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13 Iconic Cars We Love From Movies & TV

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1. 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon

As seen in: Mad Max

Filmmakers modified the 1973 Ford Falcon XB Gt Coupe with a Concorde-style nose cone, wheel arch flares, spoilers, supercharger, and more to create this mean-looking ride that became known as the “Pursuit Special” in this cult film.

What we love:

  • Dual overhead cam engine
  • Solid 600 horsepower 
  • Siren perfect for hunting down bad guys in a post-apocalyptic universe

2. 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse

As seen in: The Fast and the Furious 

The late Paul Walker made his first appearance in the iconic Fast and the Furious movies in this car, which he raced against Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). Love them or hate them, these movies have great cars.

What we love:

  • 2-liter, 16-valve, 4-cylinder inline engine that gets up to 435 horsepower
  • That sweet lime green paint job

3. 1985 Modena GT Spyder California

As seen in: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Originally built to resemble the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California, this knock-off cost a lot less but still left a big impression on Ferris Bueller fans when it plummeted into a ravine.

What we love:

  • Powered by a Ford small-block V8
  • It’s a Frankenstein of car parts but still looks like a dream
  • A one-of-a-kind replicar

4. 1977 British Leyland Mini 1000

As seen in: Mr. Bean

The hilariously painful to watch Mr. Bean never goes anywhere without this trusty citron green sidekick.

What we love:

  • Transverse engine with front-wheel drive allows 80% of car’s space to be used for passengers and luggage (or changing clothing while driving with your feet **not recommended**)
  • Always ready for adventure

5. 1969 Dodge Charger

As seen in: The Dukes of Hazzard

Good ole’ “General Lee” is one of the most recognizable vehicles in movie and television history. Numerous ‘69 Chargers played the role throughout the 1970s and 80s.

What we love:

  • Gotta love a car horn that makes music
  • Souped-up version of the original Charger designed for gravity-defying stunts
  • Mods include Magnum V8 engine, custom wheels and tires, heavy-duty suspension, and loosened brakes for those 180-degree turns

6. 1994 Jeep Wrangler

As seen in: Clueless

Rugged, yet refined. Complete with an open top to give your hair that effortless cool beachy vibe. Cher’s white Wrangler became every 90s girl’s dream car. 

What we love:

  • Symbol of style and class
  • Versatility that makes it equally perfect cruising through Beverly Hills or off-roading on the weekends
  • Ability to withstand teenage driving habits relatively unscathed

7. Delorean DMC-12

As seen in: Back to the Future

It may have been one of the most infamous automotive disasters of all time, but the Delorean still stole the show in Back to the Future.

What we love:

  • Those ever-sexy gull wing doors (the only other vehicles with these at the time were the Mercedes 300SL and the Bricklin SV-1)
  • No paint needed. Body made from stainless steel because… why bother with paint with a car this cool?
  • According to the owner’s manual, you could spot-clean the Delorean with gasoline (yikes…)
  • Custom-built speedometer that could reach 95 mph (Jimmy Carter signed a law that mandated speedometers only go up to 85 mph, but Marty McFly had to hit 88mph to get back into the past. So they made their own.)

8. 1951 Ford F1 4×2

As seen in: Sanford and Son

One look at that truck and you can already hear that funky theme song, can’t you? The salvage truck that was purchased and fully preserved by 2 huge Sanford & Son fans in 2014 may not be quite as coveted as some of these cars on our list, but it’s certainly an icon of television history.

What we love:

  • Been around the block a few times, but still gets the job done without complaining about a heavy load
  • Good reminder that a well-maintained vehicle is worth its weight in gold

9. 1974 Pontiac Firebird Esprit

As seen in: The Rockford Files

Jim Rockford (James Garner) defined 1970s cool while dodging criminals in this Sierra gold Firebird Esprit.

What we love:

  • Excellent handling for those signature J-turns
  • High-performance 400 cubic-inch engine fit for a Hollywood star

10. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

As seen in: John Wick

John Wick loved 3 things: His wife, his dog, and his ‘69 Mustang. This is one of our all-time-favorite cars, featured in everything from Gone in 60 Seconds to Misery. But John Wick’s Boss 429 is one of the best-looking (and most powerful) beasts ever made.

What we love:

  • Rated at 375 horses
  • Gorgeous gunmetal paint job and fastback body style 

11. 2006 Subaru WRX

As seen in: Baby Driver

Starring a young man suffering from tinnitus and his not-so-subtle red-hot getaway car, Baby Driver is loaded with impressive stunts choreographed to the film’s soundtrack. If you like wild rides that keep you on the edge of your seat, you’ll love this.

What we love:

  • 300bhp WRX STI drivetrains
  • CNC hydraulic handbrake
  • Awesome drifts

12. 1963 Aston Martin DB5

As seen in: Goldfinger

We would be mistaken to leave 007 off this list. First driven by Sir Sean Connery in Goldfinger, the Aston Martin DB5 was made famous as Bond’s signature vehicle.

What we love:

  • 4-liter 282 horsepower engine with a sleek, sexy body 
  • Smoke screens, oil slicks, revolving license plates, bullet shield, and several other spy gadgets that could come in handy one day

13. 1963 Ford Econoline Custom Van

As seen in: Scooby-Doo

Anyone who grew up watching Scooby and the gang knows the Mystery Machine. Hop in for a mystery-solving adventure!

What we love:

  • Groovy paint job and wheels
  • Perfect for cross-country road trips
  • More than enough space for all your gear and gadgets

What’s Your Favorite Iconic Car from Pop Culture? 

From the original Batmobile to Smokey and the Bandit’s Trans Am, we could go on and on with our favorite iconic cars from movies and television over the decades. But instead we’d love to know, what famous cars do YOU love and why? Drop us a comment below!

Kate-McKnight

Wife, mom, Content Manager & Senior Copywriter at FIXD. From the garage to the gym, I love helping people learn and grow. Dream car: ‘69 Acapulco Blue Mustang.

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Kate McKnight

Kate McKnight

Wife, mom, Content Manager & Senior Copywriter at FIXD. From the garage to the gym, I love helping people learn and grow. Dream car: ‘69 Acapulco Blue Mustang.

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