Best film cars ever - pictures
Three patriotically painted Minis – as featured in The Italian Job – won our Best Film Cars poll. Famous for its tongue-in-cheek action, The Italian Job is a surefire favourite for car lovers. One famous stunt – recreated on the streets of Birmingham in this image – involved the protagonists’ Minis tackling stairs in thei The Italian Job Minis, driven by expert stunt drivers, also took to Italian pavements in the film. Roaring into second place was the iconic ‘Highland Green’ Ford Mustang Fastback from Bullitt. In one of the most famous car chases in cinematic history, the Mustang and a Dodge Charger are embroiled in a high-octane pursuit through the streets of San Francisco. Arguably, Bullitt is the film that's defined by its automotive action more than any other. Countless replicas and homages of the film’s star cars have been created over the years – Ford even produced its own special edition of the new Mustang to celebrate the film’s 50th anniversary. This Bullitt-inspired Dodge Charger was previously owned by Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay and Hollywood star Bruce Willis; it sold at auction in February 2018 for £94,500. Perhaps the most famous film car of the 1980s was Back to the Future's DeLorean – a time machine with an automotive twist. A modern body kit, big wheels, spotlamps and bright silver paintwork helped ‘Eleanor’ – a Shelby GT500 – stand out as the star car of the 2000 remake of Gone In 60 Seconds, starring Nicholas Cage. The car’s outlandish appearance struck a chord with car enthusiasts; replicas of it are now numerous. Used to great effect in some of the best car chases ever filmed, the effortlessly cool and blisteringly fast Audi S8 (in black in the film) was the perfect understated choice in Ronin. Although most cars used during the filming of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off were unofficially sanctioned replicas, a real Ferrari 250 GT California Spider was used for close-up shots. As the hero car of the first of many Fast & Furious films, this bright orange Toyota Supra has become an automotive film icon for a younger generation of fans. Big wings, big wheels and plenty of nitrous oxide made the Supra suitably brash, loud and fast – perfectly in keeping with the tone of the film. Unlike the car pictured, the Dodge Challenger featured in Vanishing Point was a white R/T model – a film car for muscle-car aficionados. Another film, another iconic muscle car – the Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am has become synonymous with Smokey And The Bandit. A clapped-out Dodge Monaco police car with a siren strapped to the roof was all The Blues Brothers needed to go down in film-car history. As with all the best film cars, countless replicas of the ‘Bluesmobile’ have been created. A white Peugeot 406 (rather than the red car shown) was the unlikely star of French action-comedy Taxi – a lesser-known car-centric film with chases and gags aplenty. Two-Lane Blacktop is a classic ‘road movie’ that features an iconic slice of Americana in the leading role – a hot-rod Chevy Bel Air made just for drag racing.