11. Ford Mustang GT
> Film: Bullitt (1968)
> Genre: Crime, action, thriller
> Starring: Steve McQueen, Don Gordon, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn
One of the most famous car chases in movie history involves a growling Ford Mustang GT, driven by the ultracool Steve McQueen. The epic chase through and outside of San Francisco ends in a spectacular crack-up that kills the mob’s assassins in the Dodge Charger. How cool was the Mustang GT? Ford made a limited edition of this version twice.
12. Dodge Challenger R/T
> Film: Vanishing Point (1971)
> Genre: Drama
> Starring: Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger
“Vanishing Point” is about a Medal of Honor winner and former police officer dishonorably discharged from the force who bets he can drive from Denver to San Francisco in less than 15 hours. To do that would mean he would have to average speeds of over 80 miles an hour, and that runs him afoul with the police. Many of the stunts in the film involved the folks who worked on “Bullitt” with Steve McQueen.
13. VW Beetle
> Film: The Love Bug (1968)
> Genre: Comedy
> Starring: Dean Jones, Michele Lee
No high tech or slick lines with the VW Beetle, known as Herbie, a car with a mind of its own that turns a down-on-his luck race-car driver (Dean Jones) into a winner. Walt Disney Studios constructed 11 cars for the original film, and just three exist today. To give one of the VW’s extra oomph, a Porsche Super 90 engine was installed.
14. 1932 Ford Coupe
> Film: American Graffiti (1973)
> Genre: Drama
> Starring: Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, and Richard Dreyfus
George Lucas of “Star Wars” fame made “American Graffiti,” a nostalgic look at California car culture. The souped-up canary yellow 1932 Ford Coupe driven by John Milner (Paul Le Mat) outduels a 1955 Chevy helmed by Bob Falfa (Harrison Ford). Ford, Richard Dreyfus, Cindy Williams, and MacKenzie Phillips would all go on to become film stars.
15. 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon
> Film: Mad Max (1979)
> Genre: Sci-fi, drama
> Starring: Mel Gibson and Joanne Samuel
The futuristic dystopian classic that launched Mel Gibson into stardom also featured a third-generation Ford Falcon. Already juiced with a V-8 engine, the filmmakers converted the Falcon into an “Interceptor,” affixing a new nose to the front end, adding flares, and attaching a switch-activated supercharger booster on the hood for when Max needs to flee. Of course, that supercharger was not real.
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