Every petrolhead has their own list of great motors from the movies, and we’d love to see yours. Here are some runners and riders, just to get your engines started.
Back to the future
Yes the Delorean DMC-12 looked fabulous. And yes it had its faults as well. In fact the company went bust three years before Marty McFly and the Doc hit the screens. “But it wasn’t a custom car” we hear someone out there saying. Well, it was a car that could travel in time wasn’t it? That’s quite a modification.
The name’s DB5, Aston Martin DB5. With gizmos including a smoke screen, oil spray, lights that doubled as machine guns and an always-handy ejector seat, Bond’s timelessly sleek silver machine was more like a weapon on wheels than a custom car.
The Spy Who Loved Me
By 1997 Sean Connery had been customised to look exactly like Roger Moore, and he was driving a Lotus Esprit S1 that transformed into a mini-submarine when it hit the water. Nice work, Q.
The Fast and the Furious
So many amazing cars throughout the series, but first is best in our book, with the vote going to Vin Diesel’s customised 1970 Dodge Charger from the original 2001 film. How furious do you feel about that?
Moving from big screen to small, this ever-so-slightly modified Pontiac Trans-Am belonged to crime fighter and all-round hero David Knight (David Hasselhoff in the original 1980s series). It was a talking, thinking crime-solving car that pre-dated self-driving technology by 35 years, and basically did all the work while Hasselhoff stood around looking rugged. It was also indestructible thanks to the ultimate hi-tech paint job.
OK we’re going a long way back here, to 1965 in fact. But a Model-T Ford customised with a built-in coffin and christened Drag-U-La is just timeless – even if you only drive it out of its crypt on Halloween.
Dumb and Dumber
A fur-covered Ford Econoline disguised as a sheepdog and liveried up with the Mutt’s Cutts logo isn’t all that dumb really. If you’re in the pooch pampering trade, it could bring you a lot of business.
A genuine hot rod based on a 1932 Ford Model B, complete with exposed engine, this became the iconic image of a custom car. As much of a classic as the 50s soundtrack that made the low budget movie such surprise success. Still not sure about the yellow, though.
National Lampoon’s Animal House
Apparently there’s a 1964 Lincoln Continental in there somewhere.
A 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor transformed into Ecto-1 for the original 1984 movie. Proof that, if you’re in the customising business, it’s best not to start with an ambulance. Unless you’re also in the ghostbusting business.