Throughout movie history, there have been so many awesome cars that we watch knowing we will never get to drive. Thanks to auctions, replicas, and maybe a little bit of luck, some of them are not entirely out of reach for us to take a quick spin in one day. Whether you are choosing a car for its sheer power and looks that will turn heads or choosing it to pretend you are a superhero, there are just certain cars that we all want to take for a spin. This is a collection of the top ten cars from movies we would love to drive.
10. 1983 GMC G-15 Vandura Van – Approx $20,000
If you get one of these vans and don’t get it in gunmetal black with a red stripe, there’s something not quite right going on. The 1983 GMC van had a powerful 6.2 liter diesel V8 engine and a smooth 4-speed automatic gearbox. The back of the van played home to a number of different devices and weapons throughout the series of the A-Team, so if you feel like getting your hands one an old GMC van you’ll have to come up with something cool to put in the back before you call up your three best friends and decide on who gets to be Murdoch. While you would probably be able to pick up an old GMC beater van for a few thousand bucks, getting one that is in good shape and made to look like the A-Team van could set you back around 20 grand – it’s probably still worth it.
9. 1968 Mustang GT 390 Fastback – Approx $110,000
After being driven by Steve McQueen in Bullitt, the Mustang became even more of a sought after car for all who thought they were cool behind the wheel. The model shown in the movie had a 6.4 liter V8 engine which produced around 320bhp. With a now strange-seeming 4-speed manual transmission gearbox, the Mustang must have been fairly hard to drive smoothly, but Steve McQueen still made it look cooler than anything we had seen before. In the years that followed, the success of the Mustang increased and still remains one of the most popular muscle cars in the world. Like most of the cars on this list however, its popularity has certainly yanked its price sky high, so affording a new Mustang is certainly in the cards for more of us than affording one from the 60’s like Steve.
8. 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Hearse – Approx $125,000
Before Ghostbusters it would have seemed anything but cool to roll around in a hearse, but since the movie, the 1959 Cadillac has become something of a cult classic vehicle. It’s certainly not one to be cruising around in on a day-to-day basis, but if Bill Murray was up for hanging out, it would be a lot of fun to get into the Ghostbusters gear and roll around town saving the world from ghosts. If you are in the market to buy one, there are rust-buckets out there for a few thousand bucks, but if you’re looking for something kitted out nicely it could set you back more than a hundred grand.
7. Dukes of Hazzard General Lee – $110,000
Well if you want to get your hands on LEE1, the original General Lee, you will have to speak to the recent 2-time Masters Champion Bubba Watson. He purchased the car in 2012 at auction for 110 grand in celebration of his first green jacket. LEE1 is a 1969 Dodge Charger 383 V8. Like most American muscle cars of its time, the Charger was fantastically loud, fast in a straight line, very powerful, but generally no match for the European precision. Them’ Duke boys didn’t seem to care as they were flying through the air sounding the horn and that’s why the General Lee makes the list as one of the all time greatest movie cars we would love to drive.
6. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – $805,000
This is one of the only cars on the list that does not have a name other than its name from the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang that made it so famous. Unlike most of the cars on this list, you wouldn’t choose to drive this if you were looking for a fast and exhilarating ride. Rather, this old car would take you for a leisurely cruise down memory lane. All you would need is a tweed jacket and perhaps a pipe and you would fit right in on the country roads just about anywhere. There were only a few of the cars made for the production of the movie, and several replicas since. One of the original models was sold at auction in 2011 to movie director Peter Jackson for 805 thousand dollars. You might be able to twist his arm into letting you drive it but you’re better off looking for a replica at that price.
5. Delorean DMC12 1981 – Approx $41,000 – $55,000
If the Delorean from Back to the Future could actually travel through time, then the Delorean Motor Company might have lasted slightly longer than it did. The Delorean DMC 12 from 1981 has become something of a cult classic car with only the richest sci-fi fanatics being able to afford one thanks to their rarity – less than 9000 were ever made. A heavy car to say the least, the 150bhp engine was literally only just able to “gun it to 88” as it was just a 2.85 liter V6. While the original price for the Delorean was 12 thousand dollars, hence DMC-12, they go for around 41-55 thousand now thanks to the classic movie and the rarity of the vehicle. If only you had a time machine to go back and buy one in 1981 for retail price.
4. 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spyder – Approx $1,025,000
While it was only featured in the first 2 seasons of Miami Vice, the Daytona Spyder was immediately entrenched in the ranks of the coolest supercars of all time. With a powerful V12 engine – in the early 70’s – which produced over 350bhp and a top speed of around 175mph, the Daytona could certainly hold its own among the other supercars of the era. What is more, if you were rich enough to buy one and awesome enough to buy one in white you would look just about as cool as humanly possible. The Daytona Spyder’s acceleration was incredible in its day and even by the standards of today as it went from 0-60mph in just 5.4 seconds. Unfortunately, the styling was changed very quickly on the Miami Vice version of the Spyder making it quite a rarity and pushing the price up considerably if you are in the market for one these days.
3. Bumblebee – 2010 Chevrolet Camaro – $22,995-$30,995
While Bumblebee starts out as an old 1975 Camaro with Shia LaBoeuf behind the wheel in the Transformers reboot, he soon transforms into the 2010 model of the Camaro and looks the part for the subsequent movies that followed. If, at heart, you are still a 12 year old then getting the Camaro in any other colour than yellow and black would be a sin. With the option to put in a 7.0 liter, 500bhp, engine you would certainly feel as though you were in something out of this world when you put your foot down. What is more, the Chevy Camaro can be bought in your choice of colour for just a fraction of the cost of most of the vehicles on this list. No matter how hard you wish for it though, it probably won’t turn in to Bumblebee or summon Megan Fox.
2. James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 – Approx $600,000-$800,000
Once a car has been driven by 007, it immediately becomes one of the coolest vehicles on the road. Daniel Craig even managed to make the Ford rental car look pretty flashy in Casino Royale. So with that, the choice must come down to what the best Bond car is and there can be no question that it is the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 used in Goldfinger and then most recently used – and blown up – in Skyfall. With a top speed of 143mph and 0-60 in 8 seconds, the Aston was pretty quick in its day. The straight six engine produced 282bhp and one of the loveliest sounds an engine can make. Even if the real one does not have the passenger eject button in the gearstick, the Aston Martin DB5 is one of the greatest movie cars and we would all love to pretend to be 007 in one for a day – this could be a tall order given the asking price for such a movie relic.
1. The Dark Knight Batmobile – Approx $250,000
While the Batmobile from DC Comics’ Batman series has taken several forms in the movie representations over the years, the meanest and most sophisticated one of them all has to be the Tumbler tank from the Dark Knight Trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan. At 15 feet long and 9 feet wide, it’s hardly practical for a quick run to the store but you can always go the Batman route and just blast yourself a new path. The film crew of the Batman movies described the vehicle as a cross between a Lamborghini and a tank. The actual engine is a 5.7 liter V8 which produces around 500bhp and the real version of the “Tumbler” is said to cost around a quarter of a million dollars. While the real version might not have the kind of firepower and ability to soar through the air at high speeds as Batman’s, it would still be an awful lot of fun to take for a spin.