All right motorheads (petrol-heads for our readers across the pond), this week we’ve thrown together a list just for you. If there’s one thing we love about our big-screen heroes, it’s the awesome cars they get to drive. Not only are they saving the day and making the world safe, but they get to cruise in style while doing it.
So, we’ve decided to do a modified version of one of the very first top 10 lists we ever did here at Stars & Popcorn. Today, we are going to count down the top 10 most iconic movie cars. To put together this list of dream cars from the big screen, we searched high and low, which was not an easy task. There were some greats that didn’t make the cut, but in the end, we feel like we put together a great lineup. So, wash the grease off your hands and put away your ratchet set, because were coming at you with 10 of the sweetest rides on four wheels.
10. 1966 Ford Thunderbird (Thelma & Louise)- This one is a little car that some movie fans might have forgotten about. The ’66 Thunderbird is the ultimate road trip car, and while it might not have been the best road trip ever, boy was it memorable. Imagine it: The top down, wind blowing through your hair as you continue your (arguably justified) interstate rampage. It almost brings a tear to my eye. While people will always disagree about the predominate thematic elements displayed throughout Thelma & Louise, we’ll always remember it as that epic road trip movie that ended with the destruction of one fine automobile… Also, with the deaths of two fine ladies.
9. 1974 Dodge Monaco (The Blues Brothers)- “It’s got a cop motor, a 440-cubic-inch plant. It’s got cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks. It’s a model made before catalytic converters, so it’ll run good on regular gas.” That’s right, we’re talking about the Bluesmobile, that car that every male cinema fanatic remembers as one of the best there ever was, because it constantly performed impossible stunts. Not only that, but it performed them at dangerous speeds (rumors have it that at certain points it was, in fact, actually traveling at 120 mph). The truth of the matter is that Jake and Elwood Blues could not have found a better ride for their religious crusade, and I truly believe that the Bluesmobile was blessed. How else do you explain that last chase scene?
8. 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T (Vanishing Point and The Fast and the Furious)- Here’s a car that was made famous in not just one movie, but two, and it’s a beast in both of them. The 440-cubic inch engine was like something a mad scientist dreamt up, and to this day, motorheads find themselves drooling over it. Recently, Dodge released a new version of the Challenger paying tribute to the classic body style car fans all know and love, but Vanishing Point star Barry Newman put it best when he said about the Challenger: “It was almost as if there was too much power for the body. You’d put it in first and it would almost rear back!”
7. 1977 Pontiac Trans Am (Smokey and the Bandit)- Nothing says “aging rock ‘n roll enthusiast” like a classic Trans Am. Burt Reynolds was the king of cool back in the day, and it would seem that his car of choice for years became the vehicle associate with guys who were bad news. Today, it’s a pretty tasteless mode of transportation, but it brings a smile to our faces because of what it says about the owner. We’re not bashing Firebird enthusiasts, but there’s a certain type of man who owns a 77 Pontiac Trans Am these days, and it’s the same kind of guy who hand-washes it every Sunday in cut-off jean shorts listening to Poison in his driveway.
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