Tim’s Top 5 Movie Cars {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

24 May 2017

Let’s start with one small caveat before you read on – I turned 40 last week so my film choices are probably going to be someone older than a Millennial’s choice! But I’d like to think that most of these films are classics that withstand the test of time…

5 - Mini Cooper – The Italian Job

When thinking about the Italian Job it all comes down to two cars – the stunning Lamborghini Miura and the iconic Mini Cooper. I’d love to put the Miura in this list because frankly, it’s just stunning and one of my favourite cars ever but (SPOILER ALERT) as it gets destroyed I can’t stand to think of it that way. So it’s the Mini in red, white and blue that starts off this list – and what a car it is. They needed a car that could wind through the tiny streets of Turin, jump from rooftops, drive down stairs and sewers all while carrying gold bullion in the boot. So the Mini Cooper with its rallying heritage was the only logical choice. Thus the Mini was cemented in cinematic history and continued its rise to stardom the world over.

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4 - Ford Mustang GT – Bullitt

The chase scene through the streets of San Francisco featured in Bullitt ranks among some of the best ever car chases, with Steve McQueen’s bottle green 1968 Ford Mustang GT chasing down a black Dodge Charge R/T. It’s an incredible scene with lots of power slides, squealing tyres and of course, lots of delicious V8 noises. The Mustang was already popular world over but this scene with one of the coolest actors ever throwing it around the streets made it that much cooler. Ken Block can attribute the success of his Gymkhana videos to this as well!

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3 - DeLorean DMC-12 – Back to the Future

What’s not to love about a time travelling sports car? When they were writing the Back to the Future screenplay, the writers apparently always had the DeLorean DMC-12 in mind – thanks to the space-ship-like stainless steel bodywork and gullwing doors it already looked like something from the future or outer space so was the logical choice. Adding all the time travel junk around the car was never planned but was done on the fly as once shooting started they realised that the car looks strange going through time without any add-ons. Also, it was always amusing that they chose the DeLorean as it was never a very quick car and would take ages to reach the desired 88mph. And as the noise from the standard V6 isn’t very inspiring they dubbed over the sound of the V8 from a Porsche 928.

2 - Lotus Esprit S1 – The Spy Who Loved Me

The Series 1 Lotus Esprit was already a seriously cool car. With sleek looks and great performance, it was new to the market and was the start of Lotus being thought of as a maker of supercars. But then it was featured in a Bond film – and it turned INTO A SUBMARINE. It suddenly went from cool to sub-zero and the Esprit was wanted world over. Ignoring the fact that the quality of the car was terrible and they smelled of glue and would regularly break down, the world loved the Esprit and you could drive one and pretend to be James Bond. Did I mention it turned into a submarine?!

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1 - Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

I think I must have watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off about 100 times. It was my go-to film for many years (still is!) thanks to the comedy and of course the inclusion of a seriously cool car. The film makers needed a car that would star in the film and look good, sound good and be exclusive enough that we would believe it was Cameron’s dad’s pride and joy. So, after initially looking at the Mercedes 500SL, they chose the Ferrari 250 California Spyder SWB – a truly stunning classic Ferrari which at the time was valuable and rare featuring a beautiful Pininfarina styled body and a 3.0 litre V12. Of course, if you’ve seen the film (and if you haven’t – why not?!) you’ll know that the car meets a rather untimely end so thankfully they used a replica car built around a Ford V8 and a tubular chassis for filming. Just as well really, given that there were only 55 real ones made and currently sell for around $20m. The company that made the replicas (Modena Cars in El Cajon, CA) was subsequently sued and put out of business by Ferrari as they never sought permission to put genuine Ferrari badges on the replicas featured in the film.