Famous Cars in Movie History

We love cars. And we love movies! When cars are featured prominently in movies, it’s the best of both worlds! Here are a few of the most notable vehicles in cinematic history: 

Back to the Future (1985)

1981 DMC DeLorean


While the DeLorean became a household name because of Marty McFly and Doc Brown, it would take a flux capacitor to really get this machine moving. Other than it’s fame from the movie, the DeLorean is known for its gull-wing doors and being a disappointment as a sports car. A lack of power and performance left many owners wishing they could go back to the future… whatever that means.

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The Love Bug (1968)

1963 Volkswagen Beetle


This little anthropomorphic car from the late sixties raced its way onto the big screen and into the hearts of Americans. The ‘63 Beetle was boosted up to 40 horsepower to keep up with the increasing Autobahn speeds. Its adorable design and zippy speeds lead to Herbie the Love Bug becoming a star.

Christine (1983)

1958 Plymouth Fury


The Plymouth Fury was a full-size boat of a car, wide and long with large vertical tailfins. In the horror film Christine, adapted from the novel of the same name by Stephen King, the red and white Fury is possessed and ends up killing a bunch of people due to jealousy and revenge. On set, director John Carpenter bought 24 of these cars and with them built 17 copies of the film car, all two door hardtops.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder


Director John Hughes wanted a very expensive and very rare sports car for Cameron’s big emotional scene. But he chose a bit TOO rare (only 100 made) so he had to hire a company to build “replicars” that the crew could kick, dent, scratch, and ultimately drive backwards through a plate glass window into the woods.


My Cousin Vinny (1992)

1964 Buick Skylark


If you haven’t seen My Cousin Vinny, stop what you’re doing and go watch that movie. It’s wonderful. And (spoiler alert) in the end, the mechanics of the make and model of the car & positraction is what determines the court’s verdict in the trial. Please. Seriously. Go watch that movie. Joe Pesci. Marisa Tomei. So good.

Grab some popcorn and watch one of these car-centric classics. Let us know what your favorite car movie is by tagging us on Facebook! @professionaltireva

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