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Top 10 Most Memorable Movie Cars

13 July 2004
Cowtown (Calgary, AB)
Taken from Cars.com.

How many of these are on your top 10 list???


When we came up with our list of Top 10 Movie Cars last summer, we had no idea our readers would be so passionate about their favorite films and the automotive characters in them. With "Transformers" coming soon, we revisited our list, listening to last year's reader feedback and arguing — once again — over which cars deserved to make the top 10. Some cars were able to hold on to their spots, while others were shuffled around to make room for more worthy contenders. With "Speed Racer" coming next year, expect another round of arguing.

No. 10: 2003 Mini Cooper S, "The Italian Job"


Drivetrain: 163-hp, supercharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with six-speed manual transmission; front-wheel drive
Notable Features: 200 pounds lighter than stock Cooper S; painted red, white or blue

Larger cars would have rubbed fenders with light poles and tunnel walls, but thanks to a nimble fleet of Mini Coopers, a band of conspirators manages to escape captors down congested streets, parks and subway tunnels. (Parks? Mass transit? In Los Angeles?) Computer-rigged signals aid the getaway, stopping cross traffic at red lights. Sounds like California dreaming for drivers.

No. 9: 1959 Cadillac Ambulance, "Ghostbusters"


Drivetrain: 325-hp, 6.4-liter V-8; rear-wheel drive
Notable Features: Tailfins, flashing lights, sirens, attached ladder

Though it plays a relatively small part in its film, the Ectomobile is the finest medical movie car to date. What it lacks in brute force it makes up in style, with red tailfins, strobe lights and more roof gear than a fire truck. Should there ever be a remake, our pick for the new Ectomobile would be the Dodge Magnum. Right, Egon?

No. 8: 1974 Dodge Monaco, "The Blues Brothers"


Drivetrain: 275-hp, 7.1-liter V-8 with three-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive
Notable Features: Cop motor, cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks

You usually don't come out ahead when swapping a Caddy for a Dodge — unless the Dodge has a 440-cubic-inch V-8. The Bluesmobile would be our pick if we had to outrun the better half of Illinois police, not to mention a neo-Nazi outfit and a country-and-western band. The car totally falls apart in the end, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a vehicle that could do better on "a mission from God."

No. 7: 1932 Ford coupe, "American Graffiti"


Drivetrain: 60-hp, 3.6-liter V-8 with three-speed manual transmission
Notable Features: Bright yellow paint job bound to be noticed by bored teens in Modesto, Calif.

Nicknamed the "Deuce," this five-window '32 Ford coupe is the quintessential American hot rod. As built, it came with the engine mentioned above, but in the movie, it's clear the coupe has been souped up. It was the car's awesome growl and the cool drag race at the end of the movie that lodged this hot rod into the hearts of American teens for a decade.

No. 6: 1976 AMC Pacer, "Wayne's World"


Drivetrain: 100-hp inline-six with three-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive
Notable Features: Flame decal, licorice dispenser, "Bohemian Rhapsody" on continuous playback

Although this movie may not have driven thousands of people to track down a baby blue Mirth Mobile of their own, it did inspire a number of in-car, head-banging singalongs by fans of the film.

No. 5: 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390, "Bullitt"


Drivetrain: 325-hp, 6.4-liter V-8 with four-speed manual transmission; rear-wheel drive
Notable Features: Fastback roof, higher engine note than the Charger

Never mind the continuity mishaps; just tell yourself there were a lot of green Volkswagen Beetles in San Francisco that day. The seven-minute chase scene between Frank Bullitt's Mustang GT 390 and a hit man's 1968 Dodge Charger is among the best of its kind. Voters gave Bullitt's car the edge because, in the end, you have to root for the good guy.

No. 4: 1964 Aston Martin DB5, "Goldfinger"


Drivetrain: 282-hp, 4.0-liter six-cylinder with four-speed manual transmission; rear-wheel drive
Notable Features: Bulletproof glass, machine guns, incessantly beeping radar screen

Save for the anemic BMW Z3 1.9 in "GoldenEye," Bond cars are top-notch — the list includes Aston Martins, Bentleys and Lotuses — but voters agreed the champ is the Aston Martin DB5 in "Goldfinger." Not only is it gorgeous, it outruns and out-gadgets all of its competitors. Plus it gets plenty of screen time with the best Bond, Sean Connery. Any dissenters, of course, are welcome to ride in the "power" passenger seat.

