Some of our favorite TV shows and movies have cars that have become larger than the show or movie itself. These cars take on a character of their own sometimes. Some of these cars have become the most iconic and recognizable vehicles to ever cruise on the streets of our favorite shows and movies.
1. 2004 Pontiac Aztek, Breaking Bad
The 2004 Pontiac Aztek is considered one of the ugliest sports utility vehicles to have ever been put into production. Luckily, the vehicle’s other claim to fame is the car that Walter White drives in the series Breaking Bad. The car was a perfect choice for Walter, as it was the first of the many bad decisions he made on the show. It’s not the flashiest car on this list by any means, but fans of the show know that the SUV is synonymous with Walter White.
2. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
It still hurts every time I watch the scene in this movie where the car gets destroyed. Such a beautiful car doesn’t deserve an ending like that. Luckily, it wasn’t a real Ferrari. This car is a gorgeous piece of machinery, and it steals the scene whenever it appears in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I wish I could take it for a spin and get it airborne like those lucky garage workers in the film.
3. 1969 Dodge Charger, the Dukes of Hazzard
This might be one of the coolest and most recognizable cars of the past. How many cars have a cooler nickname than the “General Lee?” The burnt orange exterior with the flag on the roof and number ’01’ on the side made every show fan want a Dodge Charger. How incredible was the opening scene watching the Charger go airborne over the hills? There is no original General Lee because many were ruined during intense filming. Still, I’ll take a replica.
4. 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, Smokey and the Bandit
Burt Reynolds was one of the coolest men alive in the 1970s and drove one of the coolest cars of the decade. The all-black car with the iconic gold Firebird on the hood created a new generation of muscle car lovers. A dozen Firebirds were used to make the film, and only one remains today. The car sold for nearly $500,000 in 2022 to an avid fan, proving it might be one of the most recognizable cars in film history.
5. 1967 Ford Mustang GT500, Gone in 60 Seconds
A handful of cars from this film could have made this list, but the car nicknamed “Eleanor” is by far the most iconic. Nicholas Cage leads one of film history’s most famous car chases, ending with him soaring over a bridge to freedom in this Mustang GT500. Eleven models were made for the film, but 3 of them were legit. Of those 3, 2 were destroyed, leaving the remaining very special. The car is so unique and rare a car enthusiast added this model to their collection for $1 million in 2013.
6. 1968 Ford Mustang GT, Bullitt
This 1968 Mustang was part of another famous car chase scene in movie history. Who can forget Steve McQueen flying around the streets of San Fransico as he chased down the bad guys? The car has a long and storied history, with the car being sold to a Warner Bros. employee who ended up using the car as his commuter for a while.
7. 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor, Ghostbusters
Known as the Ecto-1 by the Ghostbusters, this vehicle was used in both Ghostbusters movies. The car is decked out with all the gadgets the crew needs to protect New York City from all the ghosts. The car weighs over 3 tons and is 20 feet long. How can you not recognize this iconic car if it drove down your street?
8. 1966 Ford Thunderbird, Thelma and Louise
Fans of the movie will remember the famous turquoise convertible tearing down the desert roads. The car is absolutely gorgeous with a white leather interior; it was a shame how it eventually pummelled off the cliff. Luckily, a few were used, and a couple of the exact models of Thunderbirds are still making their way to car shows today.
9. 1982-1984 Pontiac Trans Am, Knight Rider
How many cars do you know that speak? I only know of one, so of course, it will be on this list. The car known as KITT was arguably the bigger star of the show than David Hasselhoff. Apparently, five of these cars are still actively making their way to car shows around the country.
10. 1979 Ford Ltd Country Squire, National Lampoon’s Vacation
When Clark Griswold needed a reliable car to take his family on a cross-country road trip, this was the car he chose (kind of). The pea-moss green color with wood panels may be ugly, but it indeed is recognizable. The film made the car look so ugly; it might be the reason station wagon sales decreased after the movie’s release.
11. 1974 Dodge Monaco, the Blues Brothers
The Bluesmobile was an old cop car that helped the brothers elude the police and jump over a drawbridge while trying to make their way home. It may not look like much, but it’ll be sure to turn your head due to the giant horn speaker strapped to the roof.
12. 1976 AMC Pacer, Wayne’s World
This tiny little coupe will not awe everybody if they are fans of the 90s comedy Wayne’s World. Who can forget watching Wayne and Garth sing along to “Bohemian Rhapsody?” The baby blue paint job with the flames coming out of the wheel well is the perfect car for a budding rock and roller Wayne to drive. One fan of the movie loved it so much he paid $37,000 for it at a 2016 auction.
13. 1993 Toyota MK IV Supra, the Fast and the Furious
This is arguably the car that sparked a franchise that just released its tenth film. The bright orange Supra was the car every import tuning enthusiast wanted to drive. Imagine driving down Highway 1 pretending to race Ferraris in this sports car. One collector made this fantasy a reality when he bought the car for $185,000 in 2015.
14. Warner Bros.’ 1989 Batmobile, Batman and Batman Returns
The studio actually made the Batmobile for these movies. They do actually run, although their top speed is barely 30 mph. The design is one of the most recognizable cars in film history. The jet black paint job and long hood with an exhaust that shoots out flames is the perfect vehicle for the Cap Crusader to drive around Gotham fighting supervillains.
15. 1981 Delorean DMC-12, Back to the Future
Are you telling me you built a time machine out of a Delorean? I believe this is the most famous car of all time. There is no better car to strap a flux capacitor to and go back and alter the history timeline. The rarity of the car itself makes the fact that there are three leftover from the films that much cooler.
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