35 Iconic Movie Prop Cars

There’s iconic movies. And there’s iconic cars. But when there is an iconic movie car - now that’s something special. We’re suckers for any movie that involves cars (especially ones with a good car chase) and this list is a tip of the cap to that. In this list we’ve got a van from the 1980s with an iconic but simple paint scheme. We’ve also got cars that are stock in features and price but over time, they became legendary in car-movie lore. We’ve got one vehicles that was featured in a hit movie in 1970 and then used again for a feature documentary filmed in 2010. We’ve got a vehicle that was used in an extremely popular HBO show as well as an Eric Church music video. We’ve got a vehicle with a swiveling, third, center-headlamp. We’ve got vehicles with mobster ties, vehicles with cartoon co-workers, a couple of different Trans Ams, and vehicles that played in the original movie the sequel! Basically, we’ve got a lot of classic movie-cars in this list for you! We’re pretty positive that you’ll recognize almost every car on this post, but maybe we can teach you a thing or two with the fun facts for each one. Enjoy.

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If you’re like us, then you love a movie that features an awesome ride. What you’re about to see is the most memorable prop cars in Hollywood history. Some of these changed cinematic history as we know it, some of these set the tone in our hearts for what it meant to be a cool car, and some of these are just plain expensive and rare. You’re going to love them all. Check it out!


35. Ghost Busters ECTO-1

Underneath Ecto-1 lies a 1959 Cadillac professional chassis. It was built by the Miller-Meteor Company as an ambulance/hearse combo (part of the end loader variety). Ironically, the car still looks great 30 years later. It’s often on display in LA at various auto museums. Movie studio execs also rented a black caddy to be used for the movie as the pre-Ecto-1 car. They ended up buying it and had it customized by George Barris to resemble Ecto-1 so they could use it as a promotional tool. Afterward, it sold at auction for $80,000! Sadly though, the original Ecto-1 is lying on a prop lot in Culver City, California wasting away. Fans started a petition to have studio execs restore the vehicle, but it the car is still there.

34. Bad Moms 1970 Dodge Challenger

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So if this car looks a little badass there is good reason. No, it’s not a Challenger on steroids. Consider it a minimalist version. Here’s why the car looks so BOSS. First, the turn signals have been removed from the fenders. Second, the grill is blacked out, lending a much beefier feel to the Challenger. Minus out the black hood scoop and white racing stripes and this puppy looks lean and mean. Oh yeah, the tires are not original either. The Bad Moms-mobile opted for standard American 5 lug chrome wheels (think mafia bling. Finish the whole thing off with an awesome red paint job for an awesome bad moms mobile.

33. Jurrasic Park Benz


Jurassic Park put the 1997 Mercedes Benz ML 320 on the map. After the movie, everyone wanted this SUV. For the story, they were used by main characters to traverse the pre-historic island’s varied terrain. Each SUV had the following features (some standard, most added) for film: 4-wheel drive, a front tow cable, front bull bars, a winch, fog lights, custom step bars, rear tail light guards, leather seats, and camouflage paint. Furthermore, each variant included other small changes like bottom mounts for jerry cans, a cut-out backside, mounted light bars, bubble top windows, and dual mounted side mirror searchlights.

32. American Horror Story 1956 Desoto Sedan


A few cool things about this car. She was used for season 2 of American Horror Story (Celia Lives, PFLAG, Aquarius, Time Traveling Bong) and only has 32,920 miles. That’s pretty incredible for a classic car! The 1956 DeSoto Sedan recently went up for sale and was listed for $11,800. That’s not the higher $80,000 price tag we saw for the Ecto-1 repro. In fact, this is a steal! Trade in your jalopy and get this beast instead. The Horror Story ride comes with a v8, push-button transmission and new brakes!

31. Scooby Doo Mystery Machine

Mystery Machine

Turns out the Mystery Machine isn’t so Mysterious. It’s a 1972 Ford Econoline van. Yep, just a normal van, until you theme it out. The paint job alone was $15,000, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Peek inside and you are greeted by an entire world of Scooby Doo. Disco lights, a blue couch, green table, and orange chaise/bed are designed to give passengers ultimate comfort and promote shagging. There’s even a ghost finder inside to clear the van of spirits before engaging in athletic intimacies (zoinks!). And while we can’t speak to your endurance, the van will have no problem. The Mystery Machine is powered by a 320 cubic inch v8 mated to an automatic transmission for all night performance. And just like that, you are thinking of Daphne!

