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Top 20: Iconic Cars from Movies & TV – Part 2
Posted on 11th October, 2017 - By Jonathan Hezzlewood
A Race to 1st Place
Right, let’s do this. I’m back with the 2nd part of my Top 20 Iconic Cars from Movies & TV.
If you haven’t yet read the first part; counting down from 20 to 11, then give it a read now and come back for the remaining 10, to see who screeches across the finish-line in 1st place.
Ready?… Good. Start your engines!
10. 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 (The Spy Who Loved Me)
So, continuing with No. 10 we have the iconic Lotus Esprit S1, from the tenth Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me – starring the late, great Sir Roger Moore in his third outing as the suave super-spy.
Not only could the S1 go from 0-60 in 6.8 seconds, and reach a top speed of 138mph, but the model from Q-branch came with additional “features”; the most impressive of which was the submarine mode.
In The Spy Who Loved Me, Bond must investigate the disappearance of submarine; that was holding sixteen nuclear warheads. This is the film where Bond meets one of the most iconic villains of the franchise to-date; in the form of Richard Kiel as the towering, metal-toothed brute; Jaws.
9. “The Pursuit Special” 1973 Ford Falcon Interceptor (Mad Max)
Next is the ultra cool 1973 Ford Falcon Interceptor, born to survive; and an absolute beast that makes you want to rev it to the max – you’d be mad not too.
The noble steed to Max Rockatansky‘s gunslinging lawman (a.k.a. Mad Max), The Pursuit Special is one fearsome ride. This iconic muscle car is widely referred to as the last of the V8 Interceptors.
Mad Max is a cult classic, a post-apocalyptic thriller that has gone on to spawn three sequels, as well as video game adaptations.
8. 1977 Pontiac Trans Am (Smokey and the Bandit)
With The Cannonball Run appearing on the earlier half of this list, we now have another car from another Hal Needham/Burt Reynold‘s collaboration. That’s right, its the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit.
Nowadays, this stunning car is simply known as the Bandit Trans Am, and with 200 horses under the hood; it could leave any pursuers in a cloud of tyre-smoke, as a dot in the rear-view mirror.
Smokey and the Bandit is a classic action-comedy that I watched many times as a child, and still do today – when I have the time spare. The Bandit and his truck-driving friend Cledus, are tasked with getting a truckload of beer across the country; without being apprehended by the Sheriff.
7. 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT 2+2 Fastback (Bullitt)
Although Mustang have always been considered a great American muscle-car, the 320hp 390 GT Fastback is one of the most iconic, known most-famously for facing-off against the Dodge Charger in the 1968 classic; Bullitt.
Bullitt is cult classic crime-thriller, that sees Steve McQueen‘s Lieutenant Frank Bullitt hunt down the murderous underworld king-pin; responsible for killing the witness under his protection.
6. “The Tumbler” (The Dark Knight Trilogy)
Does it come in black you say?! Absolutely.
This iteration of the Batmobile is known in the Christopher Nolan Bat-verse as; The Tumbler.
Dropping the sleek, more streamlined approach of the previous movie iterations that Bats used to travel, this more tank-like incarnation is a beast. To me, it looks like the result of a fully-fuelled, rubber-screeching romp between a tank-on-steroids and a Lamborghini.
Introduced in Batman Begins, which exploded into the Bat-cycle in The Dark Knight, to then return in full military camouflage for The Dark Knight Rises. The Tumbler is one of the most-believable Batmobiles to date.
5. “K.I.T.T.” Pontiac Firebird Trans Am (Knight Rider; 1982-86)
From here-on-in, I had a really difficult time putting the Top 5 on this list in an order.
Next up, I have chosen a car that was very prominent in my childhood television watching. The Pontiac Firebird that goes by the name of K.I.T.T. (or the Knight Industries Two-Thousand).
The visually-stunning, sleek, black bodywork is breathtaking. Add to that, the iconic red front-visor/laser, a bullet-proof exterior; the self-driving ability and a sarcastic attitude, we have a car that many a Knight Rider fan can only dream of owning.
P.S. If you do ever get the chance to buy one, make sure it doesn’t refer to itself as the Knight Automated Roving Robot.
