THE TOP 40 CARS FROM FEATURE FILMS (#30-26)

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30. POLICE SPINNER

Make/Model: Mead VTOL aerodyne

Blade Runner’s celebrated production designer, Syd Mead, came up with the concept of the spinner, a flying car with vertical take-off and landing capabilities. Designer Mead has described the spinner as an aerodyne – a vehicle which directs air downward to create lift, though press kits for the film stated that the spinner was propelled by three engines: "conventional internal combustion, jet and anti-gravity".  We recommend test driving one as long as you bring your Vangelis tunes to pump over the stereo.
 

29. MARCIE’S LAMBORGHINI

Make/Model: 1980 Lamborghini Countach LP 400S

This is the famous Cannonball Run Countach, driven by hottie Adrienne Barbeau and Tara Buckman in the original 1981 movie.  Like Barbeau, the Countach will forever be a piece of 1980s lore, and that’s why it makes the list.  It also just rolls off the tongue.  Say it with me.  “Cooountaaaaaach.”   Yes, that’s it.   Fun fact: The car was also seen briefly in the film "Smokey and the Bandit 3."
 

28. CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG

Make/Model: Customized Paragon Panther

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sounds like the title of a Latino porn, but it’s actually the name of a magical car – the real star of the eponymous MGM musical with Dick Van Dyke.  The car features amenities like wings and pontoon floats; it’s the most phantasmagorical musical car in the history of everything!  (Sigh…)
 

27. FOZZIE BEAR’S STUDEBAKER

Make/Model: 1951 Studebaker Commander

The Muppet Movie‘s beat up old hand-me-down from Fozzie’s uncle will get you movin’ right along on any cross-country road trip.  Its spacious cabin comfortably fits a frog, a bear, a pig, and at least three other furry creatures with puppeteers dangling from their nether regions and laying on the floor.  And the custom psychedelic paint job, courtesy of Dr. Teeth and crew will surely get the ladies’ attention.  Womaaaaaaan!  WOMAAAAAAAAN!
 

26. PEPE "THE LITTLE MULE"

Make/Model: 1982 Ford Bronco XLT (custom)

Romancing the Stone’s #1 Joan Wilder fan, Juan (Alfonso Arau), would call us comedians for including the Little Mule in a list of “cars,” but we mean no disrespect.  In the South American action-romance, this bad boy fled Colombian police with a greater success rate than Pablo Escobar himself.  And it takes off on sweet jumps, too. 
 

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