Some films and TV series have become popular because they had distinctive cars as main characters. That’s why we’ve decided to make a list of the most expensive cars shown in the iconic films and TV series.
10 – DeLorean DMC-12 (Back To The Future) – $541,000
DeLorean DMC-12 is the car that sent Marty McFly on a time-travel adventure and from that moment, it became an instant hit. Only seven of these models were made. One of them was sold in 2011 at an auction for $541,000.
9 – Chitty Chitty Car (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) – $805 000
The Chitty Chitty car was brought to life in the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The story is about Mr. Potts, his family and his flying car called Chitty Chitty. The original car from the film has landed at the Riverside Museum in September 2016. The magical car from the novel is still beloved by many who watched it while growing up.
8 – 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 (Gone in 60 Seconds) – $1 million
“Eleanor” is the only Ford Mustang in history to receive star title credit in a movie. Memphis Raines (played by Nicolas Cage) drove it in the film Gone In 60 Seconds.This 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 should worth more than a million taken that it is known more than the cars listed above. Under the car’s hood, a powerful 400-horsepower engine is nicely suited. Three cars were built for this movie but only one survived. It was sold in 2013 for $1 million.
7 – 1929 Duesenberg Model J (Spinout, 1966) – $1.2 million
A classic car in a classic movie, with a classic music star legend. The 1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton is a luxury automobile that appears in the 1966 movie Spinout with music icon Elvis Presley as a leading role. This car got a huge amount of time on the screen.
6 – Porsche 911 S (Le Mans) – $ 1.37 million.
It is a shame to discuss iconic cars in TV and films without mentioning the legendary Steve McQueen, his Porsche 911 S and the film Le Mans. In the 1971 movie Le Mans, McQueen was behind the wheel of his Porsche 911s during the opening scenes. Aside from being an actor, McQueen was also an amateur racecar driver and had an extensive collection of classic roadsters and sports cars.
5 – Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger) – $ 4.6 million
In the Car&Movies mix, we must include James Bond. And it is very fitting to rank the Aston Martin DB5 along with the other four-wheelers in this list. The car appeared in the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger, which starts with the young and dashing Sean Connery. Only two were samples of these cars were made for the film.
4 – Batmobile (Batman, TV Series) – $ 4.62 million
Would this list be complete without the Batmobile? It is just plain wrong if not one of the many incarnations of the Batmobile does not make the cut. But one did and it’s from the classic TV series Batman that were showcased from 1966 to 1968. Basically, a redesigned and customized Ford Lincoln Futura, this Batmobile is perhaps the most popular TV car of all time. 47 years after the show ended, the car managed to bag $4.62 million at an auction in January 2013.
3 – 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona (Redline 7000) – $ 7.25 million
Another Steve McQueen car. This time a 1965 Shelby Cobra Dayton Coupe that appeared in the 1965 film Redline 7000. But besides being a McQueen‘s car, this classic racer has another claim to fame – being the only American car to beat a Ferrari in a race. 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe bagged a fortune and the final price of $7.25 million blew everyone away.
2 – 1961 Ferrari 250 GTO GT (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) – $ 10.9 million
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off may seem to be an ordinary film reflecting teenage angst and rebellion, but it proved to be a commercial and influential hit. Delving into the story of Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick), his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) and girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara), the film’s car also became an icon. In 2008, the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider used in the movie was bought by radio personality Chris Evans, who had to shell out $10.9 million for the car.
1 – 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf (Le Mans) – $ 11 million.
The ultimate iconic car in a film or TV, Steve McQueen’s 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Lightweight Racer is a sight to behold. Driven by the actor during the filming of Le Mans in 1971, this racer was only given a few moments in the movie. But despite the very short exposure, the car easily captured the hearts and minds of moviegoers and car enthusiasts alike.
It was an actual race car that participated in the 1968 Le Mans Endurance Race and Daytona. The $11 million price tag for the car is now a record – the biggest amount ever spent on an American car.