5 film and television cars that stole the show

Cars quite often play a huge part in film and television, which leads to people craving their own version of what they see on screen.

The original Batmobile from the 1966 Batman television series is up for sale again in Arizona, and was previously tied with James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 as the most expensive vehicle in TV and film history when it sold for around £3 million in 2013.

It currently has a £3.2 million price tag, and will surely be snapped up by a keen collector!

This news got us thinking about other cars that have stolen the show when they have appeared on our screen, so we looked at five that have taken our fancy across the years!

DeLorean DMC-12 – Back to the Future

The DeLorean Time Machine as seen in Back to the Future

The DeLorean DMC-12 was described as an unusual choice for the lead vehicle in the Back to the Future films, where it of course, doubled as a time machine. However, co-writer and producer Bob Gale said the car represented “something dangerous, something counterculture”. In real-life, only 9000 were built before production was ceased in 1982, but DeLorean have recently announced they are going to manufacture 300 of the cars again.

1963 Volkswagen Beetle – Herbie

The appearance on television or in a film can do wonders for the value of a car, regardless of how flash it is! The 1963 Volkswagen Beetle that starred as Herbie in the 1968 film “The Love Bug” sold for a whopping $126,000 (£81,750) and holds the world record for the most expensive VW Beetle sold at an auction.

88 Variations - Mad Max Fury Road

The 2015 instalment of Mad Max saw a new Max in the shape of Tom Hardy, alongside a huge amount of weird and wonderful cars. A total of 88 cars were created for the film, and over half of them were completely destroyed during stunts.

Tom Hardy as Mad Max on top of Mercedes Stretch Limo

Some highlights include The People Eater’s Mercedes Limousine, the giant 18-wheeler Furiosa's War Rig and Doof Warrior's Doof Wagon, which featured the Warrior swinging from bungee cords playing an electric guitar that belches flames… Mental from start to finish, but the fact the stunts are real and the cars truly blow up like they do on film makes it that much more special!

1961 Ferrari 250 GT California – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

The Ferrari plays a key part in transporting the three main characters around as they bunk off school for the day. In the film, the car actually belongs to Cameron Frye’s character, and eventually meets its demise when it crashes through a glass window!

1968 Highland Green Ford Mustang – Bullitt

SFPD Lieutenant Frank Bullitt, played by Steve McQueen, pushes the ’68 Mustang to its limits during an infamous 11-minute car chases around the city of San Francisco in pursuit of two henchmen in a 1968 Dodge Charger. The cars more than helped to contribute towards the scene being voted as one of the best car chases of all-time, and it’s hard to disagree with that.

These are just five iconic films where the cars have grabbed our attention, but there are many more out there! Let us know your favourite on one of our social media channels.

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Mad Max photo courtesy of BagoGames on Flickr, under Creative Commons