8 Awesome Cars From the Big Screen, Part II
A while back, Autos Cheat Sheet published a list of nine awesome fictional cars from the movies and television shows. It’s a fine piece, but the trouble is, there are so many movies with so many cool cars, we decided that we needed to dig deeper and explore more of them. Therefore, we are following up that list with this one, including eight more really cool cars from the big screen.
“Pretty much as long as there have been cars, they have been appearing in movies in some capacity — sometimes even taking on leading roles,” we said at the time. “However, sometimes a standard production car just won’t cut it and the studio will have to create its own design to fit the needs of the movie in question. While films like Bullitt, Gone in 60 Seconds, and Vanishing Point are great and all, things get really crazy when the film studio gets to run wild with its own vehicular notions.”
Based on solid feedback from our last time around, Autos Cheat Sheet has put together this follow-up post with eight more really sweet cars, that sometimes boast a better on-screen presence than the actors alongside them. Read on to see them all.
1. The Pursuit Special, Mad Max
The Mad Max franchise has a special place in the hearts of automotive enthusiasts, largely due to the presence of the Pursuit Special. Alternatively known as the V8 Interceptor, the car itself is actually a heavily modified Australia-only 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT coupe. Those who have seen the movies already know; for those who haven’t, the enormous supercharger intake manifold protruding from the hood should tell you just about everything you need to know.
2. Dodge M4S Turbo Interceptor, The Wraith
Originally designed by Dodge to be a pace car, the M4S Turbo Interceptor took on new life in the movie The Wraith (the trailer can be seen above). The M4S Turbo Interceptor appeared as a futuristic car that appears with an equally mysterious character to exact revenge on a gang leader and his cohorts after a teenager is killed. Dodge only built a couple of M4S models in real life, each of which used a twin-turbocharged 2.2 liter in-line four. The Wraith version of the car was re-imagined as a black, sinister looking racer, which leaves a trail of wreckage and destruction throughout the film.
3. The Bumblebee Camaro, Transformers
As if guys didn’t have enough reason to love cars already, Bumblebee gave them all the more reason to as the amicable giant robot that, when not fighting other giant robots, took on a more pedestrian appearance as a decidedly ‘stock’ Chevrolet Camaro. Its superpower? It turned into a giant robot. Its other superpower, from what can be gleaned from the picture above, was keeping its immaculate paint job while driving through a war zone. The Bumblebee Camaro has appeared in all four Transformers movies to date, with updated models and even a concept in the most recent.
4. V16 Schmidt Hydra Coupe, Captain America: The First Avenger
“The Hydra Schmidt Coupé is technically a roadster, but was originally designed as a Coupé and never changes its name,” designer Daniel Simon says of his masterpiece, a custom six-wheeled car designed for Hugo Weaving’s Red Skull character from the first Captain America movie. The Hydra Coupe was based on several pre-1940s European vehicles, and was built on a truck chassis because it was so large. When he’s not designing gorgeous movie props, Simon is working on special edition Bugattis and Lotus LeMans cars.
5. The Monkeemobile, The Monkees
If one took a serious hotrod and mashed it up with one of those amphibious tour boat/buses, this is likely what you’d end up with. Behold — the Mokeemobile from The Monkees TV show. It was built buy legendary movie car creator Dean Jeffries on a 1966 Pontiac GTO, though it hardly resembles it now. More impressively, the Monkeemobile was built in just 10 days, though its impression on audiences would hang around far longer than that.
6. Il Tempo Gigante, The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix
A hat-tip to a previous reader for bringing this one to our attention. If you enjoyed kids movies from the 60s and 70s — think Chitty Chitty Bang Bang — you’ll certainly enjoy The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix, the story of an inventor whose plans for a race car are stolen. With the help of some animals and an Arab oil sheik, the inventor sets about building this two-engined monstrosity, which is supposedly capable of 1,200 horsepower in the flesh — the movie itself is a stop-frame animation.
7. Black Beauty, The Green Hornet
A car also designed and built by Dean Jeffries, the Black Beauty from the Green Hornet franchise was essentially a heavily-weaponized 1965 Chrysler Imperial, with two 0.30 caliber machine guns that protruded from the hood, a flame thrower, a steel reinforced exterior, Stinger missiles (naturally), and some Bond-esque ‘antiriot’ spikes located in the wheel hubs. In the recent rehash, Seth Rogan and company went through 29 Black Beauties during filming.
8. Nemo’s Automobile, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Like Red Skull’s V16 Coupe, Nemo’s Nautilus car was a boat in its own right at about 22 feet long. It was a fully functional movie prop, packed with a Rover V8 on a Land Rover chassis. Nemo’s supposed Indian roots come through in all the ornate fittings that deck the exterior — and interior — of the car, which perhaps looks even more impressive off the screen. Check out the video above for a complete tour of this unreal ride.
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