10 Most Famous Movie Cars

Saturday, February 5 by Charlie Walker

Do you ever wonder which cars are the 10 most famous movie cars? Well, sit back, relax and take a cruise down cinematic memory lane as we take you on a tour of Hollywood’s most famous props. When it comes to cars, these muscle machines are some of the most iconic, easy to recognize props to ever grace the silver screen.

  1. Grease Lightning from the iconic '70s hit "Grease." Who could forget the white and silver lightning bolt emblazoned 1948 Ford Deluxe lovingly restored by Danny and the T-Birds? Too bad she ended up mangled in the final race scene.
  2. The Deathmobile of "Animal House" fame. Only John Belushi and the Delta House boys could turn a 1964 Lincoln Continental into a mod lover’s dream. It’s like the Batmobile’s drunk evil twin, complete with Emil Faber’s head as a hood ornament!
  3. Christine from the 1983 Stephen King flick of the same name. You know you’re set for a spot on any list of the most famous movie cars when you’re the star of the show. That cherry red 1958 Plymouth Fury sure lived up to its model name!
  4. The Bluesmobile of "The Blues brothers" fame. An old 1974 Dodge Monaco cop car, some really cool shades and a pair of misfi brothers on a mission from God is all you need to become one of the most famous movie cars of all time. Well, that and casting Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi helps. For an interesting bit of trivia, did you know the Bluesmobile really did go 115 mph down Wells and Wacke Drive?
  5. The Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo’s big screen debut. Okay, so technically, this entry for most famous movie cars really gained fame as a cartoon. But who didn’t recognize Shaggy’s van in the 2002 live action movie? The Mystery Machine is arguably the most famous Belford CF van on the planet.
  6. The General Lee, the "Dukes of Hazzard’s" iconic muscle car. Yeah, we know. General Lee also gained more fame from television than from the 2005 movie. However, since the world’s most recognizable 1969 Dodge Charger made it to the silver screen, it qualifies as one of the most famous movie cars. However, is it more famous for its rebel flag paint job or the iconic horn playing “Way Down South in the Land of Cotton?”
  7. Herbie the Love Bug. This entry for most famous movie cars has been in not one, not two, but six films spanning 1968 to 2005. Herbie made the 1963 VW Beetle an American legend. He was cute. He was fast. He never gave up. Did we mention girls thought he was cute?
  8. The Bandit Trans Am from 1977’s "Smokey and the Bandit." When it comes to the most famous movie cars, you’d have to have spent the last 40 years stuffed in a trunk not to recognize Burt Reynold’s 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. The car was so popular after the movie that consumer models became known as Bandit Trans Ams. Today, fully restored models, complete with black paint and gold eagle on the hood, sell for as much as $120,000.
  9. The Ectomobile a.k.a. Ecto-1 from 1984's "Ghostbusters." When the subject of iconic famous movie cars comes up, the ghostly modified 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor is among the first mentions. This hearse-ambulance combo was completely ecto-cized for the movie. It’s been featured in toys, ornaments and video games. Funny though, no one ever mentions what all the gadgets on the roof do.
  10. 1981 DeLorean DMC 12 from the "Back to the Future" trilogy. “Are you telling me you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?” Whether it ran on plutonium or garbage, the flux capacitor helped propel this real world sales flop into the pinnacle of most famous movie cars.
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