Summer has always been the time when some of the best films are released. Whilst we enjoy the stories, action and characters, the cars can make or break a film. Here are just a few of the most famous films cars to appear on the silver screen.
When it comes to famous film cars that have made a serious impression then there is no car more deserving than the Aston Martin DB5. This car is the most famous film car in the World – why?
Because it has appeared multiple times in the longest running film franchise ever and is driven by the most famous super spy in film history: James Bond.
The DB5 marked a historic partnership between the James Bond franchise and Aston Martin. It all began with just 13 minutes in 1964’s Goldfinger.
Since then the DB5 has appeared in Thunderball, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall, and Spectre.
When it comes to the car itself, the DB5 has a straight-6 4.0-litre engine developing 282 bhp. Great for Bond, it accelerated from 0-60mph in 8.1 seconds and has a top speed of 143 mph. Not bad for a getaway car when chased by evil henchman.
Now obviously for the superspy, a normal DB5 would not have sufficed and therefore he needed to extra additions of the .30 calibre machine guns, tyre-shredding blades as well as oil, smoke and water emitters.
The partnership between Aston Martin and James Bond also delivered some other great moments including the World Record breaking car flip of the DBS in Casino Royale. It also brought along the conceptual beauty that was the Aston Martin DB10. In Spectre, the DB10 was a specially designed car made for James Bond, with only 10 being produced.
Another British classic when it comes to film cars and that is the Mini Cooper.
These cars became the perfect vehicles for a getaway film and has long been the definitive getaway seen in history. Because of the British feel in the film, the Minis in the films were in the tri-colours.
The majority of film stunt cars were usually strengthened to deal with the extra pressures of filming. However, because the Mini Coopers were already race bred, they were strong enough for filming without modification.
The Cooper came with some distinct characteristics such as sliding windows, external door hinges, early type boot locks, hinged number plates and hook-type door handles. The one feature that makes it stand out is the ‘moustache’ grill trim.
When it comes to the iconic car for a kid’s film, only Herbie that should take that crown. Herbie is an anthropomorphic 1963 Volkswagen Beetle who is self driving and has a mind of its own.
Herbie dreamed of winning in a real race and eventually became a contender in racing competitions.
Herbie was a unique appearance, thanks to its red, blue and white stripes from front to back bumper and the racing-style number 53 on the front trunk lids, the engine lids as well as the doors.
Now where Herbie’s technical stats are concerned, we are unsure, but personality-wise, Herbie does pretty well. He is known for being friendly, sensitive, mischievous and ambitious.
Everything you need in an anthropomorphic racing Volkswagen Beetle.
If you want to travel through time in a car, then the only real option is the DeLorean DMC-12, as seen in the Back to the Future trilogy.
The DeLorean sports car was produced for the American market between 1981-83. It featured gull-wing doors with a fibreglass chassis and brushed stainless steel body.
With a manual gearbox, the DeLorean would accelerate from 0-60 mph in 8.8 seconds thanks to its fuel-injected V6.
However, when it came to the time travelling vehicle for the film, Dr Emmett Brown had this to say as to why he chose the DeLorean:
The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?
Dr Brown also believed that the stainless steel body would be very advantageous for the flux dispersal of the time machine.
When it comes to the most famous car to appear in a film, it really is a fight between the Aston Martin DB5 and the iconic muscle car: The Ford Mustang GT390.
For the World’s greatest car chase ever caught on screen, this Mustang is iconic for the way Steve McQueen threw it round the streets after a Dodge Charger in Bullitt.
The Bullitt Mustang came with a 6.4-litre V8 engine and a 5-speed manual gearbox as well as being rear wheel drive. It developed 325 bhp and could sprint from 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds. It had an impressive top speed of 140 mph for the time of production.
Bullitt ensured the Mustang remained a figure of imagination, not just in the USA, but also around the World. It is one of the reasons why every time a new Mustang is released, there is so much buzz and excitement around it.
Film cars can come from the unlikeliest of sources. Herbie for example came from a mass production Volkswagen Beetle, when it could have been any other type of car (although we suspect it may have been the shape that did it for him). The Mini Cooper is a cheap available car and fits into any crowd, again not too flashy a car for a heist film.
The truth is any car could end up being a star car in a famous film. You could end up driving the next famous film car on car finance. Maserati to Audi to Land Rover and so on are all available on PCP car finance agreements at affordable prices.