AmCar Guide decided to pick out the best movie muscle cars that have ever appeared on screens. The aim was to select only muscle cars and only from movies so a few serious candidates didn’t appear on this list because they were from TV series, was not a muscle car, or simply didn’t get into this list. Anyway, AmCar Guide wants to mention 1970-1971 Plymouth Barracuda from “Nash Bridge” [with Don Johnson], Cobra from “Cobra” [with Michael Dudikoff], non muscle but exotic and iconic 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 from “Back to the Future”, 1977 Pontiac Trans Am from “Smokey and the Bandit”,1958 Plymouth Fury from “Christine”, “Kitt” – Pontiac Firebird Trans Am from “Knight Rider”, 1969 Dodge “01” Charger from “The Dukes of Hazzard”,1959 Cadillac Ambulance from “GhostBusters”, etc. Each of them is someone’s dream car, each is perfect in some ways, but here’s our TOP 10 Movie Muscle Cars:
1. Bullitt – 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 from “Bullitt”, 1968
Probably this is the only unmodified movie Mustang ever. It has massive 325 HP, a real American muscle car’s heart under the hood – the aggressive 6.4 liter V8 engine, 4-speed manual transmission [which definitely looks hard to shift] and sporty rear wheel drive to have fun while cornering. What else do you need from a real muscle car for chases, especially back in 1968?
2. 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 from “Vanishing Point”, 1971
This one was a hot model with outrageous 375 HP, 440 cubic [7.2 liter] V8 which plays probably the sweetest automative soundtrack. Would You manage to find a better car for Kowalski to drive from Denver to San Francisco in 15 hours?
3. Eleanor – 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 from “Gone in 60 seconds”, 2000
Eleanor is probably the most copied muscle movie car ever to appear in screens. Even though the original movie from 1974 was a hit, the 2000 stole the show for sure. There were 11 Eleanor units built for this movie and only 3 of them were actual running and driving cars. In the movie it acted as Shelby, but really they were modified Mustang fastbacks. The movie transmission was a 4-speed manual, but the stunt cars were automatic for easier act. Real legend.
4. The Interceptor – Australian 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT Coupe from “Mad Max”, 1979
This was was the most modified car in that movie. XB GT Falcon was built exclusively for Australian market and there were only 949 units built. It came with 351 Cleveland engine and 4-speed manual transmission The movie car kept most of the original interior, but body had some serious changes : new nose design, rear spoilers, Weiand 6-71 supercharger with Scott injector had, 4-barrel carburetor and the Zoomies – side pipes. Australians are proud of this car and also make replicas of it.
5. Bumblebee – Chevrolet Camaro from “Transformers”, 2007
The Transformer’s Bumblebee made Camaro one of the most popular car of the year. Well, not only it transforms and looks good, but has a modern amcar engine – 6.2 liter V8 which rates 426 HP and does 0-60 in 4.8 seconds…
6. 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Magnum from “Bullitt”, 1968
This triple-black, 4-speed Charger chased the Mustang in the “Bullitt” movie and made one of the greatest car chase scenes ever filmed. When the jumping act was performed over the San Francisco hills the Charger never failed with the suspension. Would you be able to name a car from nowadays that could do that without ending as scrap?
7. Cobretti’s custom 1950 Mercury Monterey from “Cobra”, 1986
Cobretti’s [Sylvester Stallone] 1950 Mercury is probably the most important thing in the whole movie. It was formerly owned by Stallone himself and later built for the movie by Cinema Vehicle Services. They double-scooped the hood, cleaned all extra trim, fitted 383 Chevrolet small block, topped it with nitrous-aided 4-barrel Holley carburetor which also had Weiand 144 supercharger. The transmission was a 400 Turbo Hydraulic with 4-wheel brakes. A good car to reveal Cobretti’s personality and join this Top 10 list.
8. 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra from “The Gumball Rally”, 1976
The movie itself was inspired by a cross country driver Erwin G. “Cannonball” Baker who managed to drive across the country from coast to coast in about 54 hours. This comedy had many interesting cars on act, such as Ferrari Daytona, Porsche 911, 600 HP Camaro, Jaguar E-type, Convertible Corvette, Mercedes Roadster and even a Kawasaki motorbike.
There were only 2 different, but original Shelby Cobra cars in this movie [CSX 3243 and CSX 3255]. These 427 cubic [7 liter] OHV muscle cars managed to pump up to 355 HP. This was really impressive ride across the country with iconic muscle cars…
9. Bond’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from “Goldfinger”, 1964
The DB5 is famous for being the first and most recognised movie car in James Bond movies. DB5 had 4 liter [282 HP], 5-speed transmission. Originally, Ian Fleming [the novel writer] had placed DB Mark III, but DB5 was the newest Aston at that time. In fact, they used the prototype car and fitted it with lots of weaponry that fat stripped after the movie and resold. The same car showed up in a few other Bond’s movies as well. If You’d ask someone to say “what Bond’s car is”, the one would definitely name Aston Martin. Good car for good agent.
10. 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 from “Thunder Road”, 1958
The movie character actually drove 2 car there – 195 Ford Coupe and 1957 Ford Fairline 500 which was the top of the Ford line. The 312 cubic V8 engine produced 245 HP and had automatic transmission. Good choice for 1950s if You really need “to take someone out”.
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