Some of the most iconic cars featured in movies and television now rest in collector’s garages; some of them are even seen on the road from time to time. These cars oftenovershadowed the actors and became the biggest stars in the movies and television they were featured in. The cars of the silver screen and TV are popular attractions at car shows and auctions, often fetching significant prices, and always attracting crowds.
The Original Batmobile
Crafted from the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car, the originalBatmobile featured in the popular 1960s TV show recently sold via auction for an astounding $4.62 million. Buyers looking for a more affordable version of this classic car can purchase replicas for $195,000. While the replica might not be as valuable as the original, the vehicle can spit out flames with the touch of a button.
James Bond’s Aston Martin
The original, gadget packed 1964 Aston Martin DB5 featured in “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball” was stolen from a private storage lot in 1997 and has been MIA since. The normal, gadget free DB5 that was also featured in the famous films was purchased by a private collector in 2010 for $4.1 million.
The Time Traveling DeLorean
Six models of this time traveler were produced for the box office smash “Back to the Future” movies. Universal Studios held on to one model; the other five were snatched up by collectors. A “Back to the Future” DeLorean recently changed hands for $541,000. Future buyers beware: the DeLorean cannot actually travel through time.
The Star of India
This 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II was custom built for a Maharaja of India in 1934 and has since changed hands a number of times. Dubbed the “Star of India,” this gem is worth somewhere in the area of fourteen million dollars. The 1934 Phantom II is featured in both “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and thebox office sensation “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”
Mad Max’s 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon
A rough and tumble version of the 1973 XB GT Ford Falconwas a centerpiece of the frightening world depicted in the movie “Mad Max.” The 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon was exclusively manufactured and sold in Australia, where muscle cars have traditionally been a popular choice. The black Falcon created for the film featured massive tires, large flares, and a (fake) beast of a turbo charger poking out from under the hood.
The Dukes of Hazzard General Lee
The famous “General Lee” 1969 Dodge Charger was perhaps the true star of this classic television show. Filming the series ultimately required the use of somewhere in the area of 250-300 Chargers; filming each episode required the use of three Chargers on average. The jumps and other car stunts featured in the show often ruined the shocks and overall structurally reliability of the vehicles; the Chargers used in the bigger stunts were typically retired immediately after use. Different Chargers were used depending on the type of driving, with the stunt crew using reinforced vehicles for high speeds, jumps, and hairpin turns. Only 17 of the original General Lees survived filming. Original models have a price tag around $100,000; General Lee fans can also purchase replicas or rent original models.
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona of Fast and Furious 6
The “Fast and the Furious” movie franchise has been a dream for car fanatics, featuring a wide variety of lightning fast cars ranging from classic muscles cars to super luxury vehicles to one of a kind concept vehicles. The sixth movie in this series features dozens of extraordinary vehicles, with a 1969 Dodge Charge Daytona being one of the more notable muscle cars used in the film. The 69’ Charger Daytona was originally designed to rule NASCAR races—the Daytona was the first car to tackle a lap at speeds above 200 mph. Production Daytona models were available as well, giving drivers a chance to hit the roads with a V8 7.2L 426 Chrysler Hemi engine. With a prolonged nose and a towering rear stabilizing wing, the 1969 Daytona remains one of the most peculiar looking muscle cars ever built. Those looking to nab one of these rare gems will have to shell out somewhere in the area of $300,000 for Hemi models; non-hemi model Hemi models are also available for a fraction of the price. There is no word yet as to whether or not the customized Daytona featured in the film will be up for sale in the future.
Lauren Hill writes for Fitts Auto, a used car dealership in Little Rock, AR.