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Memorable B-List Movie Cars
Hagerty.com ^ | Aug 23, 2012 | Rob Sass

Posted on 09/06/2012 7:34:30 AM PDT by Pharmboy

A-list movie cars come in three categories: First are the glamorous cars like James Bond’s silver 1964 Aston Martin DB5; next are over-the-top custom creations like the Batmobile; and finally, the decidedly unglamorous cars that nevertheless grabbed a ton of screen time in their respective films. Think the Bluesmobile in “The Blues Brothers” or the Wagon Queen Family Truckster in “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” These aren’t those cars. No, they’re the B-listers, cars that had brief but highly memorable bit parts in films that we all love. See how many you can remember:

1960 Buick Le Sabre (“Fast Times at Ridgemont High”): Actor Judge Reinhold in one of his first major roles played big man on campus Brad Hamilton in the movie that launched a thousand careers, Amy Heckerling and Cameron Crowe’s seminal 1982 teen comedy “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” His 1960 Buick LeSabre was his calling card. The classic land yacht was referred to affectionately by Hamilton and his friends as “the cruising vessel.”

1963 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible (“Scarface”): In Brian De Palma’s “Scarface,” Al Pacino turned in a chillingly memorable performance as gangster psychopath Antonio “Tony” Montana, and while not his “little friend,” the 19-foot-long 1960 Cadillac got a fair amount of screen time as the hoopty that Tony and Manolo cruised Miami in while serving as underlings of boss Frank Lopez (Robert Loggia) prior to moving up to a new Porsche 928 upon Frank’s sudden “retirement.”

1989 Lotus Esprit SE (“Pretty Woman”): A classic supercar of the “greed is good” era, the Lotus was owned by Richard Gere’s smarmy business associate (played by Jason Alexander) and borrowed by Gere and Julia Roberts. While Gere’s character may have known his way around a board room, he was pretty ham-fisted with a gearbox in the film, and it took hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold Julia Roberts to drive the temperamental Lotus properly. The actual car still exists and has been a staple at collector car auctions over the years.

1965 Chevrolet Corvette (“Star Trek”): Who knows if cars will still be on the road in the 23rd century. We like J.J. Abrams’ assertion that they’ll still be around and still be the objects of collectors’ attention. Sadly, we find out that young not-yet-captain James T. Kirk was bit of a juvenile delinquent, and the 1965 Corvette Sting Ray convertible belonging to his stepfather comes to a bad end at the conclusion of a joyride by Kirk.

1973 Ford Torino (“The Big Lebowski”): We like to think that the Coen Brothers put just as much thought into casting the 1973 Torino driven by Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski as they did in brilliantly casting the other bit roles in this cult classic — Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Big Lebowski lackey “Brandt” or John Turturro as “Jesus the Bowler”— but somehow, we can picture the car being found by happenstance in a North Hollywood police impound lot just as it was reclaimed by The Dude in the film. Like the “Star Trek” Stingray, the nearly unkillable Torino meets its end on film. We won’t spoil it here.


TOPICS: Hobbies; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cars; movies
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Who could forget that Caddy convertible in Scarface?
1 posted on 09/06/2012 7:34:36 AM PDT by Pharmboy
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‘73 Dodge Challenger - “Vanishing Point”


2 posted on 09/06/2012 7:37:54 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Pharmboy


3 posted on 09/06/2012 7:39:17 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: circlecity

4 posted on 09/06/2012 7:40:31 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: Pharmboy
The ultimate movie car. Not a B-lister. Definitely on the A-list...


5 posted on 09/06/2012 7:42:59 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Pharmboy

6 posted on 09/06/2012 7:43:03 AM PDT by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“Car’s got a lot of pickup.”


7 posted on 09/06/2012 7:45:06 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Salamander

Ah yes, the car with the remote controlled supercharger.

Really cool in the movies, but I’m still scratching my head how they thought it would work IRL.


8 posted on 09/06/2012 7:45:37 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Responsibility2nd

A friend of mine had a Bluesmobile. It was a surplus Santa Clara (CA) PD car, but it was the 1974 Dodge Monaco Police Special with the 440, and it ran good on regular gas.


9 posted on 09/06/2012 7:46:29 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Salamander

Love that Police Interceptor from Mad Max. The Aussies are pretty much the only other country in the world that actually fell in love with the V8 muscle car. The police cars in the movie (including the black “last of the V8s”) were mostly 1973 and 1974 Ford Falcons, XA and XB series, with 351 Clevelands or their Aussie-designed 351 replacements under the hood.

}:-)4


10 posted on 09/06/2012 7:46:43 AM PDT by Moose4 (...and walk away.)
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To: Pharmboy
I always thought that two of the major characters of the movie Fargo were

1. The weather 2. 1987 Oldsmobile cutlass Ciera.

They were everywhere in that movie.

11 posted on 09/06/2012 7:47:32 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“It’s got a cop motor, a 440-cubic-inch plant. It’s got cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks. It’s a model made before catalytic converters, so it’ll run good on regular gas. So what do ya say, is it the new Bluesmobile or what?”

}:-)4


12 posted on 09/06/2012 7:49:35 AM PDT by Moose4 (...and walk away.)
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To: cuban leaf

...and the Cutlass Ciera was everywhere back in the late ‘80s. The first car I gave to my kids was an old one of these.


