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The most expensive film cars

Moneybarn News // 29 June 2016

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For many cultural classics, the cars are every bit as famous as the actors themselves. Could you imagine these films without their cars? Absolutely not.

The cars have become so famous that the rich and powerful will do anything to own them – even if they have to hand over thousands or even millions of dollars.

So we’ve ranked the most expensive cars from films and TV below, starting off with…

#10 Back to the Future’s DeLorean DMC-12

Doc’s tricked-out DeLorean is every bit as iconic as Marty McFly’s self-tying Nikes – if not more so. But if you wanted to bag yourself a piece of cultural history, you should know that only seven of these bad boys were built (You can’t have too many time-travelling, of course, you’ll unravel the fabric of spacetime!)

One DeLorean was sold at auction in 2011 for a whopping $541,000, the proceeds of which went to Marty McFly actor Michael J. Fox’s Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, to help fund research into the disease that he himself suffers from.

#9 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s eponymous car

Pretty Chitty Bang Bang, we love you. And so did the rest of the world when the film was released. We all marveled as the Potts family, accompanied by Truly Scrumptious and Caractacus Potts – played by Sally Ann Howes and Dick Van Dyke respectively – had the adventure of a lifetime.

While the car was a prop for the film, it could still be driven around properly. But if you fancy having your own adventure, you should know that it was sold privately for $805,000.

#8 Gone in 60 Seconds’ Eleanor

Nicolas Cage’s grand theft auto expert Memphis Raines had a borderline unhealthy obsession with this 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 – nicknamed “Eleanor” – and it was one of the key plot points of the film.

There are varying stories about how many of these cars were actually made, but only one survived filming. Eleanor shed her bad luck and was sold for an absolute steal (sorry!) at $1m back in 2013.

#7 Spinout’s 1929 Duesenberg Model J

Spinout was a classic movie starring none other than the King himself – Elvis Presley. The 1929 Dueseberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton had a lot of screentime throughout the 1966 film, firmly imprinting itself in the memories of many.

This classic car was sold, after restoration, for more than $1.2 million at an auction back in 2011.

#6 Le Mans’ Porsche 911S

No iconic film car list would be complete without mentioning the legendary Steve McQueen. Both an actor and an amateur racing car driver, McQueen was a natural behind the wheel of his Porsche 911s during the opening credits of Le Mans.

McQueen’s Porsche 911s fetched over $1.37m at an auction back in 2011.

#5 Goldfinger’s Aston Martin DB5

Never has one man been through more cars than Bond, James Bond. Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 appeared in Goldfinger, where it was driven by the first Bond – Sean Connery.

If you were hoping to bag one of these yourself, so you too could get Pussy Galore, you should know that only two were made for the film – one of which was stolen, and the other is on display in a private museum – after being purchased for $4.6m.

#4 The Original Batmobile

The Batmobile is probably one of, if not the, most iconic cars ever created. Its various forms have stretched across decades – but we’re looking the first one ever created for the classic Batman TV series. It spanned from 1966 to 1968 and starred Adam West in a pair of very tight spandex.

This Batmobile was a redesigned and customized Ford Lincoln Futura, complete with striking red edging. If you’ve got any ideas about fighting crime yourself, know that it managed to be sold for $4.62m back in 2013; 47 years after the show had ended.

#3 Redline’s 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona

The second Steve McQueen car to make the list – this 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe appeared in the 1965 film Red Line 7000. However, it also has another claim to fame. This American-made car is the only one to beat a Ferrari in a race.

Any car driven by McQueen is guaranteed to bag a fortune, and this one was no exception. It sold for $7.25m in auction.

#2 Cameron’s father’s 1961 Ferrari 250 GT

This car starred in one of the best John Hughes classics, and one of the most iconic teen comedy films ever, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The bright red Ferrari belonged to Ferris’ close friend Cameron’s father, and garnered a lot of screen time during the film – perhaps in one of the most cringe-worthy scenes where the car flies backwards out the window and into a ravine.

The car became almost as much of a star as the actual stars of the film themselves – so much so that it was purchased by radio and TV personality Chris Evans, who forked over $10.9m for it.

#1 Le Mans’ 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf

This is the third Steve McQueen car – and second from Le Mans – to make our list. Although it didn’t have much screen time during the film itself, what little screen time it did have was enough to cement this 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Lightweight Racer into the hearts and minds of moviegoers.

Not surprisingly as it is No. 1 on our list, this iconic car – an actual racecar – set a world record for its $11m price tag, the most ever spent on an American car.