Cars are the staple of a great action movie, whether it’s a chase through the steep streets of San Francisco or busy central London. So there’s every reason to read an infographic with 10 of the greatest movie cars ever made, right?
The list – compiled by Jennings Motor Group – features a number of interesting movie facts about what each film made at the box office, what the car was sold for at auction and who directed the film among other things.
Gone in 60 Seconds – starring Nicholas Cage in one of his better roles – and its 1967 Mustang Shelby GT500, nicknamed Eleanor, grossed an impressive US$237million at the box office and is still one of the best car movie chases of all time.
Meanwhile Bullit, which features Steve McQueen, was more than worthy of the list, thanks to its ten minutes and 53-second long epic car scene. Although a slow-paced film by today’s standards, the wait is more than worth it as McQueen tears around San Francisco like a champion among men.
The original Fast and the Furious also made the list, with special mention going to the 1970 Dodge Charger driven by Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel) and its Hemi V8 that pokes out of the bonnet. The seventh film, which pays tribute to the late Paul Walker, has so far made more than a US$billion.
It comes as no surprise the original The Italian Job, which is often remembered for its Michael Cane quote “you were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!”, starred three MK1 Austin Mini Coopers. The getaway scene involves the iconic British car driving over waterfalls, down steps and onto a truck.
A few notable cars failed to make the top ten, including the Plymouth Fury from John Carpenter’s Christine, the black Chevrolet Nova from the 2007 Quentin Tarantino movie Death Proof and, of course, the 1976 Ford Gran Torino from the film remake of the Starsky and Hutch TV show.
Let’s also not forget the beautiful Aston Martin DB5 made famous by James Bond and the DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future, which is fondly remembered for its ability to time travel but was a commercial flop in reality. Just 9,000 were sold between 1981 and 1983.
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