Our Favorite Cars from Movies
There’s nothing that looks cooler than a car on the silver screen, and there’s just something special about hearing the roar of a car’s engine through a roper surround sound setup – whether it’s at home or in a cinema. Car enthusiasts can’t watch a movie without pointing out their favorite, so we thought we’d put together this cool list of our own personal favorite cars from movies.
1941 Custom Lincoln Limousine
Movie: The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather stands as a classic 1969 novel by author Mario Puzo. Most people also consider it to be one of the best movies to ever be seen on the silver screen. It’s historical for its in-depth look into Mafia culture and customs – which had been never-before-seen at the time of its release, though of course car enthusiasts are going to remember this one for the cars.
There were a couple gorgeous old classics in the original Godfather flick (released in 1972). It was considered one of the masterpieces of Francis Ford Coppola, and is considered one of the best movies ever made—even if you don’t watch the rest in the series.
The car that caught our eye the most was the 1941 Custom Lincoln Limousine in the movie and it’s not even one that shows up in a big movie scene. It just stands out, driven by one of the rivals to the Corleone family.
What makes this car so remarkable? It was built in very limited quantities, and was only produced from 1941 to 1942. The car came out with a 3-speed manual transmission, and was one of only 295 ever made. The original model used in the movie, according to Bonham’s Auction House, came from the estate of Eugene Beardsley and was an incredible landmark of its time, and will certainly turn heads today.
The auction of the remarkable beauty was announced at the end of 2012.
1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse
Movie: The Fast and the Furious (2001)
If you’re a gear-nut, then The Fast and the Furious is likely on your list of top ten movies. It’s also one of the top 250 according to IMDB. The movie was first released in 2001, and featured a star cast including Vin Diesel in one of his most defining roles.
Of course, the film spawned an entire franchise of successful films including The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Fast & Furious in 2009. While everyone has a personal favorite, the first one is still the movie that sticks in most peoples’ heads.
The 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse came with a Neon 16-valve DOHC 2-liter engine, and it packed an audible roar under the hood. It stands out to many people as the most notable car from the entire franchise. Even if you don’t know anything about cars, you’ll even remember it as the green one.
1981 De’Lorean DMC-12
Movie: Back to the Future (1985)
Back to the Future was released in 1985 on a budget of $19 million dollars—very modest by today’s standards, but remarkable if you compare it to back then. It’s another one of the most classic films ever made, and stars Michael J. Fox in one of his most memorable roles, and the great Christopher Lloyd as Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown.
In spite of the modest budget, the movie made an incredible $381 million at the worldwide box office—the highest-grossing movie of the year.
Yes, the series is the same one that inspired the cartoon Rick & Morty, just in case you were wondering. There were rumors of a fourth sequel in the mix, but that—at least so far—has never come to light. Maybe someone needs to make the movie happen by travelling… Back to the future.
Of course, gear-heads will remember the car the time-travelling was actually done in the most.
The De’Lorean in question was only made from 1981 to 1983, and the gull-wing doors are what sticks out to most. There were just over 8,000 models produced (8,583 to be precise), and today you’ll only see a couple of them on the road in good condition.
The car was originally meant to be named the Z Tavio after the concept artist’s son Zachary, but this never materialized and the name was changed to the DMC-12 instead. The panels were constructed from unpainted stainless steel, something not seen very often—and possibly a reason why the remaining models are still in such great condition!