Movies are one of the biggest influencers on our society. A film can affect everything from fashion, slang, politics, consumer goods, and the economy. If you’re into cars, you’ve probably seen how movies affect which cars are popular in any given year.
When The Fast and the Furious was released in 2001, the influence on car culture was huge. Local movie theatres even coordinated stings with police departments to catch movie-goers who left the parking lot. The film fanatics, who were generally young guys, would leave the theatre with excitement, amped up from the movie, and inspired to burn out and street race. According to a study provided by the New York Times, traffic tickets do tend to surge each time a new movie in the series is released.
With movies having such a huge impact on people individually, and on society as a whole, it makes sense that many consumers would love to get their hands on a piece of movie history. There are all sorts of businesses that sell movie props, costumes, set pieces and, of course, cars. But is buying a movie car even feasible for the average car-lover?
Yes and no. Some movie cars only worked in the background of shots, and therefore are less desirable. While others are known as "hero cars," and were used by the principal actor. Generally, these hero cars have some significance to the storyline and might be a classic or a brand new top-of-the-line car, making them more expensive right out of the gate. While some of the movie cars will set you back an arm and a leg, others may be in the realm of possibility to purchase. Let's take a look at 19 movie cars you can actually own.
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19 1966 Drag-U-La Coffin Car (The Munsters)
Butch Patrick, the actual person who portrayed Eddie Munster in the classic US sitcom The Munsters, is ready to be dearly departed from his Drag-U-La coffin car. The extravagant vehicle was custom built for Eddie to meet his adoring fans across the country.
Although covered in add-ons and doo-dads, the car was built to be driven for miles.
The coffin car contains a 400 Chevy engine that puts out 400 horsepower. It has a TH350 automatic transmission, making it easily drivable for even the dead. It also has a fully-functioning dual quad intake. You can have this eccentric vehicle for right around $60,000.
18 2015 Chevrolet Fast Attack (Furious 7)
One of the most awesome Hollywood vehicles on the market is the Fast Attack from Furious 7. This ride was used by Jason Statham's character, Deckard Shaw, in the last movie in the series that was graced by Paul Walker's presence. This custom beast was one of 6 built for the film. Only 3 survived, and you can have one of your own for as little as $30,000.
Fast Attack features a fully customized off-road chassis, and a 5.3 liter LS1. The vehicles were all owned by Universal Studios, and following filming, they did remove some parts, including the shocks. But overall, a steal of a deal for an epic, off-road, silver screen monster.
17 1976 Ford Gran Torino (Starsky & Hutch)
If you were a fan of classic, car-centric 70s television, you probably got a kick out of Starsky & Hutch. The vehicle in the TV series, nicknamed the "Striped Tomato," was a 1976 Gran Torino.
Four of these cars were used for filming, and you can own one for the low, low price of $110,000.
The car is expensive not only because it starred in a famous TV show, but also because of its limited production. There are only an estimated 300 left in existence. This film car still includes the bubble police siren and telephone used by the actors.
16 1975 Ford Interceptor (Mad Max)
If you're a fan of post-apocalyptic cars, or the Mad Max films, you might want to take out a loan to get this identical replica build. To clarify, yes, this is a replica. But because of its extreme rarity and attention to detail, the car is expected to sell for nearly $100,000.
The 1975 Interceptor received a ground-up restoration, and no detail was overlooked. This car is completely road-ready (and Road Warrior-worthy), and has less than a few hundred miles on the odometer. The car took over 7 years to design and restore, and the seller holds over $100,000 in receipts, as proof of work. Hopefully they can at least break even on their fan-built ride.
15 1972 Lincoln Town Car (American Gangster)
Why not kick off the fall right with a brand-new-to-you Lincoln Continental straight out of Hollywood. The vehicle is set for auction in September, and for an estimated price of less than $12,000, you can own a piece of Hollywood history.
The iconic Town Car made for the perfect luxury choice for a drug lord from Harlem. Buy the Lincoln and sit where Denzel Washington sat in the 2007 film American Gangster.
Following this Ridley Scott hit, the car was slated to appear in The Green Hornet. It had some sporty modifications added before filming, including a scooped air cleaner, high-rise intake and a new set of larger wheels, but ended up not being used.
