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When Classic Cars Make a Movie

When Classic Cars Make a Movie

08 May 2014

We might be stretching it a little with the title but all of the cars featured here are stars in their own rights and are often referred to by the film title. So, let’s crack on.

Starsky and Hutch. 1976 Ford Gran Torino

 1976 Ford Gran Torino

In order to remain true to the original television series, this 2004 film adaptation starring funnymen Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller, used a perfectly restored and freshly polished 1976 Ford Gran Torino. Interestingly, anyone who watched the extras on the DVD release will have witnessed the stunt driver pretty much writing off a few models – we just hope they were insured!

Gone In 60 Seconds. 1967 GT Mustang Fastback

1967 GT Mustang Fastback

 

Our next car has been made famous in films from two completely different generations. For Steve McQueen fans it will be Bullit. For those a little younger, it will be Gone In 60 Seconds starring Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie. The star in question is of course the 1967 GT Mustang Fastback.

In the Nic Cage number it was designed to look like a Shelby GT500 boasting a 351 Ford V-8 crate engine and 400 horsepower. It is a feat of engineering magnificence.

Pulp Fiction. 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS Convertible

1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS Convertible

 

Tarantino’s classic didn’t just restore John Travolta’s acting pedigree it also brought the 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle back into ‘cool’. Everything about this film is cool and this 1960s model embodies. It was modified for the film, removing the typical beltline trip for a smoother body look.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California

1961 Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California

 

Everyone’s favourite film about truancy – even the most ardent teacher is seduced by this 80s classic. But why wouldn’t you take the day off school if you could drive around in your dad’s perfectly restored, resplendent in red 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California? Although we’d perhaps not drive it so recklessly as Matthew Broderick did; we’d be more like James May on Top Gear when he took out Chris Evans’ (the DJ not Captain America) model.

Great films but made even greater by their classic cars.

But, before we finish we had to share this. Did you know the Aston Martin DB5 used in the latest James Bond film, Skyfall, was actually a fake? You wouldn’t have guessed would you? It was actually a replica made from a 3D printer. In total three scale models were created; probably best considering they blew it up!

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