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There’s no denying we like our movies. And, there’s no denying we like the cars in our movies. In fact, we like some of the silver screen vehicles so much that they become more beloved than their human co-stars.  CNBC, eager to boost ratings, reviewed the reels and DVDs and found what it says are the “10 Iconic Hollywood Cars.” They are:

The Model 117 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle of Walt Disney’s “The Love Bug” was the star of four Love Bug movies. Sadly, 18 months after starring in “Herbie: Fully Loaded” with Lindsay Lohan in 2005, the auto-actor gave up the ghost due to syphilis-related illnesses.

The 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 from the 1968 action flick “Bullitt.” Starring Steve McQueen, still my favorite smoker of cigarettes, this cop movie featured a 10-minute car chase with McQueen behind the wheel of the true star of the film, the Mustang. This is still, in my eyes, the top chase movie scene of all time.

1981 DeLorean DMC-12 from “Back to the Future” deserves a spot on this list for being so quirky and for its ability to time travel. Though the movie was a huge hit, the DeLorean was an even bigger failure. Production of the gull-winged car ended after a single year.

The 1932 Ford Model B Deuce Coupe was the four-wheeled star of my least favorite care movie of all time, “American Graffiti.” All you need to know about the movie is that it was filmed in Modesto, CA.

One of the cars on the list that I want the most starred in the movie that taught me what black leather pants and red pumps were all about, “Grease.” The 1948 Ford Deluxe that the boys in the gang all danced and sang around still represents “Greased Lightnin” to me.

The possessed 1958 Plymouth Fury that tore up the screen in the 1983 horror film “Christine” is my second must-have car on this list. However, since only about 5,000 of them were made, the odds of me finding one are less than great.

The former cop car in which the brothers tool around Chicago in “Blues Brothers” was a 1974 Dodge Monaco. Every time I stumble across this movie, the car and these brothers on the television, I put the remote down and watch the film until its end.

The 1977 Pontiac Trans Am that starred in the 1977 “Smokey and the Bandit” is a car that has aged as poorly as the movie it was in.

The 1963 Aston Martin DB5 has got to be the car that Bond, James Bond is most identified with. The Sean Connery version of the British secret agent drove the fine British car in both “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball.”

The 1981 Porsche 928 in the 1983 “Risky Business” was one of the first movie cars that I ever truly lusted over.

What do you guys think?  What’s missing?


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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