Special Report

Most Iconic Cars in Film

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1. 1963 Aston Martin DB5
> Film: Goldfinger (1964)
> Genre: Action, adventure
> Starring: Sean Connery, Gert Frobe, Honor Blackman

Few cars have captured the movie-going public’s imagination like the Aston Martin DB5 in the James Bond film “Goldfinger.” It was equipped with machine guns, an ejector seat, revolving license plates, and a smokescreen generator. A model of the gold-colored car became a must-have among collectors of the Matchbox cars of the 1960s.

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2. Chevrolet Lumina Stock Car
> Film: Days of Thunder (1990)
> Genre: Action
> Starring: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman

Tom Cruise drove the Chevrolet Lumina Stock Car in the film “Days of Thunder” and helped propel NASCAR to greater popularity in the 1990s.

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3. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT/1985 Modena GT Spyder California
> Film: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
> Genre: Comedy
> Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara

The cars that make skipping school worth it in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” are a Ferrari and a Modena, although the vehicle meets a cringeworthy fate during the movie. Car enthusiasts breathed a sigh of relief when it was noted that the vehicle destroyed was a replica of the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT, which cost $300,000 at the time.

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4. Wagon Queen Family Truckster station wagon
> Film: National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
> Genre: Comedy
> Starring: Beverly D’Angelo and Chevy Chase

The Wagon Queen Family Truckster in “National Lampoon’s Vacation” is a 1979 Ford LTD Country Squire that was modified for the film. The pea-green conveyance that featured in the misadventures of the Griswold family also served as a hearse at one point during the movie, which was shot in 15 locations in four states.

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5. 1977 Pontiac Trans-Am
> Film: Smokey and The Bandit (1977)
> Genre: Comedy, action
> Starring: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field Jerry Reed, Jackie Gleason

Audiences couldn’t get enough of the sleek driving machine piloted by Burt Reynolds as he evaded a good ole sheriff played by Jackie Gleason in the film. After the movie opened, sales for the Trans Am shot up by about 30,000 cars from 1977 to 1978.