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23 Of The Most Expensive Cars In Movie History

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Iconic Cars From The Movies

Getting the right car can turn a good movie into a great movie.

One that you want to watch time and time again just to see the fast paced, exciting four wheel scenes.

Let's take a look at some of the most iconic vehicles that have graced our screens and how much they are worth.

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11981 DeLorean DMC-12

As Seen In: Back to the Future

Year: 1985

For those fans of the movie Back To The Future, the DeLorean car used to travel through time was a shock to the audience at the time.

The DeLorean the car sales around the time had performed poorly and the car in general had a bad reputation.

Put it like this - No one would ever think of making it into a time machine!

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However, after the movie's tremendous success the DeLorean also gained a legendary status.

It is because of this status and role it has played in American culture that current estimates put the value at around $750,000 after it was originally sold at a charity auction for $541,000 in 2011.

That’s quite a bit of money for a car that’s most famous for going 88 MPH!

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21949 Mercury Series 9CM Custom

As Seen In: Grease

Year: 1978

Grease is the word!

This iconic 70s movie defined a generation. It made household names of the stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

One of the most famous scenes in the movie was the T-Birds fixing up this iconic car whilst singing and dancing all around it.

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It is for this reason and this reason alone that Grease Lightning, the car, is worth so much money today.

And just how much money, you ask?

A whopping $600,000.

That sure is a lot but you may think it is quite cheap considering you would be owning an important part of American movie history.

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31966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

As Seen In: Thelma and Louise

Year: 1991

Another classic movie with a famous ending at the Grand Canyon!

It follows best friends Thelma and Louise (obviously) along their roadtrip of adventure and mayhem.

The final scene is one of the most iconic in movie history as the pair are driving the 1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible.

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It is because of this final scene that the car gained cult status after the movie.

This reputation has earned it a fetching price of $71,500. The car was also signed by Brad Pitt and Geena Davis who starred in the movie.

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41940 Buick Phaeton

As Seen In: Casablanca

Year: 1940

"Here's lookin at you kid!"

"Of All The Gin Joints In All The Towns In All The World, She Walks Into Mine."

This movie has so many famous lines and scenes.

Another thing that the movie made famous was the 1940s Buick Phaeton.

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Not many cars from the 1940s are so revered to this day but this is a collectors classic.

It's sleek, beautiful and classic design gives the car a sense of prestige and class.

The original car that was used, hosting 42,000 miles on the odometer, was eventually restored.

It is estimated at a whopping $500,000.

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51963 Volkswagen Beetle

As Seen In: Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, Herbie Goes to Bananas

Year: 1969

The Herbie movies were a classic from the 1960s that was for all ages.

the movie has stood the test of time so much that they have done a number of remakes.

Herbie is a sentient and charismatic little Volkswagen Beetle.

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Herbie's funny antics and personality garnered a huge following for not just the movie but for the VW Beetle.

A genius marketing idea from VolksWagen as the love for the car has lasted generations.

This reputation is of course invaluable for VW but in terms of actual worth it believed that Herbie is worth around $126,500.

Your own Herbie won’t quite talk to you in the same way but you’ll still have plenty of fun driving it.

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61993 Toyota Supra

As Seen In: The Fast and the Furious

Year: 1993

The Fast and the Furious movies started in 2001 and have become a firm favourite amongst motor enthusiasts and racers.

You can tell this even if you haven't seen the movies because they are still making movies for the franchise including a number of spin offs.

The tenth movie is due for 2023.

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Although the movie series has since moved away from its high octane roots, it still has many dedicated fans who love to see the new souped-up cars that steal the scene.

Arguably the most famous car from the series was the one used by the late Paul Walker, the 1993 Toyota Supra.

This movie racer is privately owned and apparently set to play in another instalment of the series this year.

The car is currently valued at around $185,000.

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7The Original Batmobile

As Seen In: Batman: The Movie

Year: 1966

This piece of movie history needs no introduction.

The Batmobile has been a fan favourite ever since its debut in the late 1950s.

Although over the years as technology has improved, Batman's trusty vehicle has changed significantly but this version has still retained its classic status.

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The car has an array of gadgets to help the crime fighter with his battles in Gotham and was cutting edge at the time.

