What cars were used in popular movies

Have you ever noticed when watching a movie that there are many cars from the same manufacturer that are used by the main characters of the movie, the police, the government and the villains? Have you ever wondered why there are usually more cars of one brand than others? The thing is that usually the film studio enters into a contract with some car brand, which stipulates how many times a certain car model of this brand will be shown in the film. Also, within the framework of such contracts, it is agreed in which scenes a particular car will participate (for example, luxury car rentals are used for scenes with expensive hotels or business centers, for some character who has a lot of money, or exotic car rentals are used when filming in non-standard locations). Also, when renting a car from a brand, all the slightest nuances are discussed. After all, if every rented car is smashed or, worse, blown up, then imagine what losses the company will suffer.

If the film is low-budget, the film studio can use the services of a car rental company. Naturally, as in the above option, the customer company signs a car rental agreement, which describes all the nuances of car rental.  

Below we have presented a list of the 5 most iconic movie cars.

“Fast and Furious” – Toyota Supra

This car model became popular thanks to the movie “Fast and the Furious”. When you see a Toyota Supra on the road, you immediately feel nostalgic for the first episodes of “Fast and Furious”, when its characters haven’t become supermen yet who look so funny on the screen in the last parts of the film. 

Everything about this car is perfect: 

  • A modified 3.0-liter twin-turbo-six engine;
  • A 5-speed manual transmission;
  • Heavy-duty stunt suspension;
  • Jaz Products’ incredible fuel system; 
  • The external tuning of the sports car, which made the car recognizable; 
  • The Dazz alloy wheels are wrapped in Yokohama rubber.

“Bullitt” – Ford Mustang

Imagine how much the picture would lose if it didn’t have a scene of a fantastic chase through the streets of San Francisco in terms of its level of adrenaline. The incredible complexity of the production of the episode became a cult, many Hollywood tricks grew out of it, and the stuntmen used the footage from Bullitt as a textbook for many years to come. And, of course, the dark green Ford Mustang GT390, in which Frank Bullitt pursues criminals, entered the story. What gives weight to this pursuit is the fact that Steve McQueen performed almost all the car stunts himself.

“Back to the Future” – DeLorean DMC-12

Well, it seems that for the role of a time machine, another car would be hard to imagine. In life, the model, as they say, didn’t go, but her fate turned out to be much more non-standard thanks to the film. Today, collectors and fans of the DMC-12 are divided into two opposing camps:

  • Some want to have an original DMC-12 in their garage;
  • Others want to own a version of the car with all the modifications from the movie.

The news is bad for the two camps – the car is hard to get and it costs a lot.

“Transformers” – 1976 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 / 2006 Chevrolet Camaro

What teenager wouldn’t want a car that can turn into a bad guy to fight an Autobot? In the film, this desire is realized by Sam Witwicky, played by Shia Labeouf. In the first episode of “Transformers”, Bumblebee transforms into a Chevrolet Camaro Z28.

Still resplendent with a bright yellow bodywork and two black sport stripes on the hood, the Camaro turned Transformers into something more than just a sci-fi movie based on 1980s cartoons.

“Batman. The Beginning” – Batmobile

The Betmobile was once introduced as a mixture of a Lamborghini and a tank. In Batman. The Beginning” presents a new, updated Batmobile, which has the function of jumping into the air. Six vehicles were built for the film: two full-size versions for extraterritorial filming, others with hydraulic jump systems. Also one car was equipped with missiles.

It seems that choosing a car for the main role in a film is a more responsible and complicated task than choosing a cast for the same picture. In some films, the creators hit the mark so hard that it is simply impossible to imagine this or that film with a different car model. Would you like to have one of the above cars in your garage?

Written by Rob Nelson

Rob is an ecologist from the University of Hawaii. He is the co-creator and director of Untamed Science. His goal is to create videos and content that are entertaining, accurate, and educational. When he's not making science content, he races whitewater kayaks and works on Stone Age Man.

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