Most Iconic Cars in Film

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6. 1976 Lotus Esprit Series I
> Film: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
> Genre: Action
> Starring: Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jürgens, Richard Kiel

The futuristic Lotus Esprit Series I that appeared in the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me” left mouths agape when it plunged into the ocean, sprouted fins, and turned into a submarine. Bond then drove back onto the beach and hopped out of it dry as a bone, of course.

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7. DeLorean DMC-12
> Film: Back to the Future (1985)
> Genre: Comedy, adventure
> Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

“Back to the Future” is remembered for the DeLorean DMC-12, a stainless steel attention-grabber designed by iconic car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro that was a disappointment commercially. Through certain modifications by eccentric scientist Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), the car had enough juice to transport Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) back to 1955.

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8. 1968 Mini Cooper
> Film: The Italian Job (1969)
> Genre: Crime, action
> Starring: Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Raf Vallone

A gold heist follows three Mini Coopers pursued by the police through traffic in Turin, Italy, a chase that takes them past some of Turin’s famous buildings and landmarks, through sidewalk cafes and down subway tunnels.

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9. Converted 1959 Cadillac ambulance
> Film: Ghostbusters (1984)
> Genre: Comedy
> Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

If you need to call experts in expelling malevolent spirits from your house, you call the Ghostbusters in their modified 1959 Miller-Meteor Futura ambulance, also known as Ecto-1. Not too many cars have sliding proton pack storage. Sightings of the tricked-out ambulance reportedly caused accidents in New York City during promotion for the film’s initial release.

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10. 1967 Shelby GT500
> Film: Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
> Genre: Action, comedy
> Starring: Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi

Though the 2000 remake of the film utilized a 1967 Shelby GT500 instead of a 1973 Mustang like in the original, it kept the same iconic name for the vehicle — Eleanor. The car’s power originates from a 351 Ford V-8 engine.