20 Iconic Cars From Iconic Movies

3:00 pm 7 Jul, 2014

Did you know that a car you owned might have been a classic from a movie ages ago? There are just so many movies out there today that there’s a tendency to forget just which car appeared in which movie. But not all cars can be movie classics. Some just lure you in while others are barely okay. Here’s a list of 20 cars you won’t be forgetting soon:

20. 1963 Ford Econoline Custom Van (Scooby Doo)

Scooby Doo, where are you? Probably in the van eating something. I’m sure everyone who’s watched this cartoon or movie has wondered which van it was that carried Scooby and his gang around and the answer is, it’s a Ford Econoline. A trippy car for every mystery.

1963 Ford Econoline Custom Van (Scooby Doo)

19. 1962 Volkswagen Beetle (The Love Bug)

The Beetle has been used in several movies, but it’s never made as big an impression as it did in The Love Bug. After this movie, The Beetle became a household name.

1962 Volkswagen Beetle (The Love Bug)

18. 1963 Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger)

Probably one of the most iconic cars till date, the Aston Martin DB5 has been the go to car for Bond in his time of need. It doesn’t get any better than that.

1963 Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger)

17. 1955 Ford Lincoln Futura Concept (Batman)

Speaking of heroes and their car fetishes, check out the Bat Mobile in all its glory. It made its on-screen debut in Batman back in the 60’s.

1955 Ford Lincoln Futura Concept (Batman)

16. 1975 Ford Gran Torino (Starsky and Hutch)

I’m sure you recognize the title, but do you recognize the car? This classic all red hunk drove around two of the biggest names in cinema history, Starsky and Hutch.

1975 Ford Gran Torino (Starsky and Hutch)

15. 1977 Pontiac Firebird Esprit (The Rockford Files)

The Pontiac is as uncommon as they come. But the Rockford Files roped it in and made it famous, for a while at least.

1977 Pontiac Firebird Esprit (The Rockford Files)

14. 1966 Chrysler Imperial (The Green Hornet)

What is it with superheroes and cars? But you have to admit, they do have good taste. The 1966 Chrysler Imperial was a sellout because it was all muscle. The Green Hornet thought so at least.

1966 Chrysler Imperial (The Green Hornet)

13. 1974 Customized Ford Falcon XB Interceptor (Mad Max)

The Ford Falcon was one of the most stylish cars of its generation thanks to Mad Max’s version of it. It looked like THE spy car of tomorrow.

1974 Customized Ford Falcon XB Interceptor (Mad Max)

12. 1957 Plymouth Belvedere (Christine)

The Plymouth Belvedere might have made its first appearance in the 80’s hit movie Christine but it hasn’t stopped. Many movies have brought this classic car in for stills because it just looks so good.

1957 Plymouth Belvedere (Christine)

11. 1971 Volkswagen Coyote X (Hardcastle and McCormick)

The movie might have done averagely but it marked Volkswagen’s entry in the Automobile industry. The Coyote X is a beautiful car which displays German Engineering at its best.


1971 Volkswagen Coyote X (Hardcastle and McCormick)

10. 1977 Ferrari 308 GTS (Magnum P.I.)

The 80’s belonged to Ferrari. They had so many movie appearances; it’s difficult to choose just one iconic car. But the 1977 Ferrari 308 GTS, which featured in Magnum P.I, was probably one of Ferrari’s best designs in this era.

1977 Ferrari 308 GTS (Magnum P.I.)

9. 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spyder/ 1986 Ferrari Testarossa (Miami Vice)

This iconic movie, which is a must watch for any action lover, featured two different Ferraris from two different era’s. Don’t they look sublime together? 

1972 Ferrari Daytona Spyder/ 1986 Ferrari Testarossa (Miami Vice)

8. 1969 Dodge Charger (The Dukes of Hazzard)

No one who’s ever watched the Dukes of Hazzard will ever forget the 1969 Ford Charger. In the hands of Stiffler (American Pie), anything is possible, right?

1969 Dodge Charger (The Dukes of Hazzard)

7. Chevy Impala Customized (Batman)

Normally, it’s hard to find a movie series which can replicate good car designs but Tim Burton pimped out the Chevy Impala to make it look like a beast for his adaptation of Batman. Imagine owning that.

Chevy Impala Customized (Batman)

6. 1983 GMC G-15 (The A Team)

This movie went on to become a classic and the GMC G-15 even more so. I fact, the same car has been used in both the old and new version of The A-Team.

1983 GMC G-15 (The A Team)

5. 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Hearse (Ghostbusters)

Bill Murray will certainly remember the 1959 Cadillac Miller. He’s spent almost a trilogy in this car.  It looks like there’s always some mystery or the other to solve, because a third Ghostbusters movie is rumored to be underway. When there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? A man riding a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Hearse!

1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Hearse (Ghostbusters)

4. 1982 De-Lorean DMC 12 (Back to the Future)

The De-Lorean first appeared in Back to the Future, and has disappeared off the face of the Earth since…or at least from movies anyway. But this one movie was enough of a publicity stunt to boost its sales dramatically.

1982 De-Lorean DMC 12 (Back to the Future)

3. 1993 Ford Explorer XLT (Jurassic Park)

This van was so good even the dinosaurs couldn’t catch it. Steven Spielberg chose from over 3 different vans just for a mini parking sequence in the Jurassic Park trilogy.

1993 Ford Explorer XLT (Jurassic Park)

2. 1984 Customized Ford Econoline (Dumb and Dumber)

The Ford Econoline sure is popular huh? This rendition of the Ford Econoline with the tongue sticking out in front went on to be one of the funniest adaptations of any car till date.

1984 Customized Ford Econoline (Dumb and Dumber)

1. The Lamborghini Tank (The Dark Knight)

No introduction necessary here. This massive tank from Lamborghini has received acclaim from every car lover and the tank is even being considered for mass production under military guidelines. It’s even made its way into Batman games, which is a multi-million dollar franchise in itself. Kudos to Lamborghini for this unbelievable vehicle.

The Lamborghini Tank (The Dark Knight)

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