Some of the most well-known cars in history are so iconic and familiar to audiences because of cinema. Whether it’s a car franchise like Fast and the Furious or just a funny movie with a memorable car like the red 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off—some audiences remember cars easier than actors.
Let’s take a look at some of the most unforgettable vehicles from cinema and what made them so noteworthy.
Just the name “Aston Martin” makes everyone think about the classic James Bond spy vehicle. However, none of their models are more synonymous with 007 than his 1964 Aston Martin DB5 in the first James Bond movie: Goldfinger (1964). Bond’s iconic car was decked out with tons of gadgets and convenient spy gear (like smokescreens) that aided Bond in his infamous getaways.
There are few car chase scenes more memorable in film history than the classic car chase in Bullitt (1968) featuring the legendary Steve McQueen tearing through the streets of San Francisco. Mustangs are a symbol of classic American Muscle cars, and this film is a huge part of that reputation.
This specific vehicle became incredibly well known after Burt Reynolds drove a 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am as Bandit Darville in the classic film Smokey and the Bandit (1977). After this starring role, the Trans Am became a household name, significantly increasing in sales and even outselling the popular Chevrolet Camaro after the film’s release!
In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Ferris convinces his friend, Cameron Frye, to take his father’s 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California for a spin. Though the car was already an incredibly rare and beautiful classic before the movie, which is a core tenant to why it was used, this movie brought it to the forefront of the American mind.
No list would be complete without mentioning the famous DeLorean time machine used by Doc Brown and Marty McFly in the Back To The Future franchise (1985-1990). The upward-opening doors of the DeLorean are an iconic look that is instantly recognizable to this day.
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