There’s no disputing that cars can steal the show in Hollywood. Whether you’re a fan of Eleanor from “Gone in 60 Seconds” or you like something a little scarier, like the automotive star of Stephen King’s “Christine,” most people have a favorite among movie cars. Even young kids express their preference for Lightning McQueen or Mater from the movie, “Cars.”
Here are a few of the best movie cars, spanning decades of American obsession with cars that have dominated the set and are at the top of our list of fun automotive news:
“Smokey & the Bandit’s” Pontiac Trans Am: There’s no doubt that even Burt Reynolds’ charm couldn’t match the allure of such a cool car. The Pontiac Trans Am dominated the climax moments of the movie, becoming as big a star as any listed in the credits. Four different Trans Am cars appear in the film, with a Chevy engine filling in for the bridge jump scene where the muscle car couldn’t quite make it over.
The Mini Coopers of “The Italian Job”: Admit it: you wanted one of those zippy little Mini Coopers after watching this movie. The Mini Coopers piloted by Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg and Jason Stratham drive in a chase that takes them into underground tunnels and one is forced to outmaneuver a close-range helicopter. If you never seriously considered driving a manual transmission, you will after viewing this movie.
The Aston Martin in “Goldfinger”: Where would James Bond be without the cool sophistication of his 1964 Aston Martin DB5? Sean Connery is pretty debonair on his own, but there’s no man so handsome that he can’t benefit from the help of a dashing sports car. If it’s equipped to rip up the body of a passing villain, all the better.
“Bullitt’s” Ford Mustang Fastback: The chase scene in Bullitt is fast-paced and full of tire-squealing fun as Steve McQueen hunts down the bad guys in a 1968 Dodge Charger 440 Magnum. The Mustang had to be equipped for the chase with a high-performance ignition system, shock towers and suspension parts.
The Dodge Challenger from “Vanishing Point”: The same stunt team that created Bullitt worked on Vanishing Point. Barry Newman stars as car delivery specialist Kowalski, who races against the clock to deliver a 1970 Dodge Challenger and runs into a few tricky situations.
The right car combined with a daring, charismatic driver can launch a car into movie stardom. Which automotive stars make your list of favorite movie cars?