HOOK: Imagine a Bond movie without the swanky spy cars or Batman without his trusty Batmobile. Would these films have had the same thrill and adventure if they did away with the vehicles? Probably not.
The history of cinema, especially action and adventure flicks, is littered with cars that have made as many waves in the world of film as the celebrities who drove them. Some have even transcended generations, one movie franchise after the other, while others have shelves of merchandise made solely after them.
These are the cars on which plots were built—or in some cases, as in the case of Herbie from the titular “Herbie,” were literally driven. To commemorate these vehicles, here is a hand-picked list of the most iconic cars that made movie history.
6 Cars That Made It to the Big Screen
1. Wet Nellie (Lotus Esprit S1) from “The Spy Who Loved Me”
Wet Nellie was one of the eight white Lotus Esprits to make its debut in the 1977 James Bond flick The Spy Who Loved Me. This beaut was part car, part submarine, and utterly sensational so much so, in fact, that Elon Mask bought it for £550,000 at an auction in London in 2013 with plans to restore it to its envisioned glory.
2. James Bond 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from “Goldfinger”
An on-screen icon from another Bond movie, this Aston Martin was so exquisite in its design that it may as well have a film of its own. Along with the Wet Nellie from above, this particular Aston Martin sold for a whopping £2.9 million. The DB5 is hailed as the most iconic of the legendary spy’s vehicles.
3. Herbie, AKA “The Love Bug” (1963 Volkswagen Beetle) from “Herbie”
A sports car that inspired over half a dozen films following its debut, Herbie, a Volkswagen Beetle, was a sentient punch buggy that sported red and blue streaks along its canvass white body. This celebrity car first appeared in the 1968 American comedy, “The Love Bug.”
4. V8 Interceptor (1973 Ford Falcon XB GT Coupe) from “Mad Max”
This post-apocalyptic hot rod appeared in three films of the series “Mad Max” with the original paint scheme described by the film’s crew as “black on black.” With rumors of yet another Mad Max flick looming on the horizon, many fans anticipate its return.
5. 1967 Austin Mini Cooper S 1275 from “The Italian Job”
Nothing made for a zanier chase scene than the classic original Austin Mini Cooper S that appeared in the 1969 heist action thriller, The Italian Job, where it sped through the narrow nooks and crannies of Europe.
6. 2006 Subaru WRX from “Baby Driver”
A recent addition to the list but nonetheless iconic, this 2006 Subaru WRX is was a critical plot element to the 2007 action-comedy flick “Baby Driver” that garnered plenty of accolades, some regarding it as “one of the most utterly original films in years as close to a car-chase opera as you’ll ever see on screen.” The Subaru featured a recognizable bold red exterior with jet black wheels.