Over time, many cars achieved cult status, much like the movies they were featured in. From the DeLorean to the Batmobile, many vehicles that appeared in movies have become famous in their own right. . We are of course referring to the emblematic cars of the cinema.
But which movie engines and car brands are the most popular?
Carwow researchers discovered which are the most iconic and recognizable makes and models of cars in movie history by calculating the numbers of more than 97,000 movie appearances made by cars listed in the database. Internet Movie Cars (IMCDb). The study looked at cars that have appeared in films from 27 different countries since the 1920s – the birth of primitive cinema.
Unsurprisingly, the most iconic vehicle in movie history is the time-traveling DeLorean DMC-12 featured in the sci-fi hit. Back to the future. The flux capacitor-powered time machine created by Dr. Emmett Brown in the 1985 hit is the most iconic vehicle in movie history according to research.
The war platform Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) is the second most emblematic. In terms of price, the Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder from the film Yesterday, today and tomorrow in 1963 is the most expensive car ever sold at auction. It fetched a stunning $17.1 million at a Sotheby’s auction in August 2021.
When it comes to brands, Ford has the edge on the test. Ford had 10,363 film appearances – more than any other brand. The Ford Crown Victoria is the most used model in cinemas as a police car with 1,019 appearances on the big screen. The Ford Mustang ranks second with a total of 932 appearances.
Jaguar is by far the most popular British car brand used in film. The elegant Jaguar XJ has appeared in more films (428) than any other British car model. The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud comes second with 194 cinema appearances, followed by the Jaguar Mk (182).
Here are the most iconic cars in cinema
DeLorean DMC-12 (1082) – Back to the future (1985)
The War Platform (2015) – Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Ford Gran Torino Sport (1972) – Gran Torino (2008)
Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (1977) – Transformers (2007)
Volkswagen Type 2 (1978) – Little Miss Sun (2006)
Ecto One (1984) – ghost hunters (1984)
Batmobile (1966) – Batman (1966)
Batmobile (1989) – Batman (1989)
MINI Cooper R50 (2003) – Italian work (2003)
GM New Look Bus (1966) – The rapidity (1994)
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(Main and featured image: Sotheby’s)