Lights! Camera! Action! Your Guide to Hollywood’s Most Iconic Cars

December 10th, 2021 by

A close up shows the grille of a 1970 Dodge Charger.

When you think about Hollywood and the entertainment industry, do you ever think about cars? What would Batman do without the Batmobile? Would James Bond be the same without his Aston Martin DB5, or would Back to the Future be as enjoyable without the DeLorean? As the best online car dealer in the industry, we’re excited to bring you some of the most popular vehicles in Hollywood with the hopes of inspiring your search with us to find your next vehicle.

1963 Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle is an icon in America thanks to its unique design that makes it instantly recognizable on the road. Wildly popular in the 1960s and 1970s, the Beetle made its way to Hollywood in 1968 when it starred as Herbie in The Love Bug. Sporting red, white, and blue racing stripes, Herbie cashed in on his growing fame with films Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977) and Herbie Goes Bananas (1980).

The films made the Beetle more popular and sealed its fate as a collector’s item. In 2018, Herbie sold at auction for $128,700, making it the world’s most valuable Volkswagen. With Volkswagen discontinuing the Beetle in 2019, you can find Herbie-like models in our inventory that fetch a much more affordable price tag than the original Herbie.

A 1977 Pontiac Firebird is shown from a rear angle after leaving the best online car dealer.

1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

“What we’re dealing with here is a complete lack of respect for the law.” Smokey and the Bandit gave Sheriff Justice a run for his money in the 1977 classic Smokey and the Bandit, a film that wouldn’t be the same without the iconic 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. The Firebird, which was Pontiac’s answer to the Camaro, is an iconic sports car that was already popular in the 1970s but saw its popularity reach new heights with Bandit behind the wheel. Smokey and the Bandit became the second highest-grossing movie of the year after Star Wars and brought the Firebird along with it. Pontiac dug in for the long haul, delaying the debut of the third generation Firebird for two years.

Pontiac donated four models to the film, three of which were destroyed during stunts leaving one to use to promote the film. Burt Reynolds, who played Bandit, supposedly owned the iconic Firebird before it was sold at auction. Today, rumor has it that a Florida car collector named John Staluppi owns the model after paying $550,000 for the icon, a record for the Firebird. With Pontiac ending production of the Firebird Trans Am in 2002, the model is a great find in our nationwide inventory.

1969 Dodge Charger R/T and 1970 Charger

With Steve McQueen outrunning a 1968 Dodge Charger in his 1968 Ford Mustang GT in the hit film Bullitt (1968), neither sports car lacked in popularity in the late 1960s. However, The Dukes of Hazard further sealed the Charger’s place in Hollywood history courtesy of The General Lee. The 1969 Dodge Charger R/T was the centerpiece of the popular television series and instantly became a staple across America with hundreds of replicas produced. This was good considering that only 17 of the 320 Chargers used throughout the series made it to the final production call.

Today, the Dodge Charger R/T looks a bit different than the 1969 classic, but it still holds a coveted place among drivers. This is thanks, in part, to its ongoing use in films like the Fast and the Furious franchise that made the 1970 Charger a must-have among street racing enthusiasts. Today, these models are powered by loud V8 engines that offer exceptional power and capability whether cruising the highway or hugging a tight corner on a winding back road. With the Charger continuing to pay homage to its legacy while ushering in a new suite of technology, there’s no question that the Charger is a great find in our used inventory for those with a need for speed.

1967 Austin Mini Cooper S 1275

Designed to be small, economical, safe, and affordable, the Mini Cooper is the creation of BMC’s Alec Issigonis and made its official debut in 1959. Revolutionary for its time with its transverse engine and front-wheel drive, the Mini Coop wasn’t an immediate success. It took a decade and one major blockbuster, The Italian Job (1969), to put the mini-sedan on the map in Britain.

Fast forward to the new millennium, and the Mini Cooper finally made its way to American soil, where its playful design and spunky engine earned it a solid following. Today, the Mini Coop lineup is littered with options like the Mini Hardtop two and four-door, the Mini Countryman, Mini Clubman, Mini Convertible, and Mini Electric. With each mini sedan loaded with innovative features, conveniences, and the iconic style that’s over six decades in the making, the Mini Coop is a fun find on the pre-owned lot for drivers looking for a British icon right here on American soil.

A yellow 2007 Chevy Camaro is shown on set of the Transformers movie.

2007 Chevy Camaro

One of the newer stars to make our list is the 2007 Chevy Camaro that doubled as Bumblebee in the 2007 blockbuster Transformers. Since the fifth-generation Camaro had not yet debuted, Chevy built a special model for the film. Its yellow exterior, signature black stripes, and power-hungry engine made a lasting impression on the silver screen and left moviegoers lining up to purchase their own version of the 426-horsepower speed demon. Chevrolet happily obliged, and Camaro sales soared.

Chevy designed a new Camaro SS for Transformers: Dark of the Moon and gave Americans a sneak peek at the sixth-generation Camaro in Transformers: Age of Extinction in 2013. The automaker teased the future Camaro refresh, which would officially debut in 2019, in Transformers: The Last Knight in 2016. Each film attracted a new generation of drivers and fans to Chevy’s legendary muscle car.

2008 Audi R8

Pop quiz! What does Tony Stark drive in Marvel’s Iron Man film franchise? Mr. Stark typically gets behind the wheel of an Audi, an R8 to be exact. Making its debut in the 2008 film, the Audi R8 exudes opulence and innovation just like Mr. Stark. With the Iron Man film earning blockbuster status, Marvel had no reason not to bring the Audi back for subsequent films. As it turns out, Stark’s Audi has matured right along with him from the 2008 R8 Spyder in Iron Man 2 and the 2016 R8 in Avengers: Age of Ultron to the Audi E-Tron GT in Avengers: Endgame.

Thanks to Stark and Robert Downey Jr.’s huge Hollywood comeback, Audi sales have soared. Fans are not only looking for the R8, but they’re looking at other popular Audi models as well, which means skyrocketing sales for the automaker. It also means that finding an Audi on the pre-owned lot is like hitting the superhero jackpot, especially if you can find a sophisticated powerhouse like the R8.

What’s Your Hollywood Favorite?

What’s your favorite film, and does it feature any iconic vehicles? Whether you’re a fan of classics like Back to the Future, coming-of-age films like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, horror flicks like Christine, or superhero blockbusters like Iron Man, there’s no doubt that vehicles play a prominent role in some of Hollywood’s greatest films. So, which is your Hollywood favorite, and how will it inspire the search for your next car? We’re anxious to find out and help you on your search!