Which are the famous cars

On four wheels on the set: famous movie cars

Berlin (dpa / tmn) - Sometimes cars slip into supporting roles. Chases in the film would not be so action-packed and exciting without them. And sometimes such an appearance also helps cars to break through: The models on which they are based are suddenly cool and rise in price.

However, this is not always the case. “It depends,” says Marius Brune from the market observer Classic Data. The effect could also be zero if cars in the film are covered in such a way that the original model cannot be recognized. In the Hollywood comedy "Dumb and Dumber", for example, a Ford Ecoline disappeared under a dog costume.

On the other hand, the market value of the underlying series models could almost explode in previously unknown cars. Original film cars, however, are often not available at all or are auctioned off at prices in the millions - if they still exist.

Here is a selection of four-wheeled film divas and their basic models. Classic Data determined the value based on a condition grade 2.

Smiled at Proleten-Porsche: Opel Manta GT / E from "Manta, Manta"

The 1991 comedy “Manta, Manta” swam in the wake of Manta jokes. Til Schweiger plays Bernie in it, who drives a heavily tuned and multi-colored Manta B. Well-preserved examples of this car are rare today. As a series model, a Manta B GSi (81 kW / 110 PS), built between 1984 and 1988, today has a market value of 12,400 euros.

Bluesmobile gives you wings: Dodge Monaco from "Blues Brothers"

One of the most famous police cars in film history is a discarded Dodge Monaco from the cult comedy "Blues Brothers" from 1980. It masters spectacular stunt performances in the film. Many of the cars used in the film did not survive filming. The only surviving original film with the large loudspeaker on the roof is owned by an event company in Chicago, a replica is in Dallas in the "House of Blues". As a production model, a 1974 Dodge Monaco (177 kW / 241 PS) is worth around 14,000 euros.

Diabolical: Continental Mark III from "The Devil on Wheels"

"The Car" is the original name of the B-movie "The Devil on Wheels" from 1977. In it, a Continental Mark III took on the leading role as the fatal leading actor: In a desert kaff in Utah, the black limousine with a mysterious life of its own runs over people at random, but is ultimately brought down in an explosion. While Continental, apparently obsessed by the devil, was gaudily disguised in “The Car”, a less made-up copy rolled in the 1971 thriller “The French Connection” starring Gene Hackman. The production model of a Continental Mark III Coupé (268 kW / 365 PS), built between 1969 and 1971, has a market value of 18,600 euros.

Chase overkill: Ford Mustang GT 390 from "Bullitt"

The car actually only played a minor role in “Bullitt” (1968). It's Frank Bullitt's car, played by Steve McQueen. But then come those ten minutes that went down as one of the most spectacular car chases in film history. Criss-crossing the streets of San Francisco, Bullitt chases two killers behind the wheel of his Ford Mustang GT 390 Fastback who are driving no less spectacular car: a Dodge Charger - with which they ultimately race into a gas station, which then explodes.

According to Ford, two identical Ford Mustangs were used during filming - the "Jumper Car" for the jump scenes and the "Hero Car" for the close-ups with McQueen at the wheel. According to Ford, the original “Jumper Car” reappeared in early 2017 in Baja California, Mexico. The original “Hero Car” was privately owned for more than 40 years and changed hands in early 2020 at an auction in Florida for 3.74 million US dollars as the most expensive Mustang in the world. The production model Mustang GT Fastback S-Code (235 kW / 320 PS) built in 1967 and 1968 is estimated at 50,700 euros.

Time machine: DeLorean DMC-12 from "Back to the Future"

One of the most famous movie cars was a flop as a production car. During its construction, the DeLorean Coupé with the gullwing doors and the outer skin made of unpainted stainless steel hardly sold - maybe it was too futuristic. But for the producers of the “Back to the Future” trilogy (1985, 1989, 1990) the little-known car was ideal.

Ex-General Motors manager John DeLorean realized the production car, the design was carried out by Giorgetto Giugiaro. A weakly perceived V6 with 132 hp acted as the drive. But in the film, the combustion engine in the rear was joined by a nuclear reactor, which supplied the “flux compensator” with energy and turned the car into a time machine. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Dr. Emmett L. Brown (Christopher Lloyd) in different eras. Today a DeLorean DMC-12 (97 kW / 132 PS) built in 1981 and 1982 is worth around 40,200 euros.

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