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TOP 7: MORE UNDERRATED MOVIE CARS

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Yep, i've done this before, but this time it's merely elaborating on another's suggestions.

Since the last TOP 7 list was my most popular post ever, like a true capitalist, I decided to create another one. Being the lazy arse I am, however, I have decided to borrow/steal suggestions from the comments sections of the post, which is right here;

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So, as with any successful movie, i've created this sequel. Let's hope it doesn't fall into the hollywood trap of not being as good as the first.

7: Eggsy's Drift Taxi (KINGSMEN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE)

Apologies for bad photo.

The climatic opening car chase in the sequel to the surprisingly brilliant Kingsmen is a high octane, high expletive and high adrenaline adventure. Shooting, drifting and swearing his way around London's busy streets, Eggsy Unwin outruns multiple Jaguar F-Pace's, loaded with gatling guns amongst several other nifty gadgets. Eggsy manages to destroy them in Hyde Park with a very cool tri-missile launch system, and the chase is a frankly ridiculous exaggeration of everything car chases, which makes sense given the Kingsmen franchise is a ridiculous exaggeration of everything spy movies.

With a spin off and a third installment in the franchise coming soon(ish), let's hope there's another brilliant car chase in both of those. Maybe this time there'll be a gadget loaded london bus? Or perhaps something equally cool yet patriotic?

Watch the car chase here. In my opinion, the highlight is the awesome continuous drift shot at 1 minutes 31.

6: Jack Reacher's Chevelle SS (Jack Reacher)

Again, quality.

In Tom Cruise's patriotic 2013 film Jack Reacher, the titular protagonist drives an prime example of a '70 Chevelle SS. The SS is one of America's underrated muscle car, and whilst it's rather beat up by the end of the chase, it manages to outrun the police Crown Victoria's and the villain's Audi A8.

The chase is exciting to watch and it really shows the brilliance of the Chevelle, as it slides around the streets battling the far younger A8. Watch the chase scene right here;

5: James Bond's Aston Martin V8 Vantage (The Living Daylight's)

Ad-Vantage Bond. Geddit? Because... Never mind.

With the announcement of the V8 Vantage's upcoming cameo in Bond 25, it appears that the B549 WUU car from Timothy Dalton's 'The Living Daylights' is finally going to get it's day in the sun, along with the Valhalla RB-003 semi-hypercar.

The car chase in The Living Daylights holds many references to past Bond flicks, including the laser wheel cutters, replacing the 'Goldfinger' DB5's wheel spokes. Other gadgets include retractable ice spikes in the wheels, two short-range missiles, a self destruct system amongst other 'Optional extras' Bond fitted. All of these come in very handy against the Soviet forces Mr. Bond battles.

In fact, two V8 Vantage's were used in filming; A Volante model was used for the Czechoslovakia scenes and a normal Vantage badged to look like a Volante. The Volante was also a production model, owned by the company chairman, Victor Gauntlett (which in itself sounds like a bond villain's name too).

4: Dr Steven Strange's Lamborghini Huracan (Doctor Strange)

Finally, some good quality photos.

Note that the Lamborghini shown is a LP580-2, whereas the one in the film is the LP640-4.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has a not-at-all subtle relationship with the VW group, in particular the Audi arm of it. With the Iron Man R8's, the S3 convertible chase in AOU and the countless other appearances of Audi models in the MCU, perhaps the filmmakers of Benedict Cumberbatch's 2016 critically praised Doctor Strange felt it was more fitting to connect the impossibly rich surgeon-turned-sorcerer supreme with a more exotic brand.

With the launch of the Huracan supercar the previous year, in 2015, it was the obvious choice for the product placement, I mean role. And it was a major role too, given that the entirety of the plot was a indirect result of the high speed crash that the titular hero experienced as a result of his reckless phone use during driving.

Don't text and drive, kids.

3: Bruce Wayne/Batman's Mercedes Vision GT (JUSTICE LEAGUE)

"What's your superpower?'' "I'm rich."

Alright guys and gals, full disclosure; I'm a MCU person myself. I've never watched a DCEU film and I don't plan to. But I did get a bit of flak in the comments of the first list of this kind over the MCU featuring multiple times, so this is a bit of reluctant fan service.

So, from reviews, 2018's Justice League really sucked, apparently. But before we knew that, Mercedes reckoned they'd like some product placement in one of the biggest film franchises of all time, like Audi had been enjoying since 2008's Iron Man. So they brought in their Vision GT concept car that only drives in a game. Cheats.

So yeah. DCEU. Done. Happy now?

2: Steve's Porsche 356 Speedster (King Of The Mountain)

Ah, the 80s. Weird hairstyles compounded by overuse of denim...

This 1981 street racing flick performed horribly at the box office and critically, but it's notable for two reasons;

1) It was the first real Street Racing film for a long time, and it partly inspired the Fast and Furious franchise.

2) The brilliantly over-modified 356 speedster.

So, Steve (he has no last name, according to wikipedia) works at a porsche garage near the San Fernando Valley by day and races up and down the valley at night to claim the, you guessed it, King of the Mountain title. It's not a masterpiece of cinema but it's a great film for petrolheads, and I just really like 356 speedsters. So yeah, it's on the list.

1: Walt Kowalski's 1972 Ford Gran Torino (Gran Torino)

Ah, the quality is back. And by quality I mean crappy quality.

Big, American, brash and loud. I could be describing the movie, the car or Clint Eastwood himself. I've never watched this movie but it's now high on my watch list, thanks to drivetribe user Metallius 16's suggestion on last week's first list on this subject.

The story follows Walt Kowalski, a recently widowed Korean War veteran alienated from his family and angry at the world. Walt's young neighbor, Thao Vang Lor, is pressured by his cousin into stealing Walt's prized 1972 Ford Gran Torino for his initiation into a gang. Walt thwarts the theft with his M1 Garand rifle and subsequently develops a relationship with the boy and his family.

If you've ever watched the movie, then you'll know it has quite the tragic ending, of which I don't know the specifics due to my not watching it yet. So yeah, please no spoilers.

Thanks to...

DRIVETRIBE USERS: Metallius 16, Reel Bigfish, Avi T, Josh Compton and Aaron Hussein for their suggestions, all of which were featured on this list.

Conclusion

These cars never get the appreciation they deserve. They're never on TOP 100 MOVIE CAR EVAH lists, despite so obviously deserving it. So yeah, this is the article that gives them that recognition. Thank you so much for reading, do the right thing and press the 'bump' button, click on my profile to read my other posts. And, if you're on insta, go follow @bendigocarspotterss .

And yeah, tell me if I missed any of them in the comments. Or, if you're one of *those* people, you could scream at me and tell me that I got it wrong.

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