The 10 coolest cars in film
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This weekend the State Fairgrounds will be the site of the Car Craft Summer Nationals, a convergence of 5,000 muscle cars and heavily modified hot rods, who will strut and race in a competition of burnt rubber and smoking engines. To help celebrate, we delved into the ol' DVD collection and compiled a list of the 10 coolest cars in film history.
The Ecto-1 is purchased by Ray Stanz (Dan Aykroyd) for $4800, and it's worth every penny, even after the 'Busters have to replace pretty much everything on the vehicle. Why? Because the Ecto-1 is a badass ghost-hunting machine, holding the team's proton packs, traps, and various other paraphernalia for easy transport to the scene of a haunting. The Ecto-1 has a thriving fan community who collaborate on how best to convert their own vehicles into the vaunted Ghostbuster machine, but if you have plans in that direction, good luck: the Cadillac Miller-Meteor Futura (the original vehicle modified in the film into the Ecto-1) is a hot collector's item for this very reason.
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T
Vanishing Point is the tale of a man trying to get a 1970 Dodge Challenger from Colorado to California in 15 hours. As you might imagine, driving that fast tends to earn a little attention from the law, but that won't stop adrenaline junkie Kowalski (any anti-hero with only one name is automatically ten times more badass). Vanishing Point contains some of the coolest chase scenes in film history, featuring that sexy hunk of American steel. And a blind, omniscient DJ, because...well, why not?
1974 Dodge Monaco
The Bluesmobile: home to that famous line, "It's a hundred and six miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses." It's also the main character of the Dixie Square Mall chase scene, which sees the Blues Brothers doing what we've always wanted to do: drive through a mall, smashing displays and mannequins, with the cops on our tail. Don't tell us you've never thought it.
Sure, James Bond's cars are always classy-looking, fit for a dinner party or for taking a soon-to-be-laid lady on a late-night cruise along the beach. But they also come packed with a smoke screen, revolving license plates, oil slick dispenser, machine guns, and an ejection seat. They're basically frickin' tanks in a sports car bodies, and anyone who's ever driven in LA understands the appeal of driving a heavily-armed vehicle.
1970 Chevy Nova
Kurt Russel spends much of Death Proof behind the wheel of his matte-black Chevy Nova, but it's not the model of car that lands this one on our coolest car list. After all, it's hard to take a car seriously when its name means "doesn't go" in Spanish. But Death Proof's Nova has been decked out with every safety precaution a seasoned stunt man can come up with, and behind the wheel of the scary-looking, deathproofed machine, Kurt Russel hunts down young women and kills them the only way that makes sense: staging a head-on collision. And that, friends, is very cool.