Skip to comments.Memorable B-List Movie Cars
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 Bonds 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 Lampoons Vacation. These arent those cars. No, theyre 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 Crowes 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 Palmas 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 Franks sudden retirement.
1989 Lotus Esprit SE (Pretty Woman): A classic supercar of the greed is good era, the Lotus was owned by Richard Geres smarmy business associate (played by Jason Alexander) and borrowed by Gere and Julia Roberts. While Geres 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 theyll 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 wont spoil it here.
‘73 Dodge Challenger - “Vanishing Point”
“Car’s got a lot of pickup.”
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.
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.
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.
1. The weather 2. 1987 Oldsmobile cutlass Ciera.
They were everywhere in that movie.
“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?”
...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.
I think Vanishing Point was a ‘70?
I have one, the yellow mach 1 from the original Gone in 60 Seconds.
Where’s the DeLorean (sp?) from “Back to the Future”?
Vanishing Point was a "B" type movie but the cars were the stars of that one.
Dodge Challenger and a Jaguar XKE -
The original may have been as well. It was the main character.
Yes, I think you're right. my bad but it doesn't change the sentiment.
"You think you hate it now, wait until you drive it."
That was one of the funniest scenes in any of those movies.
“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.”
Spielberg’s best movie.
Sam Raimi’s 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88
Specially in the Evil Dead Movies.
“Fix the lighter.”
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.
There’s a car in that picture?
I like the little Pinto the Illinois Nazi's drove.
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.
Thelma and what's her name.
Good catch! I forgot about that one!
1965 Lincoln Continental. The Matrix.
Still want one with the Suicide rear doors...
Geez...you guys are stirring some cool memories.
That was the only good thing about an otherwise horrible movie. It was Terantino's worst ever.
The original Death Race 2000. A cornucopia of Volkswagen kit cars.
“Needs a new cigarette lighter”
Only a few cars can claim the title role. Herbie was one. Gran Torino was another.