Throughout the history of feature films, cars have often been used as a means of transportation, unique weapons in fight scenes, racing vehicles and even personalities. From the 1963 VW Beetle Herbie to the DeLorean DMC-12 from “Back to the Future,” these cars have captivated movie fans everywhere. They often attract cult followings and fetch unbelievable prices at auctions. The following classic, modern and animated cars represent the 10 best vehicles in movie history. Each one has an iconic status is likely to persist for decades to come.
1981 DeLorean DMC-12 From “Back to the Future”
The stunning future car designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro has no more than a 130-hp 2.9-liter V6 under the hood, but its lack of power did not stop Marty McFly from jetting back to 1955 with the help of a time-traveling flux capacitor created by the Doc. The DeLorean was not a market success, but its iconic status has led to a sizable cult following. The car has a sleek retro-futuristic design complete with gull-wing doors.
The Batmobile From “Batman Begins”
The Batmobile has experienced many incarnations over the years, but the tough, militaristic version from the 2005 film “Batman Begins” takes things to a new level. The all-black Batmobile Tumbler is powered by a 350-cid Chevy V8 and features 37-inch off-road tires for catching bad guys anywhere.
Bumblebee From “Transformers”
Although it took plenty of CG effects to make this car turn into a giant robot, the yellow 1976 Chevy Camaro with a black racing stripe down its center is a piece of art in itself. Interestingly, the vehicle evolves into a shiny 2009 Camaro later in the film.
Herbie From “The Love Bug”
This legendary Volkswagen Beetle was created in 1963 in Wolfsburg, Germany. The vehicle is white in color with a single red and blue stripe running down its center, and it features the number 53 for races. The famous Herbie also starred in films such as “Herbie Rides Again,” “Herbie Fully Loaded” and several others alongside stars such as Michael Keaton and Lindsay Lohan.
1970 Dodge Charger From “The Fast and the Furious”
The 2001 action film that brought a number of modern cars to the spotlight also featured the classic 1970 Dodge Charger. In the film, street racing gang leader Dom, played by Vin Diesel, has supercharged his Dodge Charger and claims that it has too much power. Later, he uses it in a high-speed chase, wrecking it in the process.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
The 1968 film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” starring Dick Van Dyke tells the story of a professor who builds an extraordinary car. Inspired by aero-engined race cars built in the early 1920s, the vehicle used in the film included a Ford 3000 V6 engine as well as an automatic transmission. A total of six replicas were used during filming.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder From “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
This sexy classic features a sleek design and red color, and it once sold at an auction for more than $10 million. In the film, Ferris takes the prized car of his best friend’s father on a joyride through downtown Chicago with his best friend and girlfriend.
Lightning Mcqueen From “Cars”
Although not a real-life vehicle, Lightning McQueen from the 2006 animated film “Cars” has become one of the best-known vehicles among younger audiences. In the film, McQueen is a red stock car who has been blowing away the competition during his first year on the circuit.
1964 Aston Martin DB5 From “Goldfinger”
This iconic James Bond car is an attractive vehicle, but its high-tech movie gadgets brought to life by special effects are what really set it apart. In the film, Bond made use of an ejector seat, a smoke screen, machine guns and more. Often cited as the original Bond car and one of the most famous cars of all time, this vehicle has attracted a large following.
The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish From “Die Another Day”
Another Bond car, this sleek vehicle from the 2002 film includes a powerful V12 engine as well as an aluminum and carbon composite construction. A key moment in the film features Bond racing the Aston Martin along the enemy’s Jaguar across a frozen lake.
Although not all of these famous movie cars are available to the public, many fans attempt to replicate their looks and features to feel as if they are a part of their favorite movies. From the legendary 1964 Aston Martin DB5 to the more modern Batmobile Tumbler, these vehicles continue to stun audiences with their power and class.