#5 1964 Aston Martin DB5, Goldfinger
While agent 007 is known for his sweet rides, and he’s had a lot, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 might be the most iconic. Appearing in Goldfinger, the DB5 was as beautiful as any actress on the set. While far from being the most powerful car in movies, it could hold its own. In its stock configuration, the all-aluminum engine pumped out 282 horsepower, 288 pounds of torque and could reach a top speed of 143 miles per hour… fast enough to catch supervillians. Bond’s ride also included upgrades such as an ejector seat, smoke screen, navigation and even an oil-slick sprayer.
#4 1977 Pontiac Trans Am, Smokey and the Bandit
The second generation of the Pontiac Firebird became a top-seller after starring alongside Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit. In fact, Pontiac sold over 55,000 Trans Ams in the two years following its debut in the movie, in spite of not receiving much of a cosmetic update for years. There was just something cool about the car, and Burt Reynolds’ personal Trans Am, in Smokey and the Bandit style recently sold at auction for a whopping $480,000… a little rich for my blood, but a sweet ride, nonetheless.
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#3 1967 Shelby GT500, “Eleanor”, Gone in 60 seconds
Gone in 60 Seconds is a strange movie for me. It is the rare type of movie that even though I know the plot and story are weak at best, I still have a ton of fun watching it. Perhaps the biggest factor for that is the quantity of awesome cars in the flick. Of course, none is held in higher regard than the 1967 Shelby GT500. “Eleanor” is simply beautiful, and really powerful. I could bore you with the specs, and tell you about the horses and the engine, but that would be burying the lead. Just take a look at this beauty.
#2 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
The majority of this list comes from action movies, and with good reason, could you imagine an action movie where everyone is driving a Ford Escort?!? Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is one comedy that really showcases a beautiful car. Ferris’ dad’s 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California is a true work of art, and it is almost impossible to watch what happens to it without cringing the whole time. From the renegade valet driver to the ahem.. mishap while attempting in vain to roll back the odometer. The car still looks like a beauty as is flies out the huge plate glass window in the showroom quality garage. What a great car, and what a memorable movie.
# 1 1968 Mustang GT 390, Bullitt
Let’s be honest, just about anything Steve McQueen has ever touched is cool. The 1968 Mustang GT from Bullitt is no exception. In what is my favorite chase scene of all time, the 325 horsepower GT reached speeds in excess of 110 miles per hour (the director originally called for a top speed of 80 miles per hour). The result was more than 10 minutes of white knuckle, edge of your seat action as the beast sped through San Francisco. This car is pure awesome.