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Top 10 Hollywood movie cars: What are they worth?


Experts pick ‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean as No 1 movie car | HPI Valuations photos

Suppose you had a collection that included what some experts rate as the most iconic of Hollywood movie cars. What would your collection be worth as we roll into the annual Oscar awards this weekend?

According to HPI Valuations, a British vehicle valuation-tracking company based in West Yorkshire, your collection would be worth £3,002,500 ($3,740,000), and had you bought those 10 cars when they were brand new, your investment would have been a mere £30,362 ($37,815).

So what are the 10 cars selected in a poll of British automotive magazine editors? 

They are:

  1. 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 (as in Back to the Future),
  2. 1963 Model 117 VW Type 1 Beetle (Herbie movies),
  3. 1963 Aston Martin DB5 (Bond, James Bond),
  4. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off),
  5. 1968 Austin Mk 1 Mini Cooper S (The Italian Job, original version),
  6. 1966 Alfa Romeo 1600 Spider Duetto (The Graduate),
  7. 1980 Lamborghini Countach LP 4005 (Cannonball Run),
  8. 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 fastback (Bullitt),
  9. 1970 Dodge Charger (as driven by Vin Diesel in The Fast & The Furious),
  10. 1977/2009 Chevrolet Camaro (Bumblebee from Transformers)

    Herbie Beetle is No. 2 on the list

By the way, HPI’s news release notes that the Ferris Bueller Ferrari carried an MSRP of £6,326 ($7,878) back in 1961, but would worth
£1.75 million ($2.18 million) today, though we challenge anyone to find one available for that price.

“We thought it would be fun to come up with a definitive list of the most iconic cars to feature in the movies from the past 50 years and look at their values then and what they’d be worth now,” Philip Nothard, consumer and retail editor at HPI said in a news release.

“Some of the cars featured are bona fide classics and worth a significant amount now – warranting pride of place amongst any car collection.

“The DeLorean from Back to the Future was deemed as the most iconic and interestingly it was one of the most expensive at the time retailing at just over £10k ($12,450). It would fetch around £35k ($43,600) at current market values (in England), considerably more if fitted with a Flux Capacitor!”

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
  1. Galpin Ford Van Nuys Ca had this Herbie Beetle in there (Volvo) showroom and they also had the original VW Van from the Scooby Doo Movie. They were both there a few years ago. Not sure if they’re still on display.

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