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Even if you don’t love cars, this is one of the most iconic film series in Hollywood history. But if you DO love cars, then this collection of films means something else entirely. They’ve got every ride a car-lover could dream of: classic muscle cars, speedy and sleek sports cars, monstrous pickup trucks, semi’s…I mean you name it! It’s packed with action and it’s also packed with near little Easter eggs you may have never noticed. That’s what these 35 facts are for…enjoy!

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Universal Pictures

 

35. Vin Diesel agreed to Cameo in Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift, but under One Condition

Studio execs thought it would be a good idea to cameo Vin’s character in Tokyo Drift. He agreed under one condition, He would get exclusive rights to the Riddick film series. So, instead of ponying up an acting fee, Universal gave full Riddick rights to Vin Deisel’s production company, Race One. It was a smart move on Vin’s part. He starred in the first Fast and Furious movie, but walked away from the next two. Universal thought his cameo would send a clear signal to fans, Dominic was back. As for Riddick, that’s another story. Ironically, Universal took an equity position in the film after it ran into difficulty. Ultimately, this allowed Vin to resurrect the franchise (after he personally fronted millions for the third film when bond completion issues threatened the project).

34. Fast & Furious 6 was Originally planned to be Two Movies

Fast 6(Medium.com)
medium.com

Studio execs had so much content for F&F6 they wanted to make it into two movies. There was so much content and they wanted to do the story justice. Ironically, much of this stemmed from the two sequels that were once considered desperate attempts to keep the franchise alive because Vin Diesel turned down the role of Dominic for those films. What happened as a result was a sort of Marvel Cinematic Universe development. These two films eventually served as stand alone character development stories. When Diesel did return for number 4, those stories made an impact by making the entire franchise larger. For this reason, Fast and Furious 6 was almost split into two separate films rather than one full length feature.

33. The Real Drift King made a Cameo in Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift

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Ken was the guy who turned drift racing into a sport. Before that, drifting was merely an illegal past time. He has been featured on Top Gear and is well known on the drift racing circuit. He also serves as technical anime show, “Initial D.” So, it makes complete sense that producers reached out to him when they started making Tokyo Drift. He served as a stunt man and stunt coordinator. However, that wasn’t good enough. The movie wouldn’t be complete without a cameo appearance. In the film, he is the blue fisherman making comments on Sean’s drifting. Epic.

32. The Bank Vault from Fast Five had a Car Inside

Bank Vault(Jack Gill)
Jack Gill

There were two problems with the bank vault chase scene. First, the cars weren’t strong enough to tow the vault at breakneck speed. Second, even if the cars were strong enough, the chains weren’t. They would snap like bad thread. So producers and crew came up with an idea… put a vehicle inside the vault. The whole idea was to lend a bit of authenticity to an otherwise unrealistic scene. Fast 5 production crew outfitted a steel cage around a truck so the vault could drive itself. And sure, CGI would work, but if you know anything about the Fast and Furious franchise, they frown on that, always opting for as much live action as possible so the films are a great bare-knuckle ride.

31. Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift was a Big-Budget Movie that used Indie Techniques for certain Shots

Tokyo Drift(Universal)
Universal Pictures

So here’s the thing about 2 Fast 2 Furious. Most of the movie was shot on location in Tokyo, and the thing about Tokyo is they do not grant filming permits. So, many of the shots involved a minimal crew to avoid detection, until production was detected… and subsequently shut down by police. For instance, lead actor Lucas Black is wandering around a highly populated area at one point (Shibuya Crossing) with only a couple of crew members filming the scene until police halted production. The crew tricked the police by letting them think the production manager was the director so the director would not get thrown in jail and have production stopped. Talk about taking one for the team!

30. Dwayne Johnson Asked to be in the Fast and Furious Series

Rock(Moviehole)
Moviehole
It was hard to take Dwayne Johnson seriously when he first started acting. Seems like transitioning from a professional WWE wrestler to movie star is a bit of a hopscotch game. With movies like The Tooth Fairy, it was hard to take him seriously and people began to question whether or not he was cut out for the task. However, Fast 5 really help to solidify his ability as an actor. Obviously, he thought so as well because he reportedly made contact with Universal to ask for a recurring role in the franchise.