13 posted on 09/06/2012 7:49:55 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: diverteach
The CAR:

http://www.amcarguide.com/custom/the-car-1971-lincoln-by-barris/

14 posted on 09/06/2012 7:50:23 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Pharmboy
Waynes World. Love the wheels:


15 posted on 09/06/2012 7:51:59 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: circlecity

I think Vanishing Point was a ‘70?

I have one, the yellow mach 1 from the original Gone in 60 Seconds.

Freegards


16 posted on 09/06/2012 7:52:11 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Pharmboy

17 posted on 09/06/2012 7:52:37 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Pharmboy
The Pinto in "Top Secret!"


18 posted on 09/06/2012 7:53:33 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Pharmboy
1963 VW Model 115 Deluxe Sunroof Sedan


19 posted on 09/06/2012 7:54:01 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Moose4
“It’s got a cop motor, a 440-cubic-inch plant. It’s got cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks. It’s a model made before catalytic converters, so it’ll run good on regular gas. So what do ya say, is it the new Bluesmobile or what?”

Get the lighter fixed
20 posted on 09/06/2012 7:54:07 AM PDT by slumber1 (Don't taze me bro!)
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To: Pharmboy

Where’s the DeLorean (sp?) from “Back to the Future”?


21 posted on 09/06/2012 7:54:07 AM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly ("Mantra of the left: 'It's only okay when WE do it.'")
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To: Pharmboy

Vanishing Point was a "B" type movie but the cars were the stars of that one.
Dodge Challenger and a Jaguar XKE -

22 posted on 09/06/2012 7:54:17 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Pharmboy
The Italian Job was basically a BMW commercial.

The original may have been as well. It was the main character.


23 posted on 09/06/2012 7:56:22 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Ransomed
"I think Vanishing Point was a ‘70?"

Yes, I think you're right. my bad but it doesn't change the sentiment.

24 posted on 09/06/2012 7:56:48 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Pharmboy

"You think you hate it now, wait until you drive it."

25 posted on 09/06/2012 7:56:48 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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That was one of the funniest scenes in any of those movies.


26 posted on 09/06/2012 7:58:16 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Pharmboy
I have always liked this little Plymouth.

 

27 posted on 09/06/2012 7:58:27 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“It’s a hundred and six miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a packet of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.”


28 posted on 09/06/2012 8:00:01 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Pharmboy
American Graffiti:


29 posted on 09/06/2012 8:00:57 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Spielberg’s best movie.


30 posted on 09/06/2012 8:01:20 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Pharmboy

Sam Raimi’s 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88

Specially in the Evil Dead Movies.


31 posted on 09/06/2012 8:01:30 AM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Pharmboy
Two Lane Blacktop, with James Taylor attempting to act:


32 posted on 09/06/2012 8:02:02 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Moose4

“Fix the lighter.”


33 posted on 09/06/2012 8:02:45 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: circlecity

Not at all, Vanishing Point is a great pick. They reprise the 70-71 white 440 Challenger thing in “Death Proof” in great detail. Another one is Two-Lane Blacktop with the ‘55 chevy and the ‘70 GTO.

Freegards


34 posted on 09/06/2012 8:04:07 AM PDT by Ransomed
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American Graffiti
35 posted on 09/06/2012 8:07:24 AM PDT by Rio (Tempis fugit.)
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To: Pharmboy
Bullit:


36 posted on 09/06/2012 8:07:58 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Rio

There’s a car in that picture?


37 posted on 09/06/2012 8:08:04 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Of course the Blues Mobile is the (car) star of the show. But if another vehicle can co-star as a B-Lister...

I like the little Pinto the Illinois Nazi's drove.

 

38 posted on 09/06/2012 8:08:59 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Liberty Valance

The star of Two Lane Blacktop was the modified '55 Chevy.

The 1970 GTO wasn't bad either. Warren Oates drove that against James Taylor and Dennis Wilson.


39 posted on 09/06/2012 8:09:15 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Pharmboy

Thelma and what's her name.

40 posted on 09/06/2012 8:09:30 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Good catch! I forgot about that one!


41 posted on 09/06/2012 8:11:36 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Pharmboy


42 posted on 09/06/2012 8:11:42 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Pharmboy

1965 Lincoln Continental. The Matrix.

Still want one with the Suicide rear doors...


43 posted on 09/06/2012 8:14:05 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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Geez...you guys are stirring some cool memories.


44 posted on 09/06/2012 8:18:59 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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Mad Max
45 posted on 09/06/2012 8:19:29 AM PDT by Rio (Tempis fugit.)
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To: Ransomed
"They reprise the 70-71 white 440 Challenger thing in “Death Proof”

That was the only good thing about an otherwise horrible movie. It was Terantino's worst ever.

46 posted on 09/06/2012 8:19:47 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Pharmboy

Great thread!


47 posted on 09/06/2012 8:20:39 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Pharmboy

The original Death Race 2000. A cornucopia of Volkswagen kit cars.


48 posted on 09/06/2012 8:24:08 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Moose4

“Needs a new cigarette lighter”


49 posted on 09/06/2012 8:27:29 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: mmichaels1970

Only a few cars can claim the title role. Herbie was one. Gran Torino was another.


50 posted on 09/06/2012 8:28:36 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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