Americans have long had a love affair with the automobile. Here we take a look at the most iconic American muscle cars and the movies that made them icons.
1. 1949 Mercury
Film: Rebel Without a Cause, 1955
This movie’s classic car “chicken” scene shows James Deans’ character racing his 1949 Mercury towards a cliff, jumping out of the car just in time. His opponent did not fare as well.
2. 1958 Corvette
Film: Hot Rods to Hell, 1967
The orange and yellow Corvette in this movie was a little worse for wear when it made its film debut.
3. 1968 Ford Mustang
Film: Bullitt, 1968
Steve McQueen’s detective character goes airborne more than once in his Mustang while chasing through San Francisco’s legendary steep streets.
4. 1955 Chevy 150
Film: Two-Lane Blacktop, 1971
Beach Boy Dennis Wilson and James Taylor travel on Route 66, stopping to race locals along the way.
5. 1970 Dodge Challenger
Vanishing Point, 1971
A car chase that takes place across 4 states uses a Dodge Challenger to escape police, on of the few films to feature a Dodge muscle car.
6. 1958 Chevy Impala
Film: American Graffiti, 1973
Terry “The Toad” Fields looks too cool for school in his Chevy. The films features numerous other classic cars.
7. Custom Corvette
Film: Cleopatra Jones, 1973
In this classic film, sexy Tamara Dobson drives a custom Corvette, which features a device to raise the roof to prevent her afro from getting messed up.
8. 1977 Pontiac Trans Am
Film: Smokey and the Bandit, 1977
Five Trans Ams were used to make this Burt Reynolds classic.
9. 1974 Mount Prospect Doge Monaco
Film: Blues Brothers, 1980
Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi drive a beat-up old cop car to outrace cops in in their Bluesmobile.
10. Ford Falcon XB GT
Film: The Road Warrior, 1981
In this post-apocalyptic sequel to Mad Max, Mel Gibson drives his hot rod in spite of the fall of civilization and gasoline being an extremely rare commodity.
11. 1958 Plymouth Fury
Film: Christine, 1983
This cherry red killer car exacts revenge on those who wrong her, and manages to repair itself to perfection after each deadly encounter.
12. Bigfoot #2
Film: Cannonball Run II, 1984
This giant monster truck takes out a Porsche 928 like it’s a speed bump.
13. 1966 Thunderbird Convertible
Film: Thelma & Louise, 1991
This classic road trip car is the perfect companion to Thelma and Louise’s wild ride to the Grand Canyon.
14. 1968 Dodge Charger
Film: Blade, 1998
This bad ass vampire’s need for speed is satisfied by his black Dodge Charger.
15. 1967 Dodge Charger
Film: The Dukes of Hazzard, 2005
The General Lee is decked out with a custom orange paint job, and catches enough air to make it seem like it can fly.
16. 1976 Chevy Camero
Film: Transformers Franchise, 2007-2011
Disguised as a Camero, the space robot Bumblebee eventually morphs into a newer, sleeker Camero in the subsequent films.
17. 1966 Ford GT40
Film: Fast Five, 2011
While the Fast and the Furious Franchise has always featured sexy cars at breakneck speeds, this beauty steals the show.
It’s fun to watch these speed demons race on the closed sets of Hollywood, but remember that the stunts in these movies should never be attempted at home. To learn more about driver safety, or to find a car accident lawyer in Las Vegas, contact Laura Hunt at (702) 450-4868 today.