It was a perfect match for a movie character to have an American muscle car. Since muscle cars represent power and toughness, it was one of the top reasons why Hollywood used various muscle cars. Here’s our list of top ten muscle cars that are featured in movies.
Dukes of Hazzard’s 1969 Dodge Charger
Who can forget insane stunts by General Lee? General Lee was a 1969 Dodge Charger and during the filming, around 320 Dodge Chargers are used. Some of those cars are still alive somewhere, you can find most of them in the internet and some classic car auctions. Random fact about this is they are putting sandbags in the trunk of the Charger while shooting the jump scenes to prevent the car from nosing over.
Custom 1967 Mustang Fastback On ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’
The Shelby GT500 in 2000 remake of ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ was actually a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback. It was heavily customized to make it look like a GT500 by Steve Standford.
This Shelby GT 500 was powered by a 427 cubic inch Cobra Jet or 428 Cubic inch Ford Interceptor Engines. The most powerful Eleanor that is used in the film was the one on the very last scene. It was powered by Ford Motorsport 351.
1971 Mustang Sportsroof From The Original 1974 ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ Movie.
The original Eleanor is a 1971 Mustang Sportsroof that is customized to imitate the design of a 1973 model. There were only two cars used during the filming. The modification and refitting of the 1973 front bumpers took nearly 250 hours.
Death Proof’s 1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1
This 1972 Mustang that is used in Death Proof has a similarity to Eleanor from ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ in 1974. It also has the same paint job with two vehicles from the movie Kill Bill.
Vanishing Point’s 1970 Dodge Challenger
The featured 1970 Dodge Challenger in this film was powered with 440 cubic inch V-8. Five white Challengers are loaned from Chrysler for the movie and after the filming, the producers returned the already-junked Challengers. Some says that Chrysler crushed all those vehicles.
Bullitt’s 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback
Perhaps, this was the most famous action-packed Mustang movie. Special thanks to Steve McQueen, Ford gained popularity. They also released Bullitt as a special version of Mustang GT.
Fast & Furious: 1970 Dodge Charger
Since Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel) was an avid fan of American muscle cars, they featured various Chargers in the ‘Fast & Furious’ movie franchise. The main Charger in the movie was heavily tuned and has a 900 hp. In the sixth installment, they used a Charger Daytona.
1969 Dodge Charger R/T in Drive Angry
In the film, Nicholas Cage drives a modified 1969 Charger with 440 engines. They used three Dodge Chargers during the filming. The production crew also restored and rebuilt those cars to be functional again.
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle In Faster
The Chevelle that “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson used in the film is a 1971 or 1972 model. Perhaps, it was modified because the headlights and grille resembles a 1970 model.
1972 Ford Torino In Gran Torino
This 1972 Gran Torino Sport is a property of Clint Eastwood. Nearly 500,000 Gran Torinos were produced and apparently, only 92,000 of these are Gran Torino Sport models. What makes the Gran Torino Sport special? You would initially notice the integrated hood scoop and they’re only functional with the rare Ram Air Induction Package. Some of those Sport models had the Magnum 500 wheels.
These cars were also great although they don’t play a significant or major role.
1970 Chevy Nova SS in Drive Angry
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona in ‘Fast & Furious 6’
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