Many factors contribute to an iconic movie. A terrific cast, great acting, and a superb plot are some components that make a movie great. And then there are the cars. Some films have iconic vehicles that are so impressive that they may be more memorable than the movie itself.
This article will discuss famous movie cars that go down in Hollywood history.
1981 DeLorean CMC-12 – Back to the Future
Some movies have time machine boxes that people enter to visit the past or future. Back to the Future outdid them all with a stainless steel Delorean DMC-12 designed by famed automotive genius Giorgetto Giugiaro.
Real-life specs have this car featuring a sluggish V-6 engine. But the movie version was updated with a V-8 engine sourced from a Porsche 928 that helped Michael J. Fox hit speeds of 88 mph.
The car didn’t do as well on the automatic market as in the movie. But its sleek design earned it a cult following. A Delorean Motor Company is restoring and improving the cars to make them worthy of their fan base.
1958 Plymouth Fury- Christine
The Plymouth Fury used in Stephen King’s Christine may have audiences cringing in fear. But its classy looks are undeniable.
The movie used impressive special effects to mimic the car’s regenerating ability. Hydraulic pumps placed inside the vehicle and attached to the sides of the plastic-paneled double body sucked in its sides to produce a damaged appearance. Then the film was reversed to bring it back to its original state.
The crew couldn’t get the powerful sound of a revving motor out of the Plymouth. They used a recording of a 1970 Mustang 428 Super Cobra Jet engine instead.
Batmobile Tumbler- Batman Begins
You can’t produce a list of iconic movie cars without mentioning at least one version of the Batmobile. We chose the Batman Tumbler featured in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Its sleek design is among the most visually stunning versions since the 1960s.
But the Tumbler is more than a great-looking car. Its V-8 engine goes from 0 to 60 in about five seconds. Its 37 off-road tires and carbon fiber panel body owe to its stellar appearance and functionality.
As a bonus, this car is more than a computer-generated movie prop. It’s a drivable vehicle. Just ask Jay Leno. He currently stores it in his garage.
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