You've probably heard of the Cars franchise, and there's also a good chance you have seen at least one of their three movies. This franchise has expanded greatly over the years as it began to encompass video games, sought after merchandise lines, and other short films. It also inspired a love for cars in the young people who watched theses movies as children.
Several cars in these movies were based off or inspired by actual real-life cars. Some of the cars, like Lightning McQueen for example, were entirely made up vehicles that were a new creation all its own. Keep reading to learn about ten real-life cars that made an appearance in Disney's Cars movies.
10 1977 Chevy Monte Carlo (Darrell Cartrip)
Darrell Cartrip made an appearance in all three Cars movies, but what you might not have known was that he was based off a 1977 Chevy Monte Carlo. They gave this car an upgrade by giving him a flame design, but if you had transformed it to a simple red, it would be immediately recognizable.
It might look a little different than your standard Monte Carlo, but that is due to the fact that Cartrip was used as a racing car before he took up announcing. His speeches are as fun as this car is to drive, and it is an ode to the commentator who raced this vehicle back in 1977.
9 1951 International Harvester L-170 Boom Truck (Tow Mater)
A full-sized Mater is on display in Galena, Kansas and it closely resembles a 1951 International Harvester L-170 Boom Truck. Tow Mater isn't a simple being though because he also takes some design aspects from a Chevrolet 3800 and a 1957 Dodge truck.
Mater has rusted just like any old Harvester truck, and you can see the aspects they took from this prominent vehicle. He might be missing his hood, but that doesn't mean we failed to see the similarities in the wheels and truck bed design.
8 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera (Sally Carrera)
This is probably one of the characters in the movie who has the closest resemblance to her real-life counterpart. Her last name even holds a piece of the original 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera's name. When you watch the movie she even sounds like her counterpart with the same 320-horsepower engine that has her flying to sixty in less than five seconds.
The moviemakers even added subtle touches like the Porsche logo on her hood and the name of the vehicle under the spoiler. It is truly an animated rendition and the production team made sure that we knew this car was made by none other than Porsche.
7 1951 Hudson Hornet (Doc Hudson)
Doc Hudson is clearly based off of a 1951 Hudson Hornet, and they even made sure to follow the general color scheme associated with this vehicle. This car is a classic, and it is part of the reason they chose to use this vehicle to fulfill this role. Like Doc, this car was also used for racing and was virtually unbeatable at the time.
It was a champion on the track and has become a big collector's item ever since. If you had understood the history of this vehicle, it might have helped you understand the movie as Doc Hudson revealed his true racing stripes in the first Cars movie.
6 1959 Chevrolet Impala Lowrider (Ramone)
Ramone owns a body art shop, and who better to own that then a 1959 Chevrolet Impala Lowrider. These cars were fun, artsy, and the muse of many car artists back in the day. His license plate in the movie is "LOWNSLOW," which was also the slogan of this car after it was released.
Ramone is also a bit cocky, like this classic car was, as he shows off the abilities of his hydraulics. This car has the classic cat-eye taillights and the batwing design fins coming off of the back. It was a great choice for the movie, both in character and personality.
5 1940 Ford Standard Coupe (Junior Moon)
This character shows up in Cars 3 to give Lightning McQueen some much-needed advice. He is also pictured with Doc Hudson back in his racing days, which is an ode to the 1940 Ford Standard Coupe that his character resembles. This car is a classic and highly sought after by collectors for its vast history.
The designers copied the aesthetics of this vehicle all the way down to the mixed colors visible on the wheels. It might not seem like much to many of us, but the addition of this car in the movie definitely inspired someone's love for the classics.
4 Dodge Challenger R/T (Rod "Torque" Redline)
Rod Redline's composition is a bit tricky, but he most resembles a Dodge Challenger R/T. The body of the car itself, as well as the wheels and mirrors, are indicative of this car, but some other parts have us thinking of something else.
The hood, grille, and headlights are more in the style of a 2005 Ford Mustang GT, rather than that of the Challenger. This Cars 2 character wanted to have the best of both worlds and create a masterpiece all their own with some of the best and flashiest vehicles on the market.
3 McLaren MP4-12C GT3 (Lewis Hamilton)
Lewis Hamilton is actually voiced by the real-life race car driver named Lewis Hamilton.He is a driver for the British Formula One and he was even given the option to choose his characters final colors. It might not be a Mercedes like he drives in Formula One, but this McLaren MP4-12C GT3 is nothing to laugh at.
They had this car down pat with the wheel design and the rear spoiler, but they did give it some sharper edges like other exotic cars. All we know is both cars, both real and animated, are fast as hell with top speeds that have the ability to win races.
2 1942 Willys MB Jeep (Sarge)
If you know your history then you would recognize Sarge as a 1942 Willys MB Jeep. These bad boys were put to use in World War Two, and it is part of the reason that his license plate reads 41WW2. The United States entered the war in World War Two, and after the Willys Jeep beat out the other companies for the military contract, they began popping up like flies.
Sarge is as tough as this vehicle was back then as it faced off against enemy troops. This character might not be in the war anymore, but he still shares his knowledge with the students who attend his boot camp.
1 1960 VW Type 2 Bus (Fillmore)
Fillmore reaks of peace and love, which is why he was modeled after a 1960 VW Type 2 bus. They were nicknamed the Hippie Bus, due to their paint jobs that carried out by bands of hippies.
The moviemakers made sure to give Volkswagen credit for this iconic bus and copied all of the details perfectly to create this one of a kind character. He had the chrome lights and a multitude of windows, as well as the laid back attitude like the people who used to own these vehicles.