29. The Fast and Furious Series has been shot in Notable Locations

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Universal Pictures
As it happens, the Fast and Furious franchise has been shot in several high-profile locations. For instance, the shot on location in Miami, Florida, at a house once owned by Sylvester Stallone. It was used as the home of Hauser’s villain, Carter Verone. Even better, at the time that particular house was owned by John Singleton’s friend. The big advantage there? He let them shoot scenes on location at no charge. It’s good to have friends in high places. Also, Neptune’s Restaurant from Point Break makes an appearance as well (the tie between the two movies shows up later on our list).

28. Ja Rule was Almost Brought Back

Ja Rule(Universal Pictures via Everett Collection)
Universal Pictures via Everett Collection

Seems like Ja Rule had a case of too big for his britches when it came to the Fast and Furious movies. Though we now know him from the infamous Fyre Festival documentary on Netflix, there was a time he could have been even bigger through the Fast and Furious franchise. However, even after being offered $500,000 to reprise his role, he turned it down and Ludacris was brought on instead. Director John Singleton later caught up with a Ja Rule after the fact and told him to answer his phone the next time he called him. Ja Rule apologized and snickered saying he would definitely answer the next time.

27. John Singleton had Three Specific Inspirations for 2 Fast 2 Furious

Speed Racer(Funimation)
Funimation

John Singleton is known as a visionary director. However, the source of his inspiration can be sporadic and comical at times. For example, his inspiration for 2 Fast 2 Furious (the sequel to The Fast and the Furious) came from three different ideas. First, he wanted to base the tone and aesthetics of the movie squarely on Japanese anime. We would say that’s a success. He was also looking for a somewhat updated version of the old 1960s Speed Racer cartoon to be an element. Again, we say home run. Finally, remember the old PlayStation video game Gran Turismo? Yeah, that was the third inspiration for 2 Fast 2 Furious.

26. The Series was Originally Titled “Redline”

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fastandfuriousfacts.com

So here’s the rub, The Fast and Furious was almost a one-word movie title, Redline. That’s right, for the majority of production during the first feature film, Redline was used as the title. However, eventually producers decided to go with The Fast and Furious. Yet, even that had a few challenges since Pop cinema great Roger Corman owned rights to the 1955 movie he produced under the same name. In order to seal the deal universal offered up stock footage to Corman and the reboot of fast and furious was born.

25. 2 Fast 2 Furious is Technically the Third Movie in Chronological Order

2 Fast and 2 Furious

This one is actually the third movie in the series, albeit on a technicality. The six minute short Turbocharged Prelude (made in 2003) bridges events between the first and second Furious movies. The short involves O’Conner evading police after The Fast and Furious ends. He runs all the way across the country to Miami, Florida, winning illegal street races to fund his trip along the way. This actually makes the second movie in the major film series the third movie overall. Weird, but true.

24. Over 300 Vehicles were used in Fate of the Furious

Fate of the Furious(Carzoos)
Carzoos

Of course, cars come to mind anytime you think of The Fast and Furious. They are in every single movie and chosen to purposefully wow every onlooker. The stories get you hooked emotionally, but it’s the really incredible car sequences that keep fans filling theater seats. Therefore, it’s not surprising the franchise has used a ton of cars during the series. However, producers took this over the top when they filmed Fate of the Furious. Turns out more than 300 cars were used, from feature character driven cars to those seen in the background. Just think what the price tag would be for that?

23. The Actual Actors Drove in those Dangerous Scenes… Kind Of

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Universal Pictures

If you’ve seen the movie Baby Driver then you’re probably familiar with the “Mic Rig.” It’s essentially a rig attached to the car whereby a professional driver can operate the vehicle while cameras film the actor as if they are the real driver. This was a great move because cars are zipping around at 80 to 100 mph. So while the actors weren’t really in control of the vehicle, they were dodging and drafting around the set at breakneck speeds. It’s one of the best ways to present realism and authenticity without putting an actor’s life in danger.

22. Not All the Cast Members Could Drive

Fast Family(Universal Pictures)
Universal Pictures

You might think it’s a given that anyone cast in the Fast and Furious franchise has a drivers license, but that’s not been the case. If fact, two major characters played by Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster weren’t old enough to legally sit behind the wheel when they were cast as Lady and Mia. Maybe that’s a testament to their acting roles and makes them even more impressive. And yes, in case you’re wondering, both are licensed drivers now, although they do appear to be much more law-abiding than their on screen characters.

