THE TOP 40 CARS FROM FEATURE FILMS (#5-1)

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5. BATMAN’S TUMBLER

Make/Model: Wayne Enterprises Tumbler (Military Grade)

In Batman Begins, the Tumbler goes from the back room of Wayne Tech to the streets of Gotham in a matter of scenes, and the only way to describe Batman’s badass ride is in the words of the startled Gotham beat cop: “a tank.”  It’s got everything a costumed vigilante would need, including armor plating, boosters and rocket launchers.  And in The Dark Knight, it’s even got a built in escape vehicle called “The Batpod.”  You don’t get that in your standard Toyota.  When Michael Caine says, “The Lamborghini is much more subtle,” he actually means it.   
 

4. THE ECTOMOBILE (ECTO-1)

Make/Model: 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor

In Ghostbusters, the Ecto-1 became as recognizable a piece of New York as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Rumor has it than in earlier versions of script, the Ectomobile was black, with purple and white strobe lights that gave the vehicle a "purple aura,” and had the power to travel inter-dimensionally.  We’re glad Stantz, Venkman and Spengler decided to go a little more lo-fi.  It came.  It saw.  It kicked our ass!
 

3. THE BLUESMOBILE 2

Make/Model: 1974 Dodge Monaco with police package

In The Blues Brothers, Elwood reveals he bartered the original Bluesmobile for a microphone.  And it’s a good thing he got rid of the Cadillac and picked this beauty up.  Otherwise we wouldn’t have heard some of the greatest white people blues music ever, and would have never seen those damned Illinois Nazis run out of the greater Chicagoland area.  Beats out Ecto-1 because of its more pivotal role in the film.
 

2. BOND’S ASTON MARTIN

Make/Model: 1963 Aston Martin DB5

My grandfather once told me, “The Limeys know how to engineer crap.”  Now, he was basing this assessment on World War II-era machinery, but even if it’s true, credit the British for being imaginative.  Case in point: MI6’s company car, the Aston Martin, which has made appearances in several Bond flicks over the decades.  Goldfinger’s version probably had the most gadgets, but more recent films like Goldeneye and Casino Royale did away with the oil slicks and armoury, opting instead for more minimalist (read: booooring) takes.  Bottom line is that this car can get pushy.  And if you read that last line like Sean Connery, you know exactly what I mean.
 

1. DOC BROWN’S DE LOREAN

Make/Model:  1981 De Lorean DMC-12

This car doesn’t need mounted machine guns like the Aston Martin to give bad guys the slip.  Heck, where this car goes, it doesn’t need roads.  Nor does the driver need to care about being late ever again, thanks to the handy Flux capacitor on board, which still beats the crap out of GPS.  And on top of that, the De Lorean’s green as can be: the Mr. Fusion generator allows you to dump just about any junk into it for fuel.  Do you hear that, GM?  Get to work! 
 

40-36 / 35-31 / 30-26 / 25-21 / 20-16 / 15-11 / 10-6 / 5-1
 

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