30. Knight Rider 1988 Pontiac Firebird


Knight Rider has a wonderful Cloak and Dagger backstory. The date is April 16, 1982. Eric Dahlquist is president of Pontiac’s West Coast public relations agency. He answers his office telephone (Sherman Oaks, California). The caller on the other end confirms he has the president of Vista Group on the line. Then he says, “Be at the PMT lot this afternoon at 4 p.m. There will be three black Trans Ams there with the keys inside.” So the crew shows up to find three new Trans-Ams sitting in the factory parking lot with the keys in them. They had just rolled off the assembly line. Nobody knows who called, but Knight Rider production staff are thrilled for the gifts. These three vehicles would go down in history as KITT!

29. Back to the Future Delorean DMC-12


How can we forget the lovable DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future? In total, seven were built for the generation-defining film trilogy. Only three remain and one sold at auction a few years back for $541,000. That’s a hefty sum for a car that originally debuted at an MSRP of around $12,000. Even better? Part of the proceeds from the auction went to the Michael J. Fox Foundation to support Parkinson’s research. Ironically, if this hadn’t been the movie prop, DeLorean, the value would be just over double the original MSRP, or $30,000.

28. Two-Lane Blacktop 1955 Chevrolet 150


You either love Monty Hellmann’s cult classic 1971 film Two-Lane Blacktop or think of it as the ultimate WTF movie in cinematic history. Regardless, it had one amazing automobile. The 1955 Chevy 150 was as much a part of the movie as the characters. In total,  three 1955 Chevys were used, the main car powered by a 427 V8. It was heavily rigged so the production staff could get great interior shots and ultimately went on to star in another film, American Graffiti. Even cooler, the car has remained much the same. The transmission was updated but kept in line with the tunnel ram 454 and Muncie M 22 for speed (known as a “rock crusher”). Oh, and it also has the Oldsmobile 4:88 rear end. She sold at auction in 2015 for an impressive $159,500.

27. 1989 Batmobile

1989 BATMOBILE(Ideal Classic Cars)
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It takes a minute for it to come into focus, but if you look hard enough at the 1989 Batmobile you will see a Chevrolet Impala chassis powered with a solid V8 engine. Yet, the base doesn’t make sense, does it? That’s because it’s actually a 1970 Corvette. That seemed to be the best fit for the Impala chassis since previous attempts with a Ford Mustang and Jaguar body failed. In addition, a second car was also created based on an Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible. So how much is she worth? Well, that depends on your idea of worth. In 2008 she was listed for sale on eBay for with a paltry starting bid of $500,000. More recently, a replica version designed by Casey Putsch of Putsch Racing was listed for $620,000. This is a steal considering the Batmobile used for the 1960s television series sold for #4.6 million. Of course, it was owned by George Barris.

26. Bullitt 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback S-Code GT

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Who can forget the great chase scene from Bullitt? As iconic as the movie was, Steve McQueen‘s classic car was thought to be lost for years. The year was 1968; McQueen was cresting as a celebrity. He produced and took the lead acting role in the Bullitt. As for the car itself, two versions were prepared for filming. One Mustang, designated as the hero car, was driven by McQueen throughout most of the movie. The other vehicle was used for hard-core chase and jump scenes. Ironically, both were thought to be lost until the stunt car showed up in a junkyard in Mexico. That was 2017. Fast forward one year and the hero car is found as well. After production, it was sold to one of the studio executives in LA who subsequently sold it to a police detective in New York. His wife used it as a daily driver for years until the clutch went out in 1980. It was then put in storage where it remained until it’s recent discovery, which just happens to be perfectly timed with the 50th anniversary of the movie!

25. Cars


When Cars 2 debuted, Disney did a full court PR/marketing press. Full-size replicas of many favorites from the original Cars movie were put on display at Downtown Disney, and they spared no expense. Many favorites were on display, as well as, a full-size replica of Mack the Truck Hauler. He provided as much function as he did decor. The replicas could be stowed inside and transported to different spots around the country during the PR push. Of course, they popped up at car shows too.

24. Ant-Man and The Wasp 1953 Mercury Custom

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This car should be a bit familiar if you are a fan of Universal movies. They own the vehicle and it has been featured in a few of their films. It’s latest appearance was Ant-man and the Wasp, but it’s also been used in Cuba scenes during the Fate of the Furious. The 1953 Mercury Custom has been kept mostly stock with only a few upgrades whenever parts would wear out. The irony of this vehicle is you can own it for $13,000. That’s a small price to pay for a piece of cinematic history. Even better, the car is completely rust free!