But the original Batmobile doesn't keep cheap given its huge fanbase.

It is now estimated to be worth around $4.6 million.

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81992 Peterbilt 379

As Seen In: Transformers

Year: 1992

Whilst it appears that this is just a regular truck, for those who are fans of the Transformers, we all better.

Unassuming on the surface cartoon and movie lovers will know what lies beneath.

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This is the truck that starred as Optimus Prime, the leader of Autobots, in the iconic Transformers series.

Optimus Prime is cleverly disguised within the truck which has gone on to become one of the most iconic road vehicles of the time.

With the 1992 Peterbilt 379 being the star of the show it would be fair to say that it would demand a high price come auction.

The truck was sold to a collector for $121,000 in 2016.

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91912 Rolls Royce 40/50HP Open Drive Landaulette

As Seen In: My Fair Lady

Year: 1964

As we have seen with a number of cars on the list some of the old classics can really fetch a lot of money to the right buyer.

The 1912 Rolls Royce 40/50HP Open Drive Landaulette will give many a nostalgia of the way things used to be.

Of course a Rolls Royce is always going to be a bit pricey but given the significant role this model played in movie history you will have to pay a premium.

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This car was used in the 1964 movie My Fair Lady, a hugely successful movie which one multiple awards including the Academy Award for Best Picture.

The classic movie starred Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.

The Rolls Royce in the movie was designed by Henry Royce, the company’s founder which of course added to the luxury vehicle's value.

Ultimately, this combination of factors put the car at a staggering $550,000.

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101968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider

As Seen In: The Thomas Crown Affair

Year: 1968

When it comes to The Thomas Crown Affair the words suave and sophisticated come to mind.

Pretty good going considering its a movie about a thief trying to get away with his latest bank robbery.

But of course there is more to it than that as Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway starred in this 1960s classic.

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McQueen plays the role of the flamboyant millionaire businessman Thomas Crown who drives many luxurious cars including the shiny red “Italian thing”, aka the 1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider.

The cherry red Ferrari is one of the most expensive cars on the list due to its rarity, its use in the movie and the fact its a Ferrari of course.

Current estimates place the car, which is in private possession — at around $20 million.

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111969 Dodge Charger

As Seen In: Dukes of Hazzard

Year: 1968/69

Easily one of the most distinguishable cars in the list is this 1969 Dodge Charger and not just for the bright orange color.

The painted number '01' is also a big giveaway which movie this car if from and all we need is Bo and Luke jumping in and out of the windows.

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Yes that's right The Dukes of Hazzard made this car famous.

Nicknamed the General Lee, this was the car young boys during the 1970s dreamed of owning.

Given all the stunts that the movie had it is a remarkable achievement that the car is still in one piece.

The car was sold at auction in 2008 for a then record-breaking $450,000 so it would be worth a lot more today.

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121968 Ford Mustang GT390 Fastback

As Seen In: Bullitt

Year: 1968

'The Cooler King' aka Steve McQueen has made a number of cars famous including this 1968 Ford Mustang.

The Mustang GT achieved legendary status after McQueen drove it in what was the fist modern day car chase scene on the streets of San Francisco.

Described by some as the 'holy grail' of muscle cars it's certainly not for the faint of heart.

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With its powerful engine this classic car was undoubtedly built for speed.

But one thing that puzzled many collectors was that no one knew where it was for years after the movie, until recently.

An original 1968 Ford Mustang would cost around $25,000 today but because of this movie it sold for $3.4 million in 2020.

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131967 Shelby Mustang GT500

As Seen In: Gone in 60 Seconds

Year: 1974/2000

Gone in 60 Seconds the 2000 movie starring Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie.

The movie revolves around Cage whose job it is to steal 50 luxury cars in order to save his brother's life.

One of the stars of the show is the 1967 Shelby Mustang, and you can see why!

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The 1967 Shelby Mustang was the last on his list.

This beauty was Cage's dream car in the movie but is probably everyone's in real life.

It had an estimated value of between $500,000 and $600,000 but in 2020, at the same auction where the Ford Mustang from Bullitt was sold this one fetched $852,000.

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141964 Aston Martin DB5

As Seen In: Goldfinger, Thunderball

Year: 1964, 1965

Is there a more iconic movie car than the Aston Martin?

