And now, the award for the greatest movie car of all time goes to…
So, what car do you think was the greatest movie star car ever to appear on the big screen? It’s hard to argue with Magneto magazine’s pick. In its recent Winter 2019 edition, the British quarterly anointed James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 as the all-time star.
“What sets the Bond Aston apart from most other cars among our Top 50 is that its fame has never ebbed,” the magazine noted.
OK, so no surprise there. However, you might be perplexed to learn that the Bullitt Mustang that carried Steve McQueen’s character through that famous San Francisco car chase ranks only 17th on the magazine’s Top 50 listing.
What, you might wonder, beat out the Bullitt?
Well, according to the magazine, another Bond-movie car, the Lotus Espirit S1 that transformed into a submarine, took the No. 3 spot. Also gaining two of the top spots ahead of the iconic Highland Green Mustang were cars from the original Italian Job — the Minis (No. 6) and the Lamborghini Miura (No. 13).
Count Zborowski’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang racer that lent its name to a 1968 movie took second place behind 007’s Aston Martin in the magazine’s ratings, and Doc Brown’s DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future was No. 4.
Rounding out the top 5 was the 1932 Ford 5-window coupe from American Graffiti, which the magazine credits with reigniting interest in the traditional hot rod.
Other movie cars that were rated ahead of the Bullitt Mustang included The Love Bug Volkswagen Beetle, the 1904 Darracq from Genevieve, the Plymouth Fury from Christine, the Dodge Challenger from Vanishing Point, the Ford Falcon V8 Interceptor from Mad Max, the ’34 Ford 3-window coupe from California Kid, the 1955 Chevrolet 150 from Two-Lane Blacktop, the Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider from The Graduate and the Warren-Ingrams (the movie’s name for the Aston Martins) from the 1956 movie Checkpoint.
Of the 50 cars selected, 8 appeared in 007 movies. In addition to the DB5 and submerging Lotus, they were: No. 19, the AMC Hornet that flew across a river in The Man With the Golden Gun, No. 24, the Toyota 2000GT from You Only Live Twice, No. 26, the Aston Martin V8 from The Living Daylights, No. 29, the Rolls-Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger, No. 29, the Aston Martin DBS from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and No. 42, the Citroen 2CV from The Spy Who Loved Me.