We want you to think about your favorite movie. There is a chance that the cinematic masterpiece featured a very cool car! You might not put that much thought into it, but the truth is that a lot went into the creation of these legendary cars. Directors end up spending hours to ensure that the car looks exactly the way they want. There are times when they have several versions of it made, and this is especially true for action movies. Of course, this means that these things can get costly. Are you ready to check out the most expensive vehicles the silver screen has ever seen?
1981 DeLorean DMC-12
Featured in Back to the Future, the series creators created the “DeLorean time machine” for the sci-fi hit. Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale deserve the credit for the creation of this car, which pretty much defined the series in 1985. They made 6 copies of it, each worth $100,000, one of which was made using fiberglass. They needed that one for the flight scenes in which the car “flies.” These days, there are only three of the originals in existence. Two of them got abandoned, while they scrapped the fiberglass version completely. There is also a “time machine” replica at Universal Studios in Florida.
1949 Mercury Series 9CM Custom Convertible
The Ford Mercury Convertible Deluxe was converted into Grease Lightning in Grease. This 1948 convertible might not be able to fly, but it is still a beast of a machine with its 239.4CID engine. Made in 1978, they painted the car Kandy Red and added white lightning bolts on its sides. It boasts of 100 horsepower as well as a max speed of 80 miles per hour. It was created by the directors over the course of the film, including the dilapidated version the T-birds had to improve. It is now on sale for an incredible $600,000. Anyone interested in buying it?
1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
The Ford Thunderbird Convertible in Thelma and Louise is a 1966 model and played a huge role in launching the careers of both Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon. MGM designed the car for the film, and it was later bought by Barrett-Jackson, then put up for sale. The car interior is white, while the exterior is turquoise. It also comes with Letters of Authenticity courtesy of MGM to confirm that it is the real deal. We love the fact that there is a photograph of Brad Pitt autographing the armrest of the rear seat! If you are interested in purchasing it, you only need to spend $71,500 to call it yours.
Aston Martin DB5
The Aston Martin DB5 ended up becoming one of the most famous cars in the world thanks to the 1964 007 film, Goldfinger. It also made a reappearance in Thunderball after that. There is a replica of it on display at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. In 2010, the original car was bought by a car collector by the name of Harry Yeaggy. He paid a cool $4.6 million to call it his! Whoa. If you do not have nearly as much money as he does, the replica also comes with the gun barrels right behind the front indicators and a bulletproof rear window.
1977 Pontiac Trans Am
Burt Reynolds got his big break when he got cast to star in Smokey & the Bandit. In it, he drove a gorgeous Pontiac Firebird Trans Am in black and gold, which saw even more fame. The 1977 car had numerous duplicates made since the production was heavy on stunts. When they finished filming, they only had a single surviving unit with the original paint. Worth $76,000, it is now owned by an unnamed buyer from Southern Florida. On the set, they ended up obliterating a total of three duplicates, with a fourth one left intact that would not start. They made ten more of it for the sequel!
1940 Buick Phaeton
If you have ever seen Casablanca, you must have recognized the 1940 Buick Phaeton below. It was restored mechanically in 1990 with a manual 3-speed transmission and a 320.2 cubic-inch eight-cylinder inline engine. The broadcloth of the car interior still comes with burns that came from the cigarettes that Humphrey Bogart himself smoked. Aside from that, the interior still bears water damage from the set. This piece of cinematic history was put up at an auction a few years ago after Warner Brothers decided to sell it. Christie’s Auction took care of it before it was brought over to Bonham’s, who placed its value at half a million bucks. Whoa.
1963 Volkswagen Beetle
The 1963 Volkswagen Beetle below suffered a fair amount of damage when it was used to film the Herbie movies. Tony Alonzo managed to restore it before Walt Disney bought it in 1968. They made 10 copies of this car, each of which came with a painted number 53 courtesy of Dodger star Don Drysdale. It was one of the few cars that filmed at Riverside Raceway in Southern California. Officially, the color of the famous car was called Pearlweiss or Pearl White in English. This was an original color of the 1963 Volkswagen! This color was made particularly pearlescent for the movies, especially Herbie: Fully Loaded. Right this moment, it is believed to be worth $126,500.
The truth is that we can easily fill this list using only cars featured in the Fast and Furious series. However, we will just focus on the 1993 Toyota Supra for now. This was the car driven by none other than the late Paul Walker in the 2001 movie. It later got sold at a 2001 auction for a cool $185k. It is now owned by a private individual, but it is due to get a nifty reboot this 2020 with the upcoming new film in the series. As you might have guessed, the 2020 Toyota Supra is meant to honor the late actor.
