Can you believe it’s already June? We sure can’t. For most of the country, school is just starting to let out, and summer is starting to swell. (Unless of course you’re like those of us headquartered in Texas where temps have been blazing for a bit.) But with those tumultuous temps come the season of fun in the summertime sun. And seeing as Drive-In Movie Day is June 6th, we thought it’d be a gas to take a trip down memory lane, and look back at some of our favorite four-wheeled entertainers. So, fill up your gas tank – and your popcorn bucket – as we celebrate the car stars of the silver screen.
THE DELOREAN – BACK TO THE FUTURE
This stainless-steel time hopper was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, and set the pace – and the plot – for blockbuster smash series Back to The Future. However, despite being a celebrity, the DeLorean did not soar on the market in the 1980s. But it did gain an impressive cult following over the years.
*THE BATMOBILE – BATMAN *
It’s seen too many iterations to count, but one thing has always rung true: The Batmobile is awesome. That said, one particular model really stole the show: Christopher Nolan’s rough and tumble, well, Tumbler. Unlike most movie props, the Tumbler was 100% real; it crashed through walls and even went 0-60mph in around 5 seconds. Needless to say, this Batmobile was a total beast.
1968 MUSTANG GT 390 – BULLITT
If Steve McQueen drove it, it was cool. And in the case of the Bullitt Mustang, none were cooler. The dark green, horsepower machine galloped all over San Francisco and gave Mustangs a reputation of not being afraid to pound the pavement. The Bullitt Mustang has become so iconic that Ford released a limited-edition version… twice.
1961 FERRARI 250 GT CALIFORNIA SPYDER – FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF
While not necessarily a car movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off predominantly features one whip: a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder. Well, except it wasn’t really a 250 GT California. Since the budget for the film was so small, they actually used 1963 Modena Spyder Californias, a Ferrari GT Spyder based replica. Some say you could park the two side-by-side and never know the difference. But we won’t tell if you don’t.
ASTON MARTIN – JAMES BOND
1964’s Goldfinger, the third James Bond Film, saw the introduction for the new Bond Car – the Aston Martin DB5. It was so beloved that the Aston Martin became the official car for James Bond, spanning 11 movies and nearly 50 years of cinema history. The only other time Bond “drove” anything different was in The Spy Who Loved Me, where he piloted a Series I Lotus Espirit, which doubled as a submarine. We’re still waiting on that flying car, though.
THE GIGAHORSE – MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
After eager fans waited decades for the release of 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, producers knew that when it came to the cars, they had to either go big, or go home. And they certainly went big. The Gigahorse, driven by the film’s villain, Immortan Joe, looks like something that should only exist on paper. But no, it’s real. Very real. Double ’59 Cadillac bodies strapped to a truck chassis and driven by two Chevy big block V-8s. All in all, the design is fitting, since you’d have to be mad to think it up.
There you have it: some of our favorite shining cars of the silver screen! We hope you enjoyed our list, and if we missed one of your favorites, feel free to share. And as always, our goal is to keep you safe and sound, so we must insist you don’t drive like drivers in most of these films. Otherwise, we might be seeing you in one of our shops.