14 1969 Dodge Charger Coupe (Dukes of Hazzard)
One of the most famous cars in television history is the General Lee, known for its wild racing and huge leaps to evade the police of Hazard County. Unfortunately, the '69 Charger up for auction is only a replica, but it's a pretty good one at that. It even has a horn that blows the recognizable Dixie call.
The car runs well with a 318 V8 and an automatic transmission.
It's not quite rust-free, and we're suspicious the owner had a bit of Bo and Luke Duke-style fun in it. But overall, the car is in pretty great shape, and has a solid frame, great for spirited driving escapades.
13 1973 Ford Ranchero GT (Breaking Bad)
Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably binge-watched Breaking Bad like everyone else. If you made it through the whole series, you might recognize this 1973 Ford Ranchero from season 5. The car also made an appearance in an Eric Church music video for the song "Give Me Back My Home Town."
This Ranchero is one of only 15,320 that rolled off the production line, but it will only set you back around $10,000. The car is in rough condition with faded paint, shredded interior, and an incredible dust and grime covered engine. But the seller boasts that it roars to life the minute you turn the key.
12 1925 Ford Model T T (Boardwalk Empire)
Some people love their modern, luxury cars. Others would rather race souped-up drag cars. And some are completely content with a roaring 20s era antique. A Model T tow truck is a rare find, and a vehicle similar to the one pictured above made a star-worthy appearance on the hit HBO show Boardwalk Empire.
The ancient car that's for sale isn't what you would describe as mint condition, but what do you expect from a machine that's over 90 years old?
It uses a 4 cylinder engine with manual transmission. And its bolted-on tow assembly make it unique to other Fords of the time. The tow truck should sell for around $15,000.
11 1969 Pontiac LeMans (The Lost World)
If you were a 90s kid, you probably grew up watching the Jurassic Park films. Nothing can compare to the fear and excitement of a Tyrannosaurus Rex chasing a Jeep Wrangler or Explorer with the theme park paint job. Although you can buy those off-road collector vehicles, this baby comes from the less-successful second film The Lost World.
The car is seen at a gas station in the US when the dinos are released amongst the masses. The LeMans has had 3 paint jobs in its life, and was red during filming. Since then, the seller did a complete restoration and gave it a Warwick Blue coat of paint.
10 1970 Dodge Challenger (The Bucket List)
If you love Mopars and you love movies, you might check out this 1970 Dodge Challenger. The show-ready car was featured in the Jack Nicholsen film The Bucket List, as well as the 2010 biopic about Joan Jett called The Runaways.
This pristine car is a resto-mod built by Ted Moser, known for his work building picture cars.
The Challenger has less than 3,000 miles on the odometer, and has all the comforts of a modern car. Air conditioning, power steering, power brakes and a 5.7 liter Hemi make it a Mopar that's ready to drive daily. This silver-screen classic is selling for just under $50,000.
9 1953 Mercury Custom (Ant-Man and the Wasp)
You would be hard-pressed to find a car lover that isn't at least mildly entertained by the Fast and Furious franchise. And if you like 50s era classics, it's time to get behind the wheel of this 1953 Mercury Custom. The gorgeous car was owned by Universal Studios and has been in several film productions.
Most recently, the Mercury was used in the Cuba scenes of The Fate of the Furious. It also made an appearance in Ant-Man and the Wasp. The retro car has been kept mostly stock, with just a few upgrades when parts wore out. You can own this movie classic for only $13,000.
8 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback S-code GT Bullitt (Bullitt)
One of Steve McQueen's most famous films is coveted by car-fanatics worldwide. Bullitt has one of the most famous car chase scenes in movie history, that lasted 13 minutes. It may not be as full of CG and explosions as today's modern chase scenes, but it still remains an iconic film with an iconic car.
This '68 Mustang Fastback is up for sale at nearly $140,000.
This is a shocking price, especially because the car is not actually from the movie. Although it's a rare car, it was only built as the Bullitt 'Stang in 2014. Nevertheless, movie-buffs and car collectors will be fighting to have this ride in their garage.
