Top 5 Most Iconic Movie Cars Of All Time

Top 5 Most Iconic Movie Cars Of All Time

April 9, 2024 Off By Helen Olsson

Every petrolhead in the UK has a unique reason that jump-started their love for cars. 

Some found their passion through gaming, others through family bonding experiences, but many realised their love for cars thanks to movies. 

Throughout history, beautiful cars have overshadowed many movie stars and made their mark in automotive history. As such, it’s no surprise that many critically acclaimed cars are those that played a pivotal role in a movie. 

Spurred by this passion, there soon arose an appreciation for car parts in the UK – the crucial components that keep these iconic vehicles at optimum functionality. 

Whether it was acting as the hero’s chariot or being the villain’s dastardly getaway vehicle, many movie cars have left quite a lasting impression.

To rekindle your memory, we’re breaking down five iconic movie cars throughout history that you have to know.

Let’s strap in and drive down memory lane!

1) The DeLorean DMC-12 (Back to the Future)

Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, John DeLorean’s DMC-12 was a stainless steel sight to behold. Below the bonnet, carrying a 130-HP 2.9-liter V-6, the DeLorean wasn’t exactly the supercar its flashy appearance hinted at. Nonetheless, it was a magnificent car.

With its futuristic looks, its ability to time travel (in the movie at least) and some movie magic, its real-life specs didn’t matter as much, with one exception. Allegedly, the prop staff replaced the sluggish V-6 with a V-8 from a Porsche 928. This nifty switch went a long way in allowing Marty McFly to hit 88 mph and shoot back to 1955.

Despite its celebrity-like status, the DeLorean performed quite poorly on the market in the 1980s. However, later inspiring figurines, t-shirts and even beer mats, the car’s unique retro-futuristic design has earned itself quite a cult following in today’s times.

2) The Tumbler (Batman Begins and The Dark Knight)

In a similar way to Bond cars, every iteration of the Batmobile has transcended generations to remain iconic. However, the tough militaristic Tumbler is widely regarded as the most visually as well as technically significant Batmobile since George Barris’ 1960s version.

According to filmmakers, the tank-like Tumbler is powered by a 350-cid Chevy V-8 and fitted with 37-inch off-road tyres. Not only are the front tyres of the vehicle mounted to an independent front suspension, but the body is made of more than 65 carbon-fibre panels. 

With the Batman franchise already having such a dedicated fanbase, it was no surprise that many a nerd shop went all out when it came to The Tumbler. From cleverly designed mugs to scale car models and binders, the Tumbler was everywhere. 

Many fans to this day continue to praise this Batmobile for its active setup and useful nature. Yet undoubtedly, the coolest thing about the Tumbler is that it isn’t just a movie prop or some computer-animated fantasy, it’s a real car!

3) Aston Martin DB5 (James Bond: Goldfinger)

You cannot think of James Bond without recalling his sleek Aston Martin. At this point, the two are practically synonymous with each other. We received our first glimpse of the Aston Martin DB5 in the 1964 film, Goldfinger and it’s been unforgettable ever since. Some even consider it to be the most famous car that was ever made.

Not only is it one of the most beautiful Aston Martins ever built, but the iteration that appears in Goldfinger was unlike any other car at the time. With its hidden machine guns, bulletproof shield and reversible number plate, it became an instant jaw-dropper. 

It even made an appearance in Daniel Craig’s final performance as the titular Agent 007, ‘No Time To Die’. A fitting send-off, we got to catch the fantastic defensive and offensive versatility of the DB5 in all of its glory.

4) Dodge Charger (The Fast and the Furious)

The 1968-70s Dodge Charger has been a TV and movie veteran for many years. However, in the year 2000, the Charger took to the screen again, only this time built into a street-racing machine for Vin Diesel. 

With an impressive stance, huge rear tyres, a humongous engine and a supercharger sticking out of the bonnet, it was a very cool car, to say the least. Yet, it was its role in the climactic action scene of the movie that made this car so memorable. 

As Vin Diesel lines up his car against Paul Walker’s Supra, he puts the vehicle into full throttle and the Charger does an impressive wheelstand and burnout, at the same time! 

It may be movie magic, but it’s still extremely cool to watch. Later on, both the cars even jump across the railway tracks minutes before a locomotive passes. In a spectacular finish to the chase scene, Diesel flips the Charger along with our hearts as well.

5) Ford Mustang Mach 1 (John Wick)

Many remember Keanu Reeve’s iconic on-screen vehicle to be a Los Angeles city bus. While that was certainly a notable moment, his coolest vehicle has to be the Mustang in John Wick, 20 years later.

In the movie, John refers to the Mustang as a Boss 429. However, in reality, it’s believed to be a Mustang Mach 1. It’s interesting to think that they decided the Mustang was a Boss, to fit better with Wick’s personality. While it may have been a fine touch, it did perplex and upset many car fanatics at the time. 

In a similar way to The Tumbler, the coolest thing about this movie is that it’s a real car driving without any CG. Moreover, Reeves is said to have done the majority of the stunt driving himself after intense training. While there may be some debate about whether the Mustang used a 390 V-8 or a 428, both were perfect for on-screen action shots and looked absolutely remarkable.

To Wrap Up

As you can see, many cars have made their mark throughout the history of movies and cinema. 

From action to thriller to comic fiction, every genre of movie you could possibly imagine will have a standout vehicle. Whether it’s because of its sleek looks, impressive specs or dramatic action scenes, movie cars have become just as iconic as the actors themselves. 

No matter your taste, a beautiful car is a guaranteed recipe for success in every movie and will continue to be for a very long time.