23. Speed Racer Mach 5


Turns out this mock-up of the Speed Racer Mach 5 took about a year to build. Ironically, it was the brainchild of a man and his son. The 15-year-old wanted to build a project car with his dad so he suggested the Mach 5. After a bit of research, they reached out to Speed Racer Enterprises and worked with their design team. The build is based on a Corvette chassis and features such automotive firsts as a wraparound windshield. They drew body lines from the original car featured in the 1960s cartoon series and it has Speed Racer car perks like working saw blades, a functional periscope and all of those nice gadget buttons on the steering wheel you find in the original cartoon series. It tours the country as a promotional marketing item for Speed Racer Enterprises and has even been spotted at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

22. The Bucket List 1970 Dodge Challenger


Here is another famous movie prop car that has quite a storyline. The 1970 yellow Dodge Challenger was prominent throughout The Bucket List (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman). However, it was also featured in the 2010 biographical film about Joan Jett, The Runaways. The best part about the car though is it has less than 3,000 miles and all the creature comforts you expect from modern vehicles. Air conditioning, power brakes power steering and an incredible 5.7 L Hemi make it one heck of a daily driver for someone.  How do we know? It sold for just under $50,000 in 2018.

21. Captain Nemo

CAPTAIN NEMO(Auto Evolution)
Auto Evolution

Ironically, this car popped up for sale on eBay after being featured in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Captain Nemo’s 24 footer was the creation of Ken Freeman, a custom car builder from West End, North Carolina. The six-wheeled wonder features a 425 in.³ V8, quad front steering and is as wide as a Peterbilt semi! The detailing of the car is what makes it fantastic. Ornate filigree work is splashed all over the interior, exterior and steering wheel. It’s loosely based on the Cadillac limousine, but you can’t say it definitively because of the steel I-beam construction. Incidentally, all of the ornate detail work was carved in reverse and cast in molds. No short cuts were taken. As for the sale price? We know it went north of $165,000. Worth every penny, considering the build took 6,500 hours.

20. The Lost World 1969 Pontiac Lemans

1969 PONTIAC LEMANS THE LOST WORLD(classiccars.com)

Every 90s kid was enthralled with the Jurassic Park film series and the reboot has proved just as successful. You will have to rewatch the second Jurassic Park movie, The Lost World, and keep your eagle eye handy to spy this beauty. The Lemans can be seen at a gas station during the scene where dinosaurs are released into the masses. In total, the 1969 Pontiac has seen three coats of paint. And while it’s blue in our photo, she was read during movie filming. It was put up for sale in August of last year and the seller thought it could use a new coat of paint. Hence the gorgeous blue redo.

19. Bonnie & Clyde

Bonnie_Clyde_Car_2(Dave Lopez)
Dave Lopez

When Fox decided to make a TV version of the true story of Bonnie and Clyde in 1967, they needed a sedan. The 1934 Ford sedan was rescued from a 1988 museum fire and restored to play the death car for the TV series. Later, the car would go on tour to serve a dual role as a mobile marketing/PR advertisement. However, the real-life Bonnie and Clyde death car found its way into the Great Race (1987). The only stipulation was all cars had to be pre-World War II, so the Bonnie and Clyde original fit the bill. She didn’t win, but gave one heck of an effort!

18. Boardwalk Empire 1925 Ford Model TT


Sometimes you need a 1925 Model Ford TT tow truck to draw you back to simpler times. Of course, “simple” is not how we would describe the characters or plot from the popular HBO series Boardwalk, but the vehicle was. The Model T tower featured a basic 4 cylinder mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. It was recently put up for sale, listed for only $15,400. She features a tow truck assembly bolted to the Model T frame. The patina and authenticity of the 90-year-old vehicle really brought Boardwalk to life. The price for scoring a piece of television history is a steal!

17. Ferris Bueller Ferrari

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“The 1961 Ferrari 250GT California. Less than a hundred were made. My father spent three years restoring this car. It is his love, it is his passion.” Remember that famous line from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? Well, turns out the Ferrari isn’t a Ferrari at all. It’s a 1985 Modena GT Spyder California, otherwise known as a kit car. Essentially, she is a Ford outfitted with a fiberglass body to resemble a Ferrari. Three were made for the movie, but only two are known to have survived present day. Current value of the prop car is $325,000- $375,000. Not bad for fiberglass and paint!