Knight Rider is an iconic 80s TV show that saw Michael Knight; a lone crime-fighter, partner-up with K.I.T.T. an indestructible, artificially intelligent supercar, to stop crimes and battle the forces of evil.
4. “The Ecto-1” 1959 Cadallac Hearse (Ghostbusters; 1984)
Who’d have thought that the 1959 Cadallac Hearse would one day be an iconic, highly-merchandised vehicle for kids and fanboys/girls alike?! Not me, that’s for sure.
But, here it is a No. 4 on the list. Obviously, the Ghostbusters Ecto-1 is a somewhat “modded” version of the hearse – who’s aesthetic may not appreciated if the car was to be used for it’s initial purpose.
Anyway, replacing dead bodies with proton packs and ghosts turned-out to be a great idea, and spawned another iconic movie car.
Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters! This 1984 action-comedy sees a group of former parapsychology professors set-up shop as a ghost removal service.
3. “The Batmobile” (Batman; 1989)
First of all, you are not the only one right now; that is humming Danny Elfman‘s masterful score.
In this first dark, gritty big-screen take on the Caped Crusader, Michael Keaton‘s Batman is accompanied by what is still the most-beautiful Batmobile ever!
Sure to make any criminal cower, this low, long, jet-turbine powered stunner has a top speed of 330mph; thanks to the booster, and can climb from 0-60 in 3 seconds flat – much faster than a bat.
In Tim Burton‘s 1989 superhero classic; Batman, not only do we have a perfect iteration of Batman and Bruce Wayne alike, but we also get the gorgeous Batmobile to assist the Dark Knight in his efforts in bringing a stop to the Joker‘s deranged plans.
Oh, and remember…
“Never rub another man’s rhubarb.”
2. Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger)
The name’s Martin… Aston Martin. Codename: DB5.
Like with any list, as you race to the finish you have to start making tough decisions. I wanted to feature several Aston Martin‘s from the James Bond franchise, but I decided I could only choose one.
Much like 007 himself, the DB5 has a tough, yet classic gentleman way about it.
A perfect example in British automotive luxury, it feels only natural that Ian Fleming‘s iconic spy would drive such an iconic car. Stopping in at Q-branch for a quick upgrade, Bond‘s Aston Martin DB5 is chock-full of charm – as well as gadgets.
First appearing in 1964s third entry in the Bond franchise; Goldfinger, the Aston Martin brand would forever-more by associated with the Bond franchise.
Yet another entry from the 007 garage, where the film spawned not only another iconic villain (Oddjob), but also a truly mesmerising car.
1. “The Time Machine” 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 (Back to the Future)
Great Scott! This is heavy.
First to the finish-line, and taking 1st place on the podium for the most iconic car from a movie or TV show is; The Time Machine, from the 1984 time-travelling classic; Back to the Future.
Like I said previously, this list has been a challenge to put together, but over the course of writing this, the DeLorean DMC-12 had a real draw about it – as if there was something wrong with the Earth’s gravitational pull!
Capable of going from 0-88mph in no time at all; this automobile-based time travel device comes complete with a Flux Capacitor, stylish rear vents and an optional Mr Fusion – ideal for the eco-friendly driver.
This baby, truly is iconic. Oh, and with it being a Time Machine, it you’ll never run OUTATIME…
Forget those pesky roads, and don’t worry if you miss the train. The DeLorean DMC-12 Time Machine has a solution for all.
Please Note: Sometimes unreliable on start-up.
The first Back to the Future, along with Part II and Part III are some of GoneFullGeek’s most-favourite movies, and is without doubt; the No. 1 movie for our GoneFullGeek apprentice – who could quote and act it out scene-by-scene at the age of three.
Too Many Iconic Cars To Choose From?
I hope you enjoyed reading this.
Please, comment below and let me know if you agree with my list, or if you’d have chosen differently.
This was a really difficult list to put together, as I had many more cars that deserved a mention.
You never know, I may yet write a “screech-quel”, or maybe a “spin”-off. Sorry, I know you’re “tyre”d of me now.
I’ll see myself out. Bye!