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Top 20: Iconic Cars from Movies & TV – Part 1

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Sometimes, beyond the masterful directing, great script, top-class acting, explosive effects and engrossing soundtrack, there’s something else. That’s right, the cars.

I’m Jon, and today I’m here with the first part of my Top 20 Iconic Cars from Movies & TV


20. 1984 Dodge M4S Turbo Interceptor (The Wraith)

In at No. 20, is for me; one seriously cool car.

Exceeding 440 horsepower, hitting 0-60 in 4.1 seconds; and scratching a top speed of 195mph, the Dodge M4S supercar (a.k.a. the Turbo Interceptor) is a machine not to be reckoned with.

Originally intended as a pace car for racing, once painted a sleek black, this fast, formidable vehicle was forever remembered as The Wraith.

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The Wraith: A murdered teenager comes back as a possessed, invincible supercar, to seek revenge on the gang of bullying street-racing punks responsible for his death.


19. 1977 Ferrari 308 GTS (Magnum P.I.)

240bhp, 0-60 in 6.8 seconds, the 1977 Ferrari 308 GTS is as iconic as the endearing Tom Selleck – and his awesome moustache – with whom this car is best associated, on the hit 80s show; Magnum P.I.

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Magnum P.I. follows the adventures of Thomas Sullivan Magnum IV, an ex-Navy Captain and Vietnam Special Ops veteran, who is now a private investigator on the beautiful Hawaiian Islands.


18. 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III (The Car)

A car that will no-doubt have given many kids nightmares, as it did me – yes, I had bad parents who let me watch many films rated above my age. The Lincoln Continental Mark III, with it’s tweaked, evil-looking exterior, made me question the intentions of all cars.

Fortunately, I survived through to adulthood, as none of those angry-looking hunks of metal were possessed by pure evil, unlike The Car.

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A mysterious, dark car terrorises a small town in Utah, leading the townsfolk to realise that there’s nowhere to turn, nowhere to hide, no way to stop… The Car.


17. “Christine” 1958 Plymouth Fury (Christine)

Another possessed car in at No. 17. Thankfully I was a little older before I watched John Carpenter‘s big-screen horror adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel; Christine.

Although the Belvedere and the Savoy were also used to portray the autonomous, kill-hungry vehicle on-screen, “Christine” is a 1958 Plymouth Fury.

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A young man who doesn’t fit in at school; buys his first car – an old, wrecked Plymouth – called “Christine“. He takes the car to a repair shop and starts fixing her up, building a strong bond and a dangerous, deadly relationship.

You know what they say; hell hath no Fury… like a 1958 Plymouth!


16. “Eleanor” 1967 Shelby GT500 (Gone in 60 Seconds; 2000)

Although some will argue that “Eleanor” is a 1973 Ford Mustang Fastback from the original 1974 Gone in 60 Seconds.

For me, there is only one “Eleanor“, and she is the stubborn, but beautiful 1967 Shelby GT500 from the 2000 remake – also called Gone in Sixty Seconds.

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Memphis Raines, a retired legendary car thief comes out of retirement to save his brother’s life from a villainous stolen-car broker. To do this, he must steal 50 exotic cars – the last of which is “Eleanor“.

Consequently, the police begin closing-in, and to meet the delivery deadline; he has to ensure each car is Gone in Sixty Seconds.


15. 1968 Austin Mark I Mini Cooper S (The Italian Job; 1969)

What’s the best way to steal a shipment of gold you say? Why, using the Mini Cooper of-course. Nipping through the narrow streets of Italy, gold in the boot, with each car representing a colour of the Union Flag.

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The Italian Job is the caper of all crimes. Using three Mini Coopers, Charlie Croker and his team bring the busy streets of Torino to a standstill, leading to the ultimate gold rush, as the police give chase, leading to one of the greatest cliffhangers – sorry – of all time.


14. 1970 Dodge Charger (The Fast and the Furious)

Its amazing to think that 2001s The Fast and the Furious lead to a billion-dollar franchise that is still going strong 16 years later.

It was this film that turned Vin Diesel into an action hero, and is the very same franchise that helped revive his stale career 8 years later. Alongside Vin‘s return to the franchise, audience also welcomed back the Dodge Charger.

When I think of a the Fast franchise, I think of the 1970 Dodge Charger, with the gorgeous exposed supercharger, complete with butterfly vents.

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Uncover Officer; Brian O’Connor has to get to grips with the The Fast and the Furious, in order to maintain his cover, keep-up with the street-racing scene, whilst slamming the brakes on a string of high-speed robberies.


13. “Herbie” 1963 Volkswagen Beetle (The Love Bug)

Although not in the same league as other possessed cars on this list; “Herbie“, is a racing Volkswagen Beetle with a mind-of-its-own.

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The Love Bug: Cute and full of character, this white 1963 Volkswagen Beetle leads a down-on-his-luck race car driver to victory. As a result, “Herbie” tugs on the heart-strings of the entire audience.


12. 1980 Lamborghini Countach LP 400S (The Cannonball Run)

Featured prominently in the opening scene of Hal Needham‘s chaotic car caper; The Cannonball Run, the Lamborghini Countach LP 400S is one gorgeous looking car.

This mid-engined V12 sports car; is a most noteworthy car of the 80s, and with the stunning front-spoiler is especially nice on the eyes.

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An all-star cast, including the likes of Burt ReynoldsFarrah Fawcett and Roger Moore, race across-country. In addition to this race being illegal, it seems like the eccentric entrants will do anything to win.

Welcome to The Cannonball Run!


11. 1974-76 Ford Gran Torino (Starsky & Hutch)

First-of-all, various models of Gran Torino used throughout the show; since the body style of each model was the same. As a result, the production team could use various model years, rather than having to be too strict.

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Busting criminals with the help of police snitch, Huggy Bear, this cop-duo is a staple of 70s television.

Although Starsky and Hutch, are tough and clever, the cool one of the group was their red and white Ford Gran Torino.


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Do you agree with my list so far?

Let me know what other cars you consider iconic; and perhaps you’ll see them when I countdown from 10 to 1.