Film’s Five Most Famous Cars

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The classic cars that are almost as famous as the actors they starred with…

Goldfinger — 1964 Aston Martin DB5

James Bond’s most famous set of wheels, appearing in half a dozen 007 flicks, from Sean Connery in Goldfinger (1964) to Daniel Craig in Skyfall (2012), complete with identical number plates. The original silver-birch model was loaded with gadgets and weaponry — machine guns, ejector seats, oil-slick-spillers — but it’s valuable enough without the spy modifications: Connery’s original car sold at auction in 2010 for a lazy £2.6 million (AUD $4.3 million).

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off — 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder

Ferris spends his day off school joyriding around Chicago in his buddy’s dad’s beloved red Ferrari . . . until, spoiler alert, the pair accidentally destroy it. The original script originally called for a Mercedes and the film didn’t even have the budget for real Ferraris, so they ended up modifying three 1963 Modena Spyder Californias instead — but it was the Prancing Horse that earned the attention.

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Bullitt — 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390

Steve McQueen behind the wheel instantly makes any vehicle that much cooler, but especially when he’s using it for one of the most iconic car chases in Hollywood history. Ford released two limited edition versions of this American classic after the highland-green ‘Stang chased a 1968 four-speed Dodge Charger 440 Magnum around the streets of San Francisco in this 1969 cult flick.

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Thelma and Louise — 1966 Ford Thunderbird

This was the film that launched Brad Pitt’s career, but the turquoise T-bird was the most important support act in this 1991 Oscar winner. Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon steer the legendary Ford convertible around the States before — like a few other vehicles on this list — it meets an unfortunate end, plummeting off the edge of a canyon under police pursuit.

fa633c3699e785ab0d9dc4d4f8796974 Iron Man — 2009 Audi R8 Coupe

When billionaire engineer Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) slipped out of his high-tech exoskeleton, he got around in an ice-silver Audi R8 — a weighty endorsement for the German manufacturer’s first-ever super car. Iron Man then rocked a V10 Spyder in the sequel, and an R8 e-tron in the third instalment in the franchise — his taste in luxury Audis evolving just like his signature suit.

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