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Infographic: 10 Cars Forever Attached to Movie Roles

While cars don't steal the spotlight the same way famous actors and actresses do, they play a crucial role in many movies. Whether they're being raced in movies like The Fast and the Furious and Need for Speed or saving the world in Transformers, cars on film make an impression on buyers and the general public. 

In this infographic, we detail a few of the cars that made more than just an appearance in a movie--they became attached to them. These are cars that will forever live on and be associated with their big screen roles!


10 Cars Forever Attached to Movie Roles

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DeLorean DMC-12 - Back to the Future Trilogy

The DeLorean DMC-12 was catapulted into the mainstream after its big screen role as the time machine in the Back to the Future trilogy. Unbeknownst to the movie-going public, however, DeLorean was an epic failure of an automaker.

Only around 9,200 DMC-12s were produced during its run between 1981 and 1982. Following its founder, John DeLorean's arrest on drug trafficking charges in 1982 (later found not guilty), the company filed for bankruptcy.


5th Generation Chevrolet Camaro - Bumblebee from Transformers

The fifth generation Camaro was first unveiled as a concept car at the 2006 North American International Auto Show. 

Specialty car maker Saleen took the concept car and created several prop cars for the 2007 blockbuster movie Transformers, which put the new Camaro in front of millions of moviegoers as the Autobot "Bumblebee." This helped launch the car with record sales upon release in 2009.


Audi R8 - Iron Man's Car

Prominently featured in all three Iron Man movies, the Audi R8 is essentially Tony Stark's daily driver. In fact, he relied on it so much that it was supposed to save him from Iron Monger, the villain from the first film.

Unfortunately the stunts with the R8 did not go as planned, as the producers say it was built too strong. The stunt team attempted to flip the car using a ramp and rip it open with hydraulic steel claws, but it was no good. In the end, they had to completely re-do the ending of the movie because the R8 was just too awesome.


VW Beetle - Herbie The Love Bug

The Volkswagen Beetle is one of the most classic and recognizable cars on the road. Its timeless design has a lot to do with that, but its appearances in the popular Herbie movie series helped make it one of the best-selling cars of all time.

In the first film of the series, Herbie is introduced as a self-aware Volkswagen Beetle that likes to do his own driving. He's drawn to a declining race car driver, Jim Douglas, who discovers Herbie to be a very capable race car and takes him on the California racing circuit with the iconic number "53." The most recent Herbie movie was released in 2005, starring Lindsay Lohan and Justin Long.


Any Aston Martin - James Bond Movies

In Great Britain, Aston Martin and James Bond are as closely associated as tea and crumpets. The British luxury sports car maker's vehicles have been consistently featured in the popular spy movie series since 1964, when its DB5 hit screens alongside Sean Connery in Goldfinger.

In the five decades that have followed, Aston Martin has brought the number of its appearances in James Bond movies up to 10, including the soon-to-be-released Spectre. Aston Martin's DB10 was created specifically for the movie. If that's not dedication to brand integration, we don't know what is!


Pontiac Trans Am - Smokey and the Bandit

What do you get when you mix fast cars, chase scenes, Burt Reynolds, crime, and comedy in 1977? An American classic, that's what. Despite being up against sci-fi blockbusters Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third KindSmokey and the Bandit managed to become one of the highest grossing, and most profitable, films of 1977.

And while the film's success can no doubt be credited to some great acting and directing, the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am Special Edition used by the Bandit stole the show with its sleek design and loud V8. From then on, it forever became a car men dream of owning.


Mini - The Italian Job

When you're a professional thief, you need a fast car with great handling that can go pretty much anywhere and blend in easily. For fictional safecrackers, that car is the Mini. Its role in both the original and remake of The Italian Job has made it a household name throughout the world.

Recently, the brand made a comeback thanks to increased effort by its parent company, BMW. While still a niche product, BMW is using the brands uniqueness and legacy for plans to sell more and more Minis in the coming years.


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AMC Pacer - Wayne's World

The AMC Pacer was not a glamorous or fast car like most on this list, but back in the 1970s it was actually something people wanted to buy. It was small, so it could compete with the foreign cars that had begun to appeal to American buyers, plus it featured a cab forward design that was years ahead of its time.

Its popularity didn't last long, though, as other automakers stepped up to the plate and offered more fuel-efficient and lighter vehicles. But despite selling less than 300,000 total units, the AMC Pacer's legacy lives on thanks to its appearance in Wayne's World as the "Mirth Mobile."


1963 Modena Spyder California (Ferrari California Replica) - Ferris Bueller's Day Off

You've probably seen Ferris Bueller. And if you've seen Ferris Bueller, you'll remember the 1961Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder, owned by his friend Cameron's father, that makes an appearance early on in the movie. It's a beautiful car!

Even if you know absolutely nothing about cars, hearing the word "Ferrari" and seeing a classic-looking convertible makes you understand that it's special. And while many people associate classic Ferraris with the vehicle based on its appearance, you need to know the truth: it's a fake. That's right! It was a replica made exclusively for the film for a fraction of what the real thing would cost.


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Ford Bronco - OJ Simpson's LA Police Chase

Achieving 95 million viewers is rare outside of events like Super Bowl. But in 1994, people were glued to their televisions as O.J. Simpson was chased by police through Los Angeles in his 1993 Ford Bronco after charges were officially filed against him in the case of his murdered wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and waiter Ron Goldman.

This wasn't exactly a commercial for the Bronco, but it definitely didn't hurt. Sales of the Bronco jumped up 7,000 units from 1993 to 1994, and then steadily declined afterward. Since the Bronco was never a mainstream vehicle, most people have come to associate it with O.J.'s police chase. If and when it returns, hopefully that will change!