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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!

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.

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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    57 Comments

    1. Where is the E-Type Jaguar Roadster?

    2. No contest, the 1963 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger

    3. Delorean DMC-12, hands down.

    4. “General Lee”. Would love to own 69′ Charger.

    5. Liked the 69 Boss Mustang 429

    6. #2 the Mitsubishi Eclipse F&F fav Moov

    7. No mention of the Pontiac Trans Am driven by Burt Reynalds in Smokey and the Bandit That’s my favorite

    8. The Scooby-doo van has the best of memories for me.

    9. You didn’t show it but I’m partial to the 1968 Pontiac Firebird. So I’ll go with the Firebird you show.

    10. Out of those I would choose John Wick’s mustang but the spider from Ferris Buelhler and the Aston Martim are a close second.
      I like Eleanor from Gone in 60 seconds too

    11. 1963 Aston Martin DB5

    12. You left out the 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442.

    13. 1969 Dodge Charger is by far my favorite

      1. 1969 Dodge Charger is my favorite

    14. That Delorean just blew me away and I was no teenager, more like a mid 50’s down to earth “old lady”, but those doors ….oh, those doors. Not so enamored of it once I knew all the details but there was no denying those upswept doors.

    15. 007 Aston of course. You forgot to mention the cookie cutters on the wheels and the 50 cal machine guns.

    16. Yes #9

    17. BULLIT…..???
      Really, your going to leave Bullit off this list?
      That’s just wrong , an short sighted.

    18. I own an Eclipse similar to the one shown. Not painted like that one, but performance is similar.

    19. Where is Knightrider (Pontiac Trans Am), Gone In 60 Seconds, Bullitt, Transporter 1/2/3 (Audi S8), Ronin, Italian Job or Cannonball Run?

    20. Love Mustangs and the 007 auto!

    21. Love Mustangs, have had mustangs since the early 90s, love Chevelle’s also, but you didn’t have any here

    22. Thanks for the post, interesting.

      1. You’re welcome, Louie. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    23. I can’t believe you didn’t have a 1967 GTO of which I had one along with my 1969 SS Chevy 396. Back in those days General Motors was king and those 2 cars were in many drag races. One race was right in front of the White House but the police stopped us so we just sat there.

    24. 1970 Oldsmobile 442 from “Demolition Man”

      1. I like the 51 Ford I put a lot of miles on that truck

    25. I love and have always loved the Back to the future Delorean!! Fabulous vehicle!!

    26. 1970 dodge challenger from vanishing point

    27. BOSS 429 Mustang Fastback….. 1969 !!!

    28. The 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 is my favorite, not necessarily the movie, but love the car. I’m a child of the 60’s!!

    29. The Mustang from Bullitt with Steve Mcqueen 1968 Mustang GT

    30. I am still waiting to try my fixd. The post brings back memories and I love the different cars. I find it great to hear from you at fixd.

      1. Thank you so much for ordering FIXD, Kenneth. We hope you enjoy your new sensor! Let us know how it goes 🙂

    31. Are you serious? The “scooby-doo” van makes the list and Steve McQueen’s Mustang from Bullitt doesn’t??? It’s only the best real car chase ever recorded on film.

    32. GREEN FORD MUSTANG SEEN IN BULLET, OLDER MOVIE BUT THE BEST CHASE SCENE EVER FILMED AS FAR AS I AM CONCERN. I HAVE SEEN SEVERAL OTHER CHASE SCENES, BUT BULLET BEATS THEM ALL IN MY EYES.

    33. The 1966 Black Beauty from the Green Hornet TV series and Crockett’s Black Ferrari Spyder from Miami Vice.

    34. My ultimate automotive passion car was the Volvo P1800 driven by Simon Templar (Roger Moore) in the stylish British drama “The Saint”.

    35. 68 mustang GT BULLIT

    36. My favorite car was the 1964 Studebaker {AVANTI}.
      I bought one just after I left the Air Force. a 289 engine with big Super Charger. I always won any drag or quarter mile race, enjoyed watching
      Corvette’s eating my exhaust.

    37. american graffiti
      there are so many good cars in that classic movie
      32 ford
      55 chevy
      56 t bird
      there is sn edsel and an impala
      and the 51 merc is to “drag” for…

    38. How about the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang mobile. Can’t beat a car that can serve as a boat and fly haha

    39. BOSS 429. Way too groovy, still to this day.

    40. Back to the future

    41. The ‘95 Eclipse with that paint job all day. Always been one of my faves since the first film came out. I’ve got multiple model cars of it since that’s the closest I’ll ever come to owning one. Also (not shown on this list but worth mentioning) the 1981 Dodge M4S Turbo Interceptor from the movie The Wraith. Frickin’ sick.

    42. You forgot one car the 1968 Ford Mustang fastback bullet mustang from the movie bullet Greatest car chase scene in movie history

      1. Fair point, Smitty!

    43. Favourite car – General Lee,
      favourite car chase movie – Bullitt

    44. The 1963 Aston Martin
      Thankx tyler lee

    45. Batmobile & Ford ecoline van from Scooby-Doo

      1. Oh yeah! Those are great additions to this list.

    46. Thank you for this, it brought back so many good memories while sharing watching these shows and those awesome cars with my family growing up! My favorite is the dukes of hazards 1969 Dodge Charger! How’d they pull off all those stunts with this car and how many did they ruin doing it lol

      1. So glad to hear it, Timmy! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by our blog.

    47. No place to check for my vote of 51 Ford pickup

    48. I had a 66 GTO had stock 389 cu in which I bored .030 over adding oversize pistons, tri-power, headers & rv cam….total rebuild. Had to add power steering , electric fuel pump (high volume). Posi rear with M50s & Hearst 4-sp.
      Absolutely fast!!! Burn those 50s in all four years & not one miss…..miss that car!!! The best.

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