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Famous Movie Cars We'd Love To Drive

Famous Movie Cars We'd Love To Drive

By Swansway Motor Group 31-01-2017


Celebrating this years' Awards Season in style, Swansway Group count down their top eight famous movie cars and ask, 'which one would you love to drive?'

If you haven’t already heard, it’s awards season. As we recall some of our favourite movies from the last year, and those from years gone by, we’ve been thinking, ‘What makes a good film into a great film?’ The story, the characters, the cinematography and the acting all play a part. And though they’ve never been awarded a gong, cars have played a big role in many movies, too.

In fact, everything from the costumes, right down to all the little props come together to make a performance worthy of an Oscar or BAFTA nomination, and though they haven’t been honoured outright, our automotive favourites have surely contributed to the success of the films in which they star.

At Swansway Group, we ensure that each of our cars perform as they should by providing the very best vehicles and service to our customers. In our eyes, they’re all award-winning. So, let’s take a look at the on-screen motors that have earned a permanent space in our hearts and memories. Here’s our nominations for the ‘Swancar’ awards:

Batman (1989)

The BatmobileCar: Batmobile - custom built supercar Driven by: Batman Engine: Jet Turbine 0-60 mph: 3.7 sec Maximum Speed: 530 km/h with booster Also appeared in: Batman Returns (1992). Unique feature: Side-mounted grappling hook launchers, disc projectile launchers and bomb dispensers.

The Batman legacy has created so many film versions and sequels that it’s hard to keep track of the different incarnations of The Batmobile. This Tim Burton design sums up the Caped Crusader for us - strong in all the right places with a delicate curve and a few surprises!

They don't make 'em like they used to! Do they, eh? Eh, Batsy? The Joker

The Love Bug (1968)

Car: Herbie - 1963 Volkswagen BeetlHerbie VW Beetlee Driven by: Jim Douglas Engine: 1.2L 4 cylinder (40 HP) - replaced with a high performance 1835cc VW engine in some movies. 0-60 mph: 23 sec Maximum Speed: 83 mph Also appeared in: Herbie Rides Again (1974); Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977); Herbie Goes Bananas (1980); Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005). Unique features: Driverless, mind of its own.

This loveable bug is one of the most recognisable movie cars whose film career has spanned 4 decades. Like any vintage actor, the chassis has remained the same throughout, with a couple of facelifts along the way!

Without a real car, I'm only half a man. Jim Douglas

Cars (2006)

Lightening McQueen from Cars the MovieCar: Lightning McQueen - NASCAR/Porsche/Ferrari/Corvette/Maserati/Chevrolet Corvette (customised) Driven by: No one - he’s a cartoon! Engine: Stock Car Built Full-Race regulation 4-speed V8 (750 HP) 0-60 mph: 3.2 sec Maximum speed: 198 mph Also appeared in: Cars 2 (2011); Cars 3 (2017). Unique features: Tilts to take turns sharper and squeeze by opponents, and jumps over obstacles.

Full of his own self-importance, this arrogant animation soon realises that he isn’t the only car on the planet. Like many movie heroes, Lightning soon comes back to earth with a bump, and still manages to capture our hearts.

Float like a Cadillac, sting like a Beemer. Lightning McQueen

Goldfinger (1964)

Car: 1966 Aston Martin DBGrey Aston Martin DB5 parked under some trees5 Driven by: James Bond Engine: 4.0 L 12V (282 bhp) 0-60 mph: 8.1 sec Maximum speed: 145 mph Also appeared in: Thunderball (1965), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Casino Royale (2006), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015). Unique features: Pop out gun barrels behind the front indicators, bullet shield in the rear window and a 3-way revolving front number plate.

James Bond enjoyed this car so much that it repeatedly turned up in several of his films. Whether he was using it to impress the ladies or chase the bad guys, it invariably left him feeling shaken, but not stirred!

Ejector seat? You're joking! I never joke about my work, 007. James Bond & Q

Back To The Future (1985)

GMC DeLorenCar: 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 Driven by: Doc Brown & Marty McFly Engine: 2,849 cc PRV V6 0-60 mph: 9.5 sec Maximum speed: 88 mph - the speed at which it disappears in time! Also appeared in: Back to the Future 2 (1989); Back to the Future 3 (1990). Unique feature: Flux capacitor: “what makes time travel possible.”

In the 1980s, the DeLorean DMC-12 was futuristic enough with its gullwing doors. Back to the Future fans would love to get their hands on this uranium-powered car, with or without the flux capacitor.

Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads. Doc Brown

The Fast & The Furious (2001)

Orange sports car with brightly coloured stickers on the side from the fast & the furious franchiseCar: 1993 Toyota Supra Mk IV Driven by: Brian O’Connor & Dom Toretto Engine: 3 litre inline-6 (544 HP) 0-60 mph: 4.3 sec. Top Speed: 185 mph Also appeared in: 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003). Unique features: 19-speed gearbox, full roll cage, heavy duty suspension, a set of competition seats and a strengthened fuel tank.

This car helped Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker bond in the very first Fast and Furious film with Diesel’s character Dom Toretto making his escape in the supercar. Greater love hath no man than to hand over the keys of his Supra to his friend!

I live my life a quarter mile at a time. Dom Toretto

The Italian Job (1968)

3 Mini Coopers from the film The Italian Job Car: 1968 Mini Cooper S Driven by: Charlie Croker’s gang Engine: 1.0 litre (60 HP) 0-60 mph: 14.2 sec Top Speed: 88 mph Unique feature: Stair-climbing, tunnel-riding, stadium-cruising dexterity.

Producers of The Italian Job wanted a very British car to be used and so turned down Fiat’s offer of help in preference of the BMC Mini Cooper. The car is just as classic as the film with the US remake in 2003 being neither as spectacular or memorable.

There are more things to life than breaking and entering. Mr Bridger

Thelma & Louise (1991)

Blue car from Thelma and LouiseCar: 1966 Thunderbird Driven by: Louise Engine: 6.4 litre (315 HP) 0-60 mph: 9.3 sec Top Speed: 127 mph

Unique feature: Two sassy, never-to-be crossed female passengers.

A voyage of discovery, tragedy and laughter shared with two friends and their car in shining armour. These ladies demonstrated that when things go wrong, you can always rely on your trusty motor.

I don't ever remember feeling this awake. Thelma

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