21. Real Street Racers were used for Most of the Race Scenes

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Universal Pictures

So it turns out there’s a reason the initial street racing scene in Fast and Furious looks so realistic. It probably has something to do with the fact that director Rob Cohen rounded up 200 hundred illegal street racers to man the highly modified cars used for the dramatic opener. Cohen visited several illegal street races to prep for the movie. He even has a small cameo part as the pizza delivery guy winding through the maze of cars during the first scene. Using real street racers lends credibility and authenticity to the film.

20. Han’s Full Name is a Star Wars Reference

Han(Inverse)
Inverse

Look long and hard in the Fast and Furious franchise and you will find several Easter eggs. One happens to be associated with Han’s name. His full name is Han Seoul-Oh, an obvious reference to the intergalactic Harrison Ford smuggler from Star Wars we’ve all come to love and know. This is but one way the producers give head nods to films they admire or have worked on in the past.

19. The Fast and Furious Series has Gained Familiar and Unfamiliar Comparisons

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Universal Pictures

Some have likened the Fast and Furious movie to West Side Story (cars taking the place of singing of course). Others have likened the original movie to the classic surfing movie Point Break as well as the popular undercover crime series Donnie Brasco. If the third act of the film seems familiar it’s because director Rob Cohen modeled the sequence on the famous San Francisco 1968 car chase scene from the popular movie Bullitt starring Steve McQueen. In fact, that’s why Cohen cast Paul Walker. He loved the movie and thought Paul had a striking resemblance to McQueen. Also, those with a knack for detail will notice the restaurant Dom and Brian visit about midway through the movie. Neptune’s Net is the same place Lori Petty‘s character, Tyler, works at in Point Break.

18. Eminem was Once Considered for a Role in the Series

eminem(Craig Dean)
Craig Dean

You were already familiar with a few major stars considered for The Fast and the Furious. For instance, Ja Rule is one who was considered, but ultimately passed over in favor of Ludacris. However, what if the role of Brian O’Conner went to Eminem? That’s right, he was a consideration as well as Hollywood greats like Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. While that might seem silly now, it makes sense during the time of casting as you will recall all three of these were in high demand. Thankfully, they landed on Paul Walker and it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing that role.

17. The Title, “The Fast and Furious”, was Purchased from Roger Corman

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Wired

Originally, The Fast and Furious was a 1955 movie made by American producer, director and actor Roger William Corman. Known as the pope of pop cinema, he was a true trailblazer for indie movies. However, there were a few interesting things about the original movie too that are as unique as the current franchise. For instance, actor John Ireland only agreed to appear in the film on the condition he could serve as director. And the beautiful costar of the film? Dorothy Malone had recently left her agent and had no work. Therefore, she agreed to her part in the movie for next to nothing. Eventually, Moritz would secure rights from Corman to produce the 2001 movie that spawned its own cinematic universe.

16. The Very Long Runway from Fast 6

Long Runway(Aviation International News)
Aviation International News

Sometimes there are movie events that simply seem to defy reality. Such is the long run we see from Fast and Furious 6. In fact, the entire scene lasts 13 minutes and is the climax of the film. If you remember, the entire crew is chasing down the cargo plane, trying to keep it from taking off. The length of this clip lead a few fans to do the math. Turns out the runway would have to be 28.86 miles long since the cars were driving at an average speed of 120 mph. To bring perspective, the longest runway in the world is a mere 3.4 miles long.

15. Continuity Errors

Fast and Furious 6
Universal Pictures

Of course to be a fan of the Fast and Furious franchise you have to be willing to suspend reality for unrealistic stunts and such. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t take the series seriously. Fans expect everything to “fit” which is hard for The Fast and Furious. There are a few continuity issues that super fans easily point out. One of these is the fact that Fast and Furious 6 supposedly happens after Tokyo Drift, yet the entire film looks very dated. Also, it seems like people in the film just stop caring all together about Han. Furthermore, where is Leon? He never returns from the original despite the fact Dominic is constantly focused on the importance of “family” and crew!

14. Furious 7 Retcons Tokyo Drift

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Universal Pictures

So it turns out the whole reason Furious 7 was produced boils down to one thing. It Ret-Cons Tokyo Drift. This happens often in long movie sequences. Things get jumbled up, storylines get tangled and it takes one movie to untangle the mess. This one particularly addresses Han’s demise in Tokyo Drift. It places the blame on Deckard Shaw, the brother of the Fast and Furious 6 villain Owen Shaw. Not only does this help to sort the timeline, but sets the stage for a bigger franchise expansion with Dwayne Johnson starring in the movie Hobbs and Shaw.

