Iconic Cars from Your Favorite Films

by Joe Ferguson on December 10, 2012

There are many iconic cars from movies that would make any film enthusiast burst with excitement to own. Imagine waking up every morning, walking into your garage, and having a piece of cinematic history resting there snugly.

This, of course, would be a very expensive prospect but for those with the cash flow for such an acquisition, buying a film-famous vehicle at auction could really make childhood (or grown-up) dreams come true.  This is the first installment in a series about some of your favorite cars from recent and classic films.

Car auctions are a great way to find that specific car which suits your tastes or personality. Some may want something that reflects not only their tastes in cars, but also their taste in film.

Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads

You might, like me, be a huge fan of the Robert Zemeckis 1980s time travel trilogy, “Back to the Future I-III”. One of the most important and iconic characters in the flick is the time machine itself, Doc Brown’s DeLorean. If it weren’t for the film franchise, this time-traveling car would have most likely slipped away into automotive novelty history.

Just last year, on Dec. 28th 2011, one of the DeLoreans used in the third installment of the franchise sold at auction by a private party to the tune of (and this is even without the Flux Capacitor) $541,200. According to Hollywood artifact auction house Profiles in History, only three of these rare cars are still in existence, making it one of the most sought-after film vehicles.

Who You Gonna’ Call?

According to Barrett-Jackson, one of the top car auction sites, there are only three of another highly popular car from a different ‘80s film left in existence. Ghostbusters’ “Ecto-1” is another brilliant piece of cinematic history and imagination. Built from a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance limo chassis, this iconic car combines classic Cadillac design with the best of film car innovation.

Purchasing one of these vehicles would require a lot of luck and rather deep pockets. Barrett-Jackson had the purchasing price for this rare find at $88,000, and at an auction for such a highly recognizable and sought-after film figure, you never know how high the price could go.

If you can get your hands on one of these rare cars, with all of the sirens and accoutrements that are included in such a lavish ride, you’re not simply buying a piece of movie history. This car is an absolute work of art which combines 1950s automotive design with the aesthetics of some of the best sci-fi/paranormal film design to date.

You don’t have to have such deep pockets to get a car from most auctions. If you can’t afford to purchase an actual film-used vehicle, you can always customize your own to represent your tastes in film. It’s doubtful that we’ll ever see Han Solo’s “Millennium Falcon” from Star Wars up for auction anytime soon, so make your own auction car an icon.

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