4. Ford Mustang GT Fastback - Bullitt
Known as a film with one of the most iconic car chases ever, Bullitt starred Steve McQueen, driving an olive green Ford Mustang GT Fastback that has made muscle car fans go weak at the knees for decades.
McQueen was a keen driver, and took part in a significant amount of the chase scenes himself, where his Mustang and the Dodge Charger blasted through downtown San Francisco, getting airborne over many of the cities’ steep hills.
The Mustang(s) used for filming were heavily modified to take on the fast-paced stunt work, but witnesses claimed that the assassins’ Dodge Charger needed little in the way of changes to cope with the stresses of the chase.
Although the Ford Mustang wasn’t the first muscle car to exist, it was the first one to get the recipe just right. The first generation had a punchy engine, it was easy to build and repair (thanks to the robust parts used) and looked the business, too. Plus, all of that was coupled with a relatively cheap starting price of around $2,300 in 1964, which calculates to roughly $18,000 (£12,000) in today’s money.
Since then, the Mustang has become a classic name that has lived on for more than 50 years. It’s taken all of that time for the UK to get a right-hand drive model, so naturally there’s already a 12-month waiting list for one.
Top 10 greatest movie cars of all time
- • 10. Cadillac Miller Meteor Ambulance - Ghostbusters
- • 9. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
- • 8. Ford Falcon XB - Mad Max
- • 7. Volkswagen Beetle - Herbie, The Love Bug
- • 6. Ferrari 250 GT California - Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- • 5. Lotus Esprit S1 - The Spy Who Loved Me
- • 4. Ford Mustang GT Fastback - Bullitt
- • 3. Mini Cooper - The Italian Job
- • 2. DeLorean DMC-12 - Back to the Future
- • 1. Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond: Goldfinger
- 1IntroductionWe asked readers to vote on their favourite movie cars of all time and these are the results...
- 210. Cadillac Miller-Meteor Ambulance - GhostbustersWhen we first saw the Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance/hearse cross in Ghostbusters, it was a rusty black wreck of a thing.
- 39. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Chitty Chitty Bang BangNot only does Chitty Chitty Bang Bang look brilliant, but it also (spoiler alert!) flies!
- 48. Ford Falcon XB - Mad MaxIn this case, we’re talking about the star car from the original Mad Max, not Fury Road.
- 57. Volkswagen Beetle - Herbie, The Love BugAs the only car on this list that has a mind of its own, the affectionately named Herbie stole millions of hearts when it was first seen on screens in 1968.
- 66. Ferrari 250 GT California - Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- 75. Lotus Esprit S1 - James Bond: The Spy Who Loved MeOne of two Bond cars to make this list, the Lotus Esprit wasn’t the fastest car Bond had, or the most desirable.
- 84. Ford Mustang GT Fastback - Bullitt - currently reading
- 93. Mini Cooper - The Italian JobThe success of the Mini showed no signs of slowing down during the sixties – not only was it a fashion icon owned by celebrities, but it was cheap and practical enough to be popular with families.
- 102. DeLorean DMC-12 - Back to the Future