When you think of James Bond you immediately think of the fast cars that he has driven over the years and this one tops the all.

It has featured in a number of Bond movies including Goldfinger, Thunderball and more recently in Skyfall, which was a movie celebrating Bond's 50th anniversay.

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The beauty and class of this machine that was built in the UK is something that movie fans and car lovers appreciate.

But it's because of it's symbolic role in the James Bond franchise that this has become a dream for collectors to own.

It recently broke auctioneer RM Sotherby's records for a DB5 in 2019 when is sold for $6.4million.

Machine guns and ejector seat were not included.

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151977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

As Seen In: Smokey and the Bandit

Year: 1977

Smokey and the Bandit was the 1977 action comedy movie that starred legendary Hollywood actor Burt Reynolds.

Reynolds played Bo 'Bandit' Darville in two of the Smokey and the Bandit movies and made a cameo appearance in the 3rd movie.

Back then Reynolds' cars were almost as important to the audience as the movie itself.

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The main motor used in the movie was the 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.

Any movie with Burt Reynolds is going to be cool but when you throw in this black and gold beauty doing a number of dangerous stunts you know that the car is going to become legendary.

It's no surprise that the car still retains its fame even after all this time as in an auction in 2020 it sold for $172,000.

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162004 Lexus Concept Car

As Seen In: Minority Report

Year: 2002

Minority Report is the 2002 science fiction actin movie directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise and Colin Farrel.

The futuristic movie was highly rated and won numerous awards for its innovative storyline.

Due to its futuristic setting, Spielberg had a car designed by Lexus that was sleek and cutting edge compared to anything on the market at the time.

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Cruise has starred in a number of movies that have involved iconic cars but given the uniqueness of this movie and the car''s rarity (there was only 3 ever made) it was always going fetch top dollar.

The curvaceous vehicle was sold on eBay in 2007 for $88,000 but would be worth a lot more today.

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171976 Lotus Esprit Coupe

As Seen In: The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only

Year: 1977

You won't be surprised to see another James Bond car on the list given how much the franchise uses them and how much their audience love them.

Not only are the designs iconic but the modifications from Q-Branch makes them the ultimate spy weapon.

Bond's slick demeanour and dangerous lifestyle should also be reflected in his transportation of choice and it wouldn't work if he was chasing the bad guys in a Ford Fiesta.

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The Lotus Esprit fits the bill perfectly.

Designed in the 1970s it was one of designer's Giorgetto Giugiaro's first polygonal "folded paper" cars.

The clean white exterior with the dark leather interior made this one of the classic Bond cars.

Estimates of the car put its worth at around $1 million.

And no it doesn't go underwater and shoot missiles.

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181961 Ferrari 250 GT California

As Seen In: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Year: 1961

Ferraris are the dream car for many of us growing up.

Partly because of their superior quality and design but also because of their use in some classic movies.

One of these movies is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

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Although Ferris doesn't actually own the Ferrari in the movie nor does he have permission to use it as it belongs to his friend's father, as youngsters we have all dreamt about taking a Ferrari out for a spin.

The beautiful red Ferrari has also been inducted into a Smithsonian museum.

3 of these Ferraris were used in the movie and one of them has been restored since the movie (fans will understand why).

In 2019 one of the cars was sold for $396,000.

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191986 Ferrari Testarossa

As Seen In: Miami Vice

Year: 1986

Miami Vice was a groundbreaking police series during the 1980s and arguably set the roadmap for future police dramas.

It had a huge influence on US culture from its haircuts and clothes to its high speed car chases with distinctive chase music.

It was estimated that the show boosted the local economy in Miami by $1million per episode such was the impact.

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Aside from the characters, the cars also had a major impact on the shows popularity as they were symbolic of an new trend of law enforcement which made the police detectives look cool.

The main car was a white 1986 Ferrari Testarossa.

It was listed for auction in 2017 with the steep asking price of $1.75 million but after failing to sell many experts believe its true value is around between $800,000 and $1million.

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20The Beverly Hillbillies Car

As Seen In: The Beverly Hillbillies

Year: 1993

This is one of the most famous cars to ever grace our screens but not for the reasons like so many in this list.

There are no smooth contours or souped up engines here.

