If you love cars then you know we’re not talking about the cars celebrities own, but about cars that are themselves celebrities. Let’s take a little nostalgic trip to the past and remember some of the cars that overshadowed their lead actors and won our attention.
When stuntman/producer Hal Needham saw an advertisement for the soon-to-be-released 1977 Pontiac Trans Am he knew right away that would be the Bandit’s car in the 1977 movie, Smokey and the Bandit. To the delight of General Motors, after the debut of the movie the Trans Am became wildly popular with sales almost doubling in two years of the film’s release.
The General Lee was the name of the 1969 Dodge Charger driven in the television show, The Dukes of Hazard ran from 1979-1985. The General’s owners, Bo & Luke eluded the police with amazing stunts and long jumps, which resulted in the show using 325 chargers during filming.
The Delorean DMC-12 was produced from 1981-83 and starred as a time machine in Back to the Future in 1985. The car, with its gull-wing doors and external brushed stainless steel panels, convinced the writers that it would look convincingly like a spaceship.
Between 1980-1989 Thomas Magnum, Magnum PI drove a Ferrari 308 GTS around Oahu. Several 308 GTS cars were used, a new one for each season, most being auctioned off after filming. So chances are if you want one you might be able to find one.
The Fast and Furious Franchise has more than its fair share of celebrity cars. But for our list today we will select the 1970 Dodge Charger driven by Vin Diesel in 2000 in the first Fast and Furious Movie. A wicked looking car we all thought was insanely cool.
Eleanor, a customized -71 Ford Mustang appeared in Gone in 60 Seconds with Nicholas Cage and is the only Ford Mustang in history to receive a star title credit. Four cars were purchased but only two were used, “Stunt Eleanor” and “Beauty Eleanor.” Oddly, “Beauty” was destroyed after filming while the twice damaged “Stunt Eleanor” still exists.
Cars can affect our lives, but few have managed to affect their owners as much as Christine, the 1958 Plymouth Fury from the Stephen King classic of the same name. Arnie, her owner is an unpopular teen with only one friend until he buys a car, repairs it and …well you remember what happens next.
Celebrity cars are like that, hard to forget.