The 14 Most Unexpected Hero Cars in Movie History

From James Bond movies to Gone in 60 Seconds to the Transformers and Fast & Furious series, we’ve drooled over the chrome in these movies. The sleek designs, the powerful torques, and the stunts the cars were in regularly take away our breath. We’ve dreamed of owning them. Here are 14 cars that left a remarkable mark in movie history.

Aston Martin DB5

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The Aston Martin DB5 has been featured in several James Bond movies, starting with the 1964 flick Goldfinger. Its 4.0l V6 engine produced 262 horsepower. It could accelerate to 100kph in 8 seconds and reach a top speed of 145mph. The DB5 perfectly suited James Bond’s persona as a symbol of thrill, adventure, and luxury.

The Batmobile/ Tumbler

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The dark, unique, and aggressive style perfectly matches Batman’s aesthetic. 2005, it was used in the movie Batman Begins, the first of the Dark Knight trilogy. It had a 5.7l V8 engine that delivered 500 horsepower. It could quickly reach 100kph in 5.8 seconds and had a driving range of 160 mpg. It was a hybrid of Lamborghini and Humvee, equipped with weaponry and ammunition.

DMC DeLorean

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In the 1980s classic franchise “Back to the Future,” this car with a rebellious design could time travel. It contained a 2.8l V6 engine that produced 130 horsepower and had a top speed of 109 mph. It could go from 0 to 100 in 10.9 seconds. Even though it was in the market for a limited period, i.e., from 1981 to 1982, everyone knows this car thanks to Michael J. Fox.

Ford Mustang GT Fastback

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The movie Bullitt made car enthusiasts and Steve McQueen fans drool over the Ford Mustang GT. It had a 6.4l V8 engine that delivered 325 horsepower, a top speed of 105 mph, and the ability to go from 0 to 100 kph in 8.9 seconds. In 2020, 53 years after its release, the Bullitt car was sold at an auction for $3.7 million.

Dodge Charger

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This car is a perfect example of how a movie franchise revived an almost forgotten car. The Fast and Furious series introduced many viewers to many different cars. One of the cars it featured was the Dodge Charger. The model in the movie was from 1970, but it grabbed everyone’s eyeballs even in 2001. Its 7.2l V8 engine gave it a top speed of 137 mph. It produced 425 horsepower and could sprint to 100 kph from 0 in a mere 5.5 seconds.

Ferrari 250 GT SWB

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Featured in a teen comedy film, ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,’ this car was a limited edition, with only 56 ever made. It had a 3l V12 engine, which would generate 275 horsepower. It could hit 100 kph in just 6.6 seconds at that time with a top speed of 145 mph. For the first time in its 55 years of history, it was up for sale to the public at an auction in 2016. It sold at $17.6 million.

Mustang Boss 429

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The 1969 model Mustang Boss 429 is featured in the movie ‘John Wick’ released in 2014. It was mostly made for NASCAR competition and sold in limited quantities. This car’s rarity makes it one of the rarest and most valuable cars in the market today. It suited the personality of John Wick as being effortlessly cool. It carried a 5l V8 engine, generating 354 horsepower. It could go from 0 to 100 kph in 7.3 seconds with a top driving speed of 128 mph.

Volkswagen Beetle

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This vehicle was launched in 1938 in Germany but became famous after World War 2 when it was featured in the movie ‘The Love Bug.’ The car and the movie were so in sync that the Beetle is still called The Love Bug. It was a tiny car with a 1.2l 4-cylinder engine that delivered 41 horsepower. With a top speed of 62 mph, it could go from 0 to 100 kph in 15.4 seconds. It is one of the world’s favorite small cars.

Shelby GT500

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Called the ‘Eleanor’ in the film Gone in 60 Seconds, the Shelby GT 500 marked its debut on the big screen with Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie. The ‘Eleanor’ was a Ford Mustang. It carried a 5l V8 engine that delivered 355 horsepower. It could go to 100 from a standstill in 6.8 seconds, with a top speed of 128 mph. Its iconic aesthetic gave it a more muscular look, making it the choice of a whole new generation of motorheads.

Audi R8

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The Audi R8 resonated with Tony Stark in his debut Marvel film, Iron Man. It was sporty, expensive, and fast, and it helped reinforce Audi as a status symbol. It has a 4.2l V8 engine, which helps it generate 420 horsepower. It could jump from 0 to 100 kph in 4.8 seconds and has a striking top speed of 185 mph. It has become the signature car for Iron Man, and since then, 42 models of the R8 have been used during the making of the movies.

Chevrolet Camaro

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In 2007, after the movie ‘Transformers’ hit the theatre screens, everyone wanted the featured ‘Camaro’ from the movie. The fictional Transformer Bumblebee changed into the Camaro. It was up for sale to the general public in 2009, and everyone wanted to own a transformer with a 6.2l V8 engine that would produce 426 horsepower. It had a top speed of 155 mph and could sprint to 100 kph from 0 in just 5.1 seconds. Its iconic black stripes over the yellow bodywork made a bold impression in people’s minds.

Ford Thunderbird

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The 1991 film Thelma & Louise set the trend of police getaways thanks to the classic Ford Thunderbird in the humid deserts. The scene where the Thunderbird jumps off a cliff in the Grand Canyon is iconic. Thunderbird had a 7l V8 engine capable of producing 345 hp. While it could go from 0 to 100 kph in 9.3 seconds, it had a top speed of 134 mph.

Cadillac ‘Ecto 1’

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The 1959 Cadillac was featured in Ghostbusters in 1984. Even though it was portrayed as a junkyard car in the movie, which was later revived and modified, it worked wonderfully in the real world. It carried a V8 engine that produced 325 horsepower. It could go from 0 to 100 kph in 10.9 seconds and had a top speed of 125 mph.

Ford Falcon XB GT

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In 1977, “Mad Max” roared onto screens, introducing audiences to the iconic Falcon XB GT, affectionately known as the “Pursuit Special.” This beast of a machine wasn’t just a car; it was a statement of rebellion. It had a mighty 5.8-liter V8 engine under its hood, which delivered 300 horsepower. With a top speed of 176 mph, the Pursuit Special was a force to be reckoned with, capable of propelling from 0 to 100 mph in 7.9 seconds. 

15 Most Reliable Cars Ever Made — Why They Never Quit

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Some claim that the dependability of autos has decreased. Modern cars have a shorter lifespan than some cars manufactured between the 1970s and the 1990s, but some new and used cars today are good enough to last for at least ten years and up to 500,000 miles. When these vehicles break down, most problems are relatively simple, and many don’t have serious difficulties. Here are 15 of the most reliable cars ever made:

15 Most Reliable Cars Ever Made — Why They Never Quit

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