Cars and Movies, movies and cars, they go together like, well, cars and movies. Yes, we’re talking motors from movies, everyone can recall awestruck childhood memories of death-defying car chases, cars that can fly, cars that can talk, cars that go on murderous killing sprees and cars that save peoples lives. In fact, in the eighties and early nineties the big screen was awash with wondrously gadget enhanced automobiles, but what did the great movie going public vote as the numero uno greatest movie car ever?
Well people, finally we have an answer to this long discussed question. Here at The MALESTROM, our favourites include Uncle Buck’s 1975 Mercury Marquis Brougham Coupe, or the 1948 Ford Super De Luxe given as a birthday gift to Daniel LaRusso from Mr Miyagi in The Karate Kid – you may not know that Ralph Macchio was actually given this car in real life by the Producer and still owns it to this day – anyway we digress, here are the greatest movie cars of all time, enjoy.
Drum roll please… Perhaps unsurprisingly James Bond’s gorgeous Aston Martin DB5 is the greatest movie car ever, according to a poll by Hyundai. The iconic motor was first seen in 1964’s Goldfinger and has appeared in seven Bond movies to date, most recently in 2015’s Spectre. It comes equipped with a host of gadgetry including a bullet-proof rear windscreen, in-built machine guns, tyre slashers – and a handy ejector seat. Throughout the film series, it was also shown with different private plates, including the popular “JB007”.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang finished second in the poll, followed by Doc Brown’s iconic DeLorean from the Back to the Future trilogy.
Herbie, the star of five movies so far, came fourth and the Batmobile, known as the Tumbler, from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight flicks finished fifth.
The research of 2,000 UK adults was commissioned by Hyundai to celebrate the appearance of the Veloster, the KONA and the Santa Fe in recent Marvel release, Ant-Man and The Wasp, which was released in UK cinemas on 3rd August. A spokesman for Hyundai said,
“Having our all-new Veloster immersed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a great way to entertain consumers and showcase the vehicle’s stylish design and performance capabilities to a massive audience.
“We wanted to take full advantage of this collaboration by engaging fans and providing them with experiences beyond the big screen.”
Other popular vehicles include James Bond’s Lotus Esprit S1 which featured in 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me and Greased Lightning from 1978’s Grease.
Charlie’s getaway Minis from 1969’s The Italian Job secured eighth spot in the greatest movie car poll, while the Ford Mustang GT Fastback from Steve McQueen’s Bullitt came ninth.
Cars from Marvel movies appear several times – including Iron Man’s Audi R8 from the first Iron Man flick and his Acura NSX Roadster concept from Avengers Assemble.
Agent Coulson’s Lola from Avengers Assemble also made the list as well as Hank Pym’s Triumph Spitfire from the first Ant-Man film.
The Batmobile features three times in the top 20 – the Tim Burton version (11), the one made famous by Adam West (10) and the Christopher Nolan version (5).
Researchers also found six in 10 Brits think cars are an integral part of cinema history and around half said cars feature among their fondest movie memories.
Carried out through OnePoll.com, the study also identified the greatest car chases of all time.
Top spot went to the sequence from The Italian Job, followed by the chase in Bullitt and the scene from 1971’s The French Connection.
Amid this, 55 percent agree the ideal car chase should feature near misses, 32 percent want to see motors driving into oncoming traffic and 29 percent want crashes. Twenty-eight percent think the perfect chase needs police cars, a quarter want to see pedestrians jumping out the way and a fifth want wheelies. And those polls thought the chase should last for an average of four minutes and 23 seconds.
GREATEST MOVIE CAR: The Top 40
1. James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 (seven James Bond movies to date)
2. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Customised Paragon Panther (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)
3. Doc Brown’s DeLorean – 1981 De Lorean DMC-12 (Back to the Future trilogy)
4. Herbie – 1963 Model 117 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle (five Herbie movies including ‘The Love Bug’)
5. Batmobile/Tumbler (Dark Knight trilogy)
6. James Bond’s Lotus Esprit S1 (James Bond – The Spy Who Loved Me)
7. Greased Lightning – 1948 Ford De Luxe (Grease)
8. Charlie’s getaway Minis – 1968 Austin Mk I Mini Cooper S (The Italian Job)
9. Ford Mustang GT Fastback (Bullitt)
10. 1960’s Batmobile – Customized 1954 Lincoln Futura (Batman: The Movie)
11. Tim Burton’s Batmobile (Batman, Batman Returns)
12. The Bluesmobile – 1974 Dodge Monaco with police package (The Blues Brothers)
13. Ecto-1 – 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor (Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II)
14. Bumblebee’ – 1977/2009 Chevrolet Camaro (Transformers)
15. Louise’s Thunderbird – 1966 Ford Thunderbird (Thelma & Louise)
16. Iron Man’s Audi R8 (Iron Man)
17. Mr. Frye’s Ferrari – 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
18. Bandit’s Trans Am – 1977 Pontiac Trans Am (Smokey and the Bandit)
19. Robocop’s 6000 SUX (Robocop)
20. Christine – 1958 Plymouth Fury (Christine)
21. Dodge Charger (five Fast and The Furious movies to date)
22. 1969 Mustang (John Wick)
23. 44 Toyota Supra Mark IV (The Fast and The Furious)
24. ‘Eleanor’ – 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 (Gone in 60 Seconds)
25. Iron Man’s Acura NSX Roadster concept (Avengers Assemble)
26. Lola – 1962 Chevrolet Corvette belonging to S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson (Avengers Assemble)
27. Travis Bickle’s taxi (Taxi Driver)
28. Ben’s Alfa Romeo – 1966 Alfa Romeo 1600 Spider Duetto (The Graduate)
29. Shaggin’ Wagon – 1984 Ford Econoline (Dumb and Dumber)
30. Marie’s 1989 Mini (The Bourne Identity)
31. Dodge Challenger R/T (Vanishing Point)
32. Ryan Gosling’s 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle (Drive)
33. The Gigahorse (Mad Max: Fury Road)
34. Buck’s Pussy Wagon – 1997 Chevrolet C-2500 Silverado Fleetside (Kill Bill)
35. Fozzie’s uncle’s Studebaker – 1951 Studebaker Commander (The Muppet Movie)
36. Pursuit Special – Modified 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT Coupe (Mad Max)
37. The Dude’s Gran Torino – 1973 Ford Gran Torino (The Big Lebowski)
38. 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T (Vanishing Point, Death Proof)
39. Garth’s Mirth Mobile – 1976 AMC Pacer (Wayne’s World)
40. Hank Pym’s Triumph Spitfire (Ant-Man)
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