Coolest Action Movie Cars, Not From the 'Fast & Furious' Franchise
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The Fast & Furious series has basically perfected the movie chase scene with well-directed chases and a world-class roster of showcased rare and expensive cars. Though other action movies have a great selection of cars, from various car brands, both new and old.
Vulture lists 38 of the best car movies ever made. Here are some of the most notable action movie cars of all time.
Does anyone else want to be James Bond just to drive the DB5?
Aston Martin DB5 from ‘Goldfinger’
If we wanted to, we could fill this list entirely with cars from James Bond movies. For nearly five decades, a collection of signature cars have become a part of the British spy’s look. Everyone’s favorite Bond car might be different, but none are likely as famous as the Aston Martin DB5.
The DB5 first appeared in 1963’s Goldfinger and immediately captured viewers’ attention with its style and class. While Bond frequently drives more modern cars in recent films, the Aston Martin DB5 is never forgotten.
Current Bond actor, Daniel Craig, can be seen in the DB5 in films like Skyfall and Spectre.
The Pursuit Special from ‘Mad Max’
The dystopian wasteland of the Mad Max universe seems like the last place you’d find a memorable movie car.
While most of the vehicles in the movie are hardly similar to real-world cars, the titular hero is frequently seen in an iconic muscle car. Mad Max drives the Pursuit Special, an Australian Ford Falcon (XB) with a supercharged V8.
Recreations of the Pursuit Special are common sights at Australian car shows. In its most recent film appearance, the Pursuit Special was featured in the Oscar-winning 2015 movie Mad Max: Fury Road.
A classic car from a classic action movie
Arguably the most famous movie car of all time, the Pontiac Trans-Am featured in Smokey and the Bandit was essentially a main character in the film. Driven by Burt Reynolds, the Trans-Am was involved in chases and action scenes throughout the movie.
To this day, the car itself is almost more widely remembered than the movie.
When the movie was released, Pontiac saw sales jump because of the increased publicity brought on by the Trans-Am’s prominent role. Today, it is not uncommon to see replicas of the Smokey and the Bandit Trans-Am at car shows.
The Mustang GT 390 from the movie ‘Bullitt’
1968’s Bullitt starring Steve McQueen might not have invented the chase scene, but it absolutely demonstrated just how action-packed a chase could be.
Ford Mustangs were always cool, but the Highland Green Mustang GT 390 in Bullitt made the Mustang look like a beast in terms of performance.
To honor the legacy of one of Hollywood’s most famous vehicles, Ford released a modern take on the GT390 with the Mustang Bullitt. This was done to honor the fiftieth anniversary of the film.
Which cult classic movie has made its car unforgettable?
The DeLorean Motor Company was only around for about eight years, but they left behind a massive cult following for their DMC DeLorean.
This sports car was the only vehicle produced by the troubled manufacturer, but it left behind a legacy. Its stainless steel design and gull-wing doors are unmistakable, and collectors today pay top dollar for the chance to own one.
Of course, the DeLorean can thank Hollywood for its continued popularity.
Today, the vehicle is most known for being prominently featured in the Back to the Future franchise. In these sci-fi classics, the DeLorean is turned into a time machine, and the popularity of the series keeps the DeLorean in public memory.
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