Most action-packed blockbuster movies will definitely have scenes with cars in them, especially those with fast-paced car chases that get the blood boiling. But some movie cars are so iconic that they give even the main characters a run for their money for the most memorable aspect of the film, and become synonymous with the film itself.
In this article we round up our picks for the most iconic cars in action movies of all time. Hang on tight motorheads, you are in for one nostalgic ride!
1964 Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger)
Super spy 007 of the legendary James Bond film series is suave, timeless, and effortlessly cool. It’s only fitting that his vehicle of choice is too.
The gadget-laden 1964 Aston Martin DB5 spy car featured in Goldfinger became a visual and vehicular icon from the moment it appeared on-screen. So much so, that the original car sold at auction to a die-hard fan for a whopping US$4.6 million back in 2010.
Tumbler (The Dark Knight)
Batman’s decked out vehicle has had quite an impressive evolution over the years, but the Tumbler armoured tank from the 2008 film is significantly beefier than any previous iterations we’ve seen.
Fun fact: This the only Batman vehicle to not be called the Batmobile explicitly, and the actual vehicles produced for the film were stress-tested by an aircraft company. Talk about intense!
1973 XB GT Ford Falcon (Mad Max)
Since Mad Max is a cult-classic favourite series about post-apocalyptic motorheads, we just had to pay homage to at least one of the cars.
Known as the “Pursuit Special” or the “V8 Interceptor” in the films, the black GT Falcon is titular character Mad Max’s heavily modified muscle car which he uses to avenge his family in the 1979 film.
Chevrolet Camaro (Transformers)
The 2007 Transformers film was a hit-or-miss for many viewers, but few can argue against the fact that the lovable Autobot Bumblebee elevated yellow and black Chevy Camaros to iconic vehicle status.
A total of four custom designs for the muscle car were conceived just for the film series. The 2009 film gave that edition of the Chevrolet Camaro so much attention that over 14000 units were pre-ordered before it even entered commercial production.
1968 Ford Mustang Fastback (Bullitt)
Arguably the father of car chases in the modern film industry, Steve McQueen’s Bullitt is near and dear to almost every car enthusiast.
It’s hard not to see why the deep-green 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback is cinematic car legend once you’ve watched Bullitt’s legendary car chase scene set on the streets of San Francisco.
1967 Austin Mini Cooper S 1275 (The Italian Job)
Another cult-classic action movie about cars and driving, the 1969 film and its 2003 remake both feature gorgeous mini coopers.
However, the 1969 version’s mini cooper is so insanely compact that it delivers one of the most thrilling car chase scenes of all time- where we see the mini cooper zip through some ridiculously tight squeezes that keeps viewers clinging to the edge of their seat.
1995 Toyota Supra MK-IV (The Fast and The Furious)
The late Paul Walker’s Supra vs Ferrari race scene back in 2001 elevated both the actor and the car to cinematic icon status.
9 sequels on, the entire Fast and Furious film series has featured a ton of incredible cars, but the 1995 Toyota Supra MK-IV will always hold a special place in the hearts of car enthusiasts and fans of the series alike.
1976 Lotus Esprit S1 (The Spy Who Loved Me)
We’re ending off this round-up with yet another James Bond vehicle because this quintessentially
60’s futuristic car is hands-down one of the most unique vehicles in cinematic history.
That jaw-dropping scene where 007 drives the car into the water only for it to transform into a submarine remains one of the coolest scenes ever involving a car, hands-down.
The film industry is packed with amazing movies, and even more amazing cars. Did you manage to find your favourite among our top picks?
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