From the Shelby Mustang in “Gone in 60 Seconds” to the Pontiac Trans Am from “Smokey and the Bandit”, the movies have given us some truly memorable cars. But to be one of the top five, a new sports car from classic movies has to really be the stuff of dreams. Here are five cars that not only stole the show, but kept us thinking about them long after the credits rolled.
James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5
James Bond has always had the best gadgets, and in the 1964 film “Goldfinger”, Q branch really pushed the boat out. The car was just packed with the stuff of schoolboy fantasies. Who hasn’t yearned for a couple of front mounted machine guns after being cut off, or wished that they could blow a jet of oil into the path of a car following too close. But it’s the passenger side ejector seat that really made this car a legend. Very few of us can honestly say that we have never gripped the gear lever, secretly wishing that we had one of those.
Closer to a tank than a car, the “Tumbler”, introduced in “Batman Begins” upped the gadget ante and upgraded the weaponry from machine guns to missiles. Featuring huge wheels and armour plating, this is a car we all dreamed of using to drive over or straight through slow moving traffic. Add in the ability to make rocket powered jumps without a ramp, and you have the ultimate urban assault vehicle.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
The ingredients don’t seem great here. A rusting race car, with an old rowing boat pressed into service as the passenger compartment, doesn’t exactly make the heart beat faster. But this car had a party piece that truly sets it apart. It could fly! Not only that, it could also turn into a hovercraft when the situation called for it. Last but not least, that dilapidated racing car got that way by swerving off the track to avoid hitting a dog.
The DeLorean time machine
As a sports car, the DeLorean never really made much of an impact. But as a movie star in the 1983 film “Back to the Future” it became an icon. Just add a flux capacitor and you have a vehicle that can travel through time. Finding a way to fill up on plutonium may present a few problems though, and the car does require a handy lightning strike to get it going.
A stock looking 1958 Plymouth Fury may look a little out of place on this list. The car can’t fly, doesn’t have any weapons, and looks completely stock at first glance. What makes Christine special is that it’s not just a machine, but a sentient being. Based on the Steven King novel of the same name, the movie Christine had a spirit, and mind of its own. Having a car that can go out and slay your enemies for you is quite appealing, and having one that can repair itself could save you a fortune on insurance premiums.
Author Bio: Jack has been a mechanic for 4 years and is a complete rev head. With 3 cars to his name, his past time hobbies include redoing old cars, travelling, going to car shows and writing blogs about cars.