11 February 2015

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Cars That Were Bigger Stars in Movies

The obsession by Americans about their cars in movies goes back a long time. It may have been one of the best action flicks that you have ever seen and then the car of your dreams comes ripping across the screen and you lose total focus. Everyone else is talking about how great the movie was and all you keep saying is "did you see that car?" 

One of my personal favorites has always been the 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 fastback. If you don't like this car, you must be living on some other planet. There are plenty of movies that this automobile has started but I don't believe it is ever truly taken over a movie like it did in the Nicolas Cage movie, Gone in 60 Seconds. The car itself had personality and she was named Eleanor and was Cage's nemesis. I don't know that I have ever seen a car in more immaculate shape as when he first sat down inside. I don't know about you, but a tear came to my eye the first time she hit another car and her rear view mirror was ripped off. If I could've, I would've gone through the screen and smack them around for ruining a true work of art.

Another great car that stood on its own was the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS in Dazed and Confused. This car brought me back to my youth as one of my brothers actually had one that was almost identical to it. I remember the first time I sat down and it and he put the key in the ignition and fire that baby up. To quote Matthew McConaughey, “We’re talkin’ some #$%@in muscle.

The car itself from The Blues Brothers may not have made you want to run out and buy an old police car, but you kind of had to think about doing it after you saw this flick. The 1974 Dodge Monaco was Elwood's pride and joy. One of the funniest lines in the movie to ever describe a car was when Dan Aykroyd said, “It's got a cop motor, it's got cop tires, cop suspension and cop shocks.” You could hear the admiration and loathing so apparent at the same time, it will always remain one of my favorite movie lines.

Last but definitely not least is the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Spider California from Ferris Bueller's Day off. Oddly enough, I went to see this with a buddy of mine who himself was a parking lot attendant and I don't believe I've ever heard someone chuckled so loud when those guys took off with the car. He basically answered my question before I could ask it. There really is no other way to describe this beauty than to quote Ferris Bueller, “it's so choice.” This was another one of those movies that brings a tear to your eye on the car gets driven out of the house and into the trees. You have to wonder what the director was thinking when he wrecked that baby. 

Submitted by: Brenda Williams

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Brenda wrote this article on behalf of trianglerentacar.com

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