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Iconic Cars from the Big Screen

Some of the most remarkable films on the silver screen showcase a fast or exquisite car which is remembered long after the film credits have rolled. Picture your favourite car and think back, did I first see it in a movie? While we know heroes and heroines need to journey in style, sometimes even the vehicles can be just as memorable as the characters. Where would Ferris Bueller be without his shiny red Ferrari? Or how would Doc and Marty travel back to the future without their beloved DeLorean? Read on to discover our favourite influential movie cars.

The Dude’s Gran Torino (1998)

Type of vehicle: 1973 Ford Gran Torino
Appears in: The Big Lebowski

“The Dude” and his 4-door 73 ‘Gran Torino go together like his rug and the room. After a spending the day surviving all sorts of mishaps, The Dude and Walter find that his car has been stolen, vandalized, crashed into a dumpster and set on fire. Two of these vehicles were used while filming the movie, one was destroyed in the flames, while the other was destroyed three years later in the filming of The X-Files: Salvage. The directors of the movie, The Cohen Brothers, originally heard the story from a friend over dinner and thought it was hilarious, that it was adapted into the film.

Shaggin’ Wagon/Mutt Cutts (2014)

Type of vehicle: 1984 Ford Econoline
Appears in: Dumb and Dumber

It might not be as famous nor as pretty as some of the other cars on our list, but the specially designed ‘’Mutt Cutts’’ car is certainly an icon from the 1994 blockbuster, Dumb and Dumber, which stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Under the surface of the car’s eccentric and canine-like exterior, hides a 1984 Ford Econoline. The car is designed to look like a big dog and comes complete with ears, nose, tongue, tail and fluffy fur.

Mutt Cutts

Bumblebee (2007, 2009, 2011, 2014)

Type of vehicle: 1977/2009 Chevrolet Camaro
Appears in: Transformers

The character “Bumblebee” was originally drawn as a Volkswagen Beetle but was adapted in the James Bay movie Transformers to a rusty yellow and black striped 1977 Camaro. Bumblebee transforms relatively early on in the movie into a 2009 Camaro to the delight of its driver. Take a look at the scene below.

The Mystery Machine (1969)

Type of vehicle: Adapted 1972 Bedford CF
Appears in: Scooby-Doo, Where are you!

The car was first introduced to us in the comic in 1969 and is probably one of most famous cars ever to be aired on television. The van is painted in distinctive groovy colours and has the nickname “The Mystery Machine”. The van is used by the Mystery Inc. Group, which includes Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo. Together they solve mysteries in the popular weekly television show. A real version of the van was made for the movie, which made its debut on the big screen in 2002. However, the van is mostly known from the television series as an entire generation of kids have viewed the show every week since 1969, waiting to see if Scooby-Doo and his friends are able to solve yet another mystery.

Mystery Machine

Herbie (1968, 1974, 1977, 1980, 2005)

Type of vehicle: 1963 Model 117 Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle)
Appears in: The Love Bug, Herbie Rides Again, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, Herbie Goes Bananas, Herbie: Fully Loaded

Disney film “The Love Bug”, which premiered in 1968, inspired and is remembered for the VW Beetle-obsession in the late sixties. Anthropomorphic Herbie is known for his distinctive paint, signature number 53, and playful personality. The car has since become the star of four movies and a TV show which stars Hollywood big-shots such as Bruce Campbell and Lindsay Lohan. The VW Beetle continues to be a popular model of the Volkswagen brand and the car is still used today to promote the Beetle and the Volkswagen brand worldwide.

Charlies Mini Coopers (1969, 2003)

Type of vehicle: 1968 Mk Austin – Mini Cooper S / 2003 MINI Cooper S
Appears in: The Italian Job

The Mini Cooper was already a very popular car in 1969 but thanks to The Italian Job starring Michael Caine and Noel Coward, the car got even more fashionable and is one of the most in demand cars in Europe. The cars were used in the movies’ famous heist scene and were also used in a series of wins at the Monte Carlo Rally in the sixties. When the new BMW MINI premiered in 2000, it was only just before the sequel  was created which was based in Los Angeles instead of Rome.

Mini Cooper S

General Lee (1979 – 1985)

Type of vehicle: 1969 Dodge Charger
Appears in: The Dukes of Hazzard (1979 – 1985)

The car from the television series The Dukes of Hazzard, with its distinctive orange coating, is such a big part of the TV-show that it has it’s own name, the General Lee. The show, which aired from 1979 to 1985, revolves around the brothers Luke and Bo Duke speeding around Hazzard County in the General Lee, while helping others without getting in trouble with the local sheriff who was always on their heels. The television show was all about fast cars and hot chases, and the General Lee was the centre of it all and id known as one of the world’s most famous cars ever to appear on television. The car, with it’s doors wielded shut, performed amazing stunts at insane speeds to flee from difficult situations. The car always seemed to escape without a scratch of course!

General Lee

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