The Original Batmobile
The well-known designer George Barris was the mind behind the original Batmobile. He based it off a 1955 Ford Lincoln Futura. In those days, the concept car had been worth $250k. However, its value shot up to a jaw-dropping $4.6 million when it became a pop culture icon. This car had been engineered to come with special effects and modifications at the hands of Barris Kustom Industries, Barris’ company. He got picked by ABC since he had a great rep as a Hollywood customizer. In the end, his 1966 creation served as the inspiration for films like The Dark Knight and Batman Begins.
1992 Peterbilt 379
Needless to say, Optimus Prime is the most famous character from the Transformers series. He transforms from a huge 1992 Peterbilt 379 stunt truck. Built in 1992, it is now located in an auction lot in Barrett-Jackson where it is valued at more than $121K. Fans of the series thought that the model was a controversial choice. Michael Bay, the director of the films, picked the blue-and-red truck as the vehicle despite all the criticism. He was ready for the backlash, but the stunt truck managed to win over viewers in the end. Here is a fun fact for all of you – Bay picked the truck as a homage of sorts to the 1971 Spielberg film called Duel.
1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Open Drive Landaulette
The award-winning film My Fair Lady came out in 1964. One of the most striking visuals of the film would be the 1912 Rolls Royce Landaulette with its coachwork designed by Muhlbacher in Paris. The car is now in the Bothwell Collection at Bonhams. The car from the classic movie boasts of 50 hp at 1,500 RPM, a 6-cylinder L-head inline engine, and a 4-wheel leaf spring suspension. Valued at $550K, it was designed by none other than Henry Royce himself. He paid a lot of attention to the details that went into this car, and the film crew copied the designs down to a tee.
1968 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spider
In the RM Sotheby’s in Monaco, you will find the famous vehicle that was used in the 1968 version of The Thomas Crown Affair. The vehicle came with a V12 Colombo engine with 300 hp. The “Italian thing,” as they called it in the movie, came in bright rid and was the last of the 10 NART Spiders Ferrari built. It was the third-to-last of the series to be ever made by the Italian automaker. The Ferrari model was designed by Grigio Scuro and certified by Ferrari Classiche. The lead star of the movie, Steve McQueen, allegedly had a fixation with the Spider, now worth $20 million. We can certainly see why!
1912 Austro Daimler Touring Victoria
The 1912 Austro Daimler Touring Victoria was featured in the memorable 1997 film Titanic. This was the reason that it fetched $176K at the Bonhams auction. The automaker had only been in business for 9 years before it debuted this model. Eighty years after that, the crew of Titanic copied the design to comply with the aesthetic of the Oscar-winning movie. The Victoria was not new to cinema since it also made an appearance in the 1992 biopic called Chaplin. It was set dressing in the biopic but became more famous when it showed up in Titanic. Perhaps you also recognize it since it was also featured in the heist flick The Italian Job.
1969 Dodge Charger (AKA General Lee)
The Duke Boys of Dukes of Hazzard drove the Dodge Charger below. It was one of many since these characters had been rather rough on the cars they drove. This bright orange General Lee had been based on the car driven by famous bootlegger Jerry Rushing. His car was nicknamed “Traveller” and had been the favorite ride of General Robert E. Lee. The Moonrunners (1975) vehicle was likewise named Traveller. The film served as the precursor to the TV show. Did you know that the 1969 Dodge was present in all episodes of Dukes of Hazzard save for one? It is amazing to hear that they really welded the back doors shut. The muscle car has an estimated value of $77,995.
1968 Ford Mustang GT390 Fastback
The 1969 Ford Mustang GT390 Fastback below was in the film Bullitt. It was made in 1968 for the film! Warner Brothers had it made, and it went on to become a Hollywood star in its own rate when it showed up in the film. This car is now in the possession of Sean Kiernan from Hendersonville, Tennessee. The car was kept in its unrestored, faded state on purpose. Below the hood, the classic car boasted of a 6.4-L V8 engine with 320 hp and 427 pound-feet of torque. On top of that, it has 4,800rpm that goes at a max speed of 105MPH. Its current value is around $43,000.
1967 Shelby Mustang GT500
There were quite a few slick cars in the classic Nicholas Cage film Gone in 60 Seconds. We daresay that the most beautiful one in the lot would be the 1971 Ford Mustang that goes by the name Eleanor. She was customized for the film, but they reused her name for the remake. These cars retained the front bumpers from 1971, but there are retrofits that came with a paint scheme resembling that of the Mach 1. The Mustangs from both the original and remake had blackout windows. The two-door fastbacks have no exterior marking to brand them as Pony cars, but everyone already knows that. At the moment, this beauty is valued at a whopping $1 million. Whoa.
