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It’s finally June which means three things: white shoes are okay, weddings galore, and summer blockbusters. These big movies may not have scintillating dialogue or clever plots but they have something far more memorable: awesome cars. In honor of the summer blockbuster we’ve compiled our list of some of our favorite movie rides.

Delorian1. The Time Machine

Base Model: 1982 DMC-12

Movie Career: Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future II (1989), Back to the Future III (1990)

Best Feature: Think time travel is a breeze? I’d rather have those slick gullwing doors than deal with space-time continuum hooey. Every young man born in the 70’s and 80’s remembers two things from their early moviegoing life: Princess Leia’s metal bikini from Return of the Jedi and Doc Brown’s sleek time machine (also metal, incidentally). While the actual Delorean was slow and the company itself went under this ride could take you anywhere you wanted to be and a few places you wouldn’t, like being hit on by your mom. But who cares with slick 80’s sportscar like the Delorean? As Doc said, “If you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?”

 

Bullitt2. Frank Bullitt’s Mustang

Base Model: 1968 Ford Mustang 390

Movie Career: Bullitt (1968)

Best Feature: Steve McQueen doing his own stunt work.

We’ll have to take our own side trip back in time for the second car on our list, the Ford Mustang Steve McQueen drove in Bullitt. The 1968 film is widely considered to be one of the best of all time and this car was the hero of the movie’s famous 10 minute car chase. The scene saw the cars reach speeds of 110 mph as they fishtailed and jumped the hills of San Francisco. Although not as flashy as the other movie cars on the list, Bullitt’s Mustang had enough fans for Ford to release a special “Bullitt Edition” Mustang in 2001, 2008, and 2009, complete with black wheels and hunter green paint.

 

Ecto-13. The Ecto-1

Base Model: 1959 Cadillac Miller Meteor Ambulance

Movie Career: Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II

Best Feature: Theme song. I ain’t afraid o’ no ghosts.

Who ya gonna call? Better yet, how ya gonna get there? The Ghostbusters’ repurposed ambulance, the Ecto-1 was perfectly matched with the oddball cast and tongue-and-cheek tone of the supernatural comedy. While the heavy vehicle was never particularly sporty it still has a devoted fanbase. So devoted, in fact, some fans are clamoring for Sony Pictures to restore the second Ghost Busters machine, the Ecto-1a, which has been rotting in a studio parking lot for the last 30 years or so.

 

The Batmobile4. The Batmobile

Movie Career: Batman: The Movie (1966); Batman (1989); Batman Returns (1992); Batman Forever (1995); Batman & Robin (1997); Batman Begins (2005); The Dark Knight (2008); The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

Base Model: Custom

Best Feature: The Batmobile from Tim Burton’s 1989 take on the caped crusader featured an armored shell impervious to bomb blasts and, presumably, bird droppings.

From the red-trimmed, 1960’s machine driven by Adam West’s campy Batman and his “old chum” to the why-so-serious, hulking Tumbler from the Christopher Nolan films, the many incarnations of the Batmobile are as different as the actors portraying its caped driver. Our favorite is the turbine-powered machine from 1989’s Batman. This long and low brute was the perfect companion for Tim Burton’s more serious take on Gotham’s Dark Knight. 

However, the Batmobile has always been about the latest and greatest, so enjoy this teaser image of Ben Affleck as Batman standing beside the latest iteration of the Batmobile for next year’s Batman vs. Superman.

 

Ashton Martin James Bond5. James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5

Movie Career: Goldfinger (1964); Thunderball (1965); Goldeneye (1995); Tomorrow Never Dies (1997); Casino Royale (2006); Skyfall (2012)

Base Model: 1963 Aston Martin DB5

Best Feature: While the machine guns are just a lawsuit waiting to happen and the defensive oil slick would be just terrible for the local water supply, a license plate capable of changing on the fly would be the perfect antidote to parking tickets.

Like the Batmobile, 007’s Aston Martin is famous the world over, has a career spanning decades, and always has just the gadget our hero needs. Unlike the Batmobile, the Aston Martin’s beautiful silver curves have remained unchanged from movie to movie. (Although Bond buffs may note that there have been at least three different DB5s used by Bond). Whether it’s chasing down a beautiful blonde in a Mustang Convertible in Goldfinger or mowing down unsuspecting baddies in Skyfall, no list of movie cars would be complete without it.

 

Jurassic Park's Jeep Wrangler

6. Jurassic Park’s Jeep Wrangler

Movie Career: Jurassic Park (1993)

Base Model: 1992 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

Best Feature: Jeff Goldblum

Faster, must go faster.” This single request from the depths of Dr. Ian Malcom’s (Jeff Goldblum) terrified mind sums up one of the most exhilarating scenes from the 1993 dino-thriller. The words are uttered as Malcom and two other protagonists attempt to outrun the park’s T-Rex in residence. At the center of all the fuss was one of the red and white striped Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler used by park staff. While the handsome offroader lacked gadgets, a super-powered engine, or even a lot of screentime, it was still able to outrun one of Earth’s all-time top predators - and that earns it a spot on this list.

 

 

www.Dishmag.com / Issue 191 - July 2017
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