Top 35 Famous and Memorable Movie and TV Cars
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- ALFA ROMEO GTV6 Quadrifoglio - (1980-1987). A grey GTV6 is featured for a short period in the 1983 James Bond movie Octopussy. Bond steals the parked car while its owner uses a pay phone booth and makes haste towards Octopussy's Circus.
- ASTON MARTIN DB5 - (1963-1965). The DB5 is famous for being the first and most recognised cinematic James Bond car. It has been featured in several films, most notably Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and Casino Royale (2006). Sold on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at RM Auctions for £2.912.000.
- ASTON MARTIN DBS - (2003-). Originally produced from 1967–72, it featured in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. A new version, based heavily on the Aston Martin DB9, is featured in the 2006 film Casino Royale and the 2008 film Quantum of Solace (see: Aston Martin DBS V12).
- Aston Martin V8 Vantage Series III - (1977-1989). James Bond's car (B549 WUU) in the 1987 film The Living Daylights is somewhat confusing. At the beginning of the film, the car is a V8 Vantage Volante (convertible), complete with Vantage badges. The car used in these scenes was a preproduction Vantage Volante owned by Aston Martin Lagonda chairman, Victor Gauntlett. Later, the car is fitted with a hardtop ("winterised") at Q Branch, and these scenes feature a pair of non-Vantage V8 saloons, fitted with the same number plate and Vantage badges as the initial car. Clearly, the later cars are intended to be the same Volante.
- ASTON MARTIN VANQUISH - (2001-2007). From its 2001 introduction to its cancellation, it was Aston Martin's flagship vehicle. Its rise to recognition by the wider public came after being featured as the official James Bond car in the film Die Another Day.
- BATMOBILE - (1989, 1992, 1995, 1997, 2005 & 2008). Tim Burton's live-action films Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) presented a different version of the Batmobile. It reflected the environment of Burton's Art Deco Gotham City. It was long, low and sleek, and was built on a Chevy Impala chassis. As the Batman films were handed over to director Joel Schumacher from Tim Burton, the design for the Batmobile became increasingly fanciful in Batman Forever (1995). In Batman & Robin, the aerodynamic chassis design and "T" axis wheelbase provided the Batmobile counter-balance gyrometric stability, allowing for high velocity 90-degree turns at speeds greater than 70 mph without losing momentum (1997). The Batmobile depicted in the Christopher Nolan directed films Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008) owes more to the tank-like vehicle from Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and has a much more 'workhorse' appearance than the sleek automobiles seen in previous incarnations.
- BATMOBILE 2011 BY GORDON MURRAY - Autoblog.
- BENTLEY 4½ LITRE - (1926-1930). In the first Bond novel, Casino Royale, James Bond drives one of the last of the 4,5 Litre Bentleys with Amherst Villiers Supercharger. It's a battleship-grey convertible coupé. It is perhaps the most iconic Bentley, also reffered to as the "Blower Bentley".
- BMW 750IL - (1994-2001). BMW's flagship sedan. It was featured in the 1997 film Tomorrow Never Dies as the car driven by James Bond.
- BMW Z3 ROADSTER - (1996-2002). The BMW Z3 was the first modern mass-market roadster produced by BMW, as well as the first new BMW model assembled in the United States. The Z3 was introduced as a 1996 model year vehicle, shortly after being featured in the James Bond movie, GoldenEye (1995).
- BMW Z8 - (2000-2003). The car was featured in the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough and in the game James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire. In the film, it was sliced in half by a helicopter equipped with tree-cutting saws in Azerbaijan.
- BRISTOL 410 - (1968-1969). The car Detective Inspector Thomas "Tommy" Lynley drives in later episodes of the BBC television series of the The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2001-2008).
- Ferrari 250 GTO - "Sadly, the black 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO used in the the 2001 movie Vanilla Sky starring Tom Cruise was actually a kit car. This vehicle was built on a chassis of 1976 Datsun Z. However, this fact doesn’t make the famous scene any less worthy."
- FERRARI 308 GTS - (1977-1985). The targa topped 308 GTS was introduced in 1977 and was made famous on the television series Magnum, P.I. (1980-1988) starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living on Oahu, Hawaii.
- FORD FAIRLANE - (1955-1971). In the 2002 movie Die Another Day, James Bond drives around Cuba in a 1957 Ford Fairlane convertible.
- FORD KA - (1996-). The new Ka made its debut in the 22nd (2008) James Bond film Quantum of Solace, being driven by bond girl Olga Kurylenko, and was unveiled in October 2008's Paris Motor Show.
