A classic car in top condition looks amazing up close and feels amazing when you’re behind the wheel. On the big screen, however, it’s more than just a vehicle. It’s a memory shared by countless people for countless years to come. Check out these five unforgettable examples.
What could be more classic than the original Bond car? The DB5’s all-aluminum 4.0L inline-6 engine produced 282 bhp and reached 60mph in 8 seconds. But of course, it’s not exactly remembered for its specs. For Goldeneye, special effects expert John Stears convinced Aston Martin to provide prototypes of the DB5 for filming, which he modified with the characteristic weaponry and gadgets. In 2010, a DB5 used in the movie was auctioned off for £2.6 million.
Between Steve McQueen and a ‘68 Mustang GT, it’s hard to tell which has a more commanding presence. With a 4.9L V8 engine producing 325bhp and reaching 60mph in 5.5 seconds, the Mustang driven by McQueen in Bullitt was more than just a prop. It roared through San Francisco in one of the greatest movie car chases of all time. Now owned by New Jersey resident Sean Kiernan, the surviving Bullitt Mustang is valued between $3 and $5 million USD.
For the average car aficionado, spending the afternoon driving a Ferrari 250 GT Spyder would make for a pretty good day off, especially since only 56 of them were ever made. Oddly enough, the car driven in this ‘80s classic wasn’t one of them, and wasn’t even a Ferrari. California company Modena Design & Development were hired to construct 3 replicas for the film using fibreglass bodies. In 2016, one of the original Ferrari units sold at auction for $17 million US.
Before showing us intergalactic battle in Star Wars, George Lucas showed us the cruising culture of early-’60s California in American Graffiti. With more classics than you can count, this movie any car aficionado’s dream, but it’s probably the heavily modified yellow ‘32 Ford Coupe that truly lives on. In fact, it helped to jump-start a dying hot rod culture in North America when the film came out in 1973. It’s now reportedly in the hands of San Francisco resident Rick Figari.
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