No. 3: 1961 Ferrari 250 GT, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"


Drivetrain: 280-hp, 3.0-liter V-12 with four-speed manual transmission; rear-wheel drive
Notable Features: Cherry-red exterior, wire grille, Cameron-sized tonneau compartment

This movie is probably responsible for thousands of teens cutting class to joyride in their father's car. Of course, none hold a candle to Mr. Frye's convertible Ferrari. It won votes for all the obvious reasons: It's red, Italian and bloody fast. If our fathers owned something like this, we'd ditch Econ 101 in a heartbeat to take a spin — especially if Dad didn't lock the garage. (And yes, we know this was a kit car.)

No. 2: 1977 Pontiac Trans Am, "Smokey and the Bandit"


Drivetrain: 200-hp, 6.6-liter V-8 with three-speed automatic
Notable Features: T-top, CB radio, runaway bride in the passenger seat

The mission seemed simple enough: Get a truckload of bootleg beer from Texarkana, Texas, to Atlanta while Bo "Bandit" Darville runs interference in his Trans Am. The combination of the comical car chases and Burt Reynolds' mustache sold more than a few black and gold versions of Bandit's car.

No. 1: 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, "Back to the Future"


Drivetrain: 1.21-gigawatt nuclear/electric hybrid with five-speed manual transmission; rear-wheel drive
Notable Features: Gull-wing doors, 16-port twin exhaust boxes, flux capacitor

Doc Brown's smoke-spewing DeLorean achieves time travel at 88 mph thanks to a plutonium-powered nuclear reactor and onboard flux capacitor. By the end of the first movie, it runs solely on trash — and it can fly. That's still futuristic two decades after the movie debuted. Sure, the ignition seems to have some reliability issues, but this car easily won our hearts.

Honorable Mentions:
1958 Plymouth Fury, "Christine"
1973 Ford Falcon, "The Road Warrior"
1975 Lotus Esprit, "The Spy Who Loved Me"
by thier criterior Herbie should be on the list,he was a franchise.As well as the General Lee.Me I like all the Road warrior and mad max contraptions esp his supercharged intercepter.I'm sure our Ausie comrades like it too.
how is the batmobile not on there?
and yes mr wolffs nsx:biggrin:
and the lotus from pretty woman
and elanor from gone in 60 seconds

maybe its just becaus i am a youngin, but atleast the ghostbusters car made it onto that sub par list
perhaps the minis from the ORIGINAL 60's Italian Job, but certainly not the ones from the remake, watching the DVD, most of the car based escape was left on the cutting room floor in the cinema.

how about the MadMax Interceptor?
The Road Warrior and Batmobile rides were on their 2006 Top 10 list:

No. 9 1973 Ford Falcon, "The Road Warrior"


Drivetrain: 300-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 with four-speed manual transmission; rear-wheel drive

Notable Features: Hood-mounted air intake, gas tanks in back, dash-mounted shotgun

Maybe if Max Rockatansky drove a more fuel-efficient car, he wouldn’t have to spend his days scouring the post-apocalypse Australian desert for gas. Of course, then his car wouldn’t be tough enough to take down the marauders he’s after, and we doubt it would have received as many votes. Fortunately, Mad Max’s Falcon police interceptor has all the right goodies: Side exhaust, a supercharger and giant, dust-kicking tires. Gas mileage? Fuggedaboudit.

No. 5 Batmobile Tumbler, "Batman Begins"

Drivetrain: 340-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 with electronic throttle; electric motor for silent operation; jet engine for jumps

Notable Features: Armor plates all around, voice-guided navigation system, power driver’s seat

Batman’s Tumbler stretches the definition of a car, but voters insisted it belongs on the list. Most vehicles are either nimble or tough, but the Tumbler is both: it vaults between rooftops and charges through barriers. Cops spout ineffectual one-liners, and it turns their cruisers to scrap. The cabin doesn’t look very comfortable, but given the tank-like exterior, it’s a wonder Batman even has a place to sit.

Honorable mentions in 2006 included, The Magical Car, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and the 1963 Volkswagen Beetle, "The Love Bug"

There are of course lots of other great Movie rides. A few other rides quickly get confused with TV vs. Movies.


No. 10: 2005 Maserati Quattroporte, "Entourage"


If you're lucky enough to ride Aquaman's coattails all the way to a glamorous Hollywood lifestyle, a new Maserati is just icing on the cake. "Entourage" got a whole new generation of drivers drooling over this classy Italian exotic.

