THE TOP 40 CARS FROM FEATURE FILMS (#25-21)

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25. THE PUSSY WAGON

Make/Model: 1997 Chevrolet C-2500 Silverado Fleetside

Kill Bill Vol. 1’s Buck (Michael Bowen) is one lecherous scum sucker, and his nickname for his ride – painted brazenly all over the body  – is certainly fitting.  It’s Buck’s disregard for decency and driver’s etiquette that puts this truck on the list.  I wonder if it’s ever run into the Wiener Mobile?
 

24. COBRA’S MERCURY

Make/Model: Customized 1950 Mercury Monterey

Crime is the disease.  Meet the car that delivers the cure.  Marion “Cobra” Cobretti (Sylvester Stallone) puts this tank of a car through war, destroying the Monterey while he demolishes a psychotic gang bent on world domination… This car is best driven with a match hanging out of the driver’s mouth.
 

23. LOUISE’S THUNDERBIRD

Make/Model: 1966 Ford Thunderbird

What’s the best car for an Arkansas waitress and housewife to conspicuously flee the authorities after shooting a rapist?  Why, this classic convertible!  The ballad of Thelma and Louise had an emotionally complex ending – you were glad they never gave into authorities, but darned if they didn’t kill themselves for freedom.  The car didn’t have a choice in the matter when it got driven over that cliff. 
 

22. HERBIE THE LOVE BUG

Make/Model: 1963 Volkswagen Beetle

Never has Buddy Hackett made “the cannon fodder look” so cool as when he donned a helmet and rode in Herbie.  Nor has Lindsey Lohan looked so wholesome.  But Herbie brings out the best in those who have the privilege of riding in its compact cabin.  And he warms our hearts, to boot.  Herbie, you cute sonofabitch, we love you, too.
 

21. LUPIN III’S FIAT

Make/Model: 1957 Fiat Nuova 500

In Miyazaki’s The Castle of Cagliostro, famed thief Arsène Lupin III uses his Fiat’s speed to escape the cops after having robbed the national casino of Monaco.  But he also uses its resilience to barrel through woods and its gravity defying properties to climb up the steep cliffs of Cagliostro in pursuit of Lady Clarisse. (Huh?  Yeah I’ll buy it; I’m a sucker for this movie and this car.)
 

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