Cars and the movies go hand in hand. Whether it’s James Bond and his Aston Martins, Back To The Future’s DeLorean or the Mirth Mobile in Wayne’s World, there are countless famous scenes where the car is as much a star as any flesh and blood actor. We’ve chosen six you can buy now to give your daily drive a little star quality.
Baby Driver Subaru Impreza WRX – from £7,000
With its impeccably choreographed car chases and impossibly cool soundtrack, Baby Driver (2017) is a heist movie all about the details. And that includes the cars chosen by lead character Baby, played with sub-zero cool by Ansel Elgort. The Subaru Impreza WRX in the jaw-dropping opening sequence is a case in point, the juxtaposition of a car more usually associated with rallying and motorsport in a Hollywood car chase making it all the more stand-out. Suffice to say, Baby makes full use of the Impreza’s legendary performance. And while we wouldn’t advocate driving it like that in real life you can at least put Jon Spencer Blues Explosion on the stereo and enjoy the thought of it.
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Austin Powers Jaguar XK8 – from £10,000
It would take a brave owner – and huge Austin Powers fan – to drive a Jaguar XK8 in the same colour scheme as that used by Mike Myers’ spoof secret agent. And an even braver one to call it by the name it’s given in the movie… But if you felt like paying tribute the XK8 is an affordable way to drive a slinky looking Jaguar convertible and a temporary Union Jack wrap would certainly attract plenty of attention. With or without that, XK8s are plentiful in the market, offer suitably strong performance thanks to their powerful V8 engines, and exude more than a little star quality of their own.
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Layer Cake Audi RS6 – from £12,000
The sharply-dressed crook is a movie staple and a role perfectly suited to the Audi RS6 driven by Daniel Craig’s anti-hero in Brit gangster flick Layer Cake (2004). And you don’t need to lead the same lifestyle to enjoy the attraction of this classic fast Audi, this iconic on-screen appearance arguably as memorable as the cameos by then up and coming stars like Tom Hardy, Ben Whishaw and Sienna Miller. Just like Craig, the RS6 conceals its steeliness beneath a quietly brooding exterior, the Cosworth-built twin-turbo V8 delivering blistering performance with a fabulous engine note while the combination of four-wheel drive and estate space tick practicality boxes too.
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Bumblebee Chevrolet Camaro – from £25,000
We usually consider vehicles as props to power actors into the heat of the action but in the case of Transformers, and in particular Bumblebee, the car literally is the star. In various characterisations Bumblebee has been ‘played’ by a number of cars, including a Volkswagen Beetle. But it’s as a black and yellow Chevrolet Camaro the character has become most recognisable, the huge success of the movie franchise ‘transforming’ it to iconic status. An enjoyable muscle car in its own right, expect to be mobbed by Transformers fans everywhere you go.
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Bullitt Ford Mustang – from £30,000
From Gone In 60 Seconds – original and remake – through to cameos in James Bond, Kick Ass and more, the Ford Mustang has been a screen staple since its mid-60s debut. Its most famous on-screen association, however, is that with Steve McQueen as the mount of taciturn San Francisco detective Frank Bullitt. Bullitt’s thrilling car chase set the standard and the fact McQueen did some of the driving himself adds a level of authenticity to an already raw and exciting sequence. Unlike the Bumblebee Camaro, you can now officially buy right-hand-drive Mustangs here in the UK too; in fact, Ford recently released a celebratory limited-edition Bullitt version (pictured above) in the same Highland Green as the movie car. Find one if you can!
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James Bond’s Aston Martin DBS – from £75,000
A second appearance for a character played by Daniel Craig on our list, the combination of James Bond and Aston Martin is about the most famous pairing of man and machine in movie history. Obviously, it all started back in the Sean Connery era with the classic silver DB5 from Goldfinger (1964). These are now million-dollar classics though, so our pick for those wishing to live out their inner Bond comes in the form of the sleek-looking DBS from Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). Like Bond it’s all stylishly dressed muscle with a beguiling combination of hand-stitched leather and raw, V12-powered performance.
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