in 60 Seconds
'66 Thunderbird, Thelma And Louise
V-8 Interceptor, Max Max/The Road Warrior
'55 Chevy, Two Lane Blacktop
'70 Challenger, The Vanishing Point
'49 Buick Roadmaster, Rainman
'64 Malibu, Repo Man
Jet Car, Buckaroo Banzai

The Mini in The Bourne Identity.
The Taxi in The Bourne Supremacy.

Oh, how could we forget the Edsel from "Pee Wee's Big Adventure?":

I will admit to there being a certain place in my, errrr, heart for "Vanishing Point": It was the first movie I saw full frontal nudity. I was all of 9 at the time and my parents took us to the drive-in for some double-feature or other, and Vanishing Point was one of them. Boy, imagine their surprise when a very different pair of headlights appeared on-screen. . . .

According to the Internet Movie Database, the female naked motorcycle rider later became a Hollywood costume designer.
Ironic, isn't it..considering she's best remembered for being nude.

At any rate, her family must have been proud...

"Granny, I'm going to be in a movie..."

Granny duifully goes...and has the same reaction as Anthony.
Okay, maybe not the SAME reaction.... :)

Of course she became a costume designer--she knew first-hand what it was like to go without one!

"Okay, maybe not the SAME reaction.... :) "

Well, I was only nine so maybe not all *that* different.

Herbie: Admittedly, I would still love a Beetle done up like Herbie. My Mom has a 72 Bug that I learned to drive stick in. I loved that car. Gas smell and all.

My favorites are in a different vein - the EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicle and the Landmaster

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