Nothing conveys style and attitude quite like the perfect car. Whether it’s James Bond or Luke Duke, film and TV characters’ wheels can be almost as iconic as the stars themselves.
From the DeLorean to the Aston Martin, some cars are immediately identifiable as stars of the silver screen. Take a look at our list of 10 of the most famous cars ever.
The 1969 Dodge Charger named “The General Lee,” driven by cousins Bo and Luke Duke, is one of the most well-known cars in TV history. The General Lee aided the Dukes in many high-speed chases and remains popular to this day, as Masters Champion golfer Bubba Watson currently drives one.
Whether it’s the modified 1955 Lincoln Futura driven by original Batman Adam West in the 1960s or the Tumbler from 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” every version has boasted cutting-edge style and Batman-worthy gadgets.
When you’re creating a time-traveling car, you sure don’t choose a boring one. Doc Brown’s DeLorean DMC-12 not only traveled back in time, but it did so in style. All Marty McFly has to do was climb in through the upward-opening doors, slam the accelerator up to 88 mph and fire up the Flux Capacitor and he was back in the 1950s.
Steve McQueen makes any car cooler by simply driving it, but this 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 from Bullitt could hold its own. And when Bullitt and the Mustang chase a Dodge Charger around San Francisco for seven minutes, they make movie history together.
Jake and Elwood Blues (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) are on a mission to save their old school — and they come to the rescue in this 1974 Dodge Monaco, a former police car. With a speaker blasting tunes instead of a police siren, and “a cop motor, a 440-cubic-inch plant, cop tires, cop suspension” and “cop shocks,” this is the right ride for a “mission from God.”
Although the 1970 Dodge Charger from 2001’s “The Fast and the Furious” isn’t the first Charger on the list, it is probably the fastest. It stays in the garage for much of the movie, as Dom is too scared to drive it. It eventually makes an appearance in a street race against undercover cop Brian O’Conner’s Toyota Supra.
In a movie that featured many fast sports cars, one stood out above the rest, and her name was Eleanor. In the 2000 version of the flick, Eleanor was a 1967 Mustang GT500. Eleanor steals the show when Randall “Memphis” Raines (Nicolas Cage) tries to steal her, and he ends up in a high-speed chase.
007 has driven his share of drool-worthy cars over the years, from Bentleys to BMWs to, of course, Aston Martins. Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond drove a Vanquish equipped with daylight stealth technology, allowing it to dip off the radar in the middle of the day, and outraced a Jaguar on a frozen lake.
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson weren’t afraid of no ghosts — but they sure did need to fix up their 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor before it could bear the name Ectomobile. With some equipment mounted on the roof and ghost-fighting packs stored inside, the Ecto-1 was ready for some spirit-fighting action.
It may not be a Bond car, and Harry and Lloyd (Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey) sure are no Daniel Craig (or even the Blues Brothers), but this furry, dog-impersonating van has a charm all its own. Sadly, Lloyd trades it in for a minibike. How could you, Lloyd?
These iconic, extremely recognizable vehicles all share one thing in common: They’re all priceless to their owners (or should be). But in the real world, even these cars should have auto insurance coverage. While many unique customizations may not be covered under standard policies, the drivers of these super cars would be wise to consult their agent for advice on the best options for coverage.