As Alistair Cooke once said, “Hollywood grew to be the most flourishing factory of popular mythology since the Greeks”. Apart from churning out successful and famous movie stars, another group too started emerging over the years. Yes, Cars! We now present to you a list of automobiles that have dazzled the big screens in Hollywood, making these movies iconic.
BMW i8 – Ghost Protocol (2011)
Image source: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol IMDB
Does anyone remember this scene? Or perhaps the against-the-clock sprint through downtown Mumbai, while Tom Cruise and fellow agent Jane Carter (Paula Patton) try to stop evil Kurt Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist) activating a nuclear missile via satellite. That particular scene features BMW’s ConnectedDrive technology which enables drivers to integrate data from the car, driver and surroundings with an all-encompassing network of interactive information.
Believe it or not, the movie went on to earn USD$12m during their opening weekend. Mission:Impossible? More like Mission:Possible! We actually reviewed the i8 and boy does it feel great playing secret agent for a day. Check it out here.
1994 Toyota Supra – The Fast and The Furious (2001)
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By now the Fast franchise needs no introductions to their fast cars. Take this for example, the legendary 1995 Toyota Supra driven by none other than the late Paul Walker. The Supra features Candy Orange pearl-finish paint from a Lamborghini Diablo with a figure known as the “Nuclear Gladiator” spanning the side. The body kit includes a front spoiler and side skirts from Bomex, TRD-style hood, APR aluminum bi-plane rear wing, and 19-inch five-spoke wheels.
Two years after Paul passed, one of the Toyota Supras used in the movie headed to the auction table. Believe it or not, despite only being driven for ten seconds in the film, the car fetched a whopping USD$185,000. Whereas a brand-new 2019 Toyota Supra will retail for just USD$40,000.
Chevrolet Camaro – Transformers (2007)
Image source: Chevrolet Camaro 1977 used by Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) in Transformers
How can we have a list about iconic cars in movies without mentioning this yellow fella? Among the many machines that have been part of the Transformers series, the Chevrolet Camaro remains inscribed in the hearts of franchise fans and car lovers for both its stunning looks and the central role of Bumblebee. Optimus Prime is usually known to be the single most popular Transformer of all time. However, that wasn’t the case in 2016 when two of the movie’s iconic vehicles were up for auction. Prime’s semi-truck was sold for USD$121,000 while Bee’s Camaro trumped it, fetching a total of USD$167,200.
McLaren 720S – Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
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Imagine being a fan of McLaren, then learning you will be working with not one, but 5 of their Sports Series models. It was said that the British supercar maker got involved early on in the movie’s development thanks to star Jason Statham‘s enthusiasm for the brand. The automaker loaned two 720S cars which were used for close-up shots and three Sports Series models that were used as set dressing. The film’s production company bought two more vehicles for stunt work. Talk about committing to the job!
The movie went on earning a confirmed USD$179m worldwide in the studio’s fifth highest global debut of all time. Thanks to the film, the McLaren 720S enjoyed significant exposure in posters, billboards, film trailers, and social media.
Audi RS e-tron GT – Avengers: Endgame (2019)
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Does the Audi RS e-tron GT look any familiar to you? Well, you first saw it in Avengers: Endgame as Tony Stark drove up to the Avenger’s facility. And again when Captain Marvel used her superhero powers to instantly charge it up. However in reality, the E-Tron GT can’t be instantly recharged. Instead, it can be supercharged at public charging stations in about 30 minutes according to Audi. Not quite superhero levels, but not bad.
It was a very potent product placement as the movie went on breaking box office records and becoming the highest-grossing film of all time. With millions of eyeballs on the E-Tron GT, Audi hopes that interest in its E-Tron line of electric cars will become a massive hit as well. Seems like you don’t have to be a superhero to drive Audi’s awesome new sporty all-electric e-tron GT grand tourer after all. Eat your heart out Iron Man.
1981 DeLorean DMC-12 – Back the Future (1985)
Image source: The Original Back to the Future DeLorean DMC-12, Lovingly Restored to “Better Than New Condition”
Known as “The Time Machine,” the DeLorean DMC-12 played a major part in the Back to the Future trilogy. This four-wheeler vehicle is also the 29th car to join the National Historic Vehicle Register.
The DeLorean Motor Company still sells the car to date with many models listed on its website for just USD$45,000. Believe it or not, fellow Singaporean racing driver Denis Lian actually owns it. What’s more unbelievable is the price of this Ex-A1 GP driver’s helmet listed on Carousell. Read all about this six digit listing here!