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If you think only actors can have memorable roles in films, you’ve never been so wrong—even cars can hog the spotlight too. And over the years there have been dozens of memorable cars in film, so memorable indeed that some have overshadowed their actors.
Have a look six of the greatest rides of the silver screen, which have become the stuff of every kid’s—and even grown up’s—dreams.
1964 Aston Martin DB5, James Bond
James Bond has always been known as a character who loves to enjoy the finer things in life, and when it comes to automobiles he’s not one to get left behind. The 1964 Aston Martin DB5, driven in Bond films Goldfingerand Thunderball, has left a mark in popular culture and began Bond’s legacy for far-out gadgets and cars. The original DB5 was in fact so iconic that it sold a staggering $4.6million in an auction.
1981 DeLorean DMC-12, Back to the Future
With special features like Flux capacitor, hover conversion and a Mr. Fusion generator, Doc Brown’s DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future undoubtedly deserved its legendary status. A simple stainless steel stunner, the DeLorean wasn’t just a car, but a time machine invented by Doc Brown. It appeared throughout all three blockbuster Back to the Future films, instantly becoming an icon.
Batmobile, Batman Returns
The original Batmobile designed by George Barris sure caught the attention of car enthusiasts back in the days. However, the redesigned militaristic version that appeared in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins definitely looked a lot more powerful and a whole lot sexier. Powered by a 350-cid Chevy v8, Nolan’s Batmobile appeared to be a cross between a tank and a Lamborghini. It had two 94.0/15.0-15 Hoosier Checkerboard dirt tires in the front, and Interco “Super Swamper TSL” rear tyres at 44/18.5-16.5. Despite its unusual and different tyre sizes, the beefy tank runs at 60mph in around 5 seconds.
Everyone’s favorite ghost busting team wouldn’t be able to travel throughout New York City and clean up places overrun with evil spirits without the trusty Ecto-1. A converted Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance, the Ecto-1 was bought by Dr. Ray Stantz for $4,800 and restored it, adding the distinct yet particularly famous siren, logo, and lights. After some much needed makeover, the Ecto-1 was able to fit the entire squad, along with their proton packs and ghost busting equipment.
The Mystery Machine, Scooby Doo
The Mystery Machine was the green van in the hit animated series Scooby Doo. It was the van that transported Scooby Doo, the cute talking dog, along with his owner Shaggy and other friends as they went on their crime-solving and ghoul-debunking adventures around the world. The Mystery Machine appears to be a modified 60s Ford Taunus Transit van. However, in live-action films an 80s Chevrolet Chevy van and an 80s Ford Econoline were used.
The list wouldn’t be complete without including the tough bee from the Transformers movies, Bumblebee. An autobot with attitude, Bumblebee first manifested himself as a battered 1970s Camaro but transformed himself into a sleek 2009 Camaro after being insulted for his looks.
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