16. Breaking Bad 1973 Ford Ranchero GT


This car was made popular as a feature in Season 5 of Breaking Bad. Yet, it gained attention in the music world as well. Eric Church featured the 1973 Ford Ranchero GT in his music video “Give Me Back My Home Town.” And, since its a prop car, you only saw the outside mostly. Inside the Ranchero has a shredded interior and plenty of grime under the hood, However, the owner says the car still roars to life the minute the key hits the ignition. To own it will only set you back about $10,000. For a car with a production run of around 15,000, that’s a great price!

15. Cars 2

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Lightning McQueen made a real life, life-size debut at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show. A 2006 article in the L.A. Times decoded McQueen as, “part Le Mans endurance racer with some Lola and Ford GT40 thrown in.” Real world specs for the animated car translated over to the real world mean Lightning is a 750-horsepower V-8 capable of reaching 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 200-mph. The prop car you see here is used often for promo and marketing events.

14. Dukes of Hazzard 1969 Dodge Charger Coupe


Hold on because this car gets really weird, really quick. Unlike the horrible movie remake, the Dukes of Hazzard tv series was an incredible success. It ran from 1979-1985 and spawned one of the most iconic cars in history, the General Lee. And while production staff mowed threw most, writing them off after stunts left the cars mangled beyond repair, several escaped and found their way to the real world. The very first 1969 Dodge Challenger used in the first episode was acquired by US golfer Bubba Watson for $110,000. However, one with much less of an onscreen pedigree was listed for auction on eBay in 2007. It sold for $9.9milion. What??!?!!

13. Tucker: The Man and His Dream

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In the 1940s, Tucker automobiles were considered to be the car of the future. They boasted such innovations as a third, centered headlight (designed to swivel so drivers could see around corners) defensive pivoting fenders (engaged when the car turned), disc brakes (new for its time) and a windshield that would eject during a crash, a rear engine and padded dashboard. To see one today you’ll have to go to the Smithsonian Museum or pony up about $3 million when they pop up at auctions for the mega-wealthy. Incidentally, 27 Tuckers were used on set for the film and Francis Ford Coppola is a Tucker enthusiast himself. You can find his Tucker Torpedo on display at Coppola Vineyards.

12. American Gangster 1972 Lincoln Town Car


Most of us think of Lincoln Town Cars as old people movers. However, if you are talking about the Hollywood classic, American Gangster (2007), then the 1972 Lincoln Town Car has a certain mobster appeal. Denzel made the car look good, and he didn’t put up with much nonsense either. The car was tapped next to be part of the Green Hornet. Modifications included a high-rise intake, scooped air cleaner and a set of larger wheels. However, the project went another direction and the production team passed on the 1972 Lincoln. Ironically, its current value is just under $12,000.

11. Hooper


Remember the iconic bridge jumping scene in Hooper where the jet-powered Trans-Am jumps an unfinished bridge? Even more stunning, Burt Reynolds himself did most of the stunts in the movie. The Trans Am featured a 403 cubic inch v8 with a chicken smacked on the hood. As with several prop cars we have seen on our list, this once eventually went to auction and sold for $88,000! It was part of Burt’s personal collection, hence the high sale price. This car was the show dog used for normal driving scenes so Burt could flash his signature smile.

10. Mad Max 1975 Ford Interceptor


The Mad Max V8 Interceptor, aka, “Pursuit Special”, is based on a Falcon XB GT Coupe modified to be a police interceptor. Max Rockatansky drives it at the end of the first movie and for about half of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. When George Miller shot the first film he had an extremely tight budget. So he gave the car to stuntman Murray Smith as payment for his time. Murray gave it back for the second film (and also got paid) where it was sold to a junkyard afterward. The stunt cars were blown up. Bob Furesnko rescued the car in the ’80s and gave it a complete restoration. Since then, the V8 Interceptor made an appearance in Mad Max Fury Road where she is modified to become Razor Cola.

9. James Bond’s Aston Martin


Think Sean Connery was the best James Bond ever? so do we. During Goldfinger and Thunderball he drove an Aston Martin DB5 on loan from the famous British Car manufacturer. There were actually two loaners used for filming the two movies in 1964 and 1965. Afterward, Aston Martin sold one of them to US radio disc jockey Jerry Lee for $12,000 (1969). Forty-one years later Jerry sold the Bond car to pop icon collector Harry Yeaggy for $4.1 million. Talk about appreciation value! You won’t find returns like that in real estate or the stock market.

