Top 10 Movie Cars

Torque News' Top 10 Movie Cars


The vehicles we see in movies and on television can come to define the film or even the vehicle itself. Often, even those who aren't "car nuts" will remember a show because of the car that was in it. Here are the top ten picks for movie cars from the Torque News gang.

Chances are, you've seen movies that had a car in them that you couldn't forget. Sometimes, the car is the star of the show, sometimes it's such a stellar supporting actor that it deserves an Oscar. Whatever the case, these cars make their mark and can themselves define the movie for many of us.

Here at Torque News, we discussed our favorite vehicles of film and screen and came up with two lists, one for movies and another for television. Here are our Top 10 Movie Cars. Got a favorite not on this list? Be sure to comment below and tell us about it!

#1 – Back to the Future / DeLorean DMC-12
This is one car that probably would have largely faded into obscurity and been forgotten had it not been for the Back to the Future film series which also largely defined the persona of its star, Michael J. Fox. The DeLorean was, by and large, the film's most immediately identifiable icon and few can see a DMC-12 at an auto show or on TV without quoting the movie. "88 miles per hour", "Flux Capacitor" and "1.21 GIGAWATTS!" have become as intertwined with DeLorean as the gull winged stainless steel car has become to the film franchise.

#2 – Mad Max / 1973 Ford XB Falcon Hardtop
The Ford Falcon was littered throughout the Mad Max films with several different characters in the movies driving versions of the popular Australian-only pony cars. The car most associated with the movie, however, is the 1973 Ford XB Falcon Hardtop called a Pursuit Special, a limited GT351 version of the '73 Falcon built for Australian police forces. It received heavy modification for the movies, of course, but appeared in both Mad Max and Mad Max 2. It is now in the Denzer museum in Miami, Florida.

#3 – Batman (1989) / Batmobile
Although the Batmobile has seen many renditions over the years, from a fairly nondescript 1930s coupe to the iconic 1960s roadster with its huge fins and red-on-black motif. In movies, however, the black, jet-propelled, finned machine from the 1989 Batman film starring Michael Keaton (and then re-appearing in the follow-on, Batman Returns) defines the movies. New renditions of the vehicle in more recent films have failed to capture the kind of public imagination that the sleek road machine with its huge intake and powerful fenders of the Keaton films did. It's one of the most-reproduced Hollywood -invented cars of all time.

#4 – James Bond / 1963 Aston Martin DB5
This car was the Bond car and appeared in no less than six of the films in this franchise and was dubbed "the most famous car in the world" at the 1964 New York World's Fair. Sadly, the original DB5 from the early films was stolen in 1997 from its owner in Florida and has never been recovered. Perhaps the plot for a new Bond film? The Bond DB5 is making a comeback, appearing in this year's release of Skyfall - the latest in the James Bond franchise. Nicholas Zart also wanted to give honorable mention to the Toyota GT2000 Open-Top that appeared in You Only Live Twice starring Sean Connery. The special convertible was made, by the way, because Connery was too tall to sit in the coupe.

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Comments

How about James Bond's first car in Dr. No when he drives a 1961 Sunbeam Tiger around until bumping into Ursula Andress. This model had slight reprise as Maxwell Smart's auto in Get Smart on TV. Not big and flashy but a classic nonetheless.
Good one.
I had a friend with a Sunbeam Tiger. It was a cool little car and had a great sound. Even handled pretty well, considering. Poor man's AC Cobra.
How about the Vanishing Point Dodge Challenger RT.
Good call.
What about the Imperial from the Green Hornet series. That was a cool car!
Sneak peek: that car will be on our Top 10 Television Cars list, coming soon. :)

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