Cars in classic films stand above their modern-day counterparts and often become as iconic as the stars of the movies they appear in. From muscle cars to geek mobiles, here are some of the coolest cars to peel out on screen.
5. 1964 Aston Martin DB5, ‘Goldfinger’
In a franchise filled with gizmos, gadgets, and sleek vehicles, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 is the quintessential James Bond car. The iconic DB5 made its debut in the third Bond film, 1964’s Goldfinger. Bond’s tech guru Q jam-packed this vehicle with an impressive array of spy gadgets. From a ram bumper and revolving license plate to machine guns, a smokescreen, an oil-slick sprayer, spike strips, and even an ejector seat, the DB5 defined the spy car. Updated versions of the Aston Martin DB5 featured in subsequent films including the most recent Bond outing, No Time to Die.
4. Coolest of the ‘Geek’ Cars In Classic Films: The 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, ‘Back to the Future’
Hands down the coolest car in geek culture is Doc Brown’s time machine, the DeLorean from Back to the Future. The car became so iconic, that it’s featured alongside the series hero, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) in all of the posters. Made of stainless steel and equipped with a luminous flux capacitor, this 20-inch metal body is embellished with an assortment of cables and lights. Of course, the actual DeLorean was considered something of a disaster when it debuted. However, the Back to the Future films made it a favorite of movie lovers and nerds everywhere.
3. 1967 Austin Mini Cooper S 1275, ‘The Italian Job’
Sometimes a smaller vehicle still packs a punch. In 1969’s The Italian Job, the sporty but compact Mini Cooper was essential to the central heist of the film. The Mini became famous for its iconic chase scenes in the film, as this agile car evaded the police and helped the bank robbers in their mission to steal gold. Filmmakers recreated the sequence with the updated Mini in the 2003 remake.
2. 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390, ‘Bullitt’
Steve McQueen’s Bullitt green 1968 Mustang helped define what the coolest cars In classic films are. The Ford Mustang GT 390 Fastback didn’t really need McQueen to make it cool in the first place. However, the thrilling car chase scenes in Bullit definitely showcased what the muscle car was capable of. McQueen himself gets behind the wheel for some of the iconic car stunts in the film, helping cement the legend.
1. The Coolest of the Cars In Classic Films: 1977 Pontiac Trans Am, ‘Smokey and the Bandit’
When Smokey and the Bandit hit screens in 1977, Bo “The Bandit” Darville’s black Pontiac Trans Am was front and center. 1977 Pontiac Trans Am is put through the paces as it distracts law enforcement as a trucker illegally transports 400 cases of beer from Texas to Atlanta. Directed by veteran stuntman Hal Needham, the Bandit’s car is essentially the star of the movie. However, it didn’t hurt that Burt Reynolds at his peak swagger was behind the well.
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