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Iconic cars from movies and TV shows (Part 1)

By FaezClutchless on 26 Nov 2011

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Almost every single one of us has a favourite car from a movie or TV show, regardless whether we are car enthusiasts or not. As for me, my favourite is the Ford Gran Torino from the police TV show, Starsky and Hutch and the Mini 1000 from the Mr. Bean series.

Recently I had a conversation with some of my friends and I asked them what their favourite cars from movies and/or TV shows were. I managed to compile a long list of cars given to me and here are some of them.

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De Lorean DMC-12 time machine from Back to the Future

Back to the Future was a sci-fi adventure movie released in 1985. The two main actors who starred in the film were Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. The story is about a teenager who accidentally went back to 1955 in a time machine created by his scientist friend. He met his future parents and somehow became his future mother’s love interest.

Eventually he had to amend the damages done towards his future parents and also to find a way to return to 1985. In the movie, the DMC-12 was fixed with a fictional gadget known as a flux capacitor. This gadget enables the car to travel back in time when the car reaches an 88mph speed.

Even though the movie propelled the DMC-12 towards automotive popularity, it could not save the company from bankruptcy in 1982. If only the movie was released 3 years earlier.

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Ectomobile-1 (Cadillac Miller-Meteor) from Ghostbusters

Back in 1984, the movie Ghostbusters was one of the highest grossing movies during the 1980s. The sci-fi movie was about three parapsychologists who started a ghost catching business. The vehicle that they use for their business run-about is known as the Ectomobile or Ecto-1, for short. It was featured with several interesting features such as a sliding pull-out rack where their ghost catching proton packs were stored. On top, the car was fixed with blue siren lights and some other weird looking gadgets.

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The 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor was originally an ambulance. This particular vehicle is popular among fans of the movie. Many sourced the model just to do a conversion similar to the Ecto-1.

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Toyota Corolla AE86 Sprinter Trueno from Initial D

It really doesn’t matter whether you are a fan of the comic book series or the real-life action movie, generally the Initial D franchise has made the AE86 into a fan favourite and also among drifting aficionados. The Initial D story basically revolves around street racing. Most of the time the races are staged along mountain passes.

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The plot line focuses on a teenager who helped to run his father’s tofu shop by making deliveries in his dad’s AE86 Sprinter Trueno. He eventually became good at driving mainly because of his daily delivery job.

I will post the second instalment of this write-up in the next few days.

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