America’s love affair with automobiles is reflected in those chosen as star “players” in hit Hollywood movies. From kitschy to classic to fantasy, these cars have left an indelible impression on moviegoers throughout the years and often still pop up in various headlines regarding car news.
“Gone in 60 Seconds,” a 2000 action flick starring Angelina Jolie and Nicholas Cage, didn’t score high with critics, but for automobile enthusiasts, it made an impression. One of the stars of this film was “Eleanor,” a customized 1971 Ford Mustang. However, a number of liberties were taken in the film.
The “Eleanor” in the movie was actually restyled as a 1973 model Shelby Mustang, using the 1973 grilles in the film, though the 1971 front bumper and valance panels remained. Wouldn’t an Eleanor replica look good at your dealership?
James Bond had impeccable tastes in whom he chose to romance, but he also had a way with cars. Famously, the 1964 film “Goldfinger” starred Sean Connery and a 1964 Aston Martin DB5.
Ian Fleming’s novel actually had Bond in an Aston Martin Mark III, which was considered one of the finest automobiles in England at that time, but you have to give the filmmakers a little leeway for farming out a custom job for the film. If you had $3.4 million to spend on a car in 2016, it could have been yours as it sold at auction to an American broadcasting professional.
Remember the hum of the motor in the little red sports car when the character Ferris Bueller sped his girlfriend away from school? That was the sweet purr of a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT. The thing is – that wasn’t a Ferrari. With a budget of $5.8 million, the film couldn’t spend $300,000-plus dollars for such one. They were replicas.
That didn’t stop them from being put on display in places like Planet Hollywood. One was actually sold at auction for $123,000.
Perhaps one of the biggest film franchises of the 1980s was “Back to the Future.” While John DeLorean didn’t build in a “flux capacitor” on his models, the stainless-steel-framed car was essential to the plot of the film. Six DeLorean’s were used in the three films, one of which disappeared, two of which were scrapped for parts, one was sold to an unidentified bidder for $500,000, and two are owned by Universal Studios, which are available for public viewing at their theme parks.
What are some of your favorite “stars” that shaped your love of the automobile, and where are those “stars” today?