The Most Iconic Cars From Movies And Television

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As the Batmobile goes up for sale, we look at 30 great cars in films and TV, from 007 to Laurel And Hardy.

The Batmobile

The Batmobile was a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car adapted by George Barris.

It featured the Batphone, a Bat Eye Switch and Bat Smoke and was used in the television series starring Adam West.


The Ectombile, or Ecto-1 was used in the 1984 comedy Ghostbusters.

The paranormal exterminator service Ghostbusters used this converted 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance to drive to places in New York that were overrun by evil spirits.


Genevieve is a 1904 Darracq that regularly takes part in the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

It was the star of the 1953 romantic comedy starring John Gregson and Dinah Sheridan.

New Batmobile

For 2005's 'Batman Begins' and 2008's 'The Dark Knight' the Batmobile underwent yet another makeover when Christian Bale was in the main role.


Herbie (seen here in its third adventure, Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo (1977) is the world's favourite Volkswagen Beetle.

Knight Rider

The 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am -- which was the crime fighting 'K.I.T.T' (Knight Industries Two Thousand) of the hit 1980s series 'Knight Rider' -- was apparently purchased directly from David Hasselhoff by Stars of the Stars Museum in Keswick.

Back To The Future

Back To The Future (1985) was the first of a time-travelling trilogy featuring a DeLorean DMC-12.

Undoubtedly the most famous DeLorean ever made.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) was the flying car driven by Dick Van Dyke.

The Italian Job

The Italian Job, a film from 1969 featuring Michael Caine and Noël Coward, had a famous getaway chase featuring Mini Coopers.

Thelma and Louise

Five blue 1966 Ford Thunderbird cars were used in the making of the Oscar-winning classic 'Thelma and Louise' (1991), starring as the vehicle for the iconic road-trip.

James Bond's Aston Martin

James Bond's Aston Martin DB5, pictured here with Sean Connery in 'Goldfinger'.
The classic car also featured in 'Tomorrow Never Dies', 'Thunderball', 'Casino Royale' and 'Goldeneye'.

Gone In 60 Seconds

Gone In 60 Seconds was a 2000 film featuring Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie among a crew who have to steal 50 cars in 72 hours in order to prevent the killing of Cage's brother by a powerful crime boss.

Le Mans

Steve McQueen's vehicle in Le Mans, a 1971 action film directed by Lee H. Katzin which had footage from the actual 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans auto race.


It's Steve McQueen again, this time in Bullitt.

His co-star, a Ford Mustang, was involved in one of the most famous car chase scenes in movie history.

Scooby Doo


In the film 'Grease' (1978), a battered 1948 Ford Deluxe becomes 'Greased Lightning' after a makeover from the T-birds, and Danny Zuko (John Travolta) later drives it to victory in a race against rival gang the Scorpions.

Mr. Bean

The British Leyland Mini 1000 owned by the 'child in a grown man's body' (as Rowan Atkinson has described his character) was central to many of the storylines in the 1990s TV series.

James Bond's Lotus Esprit

The 007 under water Lotus Esprit from 'The Spy Who Loved Me'.

Only Fools and Horses

Only Fools And Horses from 1999.

Left to right: Uncle Albert (Buster Merryfield), Del Boy (David Jason) and Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst) stand next to the famous (and grubby) three-wheeled yellow Reliant Regal van.


Ronin, a 1998 crime-thriller film directed by John Frankenheimer starring Robert De Niro and Jean Reno, is noted for its car chases through Nice and Paris.


Lightning McQueen from the Disney/Pixar films Cars and Cars.

Mad Max

Many of the car chase scenes for Mad Max were filmed near the town of Little River, just north of Geelong.

The 1979 movie (starring Mel Gibson) was shot with a widescreen anamorphic lens, the first Australian film to use one.

The Dukes of Hazzard

The Dukes Of Hazzard was a TV show and an 1985 movie and it featured the iconic 1969 Dodge Charge, known as 'General Lee'.


Bumblebee is an autobot which manifests itself as a Chevrolet Camaro -- in rather fetching yellow -- in the recent live-action Transformers movies.

Austin Powers

Austin Powers Jaguar E-type was crudely re-named as the 'Shaguar'.

The three films were written by and starring Mike Myers as the title character.


The Thunderbirds team's London agent was international socialite Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward.

Her vehicle of choice was appropriately luxurious -- a pink, amphibious Rolls-Royce, equipped with Bond-esque gadgets.

You never see one of those in 'Made in Chelsea'...

Starsky and Hutch

Starsky's (Paul Michael Glaser) 1976 red Ford Gran Torino was a staple of high-octane car chases in the original Seventies TV series, and was brought back for the 2004 film remake starring Ben Stiller.

Canonball Run

This 1981 farce depicted race teams on a cross-country race in the USA.

This black Lamborghini Countach LP 400Swas driven by attractive female pair Tara Buckman and Adrienne Barbeau, whose principal scheme to outwit their opponents secret was unzipping their race suits to display distracting cleavage during traffic stops.

Scaramanga's Car

Bond baddie Francisco Scaramanga's eccentric mode of transport might look like a child's first effort at model building -- gone wrong -- but the car that became a plane proved mighty useful when fleeing to safety from an irate Roger Moore during 1974's 'The Man With The Golden Gun'.

Laurel and Hardy

Cars were a prominent aspect of Laurel And Hardy films -- getting blown up, demolished or even sawn in half.

The mishaps in Perfect Day (1929) centre on a picnic trip in a Ford Model T.

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