It’s the secret dream of both movie lovers and car fanatics, to be able to drive the iconic cars you see on the silver screen. Often helmed by a suave protagonist, imbued with seemingly super-vehicular powers, these vehicles are the epitome of cool and class.
But oftentimes the cars you see in movies are either non-existent (as in the case of the Lexus 2054 concept car from Minority Report, or the Batmobile) or out of production (as in the case of many cars from old movies).
The list that follows is, what many consider, the three most iconic cars to ever grace the silver screen. And to help you realize that secret dream of driving an iconic movie car, this article is going to offer modern day equivalents, vehicles you can easily lease from a quality luxury vehicle dealership.
1968 Ford Mustang Fastback – Bullitt
The 1968 Mustang Fastback from Bullitt is seemingly capable of doing the impossible – achieving blinding speeds, jumping long gaps and taking corners effortlessly, even while accelerating. No doubt, anyone who caught Steven McQueen shift gears as he blazed through the San Francisco streets knew one thing: they too wanted to be behind the wheel of that Mustang.
While the ’68 Mustang Fastback is hard to find these days (and, if you do find it, prohibitively expensive) the obvious substitute is the current Mustang. Yes, the Mustang design has changed drastically in the intervening 50 years, but the spirit of the vehicle remains the same – one of raw power and intuitive handling.
DeLorean DMC-12 – Back to the Future
A 1981 wedge car retrofitted with technology by the maniacal Doc that gives it time-travel capabilities – is there a cooler car from the era? If you grew up in the 1980’s, there’s a solid chance you either had a model or poster of the classic DeLorean.
Unfortunately, there’s no such car that will transport you back in time. And, short of procuring an old DeLorean – which you occasionally can through Autoone.ca – there’s not really any wedge cars still being made. The closest you can get to a wedge car these days, which has the same, sloped aesthetic appeal as the DeLorean, is probably the Lamborghini Aventador. It may be pricey, but it’s worth it to see people’s heads turn.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Ferris wasn’t exactly in the right when he convinced his buddy Cameron to borrow his dad’s cherry-red 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder for a day of joy-riding. That’s especially true w
hen, in an attempt to reverse the odometer (which you should really never do) the two send the car flying backwards off a ravine. But you have to admit – they looked cool driving it!
The closest of kin these days to the 1961 250 GT is the Ferrari F8 Spider. Again, times have changed since 1961, and the design nowadays is decidedly more modern, but if it’s the effortless “Bueller Cool” you’re looking for, the F8 Spider delivers. Just don’t try and skip work in it!
If you’ve ever dreamed of driving like they do in your favourite movies, these cars are you for you. Just check with a local dealership about lease options (which are always less expensive than purchase financing) and call “Action” on your dream automobile.