- FORD MONDEO MK3 2.5 Litre ST - (2007-). A product placement promotional initiative made the Mk3 Mondeo James Bond's car for one incidental scene in Casino Royale, introducing the new model to global audiences in November 2006 on the launch day of the movie.
- Ford Mustang GT 390 CID Fastback 1968 - (1967-1968). The Mustang fastback gained popular culture status when used in the 1968 crime thriller Bullitt. Lt. Frank Bullitt, played by actor Steve McQueen, drove a modified Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT fastback (390ci, Toploader, 3.73 gears), chasing two hitmen in a black 1968 Dodge Charger in the film's car chase through the streets of San Francisco.
- FORD THUNDERBIRD 2003 LIMITED EDITION - (2003). The 2003 Thunderbird was featured in the James Bond movie Die Another Day. Halle Berry's character of Jinx drove one in the movie. The mainly superficial design changes for the 007 edition Thunderbird were designed by Sid Ramnarace, including the Coral paint color which would become the basis for the Jinx character's wardrobe. Ford issued a limited edition which was produced to commemorate the movie.
- JAGUAR MARK 2 - (1959-1967). The car Inspector Morse drives in the British ITV tv series of the same name (1987-2000).
- JENSEN INTERCEPTOR - (1966-1976). The car Detective Inspector Thomas "Tommy" Lynley mostly uses in the BBC television series of the The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2001-2008).
- LAMBORGHINI MurciÉlago LP640 - (2001-). Used in the 2008 Batman: The Dark Knight movie where we get to see the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 show its moxie in a daytime car chase through Gotham City with Bruce Wayne behind the wheel.
- LOTUS ESPRIT - (1976-2004). Gained fame through its appearance in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) where it was featured in a long chase sequence, converting into a submarine.
- MERCEDES-BENZ 600 PULLMAN - (1963-1981). A total of 428 built. The tyrannical matriarch of the Falcon Crest Winery Angela Channing's famous car chaffeured by her faithful Chinese majordomo and chauffeur in Falcon Crest Falcon Crest, the American primetime television soap opera which aired on the CBS network for nine seasons from 1981 to 1990 in a total of 227 episodes.
- PEUGEOT 403 - (1955-1966). Lieutenant Columbo drove a 1959 convertible model 403 in the popular tv show (1968-2003).
- PEUGEOT 607 - (1999-2010). The car Detective Inspector Thomas "Tommy" Lynley drives in the 2001 first episode of the BBC television series of the The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2001-2008).
- PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA - (1970-1974). Nash and Joe cruise the streets of San Francisco in Nash's electric yellow 1971 Plymouth Barracuda convertible in the Nash Bridges American television police drama (1996-2001).
- PONTIAC LEMANS - (1962-1981). In the film adaptation of THE FRENCH CONNECTION, Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle commandeered a 1971 LeMans sedan from a citizen. He then used it to chase an overhead train at high speed through the streets of New York, in what is widely considered one of the most exciting film chases in cinema history.
- PORSCHE 550 SPYDER - (1953-1956). The Porsche 550 "Little Bastard", serial number 550-0055 is best known for being the car in which actor James Dean was killed on September 30, 1955.
- Range Rover Sport HSE - (2005-2008). In the 2008 film Quantum of Solace James Bond can be spotted in two different versions of the Range Rover Sport.
- ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II - (1929-1936). Was the third and last of Rolls-Royce's 40/50 hp models, replacing the New Phantom in 1929. It used an improved version of the Phantom I engine in an all-new chassis. A "Continental" version, with a short wheelbase and stiffer springs, was offered. The Phantom II was featured in the films The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. It is also the star of the 1964 movie The Yellow Rolls-Royce where its engine specifications are given as the engine having a bore of 4.5" and stroke of 5.5", which would equate to 525 cubic inches. Lord Louis Mountbatten, according to one story, installed a pull-out double bed in his 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II to entertain Yola Letellier.
- ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH 1956 - (1946-1958). Used in the 1981 motion picture hit Arthur.
- SAAB 900 TURBO - (1978-1998). James Bond's vehicle of choice in three John Gardner Bond novels of the 1980s, starting with License Renewed (1981), which was published to great critical acclaim.
- Triumph Roadster 2000 - (1946-1949). In the Bergerac TV Series lead character Jim Bergerac drives a burgundy 1949 Triumph Roadster.
- VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE - (1938-2003). Herbie is an anthropomorphic Volkswagen Beetle, a character that is featured in several Disney motion pictures starting with the 1968 feature film The Love Bug.
- VOLVO P1800 - (1961-1973). Roger Moore as Simon Templar in the long-running television mystery spy thriller The Saint (1962-1969) drove a white Volvo P1800.