5 Unforgettable Cars From Oscar Films
After watching the Oscars last week, we thought we would look at the unforgettable vehicles that have come out of Oscar films.
Published: Saturday, March 11th 2017
The Academy Awards took place last week, celebrating some of the biggest movies in the industry. We kept our eyes open for what we think are some of the biggest stars in the movies, the cars. We were thrilled when we saw an absolute old classic in one of the films. So, we decided to delve into Oscar history and dig up some of our most memorable cars from Oscar-winning or nominated films. Here they are:
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1. 1957 Chevy Bel Air: Hidden Figures
Our hearts leapt somewhat at the powder blue beauty that was chosen to be a part of the film. No one can deny this car's elegant lines and sleek design. It is featured in a film, based on a true story, of a team of African-American female mathematicians working at NASA. They played a vital role in the team that launched John Glenn into orbit.
The car, however, stole our hearts the moment she came on screen. This classic auto-icon was released by Chevrolet in 1956 for the 1957 model year. Despite it not being wildly popular at the time, the car has etched itself into popular culture and cult classic memoirs.
2. Lamborghini Countach: Wolf Of Wallstreet
Who can ever forget the famous scene out of this movie. In fact, the movie has become a verb in modern society; “I absolutely Wolf of Wallstreeted it last night”. The scene depicts him absolutely trashing the supercar and we were on the fence of being completely devastated or laughing hysterically at the scene.
The Countach is a mid-engined V12 beauty produced between 1974 and 1990. Sports Car International named the car number three on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1970s. The last one sold was reportedly bought for over R7 million.
3. Aston Martin DB5: James Bond, Goldfinger
James Bond is simply not James Bond without the latest sports car, his gadgets, and a gorgeous girl at his side. We particularly loved the Aston Martin DB5, because, well, what is not to love about it. Featured in the Goldfinger film, the car then went on to be used in Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall, and Spectre.
Furthermore, did you know that the DB series was named after Sir David Brown, the owner of Aston Martin from 1947 to 1972? From 1963 to 1965, only 1,059 of these beauties were produced.
4. Ford Falcon XB GT 500 Coupe 6.5 V8 Interceptor: Mad Max
We simply had to include this muscle car from Mad Max. The car went through some heavy modifications in order for it to play its role in the film. It started off as a standard white 351 cu in (5.8 L) 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT Coupe. The changes to the car included; a black paint scheme, roof and boot spoilers, wheel arch flares, and front nose cone and air-dam. Eight individual exhaust side pipes were added, only two of which were functional. The most famous modification was the addition of the non-functional supercharger on the bonnet. The Weiand 6-71 supercharger somewhat created the identity of the car for the film and really gave it its name.
5. 1912 Renault Type CB Coupe de Ville: Titanic
In a movie about a ship, we somehow managed to find the car. Although, to be fair, the scene is not entirely forgettable. This old classic really found its place in the three-hour long saga, and we thought we would take a closer look at it.
James Cameron ordered a replica of the car for the film after hearing that the car did indeed sink with the Titanic. The story is that William Carter bought the town car to transport it from Southampton, England, to New York City on the RMS Titanic in 1912. Disaster struck, and the car sank with the ship. Carter survived the incident.
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