Rebel Without a Cause, 1955
The famous scene were James Dean as Jim Stark played “chicken” with his rival shows a 1949 Mercury speeding off a cliff after Jim Stark leaps off the Mercury. His rival was not so fortunate.
Hot Rods to Hell, 1967
A 1958 Corvette starred in the thriller Hot Rods to Hell is seen a little bit worn out. The movie was intended to be shown in television but was only shown in theaters as the movie was a bit too intense for all audiences.
The 1968 Ford Mustang 390 CID Fastback was perfect for the hot shot Detective Lieutenant Frank Bullitt played by Steve McQueen. It is a lot better than a regular cop car both in looks and performance. The Mustang was shown to go airborne a few times during the chase scene in the famous hills of San Fransico.
Two-Lane Blacktop, 1971
Dennis Wilson with a 1955 Chevrolet 150 in this offbeat classic film. The film shows the famous songwriter and singer James Taylot, and Wilsom, Beach Boys’ drummer, together with Dennis Wilson racing with locals to get some fast cash as they travel through Route 66.
Vanishing Point, 1971
The Vanishing Point is one of the few films that show a Dodge muscle car and certainly gave it a lot of spotlight as a 1970 Dodge Challenger driven by Barry Newman as Kowalski goes into a car chase that span four states, evading the police the whole time.
American Graffiti, 1973
Charles Martin Smith starred as the energetic Terry “The Toad” Fields seen driving a 1958 Chevy Impala. American Graffiti features several other classic cars such as the 1955 Chevy that also starred in Two-Lane Blacktop
Cleopatra Jones, 1973
Cleopatra Jones is a Blaxploitation action comedy film with the hot Tamara Dobson as the lead character together with Bernie Casey, Shelley Winters and Antonio Fargas. She drives a custom Corvette that has a feature raising the roof to keep her groovy afro getting ruined.
Smokey and the Bandit, 1977
The car chase classic Smokey and the Bandit used five 1977 Pontiac Trans Ams each with different roles, some for the chase scenes and some for stunts. Rumor has it that the Pontiac used in the river jump scene was destroyed after the hard landing.
The Road Warrior, 1981
The classic Mad Max 2 is the post-apocalyptic film were everything is broken down except for Mad Max’s Ford Falcon XB GT that has survived more than a hand full of trouble. And although this hardy beast is hungry for gasoline which is becoming a hard to find resource, Mel Gibson as Mad Max still won’t leave his precious car for any other that could’ve been more efficient fuel wise.
The last and certainly not the list, the 1956 Plymouth Fury as Christine is a killer car out for revenge to the people that wronged her. Christine always got back to its pristine showroom beauty after every time she gets to kill one of her targets.
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