13. What Brought Vin Diesel Back

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Universal Pictures

So Vin bounced on the sequel for Fast and Furious. Ratings suffered. He only makes a cameo appearance in the third installment at the end. The idea was Dominic Toretto is back. In order to accomplish this, Universal agreed to sell Vin the rights to the Riddick series. The move paid off in a big way because the return of Vin kept the series alive. Ironically, Universal ended up fronting money for Vin to finish up the third Riddick movie after a messy bond issue messed things up. Vin invested several million himself.

12. Cars Dropped From Plane

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Digital Spy

It’s no secret that producers have done some pretty insane stunts throughout the Fast and Furious franchise. However, those over the top scenes cement the Furious movie franchise as legendary and iconic. One of those involved dropping some cars from a cargo plane only to have them parachute to a safe landing on a nameless mountain road. Of course the stunt itself is certifiably insane. However, as is common with the franchise, movie producers opted not to use CGI. These were real cars falling out of a real plane. Ironically, and somewhat expectedly, one of the cars was totally destroyed because its parachute failed to open. Makes you think twice the next time you hear, “Are you in good hands?”

11. Two Scripts were Written for 2 Fast 2 Furious

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Universal Pictures
Originally, two scripts were commissioned for 2 Fast 2 Furious. The first script focused on Vin Diesel and his character development. However, since he was already in the midst of sequels with xXx and Pitch Black, he probably had his fill of franchise movies and opted not to return for the Furious sequel. However, the second script focused on Paul Walker’s character. Since his racing badge is stripped, Brian now races in the Miami illegal street racing circuit for money. Paul would be cast alongside Tyrese’s character and Ja Rule’s character, until Ja Rule screwed it all up. Unwilling to return phone calls or messages from John Singleton, Singleton called Ludacris and offered him the part. The rest is history and a lesson learned for Ja Rule.

10. Ludacris Really Wanted a Fight Scene

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So Ludacris really wanted to have a fight scene for his character. Production staff were hesitant though because they felt it didn’t fit in overall with Tej’ personality. However, Ludacris began working out with a form of martial arts known as 52 Blocks. Before Fast and Furious 7 he made a video and sent it to Vin Diesel and James Wan. And that’s how the Tej fight scene found its way into Furious 7 and gave hope to nerds everywhere.

9. Paul Walker’s Brother Finished Filming for Paul’s Character after his Death

Paul Walker
Universal Pictures

Paul Walker’s death hit the cast and crew hard. However, production on the next film had already started and had to be finished. So, in a tribute of sorts, the production team took body doubles and mixed them in with CGI imagery of Paul. His brother even helped out too. he stepped in to voice over certain parts for Paul so the movie could be completed. That had to be rough, but the finished product was amazing!

8. There are Fast & Furious Short Films

Short Films(Digital Spy)
Digital Spy

So if you’re a hard-core fan, you still might not be aware of the short films that tighten up the Fast and Furious plot lines even further. That’s right, The Turbo Charged and Los Bandoleros are two short films with additional content. The first is a prelude to 2 Fast 2 Furious while the latter fits nicely between movies 3 and 4. Both are really fun rides (about 6-12 minutes) and worth a look if you are a super fan!

7. Tyrese and The Rock are not on the Best of Terms

Tyrese and Rock(Screen Geek)
Screen Geek

It’s obvious Dwayne Johnson has had an amazing impact on the Fast and Furious series. However, not all of the cast are fans. Tyrese Gibson in particular, has repeatedly spoken about his disagreement with the Rock being part of the cast. He seems to be a bit green-eyed with jealousy though because he feels Hobbs and Shaw has overtaken the original series. In reality, production was delayed for Furious 9 so Hobbs and Shaw could be completed. Maybe Tyrese needs to just get over a few things.

