The top 40 greatest movie cars, based on a UK survey

Have you seen all the films on this list?
by Sharleen Banzon | Aug 3, 2018

The Aston Martin DB5, which has appeared in seven James Bond movies from 1964's Goldfinger to 2015's Spectre, topped the list of greatest movie cars of all time, according to a survey of 2,000 UK respondents. Yes, we allow that this may have been a patriotic choice for the Brits, but we do agree that 007's customized DB5 ranks high on our gearheads' catalog of the most memorable cars on film.

The eponymous four-wheeled star of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang took second place, followed by Doc's DeLorean DMC-12 in the Back to the Future trilogy. Herbie, the Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle featured in five Herbie films, came fourth. The Tumbler, aka the Batmobile in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, completed the top five; it was one of three versions of the Batmobile on the list.

The survey was commissioned by Hyundai ahead of the UK release of Ant-Man and the Wasp, which features the Kona, the new Veloster, and the upcoming Santa Fe. Cars from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that got the respondents' vote include Tony Stark's Audi R8 (Iron Man) and Acura NSX (The Avengers), and Hank Pym's Triumph Spitfire (Ant-Man).

Respondents also ranked their favorite car-chase scenes, with the sequences from The Italian Job, Bullitt, and The French Connection taking the first, second, and third spots, respectively. The ideal car chase, respondents said, should last four minutes and 23 seconds on average, and should include near-misses, cars driving into oncoming traffic, crashes, police pursuit.

Here's the full top-40 list. Are there any other movie cars that you think should be included?

1) Aston Martin DB5 in the James Bond franchise (seven movies)
2) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (custom Paragon Panther) in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
3) 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 in the Back to the Future trilogy
4) 1963 Model 117 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle in the Herbie franchise
5) Tumbler (Batmobile) in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises
6) Lotus Esprit S1 in The Spy Who Loved Me
7) Greased Lightning (1948 Ford De Luxe) in Grease
8) 1968 Mk1 Mini Cooper S in The Italian Job (1969)
9) Ford Mustang GT Fastback in Bullitt
10) Batmobile (custom 1954 Lincoln Futura) in Batman (1966)
11) Batmobile in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns
12) The Bluesmobile (1974 Dodge Monaco) in The Blues Brothers
13) Ecto-1 (1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor) in Ghostbusters
14) Bumblebee (1977/2009 Chevrolet Camaro) in Transformers
15) 1966 Ford Thunderbird in Thelma & Louise
16) Audi R8 in Iron Man
17) 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB in Ferris Bueller's Day Off
18) 1977 Pontiac Trans Am in Smokey and the Bandit
19) 6000 SUX in Robocop
20) Christine (1958 Plymouth Fury) in Christine
21) Dodge Charger in The Fast and the Furious
22) 1969 Ford Mustang in John Wick
23) Toyota Supra Mark IV in The Fast and the Furious
24) Eleanor (1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1) in Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)
25) Acura NSX Roadster Concept in The Avengers
26) Phil Coulson's Lola (1962 Chevrolet Corvette) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
27) The Taxi in Taxi Driver
28) 1966 Alfa Romeo 1600 Spider Duetto in The Graduate
29) Shaggin' Wagon (1984 Ford Econoline) in Dumb and Dumber
30) 1989 Mini Cooper in The Bourne Identity
31) 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T in Vanishing Point
32) 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle in Drive
33) The Gigahorse in Mad Max: Fury Road
34) Pussy Wagon (1977 Chevrolet C-2500 Silverado Fleetside) in Kill Bill
35) 1951 Studebaker Commander in The Muppet Movie
36) Pursuit Special (modified 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT Coupe) in Mad Max
37) 1973 Ford Gran Torino in The Big Lebowski
38) 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T in Death Proof
39) Mirth Mobile (1976 AMC Pacer) in Wayne's World
40) Hank Pym's Triumph Spitfire in Ant-Man

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