Top 10 most iconic movie cars

We all love a film with a four-wheeled hero. Here are the best movie cars of all time. - By Tyler Heatley

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Sometimes producers of big-screen movies get it spot-on when it comes to casting. Think Daniel Craig as James Bond, Michael Caine reading Charlie Croker, or Joaquin Phoenix playing The Joker. The same goes for four-wheeled stars – though not everyone gets it right.

Here are 10 iconic movie cars that were perfectly cast.

DMC DeLorean - Back to the Future

The DeLorean was a bit of an automotive joke back in its day thanks to a lack of performance, build quality issues, and how its story got tanked with an FBI drug bust. However, it was a stroke of genius to set one as the hero car of Back to the Future.

Its space-age looks fit the bill for a time machine perfectly, and its reliability issues often played well for comical moments in the script. It was very nearly swapped for a Ford Mustang for marketing purposes, but ultimately this car’s role in three movies cemented its global fame forever.

Volkswagen Beetle – Herbie

It was the loveable series of automotive films that Disney hoped it would be. Long before Cars came along, Herbie was the cheeky characterful car that always found itself the centre of attention. This sentient Beetle had some real horsepower, shaming prestigious racers throughout the series.

The Herbie lineage of films was rebooted in 2005 with limited success. Stick to the exploits of the 1960s and 70s.

Mini Cooper – The Italian Job

The 1960s was a golden era for cinema, but The Italian Job was actually a flop. Poorly marketed in period, today it enjoys the rich cult status it fully deserves. A trio of Mini Coopers make good an escape through the packed streets of Turin via any means necessary. Patriotically painted red, white and blue, these cars easily create the most iconic chase sequence of all time.

All of the stunts in The Italian Job were done for real, including a daring rooftop jump.

Ford Mustang Fastback – Bullitt

Lieutenant Frank Bullitt has great taste in cars with his character piloting a Highland Green Mustang through the hills of San Fransisco. In hot pursuit of baddies driving a Dodge Charger – another great casting moment – its V8 growls narrate the chase.

With Steve McQueen behind the wheel of the Mustang, was there ever any doubt as to how stylish this sequence was going to be?

Cadillac ambulance – Ghostbusters

Created from a Cadillac featuring bodywork via Miller-Meteor, this unlikely hero is every bit as iconic a the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man. Lovingly known as Ecto-1, the Ghostbusters car with its honking siren is as memorable as the team themselves.

The real movie car was left to rot after filming, but thankfully it was saved and restored back to its former glory.

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A full version of this article was first published on YesAuto UK.

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