5 obscure movie car facts that you never knew

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Cars have been in movies since the very beginning of cinema. As opposed to a bicycle or a boat, a car could provide a movie with the real adrenaline rush the viewers crave.

In recent years, many car manufacturers have been introducing concept cars through appearances in films - namely with the BMW i8 Concept in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

Who remembers this scene?

Who remembers this scene?

The truth is that many brands, including car makers, endorse their products through the magic of product placement. This scene with the BMW i8, ideally, would make people more interested in the BMW brand and its 'cool and futuristic' outlook on the motor car.

Very popular movies such as the Avengers film series features a brand deal with Audi - often shown by Tony Stark driving an Audi R8.

Here are five obscure movie car facts you might've not known:

Priceless classics in The Great Gatsby

The 2013 blockbuster film is a representation of the critically acclaimed director Baz Luhrmann's ode to the period they called the "Roaring Twenties". The film is an adaptation of a 1922 book by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Towards the start of the movie, Gatsby, played by Leonardo Di Caprio, speeds through the heart of Long Island in a yellow 1929 Duesenberg Model J. The inaccuracy of having a 1929 car in a 1922 movie adaptation is subject to the interpretation of the director, Baz Luhrmann.

She is quite a looker.

She is quite a looker.

Luhrmann argued that, in the book, Gatsby loved driving luxurious cars and that the Model J would fit very well into his brash and extravagant lifestyle. This is just another example of Hollywood twisting the rules just a little.

You may have not heard of Duesenberg but they were a huge deal in the 1920s. Duesenberg was on par with brands such as Buggati and Bentley and they also won the Indy 500 on three occasions (1924, 1925 and 1927).

Model J's are worth a lot in the 21st Century. In 2011 a Model J sold for just under £8 million and some lesser known late 1930s Duesenbergs are worth over £2.3 million - now that's a wallet troubling sum.

Pixar knows its Geography

Finally, a movie younger than I am. This Pixar classic has been the fuel for so many young petrolheads and brings the world of cars to a huge audience.

The first film in the franchise brought in around £356 million in the box office - making it one of the most successful films of 2006.

The movie does have many easter eggs for eagle eyed viewers to notice. One of them being related to the character of Luigi who is supposed to resemble a 1959 Fiat 500.

All of the number plates in Cars are chosen for a reason and are carefully constructed to tell us a bit about the character or the person who voiced them. Luigi's numberplate however features a real-life reference.

The numbers 44.5 - 10.8 are the actual latitude and longitude of the main Ferrari Factory in Modena, Italy. This is particularly significant as Luigi and his friend Guido are firm supporters of Ferrari - the ultimate Tifosi.

Vauxhall takes over the world

The World's End is a classic British film that explores the wonders of a British tradition called a 'pub crawl' this is when a group of friends go around pubs or bars and have drinks until they are somewhat drunk - hence the 'crawl' part.

The film is the third instalment of the Cornetto Trilogy and won the award for Best British Film at the Empire Awards in 2014. The film also received mixed reviews after such brilliant success in the last two films.

The World's End takes place mostly in the fictional town of Newton Haven and their pub crawl takes a turn for the worse as the town has been taken over by sci-fi robots with blue blood.

The director of the film, Edgar Wright has included so many little trvial facts that often go unnoticed but some keen eyed movie buffs have spotted some of the out. One trivial fact is that: the main characters' surnames all have royalty or court connections: (Gary) King, (Andy) Knightley, (Peter) Page, (Steven) Prince, and (Oliver) Chamberlain.

All of the parking lots in Newton Haven (with the exception of side streets that the shot passes on) are populated with Vauxhall Amperas in different colours, cementing the creepy eeriness that surrounds the town. Also, the Vauxhall Ampera is a plug-in electric car, which is another clever reference to the robots.

The closest thing we have to an Ampera is a Chevrolet Volt - the Ampera didn't do particularly well in the UK as a whole and it's almost rare to come across.

One thing's for sure - this film does not endorse driving whilst under the influence of any substance or if you're being chased down by killer robots.

Great Scott!

Back To The Future is an absolute 80s classic starring Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox and made people dream about what the future has in store for us. As the Hollywood Reporter puts it: "to put it bluntly: if you don't like Back To The Future, it's difficult to believe that you like films at all."

Back To The Future is a cult classic that explores the problems of messing with the past that could have an impact on your future self. The second instalment of the franchise painted an image of what 2015 would be like from the perspective of an audience in 1989 - naturally we didn't invent flying cars or self-tying-shoelaces by 2015.

The one car that literally everyone knows is the DMC Delorean but the car that I will present to you is a car you may have seen but know very little about the car Biff Tannen, the main antagonist in the trilogy, drives.

The car Biff Tannen , played by Thomas F. Wilson, drives is a 1946 Ford Super De Luxe and he takes a lot of pride in maintaining it. This car was mostly given screen time during a chase in the first movie that sees Marty McFly frantically trying to evade Biff and his goons. Biff eventually drives and crashes into a truck carrying tons of horse manure.

The manure then spills out of the truck and encloses the Ford in a blanket of horse excrement.

Here is the full chase:

The interesting fact about this scene is that the car used to film this scene was crushed by the sheer weight of the manure and was not drivable afterwards due to the body being mangled - a few air fresheners weren't going to do the trick this time.

It's almost ironic that Biff opens a detailing shop in the next movie.

The name's Blower, Bentley Blower

The 007 franchise has reinforced that James Bond and Aston Martin are synonymous with each other however Ian Fleming's original book may suggest differently.

James Bond, in over the 24 films made, has mostly driven Aston Martins and the villain has always driven another car such as the Jaguar XKR in Die Another Day or the Ferrari F355 GTS from Goldeneye.

The series on which the Bond franchise was initially based on, written by Ian Fleming, has suggested that 007 drove a Bentley 4½ Litre otherwise known as a "Blower Bentley" which had a huge supercharger strapped to the front of the grille. Only 720 of the Bentley 4½ Litres were ever made, and apparently Bond owned one of them.

In its day, the Bentley was an absolute beast. It was a Bentley 4½ Litre that won at Le Mans in 1928 with Woolf Barnato and Bernard Rubin at the helm.

The car was regarded as "the Spitfire of cars" was replaced by the Aston Martin DB3 by the time Fleming had released the novel Goldfinger. When the film adaptation of the Ian Fleming novel came out in 1964, Guy Hamilton, the director, replaced the DB3 with a DB5 due to it being the most modern Aston at the time of the film's release.

Since then, the DB5 has become an icon on the Silver Screen.

The only time a Bentley has featured in a Bond movie was in From Russia With Love (1963) with the appearance of a 935 3.5-litre Drophead coupe Park Ward - hardly the coverage it should've received.

I doubt we will see another Bentley in a James Bond Film soon.

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Comments (24)

  • What about number 53, Herbie.

      1 year ago
  • Only if it had the licorice rope dispenser.

      1 year ago
  • I wonder if the silver Volkswagen Bora in Gemini Man was product placement? :-)

      1 year ago
  • The Koenigsegg Agera in NFS

      1 year ago
  • Ford mustang in Bullitt

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