Whether it’s the iconic Pontiac Firebird from Knight Rider or the Aston Martin DB5 from Skyfall, we can all appreciate a classic movie car. But as memorable as these vehicles may be, some have only featured in one or two films. Other franchises featured the same vehicles over multiple installments, however, becoming regulars on the silver screen. Grange, who specialise in high quality vehicles such as used McLaren, have put together this guide to famous vehicles featuring in multiple movies through time!
1. Gone in 60 seconds: Ford Mustang
The Ford Mustang is officially the best selling two-door sports car in the world as of 2018. As well as so many members of the public choosing the Mustang as their set of wheels though, the iconic vehicle has appeared in more than 800 movies over the years in its various different guises. Undoubtedly immortalised when it was used in Steve McQueen’s American thriller film Bullitt, the Mustang has also featured in hit movies such as Gone in 60/Sixty Seconds (both the original and the loose remake in the year 2000), Death Race, James Bond’s Goldfinger, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and I Am Legend.
2. The Dukes of Hazzard: Chevrolet Caprice
The Chevrolet Caprice comes in just behind the Ford Crown Victoria as the top choice for police vehicles in movies. The first of two Chevrolets to feature in our list, the Caprice has appeared on either the big or small screen around 1,400 times since the first model was created during the 1960s. Se7en, Scream 2, Days of Thunder, Point Break, the 2005 film of The Dukes of Hazzard — just a small selection of movies which included scenes where the Caprice could be shown off.
3. Mad Max: Chevrolet Impala
This iconic classic fully deserves its place as an American staple. Not only was the Impala once honoured with being America’s best-selling full-size car though, but the vehicle has also racked up in excess of 500 movie appearances over the past half a century or so. You can see the Impala in action while watching Boyz n the Hood, Jeepers Creepers, Raising Arizona, Mad Max, and Saturday Night Fever, to name only a few of the car’s film credits.
4. The Fast and the Furious: Mercedes-Benz S-Class
In the world of luxury vehicles, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has certainly made an impression. For years, you wouldn’t have been surprised to see your boss pulling up to the office or attending an important business meeting in one of these exquisite vehicles.
With such positive connotations surrounding it, it’s no surprise that the S-Class has featured in over 1,000 TV shows and movies. While 2004’s sci-fi horror comedy film The Stepford Wives and Steven Seagal’s 2006 action movie Shadow Man were notable roles for the vehicle though, we believe it’s in The Fast and the Furious franchise where the S-Class has made the biggest impression on the big screen. It was this vehicle that resulted in the memorable death of Han in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, after all.
5.The Business: Volkswagen Golf
Brits love this classic car! Due to 54,829 models being registered, the vehicle was the 2nd bestselling car across the UK in 2018 according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, with only the Ford Fiesta recording a higher number.
The Golf has won a string of prestigious awards and accolades too, such as being named the 2018 Auto Express Compact Family Car of the Year and the GTi edition deemed Autocar Magazine’s Best Hot Hatch of All Time. If you’re not driving past a Golf on the road, chances are you’ll be seeing one in a film instead. This is because the car has featured in more than 300 movies over the years, with a highlight appearance being in The Business starring Danny Dyer.
6. Multiple films: Ford Crown Victoria
The Ford Crown Victoria has featured on our screens over 2,000 times, starring in multiple films and TV shows! However, these high numbers shouldn’t come as much of a surprise when you also consider that many of these appearances saw the car used as a law enforcement vehicle or a taxi cab.
This classic vehicle also has links to the law. In real life police departments across USA stockpiled as many of the Crown Victoria as they could when Ford started to phase the car out of its range. The ease-of-use of these vehicles certainly proved appealing, as did the fact that they were built like a pickup truck with its body-on-frame design so that heavy hits wouldn’t cause any structural damage