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  • 06 October 2015
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    Howards Presents Star Cars Of The Silver Screen

    Take a look at our Star Cars of The Silver Screen infographic which includes our favourite iconic movie cars which have featured in popular films over the years.

    We hope you like it! Don’t forget to like, share and tweet the infographic and let us know what your favourite iconic movie car is!


    The cars featured on this infographic include;

    1. Goldfinger 1964

    1964’s ‘Goldfinger’, the third film in the James Bond series, saw the introduction of a new car for bond- the Aston Martin DB5.

    1. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 1968

    The main car in the film was a customized 1968 Paragon Panther. Writer Ian Fleming based the car on the aero-engine racing cars which were built in the early 1920’s.

    1. Herbie the Love Bug 1968

    The 1963 Volkswagen Beetle Deluxe was painted pearl white. The car would usually have matching interior but instead this was painted a non-reflective grey for filming purposes to help prevent camera lights glaring.

    1. Bullitt 1968

    Character Frank Bullitt drove a 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT 2+2 Fastback. For the famous chase scene Steve McQueen made a point of keeping his face near the open window so everyone would know that it was him and not a stuntman. The Italian Job 1969- Three 1968 Austin Mk 1 Mini Coopers

    1. The Italian Job 1969

    Three 1968 Austin Mk 1 Mini Coopers were used and during the chase scene the 3 minis always stayed in the order red, white and blue, to match the colours of the Union Jack.

    1. Gone in 60 Seconds 1974

    The famous car used in the 40 minute chase scene at the end of the film was a 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 which was named Eleanor. In the 97 minute long movie, a total of 93 cars were crashed.

    1. Smokey and the Bandit 1977

    The iconic car driven by Bandit in the film is a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am and 3 models were used for filming.

    1. Grease 1978

    The famous race scene includes a modified white 1948 Ford De Luxe which was owned by the T-Birds.

    1. Mad Max 1979

    The 1974 Customized Ford Falcon XB Interceptor known as ‘Pursuit Special’ is driven by Max Rocatansky at the end of Mad Max and for the first half of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.

    1. The Cannon Ball run 1981

    The movie contains many iconic cars including an original Lamborghini Countach Lp 400S driven by characters Marcie and Jill.

    1. Ghostbusters 1984

    The renowned vehicle used for the Ecto- 1 in the Ghostbusters movie is a 1959 Cadillac Chassis, built by the Miller-Meteor company. The car was originally designed for ambulance and hearse purposes.

    1. Back to the Future 1985

    Featured in all 3 films is the DeLorean time machine, which was deliberately picked for the films because of its futuristic appearance and gull wing doors. These features made it plausible that people in 1955 would think that the 1985 DeLorean vehicle was an alien spacecraft.

    1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 1986

    The car Ferris drives in the film is a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB which was a modified MG sports car rather than use an original.

    1. Wayne’s World 1992

    The car belonging to Wayne and Garth in the movie was a sky-blue 1976 AMC Pacer which featured orange flames on each side. The cars top speed was only 90, but the model fitted the role perfectly.

    1. Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery 1997

    In the film Austin owns a rare and iconic 1970 E-Type Jaguar which had both Union Jack interior and exterior.

    1. Scooby Doo 2002

    The fictional Mystery Machine is a 1972 Ford Econoline – and the van first made its appearance in the 1969 cartoon series  cartoon series Scooby Doo, where are you?

    1. 2 Fast 2 Furious

    Paul Walker personally handpicked all the racing cars in the film. The 1999 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R used for the bridge stunt sustained a ruptured oil pan and severe damage to all four rims from the jump

    1. Starksy and Hutch 2004

    In both the film and TV series, Starsky and Hutch own a 1976 Ford Gran Torino. For the film, 10 1975-76 Ford Gran Torinos were used and only 2 were intact after shooting finished.

    1. I Robot 2004

    The featured concept Audi RSQ was exclusively designed for the film. The car contained special features which were suggested by the director Alex Proyas which included spherical wheels, butterfly action doors and a colour changing paint job.

    1. The Dukes of Hazard 2005

    The car featured in the film is a 1969 Dodge Charger. Twenty-six Dodge Chargers were used in the film, several being 1968 and 1970 Chargers altered to look like the 69 model.

    1. Batman Begins 2005

    The Batmobile known as the ‘Tumbler’ is 9 feet wide, 16 feet long and has a top speed of 106 miles. It can reach 0-60 in 6 seconds, and the engine is a V8 Chevy. Even though Christian Bale played many of his own stunts, he wasn’t allowed anywhere near the Tumbler Batmobile.

    1. Casino Royale 2006

    In the film Casino Royale we saw the 2007 Aston Martin DBS V12 for the first time. In one afternoon of shooting three DBS V12’s valued at $300,000 each were destroyed to film the car roll sequence scene.

    1. Transformers 2007

    Bumblebee changes from a 1977 Camaro into a 2009 Chevrolet Camaro. At the time there were no running 2009 models so Saleen Inc. and Pontiac GTO used Camaro designs from GM to build a running 2009 Camero in 30 days especially for the film.

    1. Avengers: Age of Ulton 2012

    Tony Starks Acura in the film was custom made specifically for the movie by chief designer Dave Marek from Honda North America. It was created in 3 months, and the donor car used was 1992 NSX from Arizona with 252,000 miles on the clock.

    1. Rush 2013

    Character James Hunt drives a replica of the original McLaren M26 Formula 1 in the film, which has since gone on auction between $1.2 and $1.6 million.

    1. Fast and Furious 7 2015

    The Lykan HyperSport is a Middle Eastern supercar worth £2.3 million. It is destroyed when it jumps in between 3 buildings. The car has a top speed of 230mph, and it can achieve zero to 60 in less than 3 seconds.

    1. James Bond Spectre 2015

    The Aston Martin DB10 Featured in Bonds 24th big-screen outing is the companies most exclusive ever- a production ran of only 10 models.


     To view the infographic, click this link here- https://www.howardsgroup.co.uk/moviecars 

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