7 1955 Chevrolet 150 (Two-Lane Blacktop)
A lesser-known film about cars is Two-Lane Blacktop, starring Dennis Wilson, drummer for the beach boys. The indie-style, minimal-dialogue film follows a couple of street racers and their primer-gray '55 Chevy. The car that's actually for sale is not from the film, but in our opinion an enhanced, improved, fan-made tribute.
The car boasts a V8 with 1,000 horsepower. And its lightweight body would make it a fierce contender against the gasser used in the film. The vehicle description on Fossil Cars would surely make the characters of Two-Lane Blacktop shiver in their road-weary boots. But this Hollywood tribute will set you back a pretty penny at $150,000.
6 1988 Pontiac Firebird (Knight Rider)
If you want a car that will turn heads and make your friends jealous, you better hit the September auction for this 1988 Pontiac Firebird. This unique sports car is one of only 3 built by Barris Customs for the Knight Rider television show.
According to the seller, this is the only Super Pursuit Mode KITT remaining following production's wrap of the series.
The futuristic-looking 80s car is in pristine condition and has the functioning body modifications made famous in the show. The seller states that the other two cars were used for filming, while this one was a backup. The price isn't fixed, but estimated around $35,000.
5 1956 DeSoto Sedan (American Horror Story)
This 1956 Firedrome is a piece of Hollywood magic. It made an appearance in multiple TV shows, most notably in American Horror Story Season 2. The car is 62 years old, but only has 33,000 miles. It's in near-perfect condition, and has been gloriously maintained.
Its original paint code, factory wheels, like-new interior and stock engine make it a true classic. The Firedrome has a 331 Hemi V-8 and an automatic transmission. It's ready to roll and has plenty of life left under the hood. To own a piece of American history, and a television star ride, it will only set you back $15,000.
4 1966 GMC Handi-Van Mystery Machine (Scooby-Doo)
Zoinks! For less than 15 grand, you can join Scooby and his gang in this 1966 GMC Handi-Van, built to look like the famed Mystery Machine. This head-turning replica was used as a promotional vehicle for Volo Car Museum. The van was driven around the country to various car shows and events.
The dog and hippie-toting ride has been modernized with a small block and automatic transmission. It also has a banging sound system, great for playing the Scooby theme song on a loop. Every aspect of the vehicle screams mystery-solving van, including the interior. The Mystery Machine will go to the Scooby fan with the biggest pockets in September.
3 1970 Dodge Challenger (Bad Moms)
Up for auction is the gorgeous 1970 Dodge Challenger driven by Mila Kunis' character in the 2016 comedy, Bad Moms. This Challenger has some modifications from its original form, with an all-red Road and Track hood, a blacked-out grille and Cragar wheels. Even with the changes, it's a highly desirable car.
The Challenger sold in 2016 at the Hollywood Movie Car Auction in Northridge, CA.
It has since been painted black and is back on the market. It has also appeared in numerous music videos and television shows. Its beautiful condition and powerful 440 V8 makes it a probable pick for other future Hollywood films.
2 1939 Cadillac Sixty Special (Bugsy)
If you're into the ultra-cool gangster style cars of the 1930s, this is the picture car for you. This 1939 Cadillac Sixty Special was used in the 1991 Warren Beatty film, Bugsy. Even at almost 80 years old, the car looks pretty damn gorgeous.
This Caddy had an older rebuild, replacing the interior, brakes, carburetor and fuel system. It also received a rebuild on its flathead V8, making it ready to drive with your fedora and spats. The gangster mobile is being sold at $32,500, which isn't much to ask for a pristine piece of film and car history.
1 1947 Ford Super Deluxe (The Karate Kid)
One of the most memorable lines in US movie history is "wax on, wax off," spouted as words of wisdom from Mr. Miyagi to his young apprentice. The Karate Kid used this convertible, 1947 Ford Super DeLuxe during filming for the 1984 hit. It's currently for sale with an asking price of $43,900.
It might be more of a gas-guzzler than a grocery-getter, with its 239 CID flathead V-8. It propels the heavy body with only 100 horsepower.
The Ford has had a few small modifications over the years, but nothing drastic. A few gauges are non-functional, but it's otherwise ready to drive.
Sources: mymoviecar.net, volocars.com, businessinsider.com, fossilcars.com, movietimecars.com