Most people fantasize about the cars they see in movies. Movies have always amazed us with the cars featured, and they’ve become as big as the starts themselves. In this article, we will be taking a look at these different cars, and show how they have impacted movies.
- Mercury Coupe– “Rebel Without a Cause”
James Dean personified the outsider image in Hollywood, and Rebel Without a Cause cemented this image heavily. The 1949 Mercury Series 9CM Coupe figured prominently in this movie, and has become synonymous with Dean’s iconic turn as Jim Stark.However, did you know that the Mercury was hardly the racing machine it was made out to be? In fact, it was originally marketed by Ford Motors as a car for middle class families in the post-war era. Unfortunately —and ironically — Dean suffered an untimely death in an accident involving another car. His legend lives on until today, and the 1949 Mercury Coupe is itself a lucky beneficiary.
- Volskwagen Beetlte- “Herbie: The Love Bug” series
The first type of vehicle that comes to mind when talking about children’s movies is Herbie. It is an example of a Volkswagen Beetle, probably the world’s most popular car. As cute as it appears, the Volkswagen Beetle has a very dark history—it was promoted by none other than Adolf Hitler himself as a vehicle for the common German (“volks wagen” literally translates to “people’s car”). Even with Germany’s defeat in World War II, the Beetle survived, and has gained new found fame thanks to the family-friendly Herbie movies.
- Ford Mustang – “Bullitt”
Steve McQueen is another name that comes to mind when it comes to cars, thanks to this classic movie. As Lt. Frank Bullitt he figured in what is possibly the most famous car chase in a Ford Mustang in San Francisco. This car chase helped make the Mustang the most renowned muscle car, and has set the bar for other car chases in movie history. With its trademark horse logo ornament and stylish curves, a Mustang is what any gentleman in the mold of McQueen would call their dream car.
- DMC DeLorean – “Back to the Future” series
If you were a kid in the 80s, you were most likely fascinated by the DMC DeLorean in “Back to the Future.” On the outside, it appears like a simple fiberglass sports car with gull-wing doors, but the movie portrayed it as the perfect time-travelling machine. The DMC DeLorean was manufactured only from 1981-1983, but because of Marty McFly and Doc Emmett’s adventures on the big screen, it has has amassed a cult following and etched its place in history.
- Dodge Charger – “The Fast and the Furious”
Possibly the most popular car movie franchise ever, “The Fast and the Furious” never cease to amaze moviegoers with its fantastic collection of cars. Vin Diesel, as his character Dominic Toretto, makes a badass entry with his modified Dodge Charger Daytona. Its impressive presence has made it one of the most recognizable cars in all of moviedom, and has inspired many a motorist to do a drag race or two.
These cars have made movie history and have cemented their place as icons. If ever you see these machines prominently on the road, you have Hollywood to thank. Even with the passing of trends and fads, you can be sure that these autos and their legacies will stand the test of time.