8. Starsky & Hutch 1976 Ford Gran Torino

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Remember the “Striped Tomato?” That was the popular name for the 1976 Ford Gran Torino in the popular 70s TV series Starsky and Hutch. What you may not know is there were four of these. Even better, you can own one for the bargain basement price of $110,000. Yeah, that’s pretty steep, but it’s not solely based on star power. The Gran Torino also had a limited production run so there are fewer in existence (right around 300).  Yet don’t fear, the Striped Tomato still contains the original bubble siren and telephone used by the actors.

7. Herbie

Herbie(AACA Museum Inc)
AACA Museum Inc

Many Herbies were used to make the iconic Disney movies about the Love Bug. They were wildly popular in the late ’70s and early ’80s. However, if you are a fan, rest assured many of them are safe and sound, tucked in museums across the globe. You can find them in Korea, England, Germany, and the United States. Beyond that, only seven cars are held in private ownership. One sold for $150k in 2012 to a private collector in Australia. That particular Herbie was used to shoot Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo and Herbie Goes Bananas.

6. Furious 7 2015 Chevrolet Fast Attack

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Remember the Fast Attack from Furious 7? Jason Statham piloted the Mad Max-like vehicle playing the role of villain Deckard Shaw. Of the six made for the movie, only three remain. You can own one if you like for just under $30,000. Fast Attack features a 5.3 liter LS1 engine with a custom off-road chassis. And while some parts were removed post-production (like the shocks), much of the original parts remain. Plus, these vehicles were featured onscreen with Paul Walker. Furious 7 was the last movie he made before his death.

5. The Dark Knight’s Tumbler


The original brief for the Batmobile used for the Dark Knight called for the vehicle to reach a top speed of 60 miles per hour., but the production team bumped it up to 100mph. A styrofoam model was made first and then the 20 member team went to work (under the direction of Nathan Crowley) to create the bespoke model. At the heart is a 5.7 liter 350 cubic inch engine pumping out 400bhp. Creators love to laugh at people who try to claim the Batmobile is based off of a Mercedes or Humvee. It’s not based on anything. The entire things is a true custom creation!

4. The Munsters 1966 Drag-U-La Coffin Car

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Drag-U-La (1966 roadster) is not just all bark. She has bite too. Powered by a Chevy 400 engine, she turns out an equal amount of horses. Butch Patrick, the original Eddie Munster, owns the vehicle. It was custom built for him to travel across the country and meet adoring fans. And don’t let the eccentric nature of the car fool you. It may have a lot of add-ons and detailing, but the coffin was made to drive. The engine is mated to a TH350 automatic transmission for a smooth and pleasant driving experience, even for lifeless drivers. It’s cheap too, as far as custom creations are concerned. Recently, Drag-U-La was put up for sale. The price tag? About $60k.

3. Bumblebee

BUMBLEBEE(Motor Authority)
Motor Authority

Bumblebee is actually a 5th generation Chevy Camaro. Well, that was the case until the self-titled 2018 movie where we saw him go back to his roots, or beginning (it was a prequel after all). And while typical Camaros sell for a base price of around $25k, all four cars used to film the Transformers movies were put up for auction by Barrett-Jackson. They sold as a complete lot and fetched an impressive $500,000. Most cars depreciate over time; not the case with Bumblebee!

2. Smokey and The Bandit

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Sarah Morris-Getty Images

So it turns out the car used for Smokey and the Bandit was love at first sight for director Howe Needham. Once he put eyes on the 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, his mind was made up. Of course, this turned the iconic car into one of the most popular cars of its day. Yet, the big secret is many of the models used for filming were actually 1976 models. Also, most of the cars were destroyed during the movie, but the one that made it was actually used for the final scene. However, it literally had to be pushed from behind by another vehicle because it was non-functioning due to the on-screen beating it received.

1. The A-Team

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There was no more iconic van in the 80s than the A-Team van. Oof course, the paint scheme made no sense for a bunch of ex-military guys on the lam, but the action scenes were epic and the storylines made adrenaline pump through our veins. According to Crag Baxley, stunt coordinator and director for the show, GMC gave two of the vans on loan to the show for use as hero vehicles, while another six were loaned as stunt vans. As such, it’s not uncommon to watch old episodes and see sunroofs disappear, license plates change position and hub caps appear out of nowhere in some scenes. It makes keeping up with Bullitt inconsistencies easy!

 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.