We all have our favorite movie cars, from Steve McQueen’s classic 68′ Mustang GT 390 (Bullitt) to the 1958 Plymouth Fury in the Steven King’s Christine, but there are a lot of other great film cars worthy of mention.
5. 1977 Pontiac Trans Am, Smokey and the Bandit
Looking at the menacing hood, one can’t help but notice the shaker scoop and 6.6-liter insignia, letting everybody know it meant business. This is back in 1977 mind you, the golden era in engine humiliation due to strict emission standards. Manufacturers didn’t know how to adhere to strict standards without restricting their engines at the same time. With that said, in 1977, 200 horsepower with the optional W72 engine was king of the hill. The standard L78 was rated at 180 hp, but was a force to be reckoned with.
4. 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT, The Road Warrior
One liter less than “Smokey’s” Trans Am, yet this 5.7 V-8 packed more punch. Its most notable feature was its side exhaust and hood mounted supercharger with optional on/off switch. Unfortunately the supercharger was all for looks, but the car still maintained 300 horsepower through its four-speed transmission. There has been a lot of talk of weather it would be possible to create an on/off supercharger configuration, and some say a magnetic set-up would indeed make it possible.
3. 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, Back to the Future
The original DeLorean may have ran off of a 1.21-gigawatt nuclear/electric hybrid with a five-speed manual and rear-wheel drive. The actual car had a 2.8-liter Peugeot V6, which certainly could have used the extra nuclear energy to propelled it much beyond 88 mph. None-the-less, the gull-wing doors were a nice touch, along with its stainless steel (unpainted) body panels. The car was built in Northern Ireland by the DeLorean Motor Company, and lasted from 1981 through 1983. A total of 9,000 were built.
2. 1957 Chevy, Tales From the Crypt: King of the Road
Not as popular as the above three films, but the coolness factor of this car brings it towards the top of this list. The episode featured a beautiful 69-70 Chevrolet Chevelle driven by Brad Pitt, but the car that stole the show was a 57′ Chevy. As the story goes, an officer from a small town used to be a street racer but became a cop after a race turned ugly. Brad Pitt comes along to challenge the old drag racer, and take away his status as King of the Road. The lopey idle, chrome snorkel scoop, and front bumper delete complete the package of this road bruiser.
1. 1963 Volkswagen Beetle, Herbie: Fully Loaded
Rarely would the Volkswagen Beetle and the word performance be used in the same sentence, but when you factor in Herbie’s 190 horsepower, you have to realize this car is at least respectable. A 1963 Volkswagen Beetle has a meager 2.3-liter four-cylinder, four-speed manual, with rear-wheel drive, but at only 1,900 lbs, 190 horsepower practically doubles in potency. It actually brings tears to the eyes to realize this cute little bug has more potential than a 1977 6.6-liter Pontiac Trans Am. The power to weight ratio of this sleeper are nearly perfect.