6. Brian O’Conner was Originally Supposed to Escape Prison

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Universal Pictures

Original plans for Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Conner were to have him break out of prison. The breakout would serve to kick start 2 Fast 2 Furious. The idea was that Paul now found himself on the wrong side of the law and the plot would develop from there. However, the idea for Brian O’Conner completely changed. Instead, he was rewritten as a reformed FBI agent of sorts who went somewhat vigilante style against the law with his own brand of truth for the rest of the franchise series

5. Paul Walker Picked his Own Cars for 2 Fast 2 Furious

Paul Walker(Driving Line)
Driving Line

It’s no secret Paul Walker is somewhat of a self-proclaimed gearhead himself. And while he may not work on cars that often, he does know his way around engines in terms of performance and speed. That’s why producers let him pick the vehicle he drives in 2 Fast 2 Furious. It says something when a movie producer will let you pick elements featured as a major portion of the film. It means they trusted Paul and his car picking skills.

4. The Film Series was Inspired by a Magazine

Racer X(Vibe)
Vibe
Would you believe the entire Fast and Furious franchise was inspired by a magazine? That’s right, back in ’98 director Rob Cohen found an article in Vibe magazine called Racer X. It was an expose that detailed the illegal street racing scene in New York. This inspired Rob to go check it out first hand which automatically put seeds for a movie in his head. Ironically, he not only convinced Universal to make the movie, but ended up convincing them to buy the original article rights from Vibe magazine.

3. Social Media Assisted in getting The Rock on the Series

Rock 2(GILES KEYTE-UNIVERSAL PICTURES)
GILES KEYTE-UNIVERSAL PICTURES

With Hobbs and Shaw ready to roll out, Dwayne Johnson is firmly seated as one of the stars in the Fast and Furious series. Actually though, he owes a lot of this to social media. Turns out Vin Diesel posted on his social media page asking series fans which actor they would like to see join the franchise permanently. Since the Rock was already hugely popular he became one of the most common answers. Originally, producers wanted Men in Black star Tommy Lee Jones for the role, but due to social media demands they caved and put Dwayne in instead

2. Brian and Letty Don’t Talk until the Sixth Movie

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Universal Pictures

It takes six movies before Bryan and Letty speak. If you’re familiar with the franchise then you probably already know this. In the first movie they have zero communication. Michelle opted not to return for the second movie, and neither Michelle nor Paul star in the third. Then, Letty dies in the fourth movie and doesn’t appear in the fifth. That makes Fast and Furious 6 the first time each character speaks to the other on screen

1. Dwayne Johnson watches himself Play Football

Rock Football(BC Lions)
BC Lions
Producers will often hide Easter eggs and movies and the Fast and the Furious franchise is no different. One such Easter egg can be found and Furious 7 during the hospital scene. Hobbs is recovering, watching a college football game on the television in his room. However, if you look close you will notice that the athlete in uniform is none other than Dwayne Johnson. Yep, it’s a clip from his former college days. Ultimately, he would try out for arena football, but opt to go into wrestling instead where he would later make the leap to acting. The rest from there is history.

