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The 10 coolest cars in film

The slimiest car in film
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This weekend the State Fairgrounds will be the site of the Car Craft Summer Nationals, a convergence of 5,000 muscle cars and heavily modified hot rods, who will strut and race in a competition of burnt rubber and smoking engines. To help celebrate, we delved into the ol' DVD collection and compiled a list of the 10 coolest cars in film history.

Ghost Busters Ecto 1

The Ecto-1 is purchased by Ray Stanz (Dan Aykroyd) for $4800, and it's worth every penny, even after the 'Busters have to replace pretty much everything on the vehicle. Why? Because the Ecto-1 is a badass ghost-hunting machine, holding the team's proton packs, traps, and various other paraphernalia for easy transport to the scene of a haunting. The Ecto-1 has a thriving fan community who collaborate on how best to convert their own vehicles into the vaunted Ghostbuster machine, but if you have plans in that direction, good luck: the Cadillac Miller-Meteor Futura (the original vehicle modified in the film into the Ecto-1) is a hot collector's item for this very reason.

Vanishing Point 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T

Vanishing Point is the tale of a man trying to get a 1970 Dodge Challenger from Colorado to California in 15 hours. As you might imagine, driving that fast tends to earn a little attention from the law, but that won't stop adrenaline junkie Kowalski (any anti-hero with only one name is automatically ten times more badass). Vanishing Point contains some of the coolest chase scenes in film history, featuring that sexy hunk of American steel. And a blind, omniscient DJ, because...well, why not?

Blues Brothers 1974 Dodge Monaco

The Bluesmobile: home to that famous line, "It's a hundred and six miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses." It's also the main character of the Dixie Square Mall chase scene, which sees the Blues Brothers doing what we've always wanted to do: drive through a mall, smashing displays and mannequins, with the cops on our tail. Don't tell us you've never thought it.

James Bond Aston Martin

Sure, James Bond's cars are always classy-looking, fit for a dinner party or for taking a soon-to-be-laid lady on a late-night cruise along the beach. But they also come packed with a smoke screen, revolving license plates, oil slick dispenser, machine guns, and an ejection seat. They're basically frickin' tanks in a sports car bodies, and anyone who's ever driven in LA understands the appeal of driving a heavily-armed vehicle.

Death Proof 1970 Chevy Nova

Kurt Russel spends much of Death Proof behind the wheel of his matte-black Chevy Nova, but it's not the model of car that lands this one on our coolest car list. After all, it's hard to take a car seriously when its name means "doesn't go" in Spanish. But Death Proof's Nova has been decked out with every safety precaution a seasoned stunt man can come up with, and behind the wheel of the scary-looking, deathproofed machine, Kurt Russel hunts down young women and kills them the only way that makes sense: staging a head-on collision. And that, friends, is very cool.

  Back to the Future DeLorean

It flies through the air. It has a flux capacitor, whatever that is. Oh, and it travels through time upon reaching 88 mph. No matter the road capabilities of the DeLorean DMC-12, Back to the Future has permanently cemented it at the top of most geeks' lists, and is another hotly sought-after vehicle for copycat modification.

Kill Bill The Pussy Wagon

The cool factor of the Pussy Wagon isn't inherent in the vehicle itself, but in the comedic timing of Quentin Tarantino's revenge epic. Uma Thurman's Bride has just awoken from a coma in which it is apparent she was repeatedly pimped out by her orderly, Buck. After killing Buck, she takes his keys and wheels herself out to the parking ramp to make her getaway. It's one of those moments where you just have to laugh; of course Buck drives a bright yellow pickup truck, and of course it has a reference to Grease plastered across the back in bright pink letters. And the cool factor only goes up once the bloodthirsty Bride gets behind the wheel.

Bullit 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 CID Fastback

Bullit is the car chase movie, and anyone who tells you differently probably liked the Nic Cage Gone in 60 Seconds remake. So gross. The chase scene between glowering antihero Steve McQueen and a couple of hit-men in a Dodge Charger made movie history, and it's easy to see why - it has wide-open throttles, tight turns, squealing burn-outs, and body-crunching collisions. And through it all, Bullit's Mustang looks like a million bucks, burned into the American consciousness as a car for those who live on the edge.

Mad Max Ford Falcon XB GT

The Mad Max Interceptor allows a welcome break from the litany of awesome American muscle cars in film; it's an awesome Australian muscle car. And in that car, Mel Gibson (pre-outing himself as a giant douche) takes on all manner of bandits, thieves, and murderers, along the dusty post-apocalyptic highways of the land down under. For a murderous, revenge-thirsty killer, there's no better transportation choice than a car that looks like the car equivalent of a rabid wombat.

Batman Batmobile

The Batmobile has been cool in all of its incarnations, save the latest Dark Knight series, where it's been transformed into a phallic compensator of Hummer 2 proportions. But for the height of cool, turn to the Michael Keaton movies (incidentally, the coolest of the Batman actors), where the Batmobile really comes into its own as the sleek, sexy vehicle of a professional ninja. It also has a jet propulsion system, a few missile systems, an electrical charge to deter thieves, and the ability to break apart into the Batcycle. An entire generation of boys grew up with this Batmobile as their ideal car, against which all real-world cars shall be judged and found lacking.

Dishonorable Mention

Transformers 2009 Chevrolet Camaro

No amount of Megan Fox splashed across the screen can ever make this okay.


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