Triggered, so to speak, by some silly article somewhere on the Internet (SOTI), I thought I’d discuss some fine cars that were (almost) the stars of the movies they appeared in. (And for reasons of taste, the entire Fast & Furious and Gone in 60 Seconds franchises are disqualified. Likewise, car-centric movies like Le Mans and Grand Prix are excluded or else we could be here all day.) So here we go, in no specific order:
1936 Ford Essex (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang):
Too bad it appeared in one of the worst movies ever made.
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T (Vanishing Point):
As any fule kno, I’m not a huge fan of American muscle cars of the era, because I think they’re over-large and handle like supermarket carts in a corner, but even I have to admit that the side view is excellent.
1964 Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger):
Still sexy after all these years, the DB5 is a vision, even without all the silly gadgets. Want.
1968 Mustang GT Fastback (Bullitt):
Likewise, even I enjoyed watching ol’ Steve McQ pushing this thing around the San Francisco streets.
1966 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider (The Graduate):
The sound of that peppy little Alfa 1600cc engine snarling away as it carries Dustin Hoffman in his doomed attempt to stop the marriage of Mrs. Robinson’s daughter to some other guy… there ya go: the entire movie synopsis in just one sentence. Want.
And another Alfa:
1961 Alfa Romeo Guiletta Spider (The Day Of The Jackal):
Edward Fox sets off to assassinate the President of France armed only with an Alfa Romeo, a cravat and the best concealed rifle ever designed.
1965 Austin Mini-Cooper (The Italian Job):
The original, not the vastly-inferior remake made with BMW Minis. Want.
1977 Pontiac Trans Am (Smokey & the Bandit):
…also quite possibly the ugliest car ever to appear on film. Do Not Want.
1948 Ford Custom Deluxe (Grease):
Actually not a bad-looking car, if you removed all the trashy lightning decals.
1958 Plymouth Fury (Christine):
I never actually saw the movie, just the preview; but if you’re looking for flashy Murkin fins ‘n chrome from the 1950s, the Fury is kinda hard to beat.
Knight Bus (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince):
…and Harry’s ride on it was pretty much the best part of the movie.