 Fun Facts

  • 1. What's the difference in a muscle car and a pony car? In reality, not much. But if you want to get down to specifics, technically there are some differences between a muscle car and a pony car. The average passerby wouldn’t know that anything with a wheelbase length of less than 110 inches is considered a pony. It’s a smaller (not by much) uniformly designed vehicle with either a V6 or V8. Muscle cars were wider than that and required a V8. The Ford Mustang, was a pony. As was the Chevy Camaro and the Plymouth Barracuda.
  • 2. Australia was big into muscle cars in the 1960s and 70s. Australian muscle cars gained popularity around the same time as American muscle cars with some of the top manufacturers being Ford Australia, Chrysler Australia, and Holden.
  • 3. The Dodge Charger is a quintessential muscle car. Three years after the first charger was produced in 1966, a key visual change was made. The 1969 Dodge Charger was the first year the vertical split grill was added to the vehicle. The vertical split grill was a calling card for Chargers in the 60s and 70s. The 1969 Dodge Charger was made even more famous as General Lee in The Dukes of Hazzard.
  • 4. As with anything worth caring about, there’s some disagreement. The Ferrari 250 GTO was a rare and popular vehicle in Europe. Pontiac’s chief engineer, John Delorean, saw an opportunity to give his employer an edge. ‘GTO’ was not patented in the States, so Pontiac decided to borrow it. From 1961-1964, the Pontiac Tempest was their muscle car. The 1964 Pontiac LeMans GTO, with a 325 horsepower V8 engine, was the first muscle car on the US market with GTO in the name. Most people agree that it stands for ‘Gran Turismo Omologato’ – in reference to the Ferrari 250 GTO’s professional racing status. However, some folks still believe it stands for ‘Grand Tempest Option’.
  • 5. The muscle car boom wasn’t limited just to the United States. Australia had just as fervent of a muscle car culture as America did. Ford and Chevy produced several various types of muscle cars in cooperation with Australian manufacturers. The 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT was a massively popular creation in Australia. After production, it disappeared for about two decades, making it even more popular than before. The 1971 Holden Monaro 350 GTS Coupe (a GM product) is commonly referred to as the most stylish of all Australian muscle cars.
  • 6. The television and movie actor James Garner had a noted affinity for everything speed. His hit movie Grand Prix won multiple Oscars, and on television, he appeared in a Pontiac Firebird regularly on The Rockford Files. Something lesser known was that Garner was a devoted racer. He once had a 1970 Oldsmobile 442 outfitted with a 4×4 chassis in order drive in off-road races. Inside of this classic muscle car, he finished second in class in the Mexican Nora 1000 (later the Baja 1000).
  • 1. The first Pontiac GTO was built in 1963, labeled as a 1964 model. Six years later, the enormously popular muscle car was the benefactor of a special branding effort for the 1969 model. Very little, mechanically, changed from the 1968 Pontiac GTO. But the blacked out grill, spoiler, racing stripes, ‘The Judge’ decals all added to the fan fair over this enticing new model of the GTO. The Judge got its name from Sammy Davis Jr.’s “Here Comes the Judge” skit on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In television show.
  • 2. In 1968, Dodge made 50 Dart 426 Hemi cars to satisfy the NHRA sanction rules. These cars were sent to the Hurst Corporation to have a 426 Hemi engine installed, feature a fiberglass hood, front fenders, no side mirrors, lightweight steel, and thinner glass in an effort to reduce weight. Dodge intended the car to be used only for racing and not on public roads.
  • 3. In September of 2018, the newest models of the Presidential State Car debuted for their first day of work. The new model began production back in 2014. In this list, we will refer to The Presidential State Car as any car that has previously or currently carries the leader of the free world. With each model, they are multiple cars.
  • 4. For the most part, they are all idential within their model range. The Presidential State Car also goes by “The Beast,” or “Cadillac One,” among other names. The Presidential State Car is no ordinary automobile, as it takes ranks with some of the most expensive cars on the road and is loaded with features to protect some of the most important people in the nation. Here are some incredible facts about the Presidential State Car in all its uses, models, and glory over the years.
  • 5. The 2009-2019 model of the Presidential State Car cost $1.5 million each. That’s 8 times more than a Bentley! The newest model, which debuted in Septmeber of 2018, is reported to cost roughly $15 million dollars for a dozen vehicles. Once you crank out the math, that comes out to a little over a million dollars per car – $1.25 million to be exact. Either way you look at it, it’s an expensive ride. But would we want anything less for such an important vehicle?
  • 6. Look at a dollar bill, and then subtract an inch from it’s length. That’s how wide the breakproof glass is on the Presidential State Cars is; 5 inches thick! The Presidential State Car has five-inch thick breakproof glass for maximum protection against any threat to the high-ranking officials inside. This is just one of the many precautions from exterior threats that “The Beast” is outfitted with.
  • I The Ford Mustang debuted in 1964 and is based on the platform of the second generation Ford Falcon. Truly one of the most classic vehicles of all-time, and a great way to start off this list. One of the first and most iconic American muscle cars is still rolling off the production line today. The Mustang opened the doors for competition between the Chevy Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, AMC Javelin, Plymouth Barracuda, and the Dodge Challenger. With over 9 million sold, the Ford Mustang is not just a classic but one of the best-selling rides of all-time.