2054 Lexus Concept Car
Director Steven Spielberg wanted a sci-fi Lexus that was specifically designed for his 2002 noir film Minority Report. He requested that Harald Belker make the design for the concept car, which later became known as the Lexus 2054. He wanted the design to comply with the specifications indicated in the short story penned by Philip K. Dick. Together with California-based studio Calty, Belker made a futuristic car that had biometric security systems and crashproof features. The Lexus 2054 concept car has been featured in many advertising events and even appeared in The Island, although they decided to paint that blue instead of red. It is now worth $88,000.
1976 Lotus Esprit Coupé
Do you remember the submarine in the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me? It was none other than a custom-built 1967 Lotus Esprit Coupé. The glamorous vehicle had a submarine built after its design, which was called Wet Nellie. It was also used in For Your Eyes Only The body of the car had been made using fiberglass. Roger Moore drove the wedge-shaped car, which came with a 6-cylinder engine inside. While the Esprit could not really transform into a submarine, it has survived all these years. It is worth $1 million. It also inspired Elon Musk to design his cybertruck!
1961 Ferrari 250 GT California
We are sure that you have seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off! The classic ‘80s movie was made even more memorable by the presence of this stunning 1961 Ferrari 250 GT. It continues to live on as the bright red symbol of freedom and youth in those days. The car became so famous that it got inducted into the Historical Vehicle Hall of Fame in the Smithsonian in 2018. The Ferrari boasted of a 5-L V8 engine, a 5-speed transmission, and a 4-wheel independent suspension. The 1961 vehicle retained the original VIN tags and the Certificate of Authenticity issued by Modena Design now that it is in the Hall of Fame. It is thought to be worth $375,000.
1986 Ferrari Testarossa
The real-life Ferrari Testarossa was originally owned by Sonny Crockett, the main character in the TV show Miami Vice. It went on auction at Barrett Jackson’s. Did you know that the Testarossa family became involved in a lawsuit? Ferrari sued the show for using a Daytona Ferrari based on a Corvette, and the feud was revolved by the creators agreeing to blow up one Daytona on the show if they were given two Testarossas. After Ferrari agreed, a Maranello factory dropped off the cars. The vehicles were in black, but the directors had them repainted in white to make them easier to see when they had to film in the nighttime. Made in 1986, the vehicle is worth an incredible $1.75 million.
The Beverly Hillbillies Truck
Did you know that the Beverly Hillbillies Truck used to take up a lot of its own at the Ralph Foster Museum? The truck was a 1921 Oldsmobile M46 Roadster that was later modified for The Beverly Hillbillies. Paul Henning, the producer of the show, later gifted it to the Ralph Foster Museum. He donated it to this museum since he grew up near there. The truck was later transferred to the auto auction of Barrett-Jackson and fetched $275k. This custom-made truck became a big part of the show thanks to its custom, chop-shop look. The 1993 creation was actually a best-seller at Barrett-Jackson!
1966 Monkeemobile Pontiac GTO
The Monkeemobile is a customized Pontiac GTO made in 1966 and designed by a talented man called Dean Jeffries. Originally made for a TV show, it later went on to appear in a movie called The Monkees. Jeffries created two copies of the vehicle. One was used for filming, while the other one was used as a promo car. This vehicle was used as an inspiration for a model kit as well. Model Products Corporation, which employed Dean Jeffries, sold 7 million copies of these kits! Isn’t it cool to hear that Batmobile creator George Barris owned one of the Monkeemobiles? He used his unit as a show car but later auctioned it off in 2008. The 1966 Monkeemobile Pontiac GTO is now worth $396,000.
1970 Dodge Charger
Here we have yet another vehicle from the Fast and Furious movies. This 1970 Dodge Charger was driven by the characters called Dominic Toretto and Brian O’Conner during the vault heist scene in Fast Five. The four-door muscle car had been painted a gorgeous matte black color. The vehicle came with a Fast Five aluminum badge. Many of these cars got destroyed when they were filming the movie. The beast of a car had a 628 Mopar performance engine. When they were done with shooting, all the Chargers no matter their condition had to be destroyed since they were not legal for the streets. Before then, they had an estimated value of $35,000.
Buick Blackhawk Factory Custom
In 2001, Buick created the Blackhawk concept car that you are looking at. It is a combination of different Buicks. The grill was based on those that came with the 1939 Buick cars, but the chassis had been based on a 1949 Roadmaster. The vehicle came with a retractable hardtop, hidden headlights, and shaved door handles. The vehicle was designed by Steven Pasteiner and came with a carbon-fiber top and frame. Can you believe that this beauty was completely handmade? It boasted of a 1970 GS Stage 3 V-8 engine, 463 hp, and an electronic 4-speed transmission. It was able to go from zero to sixty in below five seconds! These are the reasons the Bad Boys II car goes for $522,500.