I love to watch a good movie and “accessories” used in the scenarios can captive our attention, especially cars. Cars and cinema, it’s a love affair for the ages and some of the cars that graced our favourite films over the years have been immortalised by their star turns. So today I give you a selection of the most iconic cars that marked our life’s.
1968 Mustang GT 390, Bullitt
The coolest car ever. Driven expertly by Steve McQueen, it has and still is the benchmark for automotive-cool in cinema for 45 years. A slick action movie with one of the all-time great film scores by Lalo Schiffrin. McQueen did the driving himself for the close-up scenes, while stunt drivers took care of the rest on the heady slopes of San Francisco. Two 1968 Mustang GT fastbacks (325 hp), with heavily modified engines, breaks and suspensions were used. The famous chase scene took three weeks to shoot.
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T, Vanishing Point
The film is a sort of post-Woodstock road movie that eschews the romanticism of Easy Rider instead offering a more jaded worldview. Kowalski is a car delivery driver who has to drive a 1970 Dodge Challenger muscle car to San Francisco. Short on sleep the driver picks up Benzedrine to keep him awake, the film then follows the Vietnam vet. As he speeds across the American Southwest with the police in hot pursuit. A cult film with a great car as its star.
1973 XB GT Ford Falcon, Mad Max
If the world ends to morrow and I find myself stranded in the Australian outback hunting for food and petrol, then this is the car want. ‘The Road Warrior’s’ iconic car was a black Pusuit Special limited GT351 version of a 1973 Ford XB Falcon Hardtop, modified with a dual overhead cam engine, and thanks to the blower, makes 600 horsepower. After filming the car was put up for auction but no buyer was found, it was handed over to the films mechanic. One of cinema’s iconic cars.
1971 Pontiac LeMans The French Connection
The best car chase in cinema, The French Connection cleaned up at the ’71 Oscars with a Best Picture Academy Award and Best Actor for Gene Hackman, as well Best Director, Editing and Adapted Screenplay. It is the ultimate fast-paced, edgy, cool crime thriller with no hint of pretention and a mean and unforgiving New York City
1968 Mini Cooper, The Italian Job
The Italian Job is a British caper crime film about a bunch of English criminals who plan a heist in in Turin to steal the Italian car maker Fiat’s payroll. The Mini Cooper, long before its rebirth was a cool English motor, small but with loads of character, and the car’s starring role in ‘The Italian Job’ helped the name reach iconic status, something which is evident on the streets today as the Cooper is still going strong.