It’s been a while since our last great stint in hunting down the most stylish cars to ever grace the silverscreen. And there’s a good reason for that: film icons take time to mature. Their rides? Even longer. Hollywood has seen no shortage of ultra stylish steeds for their leading figures over the decades.
An old lady once said to us with great horsepower comes great responsibility, and we’re proud to walk that line once again to bring you a dozen of the most stylish movie cars of all time – all time.
#1 Coyote X – Hardcastle & McCormack
Let’s start by saying the Coyote X is one enigmatic and beautiful looking car. Built for the hit 1980s TV show Hardcastle and McCormack, the vehicle is actually based off a Volkswagen Beetle chassis with a Porsche 914 engine and McLaren M6GT body moulds. It was driven by co-star Daniel Hugh Kelly, who played a former race car driver and ex-con who’s been recruited by a retired judge to take down the bad guys. In the later years, the Coyote X would move from a Volkwagen chassis to a more accessible DeLorean DMC-12 of Back to the Future fame.
#2 Ferrari 328 GTS – Beverly Hills Cop 2
It’s hard to forget that iconic opening sequence with Axel Foley suiting up for law enforcement duties before ripping up the streets of Detroit in his red stallion on the way to work. The refreshing sight of the Italian car was a standout against the backdrop of the huge Ford and Chrysler signs in Michigan’s then booming Motor City. Bob Seger’s ‘Breakdown’ score playing in the background also helped make this scene worthy of a classic 80s car montage. It’s unfortunate that Foley’s partner destroys the car at the end of the film.
#3 Aston Martin DB10 – Spectre
One of the most highly anticipated cars to hit the modern silverscreen has to be Daniel Craig’s latest ride, the DB10 from the upcoming Bond film. The gorgeous lines of the car is undeniable and sleeker than ever. Besides the obvious cool factor, we’re predicting it’ll also make the perfect protagonist against Mr. Hinx’s Jaguar C-X75 racing through the streets of Rome.
#4 1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 – Demolition Man
In a dystopian future where the law-abiding affluent people of San Ageles have suppressed the “savages” to the sewers, you will find Sylvester Stallone – cryo-frozen in time for being a wild old school cop who didn’t play by the book. When they un-freeze him in the year 2032 to chase his old nemesis Wesley Snipes, Stallone is met with an over-enthusiatic partner in Sandra Bullock who knows a thing or two about 90s Americana. She spots the stunning 1970s Oldsmobile hidden away in an underground garage and proceeds to use it to chase down Snipes amongst a sea of futuristic bubble cars. A true classic car chase scene with the Oldsmobile smashing through glass walls at full song.
#5 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback – Bullitt
Steve McQueen plays Bullitt, a San Francisco cop who’s out to protect a key witness alongside his talented team of detectives. While driving the his Mustang GT, Bullitt spots a hitman tailing him in a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T. Cue classic highspeed muscle car chase scene through the hilly streets of San-Fran where it all comes to a fiery end when McQueen’s character drives the bad guy off the road and into a petrol station.
#6 1967 Toyota 2000GT – You Only Live Twice
Famous for being the only Japanese car to ever appear in a Bond film, the Toyota 2000GT was driven by none other than Sean Connery’s rendition of the famous British spy. The standard hardtop version had to be modified for the 007 film as Connery’s height made it difficult for him to get in, making the two convertibles ordered even rarer amongst the 400 unit production run. Fans of the film will remember Bond being chased by goons through the streets of Japan as the car evades flying bullets.
#7 Enzo Ferrari – Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
Two icons of their respective world’s met one another in this classic scene from 2003’s Charlie’s Angels film featuring Demi Moore walking back to her ultra exotic Enzo supercar. Nothing significant happened in the scene in terms of storyline. Cameron Diaz appears moments before, but it was more so the fact that Moore looked stunning in a bikini and drove a car that looked stunning in red. Instant Hollywood car-cred achieved.
#8 1968 Ford GT40 – Le Mans
Another classic Steve McQueen entry had to be inevitable and this particular one fetched US$11M at the auctions in 2012. It also holds the record as the most expensive American car to ever be sold. The Gulf/Mirage themed GT40 is unique in the sense that it followed McQueen’s career and passion for speed. After wrapping up Bullitt, McQueen continued to pursue car films on the silverscreen which led him to be cast in Le Mans. The film would go on to feature the world’s first live-action chase scene on the streets of San Francisco against modified vintage versions of the1968 Ford Mustang and Dodge Charger. The GT40 was also modified for innovative car-chase camera work, making Le Mans one of the most iconic and car-focused films in history.
#9 1941 Ford Deluxe Convertible – Gangster Squad
Gangster Squad was a 2012 American crime film set in the the hey-day of 1949. As well as featuring a stylish cast in Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin and Sean Penn, it also featured a particular standout car driven by Gosling’s mob-busting character – the 1941 Ford Deluxe Convertible. No bullets were spared in the making of this crime thriller so we’re glad the priceless vintage cars made it out alive in one piece.
#10 1970 Ford Escort RS1600 – Fast & Furious 6
Taking an old dog and using it in the world of modern car chase scenes is something that rarely happens anymore. That is unless the film in question is of the Fast & Furious franchise. The late Paul Walker famously drove this car in the epic tank chase scene which redefined car action cinema (and real world physics). It jumped highway barriers with style and provided the perfect platform for car surfing all the while evading tank fire. Built in 1968, the little car gained popularity for its rally-like performance from its Cosworth powered motor, hence the name RS (Rally Sport) which has become the crowning moniker for high performance Fords today.
#11 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 – Gumball Rally
Taken from the 1976 film Gumball Rally, a film about the famous amateur race from coast to coast across America, we weren’t sure if Gary Busey was the star of this one key scene or the beautiful Camaro they were piloting. Power sliding through the forest roads of a non-descript town, Busey is in dire need of a toilet break. His driver however has no intentions of stopping for him and instead requests that he relieve himself in a bottle.
Heart-warming scenes of a roaring V8 in its natural element is masterfully juxtaposed with Busey’s line, “I’m getting this all over my hand!” It will forever remain in our hearts and minds as as a Hollywood scene where bros and stylish cars became one.
#12 1976 AMC Pacer – Wayne’s World
Sometimes it’s not how stylish a car is in a film, but what defining style is conceived from the stars who drive it. This particular little hatch? 90s grunge culture in a nutshell. No one can deny the true essence of rock imitating art when Garth Algar pulled up to Wayne’s crib in an 1976 AMC Pacer with flames emblazoned across it.
It’s downplayed enough to fit the bill of Dana Carvey’s hilariously iconic character, but also features a funky wrap-around rear windshield to up the cool factor. Throw in rear-wheel drive and enough room for four and you’ve got more than enough space for a head-banging Bohemian Rhapsody.