No. 9: Mach 5, "Speed Racer"


This 5,000-horsepower racing machine had seven buttons on the steering wheel that could adjust road traction, slice obstacles out of the way, turn the car into a submarine and more — and that was 40 years ago. Using a button on the steering wheel to adjust your stereo doesn't seem nearly as exciting anymore, does it?

No. 8: 1983 GMC G-Series, "The A-Team"


Who better to own a van that's continually crashed, chased, disassembled and shot at than former military man and master mechanic B.A. Baracus? You would think, though, that a band of do-gooding fugitives trying to keep a low profile would drive something with a less distinctive paint job.

No. 7: 1973 Chevrolet El Camino, "My Name is Earl"


This is by no means the best-looking car on the list — far from it. It's dusty, full of trash and repaired with enough spare parts to create a multicolored mess. Still, there's something poetic about Earl embarking on his karmic quest in a pieced-together El Camino.

No. 6: 1975 Ford Gran Torino, "Starsky and Hutch"


Although the Gran Torino wasn't quite as popular as other muscle cars of its era, this "Striped Tomato" wasn't without fans. Ford even released a limited-edition version painted to look like David Starsky's ride — crime-fighting sidekick not included.

No. 5: Batmobile, modified 1955 Lincoln Futura concept, "Batman"


George Clooney? Michael Keaton? Pshaw! Adam West's Batmobile is the one everyone remembers best. With the long fins, afterburner and assorted bat-gizmos, the Penguin never stood a chance.

No. 4: Ferrari 308 GTS, "Magnum, P.I."


So, Thomas Magnum lives in a guest house on a gorgeous Hawaiian estate, works sporadically and drives his employer's cherry red Ferrari whenever and wherever he wants? It seems my college career counselor did not adequately outline all of the job options for me.

No. 3: The Mystery Machine, "Scooby-Doo"


Not only could this multicolored van hold a quizzical Great Dane and four meddling kids, but there was also plenty of room for the Harlem Globetrotters, Don Knotts and whatever other guest stars dropped by for some ghost hunting. Forget Scooby Snacks: Why the heck was Mr. Furley hunting ghosts?

No. 2: The General Lee, 1969 Dodge Charger, "The Dukes of Hazzard"


To be fair, The General Lee and KITT were neck and neck (or chassis and chassis) for the top spot. Although the iconic orange Charger had legions of teens attempting Luke Duke's opening-credits hood slide, KITT won out for having enough gadgets to make James Bond jealous. That awful movie didn't help the General's chances, either.

No. 1: KITT, 1982 Pontiac Trans Am, "Knight Rider"


David Hasselhoff may have been the show's star, but KITT was the main attraction. The supercomputer controlling this black Trans Am rendered it intelligent, sarcastic, bulletproof and able to jump over obstacles, if not tall buildings. The closest most of us will get to a talking car is using a navigation system.

Honorable Mentions

The Flintmobile, "The Flintstones"
We just couldn't justify putting a car without an engine or real brakes into the Top 10.

1971 Plymouth Barracuda convertible, "Nash Bridges"
Sonny Crockett — er, I mean Don Johnson — revisits the police drama in a bright yellow convertible.

Toyota Pickup, "Baywatch"
Wasn't everyone watching "Baywatch" for the shots of Mitch's yellow truck speeding down the beach to a dramatic rescue?

Pontiac Firebird, "Rockford Files"
Who needs Magnum's Hawaiian estate and red Ferrari when you have Jim Rockford's rundown L.A. trailer and a gold Firebird?
All time favorite car show/movie etc..

Miami Vice & Madmax


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The car of cars. The wagonqueen family truckster.


"You think you hate it now, wait till you drive it."
The car of cars. The wagonqueen family truckster.


"You think you hate it now, wait till you drive it."

Ah yes. The #1 worst movie car.... :)

No. 1 1983 Ford LTD Country Squire, "Vacation"

Drivetrain: 200-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 with four-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive

Notable Features: Wood siding, hood-routed gas intake, driver-side airbag

It’s metallic pea, not Antarctic blue. There’s no rallye fun package, either. Rather, the Griswolds’ Wagon Queen Family Truckster is every family’s worst vacation memory. As the salesman said, “You think you hate it now, but wait till you drive it.”
The Shelby Hertz Mustang from Grand Prix
The GTO Judge from Two Lane Blacktop (or Dazed and Confused)
"Melba Toast" Chavelle SS from Dazed and Confused (were talking some serious "muscle")
The Bullit Mustang
The 911 from Bad Boys
The 575 Maranello from Bad Boys II