In fact if you saw this whilst you were walking down the street you may be forgiven for thinking "what is this monstrosity?".

And that is the power of television and film.

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If you can give an emotional attachment to something that looks like this you can do anything!

This car gained legendary status for its role in The Beverly Hillbillies. The dysfunctional family would horrifying their neighbors rocking up with this bad boy in Beverly Hills.

And the audiences loved it.

The car is originally an1920s Oldsmobile M46 Roadster, but was quickly modified to meet the particular needs of the family.

It sold at auction for a sum of $275,000 in 2015.

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211966 Monkeemobile Pontiac GTO

As Seen In: The Monkees

Year: 1966

The Pontiac GTO has been in a number of movies including Gone in Sixty Seconds, Jumanji and Herbie just to name a few.

The Pontiac first appeared during the 1960s and is a vehicle which has remained popular with car fanatics ever since.

Over time the model has changed and there have also been a number of custom add ons that customers have demanded.

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That's where 60s rock and roll band The Monkees come in, who wanted their own design for this classic car.

And in 1966 the Monkeemobile was born.

This new rendition of the car was an instant hit for the band's vast audience.

In 2008 the car was auctioned off to a private collector for $360,000.

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22Buick Blackhawk Factory Custom

As Seen In: Bad Boys II

Year: 2001

The custom ones are always the more expensive and this Buick Blackhawk Factory Custom is no exception.

Top car manufacturers always get requests by Hollywood producers and directors to tailor their product to the needs of the movie.

It can make the movie more popular whilst also promoting the manufacturer's name so its a win-win.

This Buick Blackhawk was completely customised for the Bad Boys II movie, starring Hollywood legend Will Smith and Martin Lawrence .

The Buick's unique color and sleek design made it one of the stand out cars in the series.

It is for this reason together with its uniqueness that it was sold in 2009 for an eye watering $522,500.

Now that's a dedicated collector right there.

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23Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

As Seen In: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Year: 1920

You didn't think we would leave this off the list did you?

Of course Chitty Chitty Bang Bang makes it on to the list. This truly is one of the most famous custom cars ever created. The vintage racing car was raced by the writer of the famous story, Ian Fleming.

Fleming was also the creator of James Bond so it's fair to say that he loved cars.

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Even though the Bond cars fetch a tidy sum of money, this movie prop has also gone on to reach huge valuations.

Six of the cars were created for the 1968 movie that all had a Ford 3000 V6 engine. The main car had been kept by a private collector until Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson bought it for $805,000 in 2011.

Many had thought that the iconic car would have broken the $1million mark but Jackson may be thankful it didn't.

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241977 Chevrolet Camaro

As Seen In: Transformers

Year: 2013

Another vehicle that emits so many childhood emotions the distinct yellow Camaro with two black stripes on the bonnet only makes you think of one Transformers character.

Bumblebee has been a fan favourite for years as he was known for his bravery, loyalty and sense of humour.

Such was the demand for more of his character he even got his own spin-off show.

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The Chevy has been battle hardened from all the racing and stunts that the life of an autobot entails but remains one of the most iconic pieces of movie history.

After the resurgence of the franchise in the recent Transformer movies there was a higher demand for from collectors for these cars.

In 2018 the four of the Bumblebee Camaros were sold at auction as a set for $500,000.

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25Ecto-1

As Seen In: Ghostbusters

Year: 1984

And finally at the top of our list is one of the most famous movie cars ever created.

The Ecto-1 was frequently seen throughout New York in the 1980s busting ghosts and other slimy entities as it starred in the cult-classic Ghostbusters, which grossed nearly $300million.

It was the dream for millions of children worldwide to drive this vehicle with their friends whilst taking down monsters.

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The famous car uses a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Sentinel chassis and is a cross between a Limousine and an ambulance..no wonder it is so distinctive.

It is arguably the most famous prop from the Ghostbuster franchise.

There have been many replicas made of the car with reports stating that they have fetched sums in the region of $200,000-$300,000.

However, should the original car ever be auctioned it is thought to be worth over $500,000.

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Which Movie Car Is Your Favourite?

So there you have it a list of most famous and expensive movie cars ever made.

Which one was your favourite?

Are there any that we missed out on the list?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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