Cars in movies and TV are arguably the coolest cars you will ever see, they are iconic, and when it’s done right, the car eclipses the actor. There are so many memorable cars in film and TV, but what are the ones that have influenced generations past and present?
James Bond’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5
It had to start here, didn’t it? The choice of vehicles that James Bond has gone through down the years can be traced back to this classic. The 1964 model, the Db5 is sleek, sexy, and it has made the small sports car cooler than anything you would have seen in Mad Max: Fury Road!
American Graffiti’s 1958 Chevrolet Impala
Is there anything more 1950s than this feat of engineering? An absolute classic, it has stood the test of time, and while you may struggle to find something quite so beautiful in Chevrolet dealerships these days, not least because of the lack of seatbelts, it’s still a beauty nonetheless! If you really wanted to feel like a kid of the 1950s, you’d better have a few dollars saved up!
Smokey And The Bandit’s 1977 Pontiac Trans Am
The 1970s equivalent of a cowboy sticking it to the authorities on horseback, the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am far outshone the chemistry between Burt Reynolds and Sally Field. Seeing that Trans Am evade the justice-hungry Sheriff Buford T. Justice over hundreds of miles of road, made Americans go nuts for this beauty!
Back To The Future’s 1981 DeLorean DMC-12
It would have been rude not to mention this, especially for those that grew up in the heyday of the 80s; the DeLorean hit legendary status when it appeared in this 1985 classic. Whatever your opinion on the design itself, the futuristic style gave the DeLorean its most exposure, although the car was a flop in the market back in the 80s. But, it’s still got a cult following today. And in fact, there was a concept album made about the DeLorean and its creator.
Drive’s 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle
Everything about that movie screams a modern-day Bullitt, not least the coolness of Ryan Gosling’s character. The 73 Chevelle was a favorite of stock car racers at the time, and the sleekness of the exterior combined with the cool 80s influenced synth soundtrack, it made everybody in the early 2010s wanted to don a scorpion jacket and drive.
The Fast And The Furious’s 1970 Dodge Charger
Although it became famous from The Dukes Of Hazzard, the Dodge Charger got additional exposure via Mr.Vin Diesel back in 2001. The Charger made a comeback in Furious 7, showing its versatility for on and off road revving! For the 7th movie, the original car got reimagined into the equivalent of a Baja race truck, and yes, the set pieces were straying a little way off from reality, but they still looked cool, didn’t they?
Honorable mentions go to the Gigahorse in Mad Max: Fury Road, as well as the almighty, Batmobile from Batman Begins! Expensive? Yes. Unsafe? Probably. Cool as hell? Hell yes!