For many, a love of cars is developed sat on the sofa or in the cinema. Way before we’re old enough to drive we watch TV shows and films centred around characters who drive the coolest of cars, hoping one day that will be us. Occasionally the cars become classics, eclipsing the stars and the storyline. Here are just a few iconic cars you may remember…
Lincoln Futura Batmobile – Batman
The Batmobile has experienced several upgrades over the years and yet each version is instantly recognisable to most. The first drivable car considered the Batmobile, and possibly the most iconic was used for the 1966 Batman TV series. The Lincoln Futura was a concept car created in the ’50s and promoted by Ford Lincoln. After being displayed in car shows throughout 1955, the Futura was modified by Hollywood custom car designer George Barris. He then loaned the Futura out to the TV studio for the filming of the series, remaining the sole owner for many years.
Mini Cooper – The Italian Job
Believe it or not Michael Caine was hired as the star of The Italian Job without holding a driving licence and actually learned how to drive on set. What with that and the fact Mini was new at the time, it all could have gone so wrong. Yet it didn’t. The 1969 film is still seen as an iconic part of British popular culture, in many ways thanks to the Mini Cooper.
1975 Ford Gran Torino – Starsky and Hutch
The standout Ford Gran Torino used for popular detective series Starsky and Hutch saw a fad for replica paint jobs of the now-famous bright red and white vector stripes. Paul Michael Glaser (the actor who played Starsky) may have hated the colours, nicknaming it “the striped tomato”, however for many fans of the show the iconic car evokes 70’s nostalgia for hot Californian summers.
Aston Martin DB5 – Goldfinger
The third James Bond film was released in 1964 and introduced the Aston Martin DB5 which had been fitted out with all 007 could ever need. Still boasting pop-out machine guns, a bullet-proof shield and tyre slashers, the classic car was sold at a Sotheby’s auction for an astounding $6.4million (£5.3million) just last week.