Vehicles have long held a treasured place in some of the most famous movies of all time – and in some cases, a particular vehicle has shared star billing with the lead actor or actress. Here are five famous vehicles which will forever be remembered for appearing in iconic films…
Aston Martin DB5 – Goldfinger
The James Bond franchise is synonymous with style and cars have always played a huge part in the image of the world’s most charming spy. The latest film in the long-running series, Spectre, aired in 2015 but arguably the most famous vehicle dates back to 1964’s Goldfinger. The Aston Martin DB5, driven by Sean Connery in the film, also appeared in Thunderball.
Ford Mustang – Bullitt
In terms of iconic films, the 1968 classic Bullitt is hard to rival. It stars one of the all-time action movie greats in Steve McQueen, as San Francisco cop Frank Bullitt, who is assigned to look after a witness. Rivalling McQueen for top billing in the movie is the Ford Mustang 390 GT 2+2 Fastback, which features in what is considered to be one of the finest car chase scenes in Hollywood history.
TT Special 650 Triumph – The Great Escape
Another McQueen movie but no self-respecting round-up of iconic films featuring famous vehicles can exclude 1963’s The Great Escape. The scene in which McQueen, playing a Prisoner of War attempting to escape from a World War One Germany prison, attempts to jump over a series of barbed wire fences aboard his Triumph motorbike, steals the entire film. Top fact, courtesy of this article – the stuntman who performed the jump in this film also double for McQueen in Bullitt.
Kawasaki GPZ – Top Gun
The 1986 Tom Cruise cult movie might focus on his character Maverick’s struggles to graduate from the US Navy’s Top Gun school, and the F-14A Tomcat fighter jet takes centre stage. But one of the most memorable scenes from the film sees Cruise trying to impress Kelly McGillis by hammering around town on a 1985 Kawasaki. It worked, too – we can’t help but wonder how many guys went in search of a Kawasaki, Yamaha or Honda motorcycle dealers in London or elsewhere in the UK after being inspired by Cruise.
Ecto-1 – Ghostbusters
Not a real car, of course, but the Ecto-1 which featured in the 1984 classic Ghostbusters will never be forgotten. There was nothing stylish about this hunk of metal, which was cobbled together into some kind of flashing monstrosity, perfect for detecting ghouls and spirits. But beneath the comical creation was a genuine car – it was a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance until being converted. A new version has been made for the 2016 remake.