  • II The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a compact executive car produced by Daimler AG. It debuted in 1993 being built at the Mercedes-Benz factories in Sindelfingen and Bremen, Germany. They all aren’t as beautiful as this 2013 C63 AMG – but still, the classic C-Class Mercedes is an icon! The ‘C’ probably stands for classic. And although it is widely used in the U.S.A, it may be operated even more commonly in Europe, Africa, and Asia. The C-Class is one of the most well-known models of vehicles in the world! No surprise it’s on the list of best-sellers.
  • III The Toyota Camry debuted in 1982 and has been sold globally. It originally was designed as a Compact Car, now it is a mid-size car. Dependable, long-lasting, low-maintenance – no wonder it’s been tasked to the streets of NYC as the dominant choice of car owned by cabbies. What started in 1982 as a narrow-bodied compact car and then transitioned into a mid-size car has sold over 10 million editions since then.
  • IV The Volkswagen Jetta is a compact family car that has been produced since 1979. It has over six generations. The TDI version, seen here, is a part of its own racing league that draws tens of thousands of spectators annually. The Volkswagen Jetta, when dressed down, is a safe, reliable, attractive car to get you from point A to point B. The Volkswagen Jetta with all its bells and whistles is a performance machine to the fullest! The versatility of the Jetta is possibly its greatest asset and why it’s landed itself on the list of best-selling cars of all-time.
  • V The Mazda 323 or the Mazda Familia was a family car produced by Mazda from 1963 to 2003. The one shown here is probably the most beautiful in the line of Mazdas, the 1965 Mazda Familia. The line of Familia’s transitioned into the Mazda 323 in 1977, but in the United States, the vehicles were known underneath a different moniker. The “GLC” which stood for Great Little Car was the going title up until the switch to 323 as the name. However, after a decade or so, the 323 became what it is called today in America – the Mazda Protege.
  • VI The Oldsmobile Cutlass was the trademark automobile produced by General Motors. It was produced from 1961 – 1999. The cars were assembled in Michigan at the height of Motor City’s dominance in American automobile manufacturing. The Cutlass originally began as a unibody compact car, but over time it morphed into a body-on-frame vehicle. The Cutlass was a compact car from 1961-193, so just a blip on the 35+ year timeline of the iconic ride. It’s sleek exterior, performance value and availability made the Oldsmobile Cutlass a legend in its class and one of the best selling cars ever.
  • I Boy, they sure don’t make ’em like they used to…especially not in the Town and Country’s case. In 1988, The Chrysler Town and Country wagon ceased to exist and in 1989 the Chrysler Town and Country minivan was born. The TandC is a luxury minivan that was produced from 1989 to 2016. The 12 million statistic stands just for the minivan, but there were a hefty number of wagons (we figure’d you would rather see one of the classics over the minivan!) produced before the soccer-mom car came along. Nonetheless, the quality of both models made the Town and Country a household name and earned a spot on the list of best-selling cars ever.
  • II The Ford Focus released in 1998 and was designed by Ford of Europe’s German and British teams. It was originally designed for only the European markets. However, immediate success and critics’ reviews forced the issue to expand it to North American markets where it debuted in North America in 1999. The compact car is something of a history-maker. As a part of the Ford Model 2000 series, it was the car with which manufacturers’ aimed to globalize model development and sell one compact vehicle worldwide.
  • III The BMW 3 Series is a luxury car that debuted in May 1975, and it is BMW’s best-selling model. One large reason for that is that it’s the most accessible of all the BMW’s – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t attractive Just look at it. The reason it is so high on the list is that it is such a snazzy-looking car, from a reputable brand at a fair price. It accounts for close to 30% of BMW’s annual total sales and will be on the list of best-selling cars for years and years to come.
  • IV Debuting in the same year that Alaska became a state and Sputnik 1 came back to Earth, the Chevrolet Impala’s longevity and breadth of sales is a tribute to the car’s versatility and a knack for reinvention. First intended to be a large, mid-range vehicle with all the hallmarks of 1950s automotive styling, the Impala has continued to grow and change with the times. Contemporary models are more compact with sleeker lines and a sense of design borne of a post-modern age. With 10 generations of Impalas having been made since the model’s launch, we’re certain that some version of this car will carry our grandkids into the 22nd century.
  • V The Ford Fiesta first debuted in 1976 being manufactured globally in Europe, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, China, India, Thailand, and South Africa. So given its immense popularity on an international scale, it’s no wonder it’s highly ranked on the best selling cars list of all time. That being said, its success in the United States has been limited; mostly due to segmented periods of production in the states. From 1977 to 1980 and from 2010 to current are the two time frames where the Fiesta was made in the USA.
  • VI Another product of the 1970s, the Volkswagen Passat has been a comforting presence on used-car lots since 1973. One of Volkswagen’s first attempts at a large family car for the international market, the Passat rapidly rose in popularity even during the competitive sales days of the US gas crisis. Known by many names around the world—we’re particularly fond of the “Volkswagen Mangotan”, which sounds either like a tropical fruit or a Transformers villain—the Passat is slowly gaining in status. The Passat is set to remain one of the bestselling cars the world has ever seen.