The Top 10 Movie Cars in a Supporting Role
I, like most guys (and some girls, too), like car action movies: Bullitt, Smokey and the Bandit, Cannon Ball Run, The Fast and Furious movies. You had the main cars, like Burt Reynolds' Trans Am, that was the star, but what about those cars that played a supporting part? Here's the Top 10 as provided by Motor Trend Magazine.
10. 1968 Dodge Charger from Bullitt. Steve McQueen's '68 Mustang was the star, but this Charger did a great job of tearing up the San Francisco streets, too. Rumor has it the Bullitt cars are gone, but there may be one floating out there somewhere.
9. 1955 Chevrolet, driven by a then virtually unknown actor by the name of Harrison Ford, in American Graffiti. Three were used in the movie, but only one is known to remain.
8. 1983 Ferrari 308 GTSi from National Lampoon's Vacation. Everyone at first remembers the Griswolds' Ford station wagon. But Christie Brinkley and the Ferrari turned most guys' heads right away. (Most guys on a date hopefully said it was the car that got their attention.)
7. 1976 Mercedes Benz 450 SEL 6.9: from Ronin. Never saw this movie so I can't say much.
6. 1980 Lamborghini Countach LP400S: The Cannonball Run. Tara Buckman and Adrienne Barbeau tooled around in this, and the car got the attention until there were shots of the girls in the car.
5. 1970 Porsche 911S: Le Mans (1971). Another movie I did not see, but Porsche 911, need we say more.
4. 1966 Jaguar XK-E Convertible: Vanishing Point (1971). Barry Newman's 1970 Dodge Charger R/T was the star, but this car grabbed quite a few eyes, too.
3. 1963 Apollo 3500 GT Thorndyke Special: The Love Bug (1968): David Tomlinson (Mary Poppins) and Joe Flynn (many Disney movies and McHale's Navy) were filmed in this car while Dean Jones and Michele Lee got all the attention in the '68 Volkswagen Beetle.
2. 1969 Lamborghini Muira: The original The Italian Job (1969)
1. 1964.5 Mustang Convertible: Goldfinger (1964) Who needs an Aston Martin when you have this car?
My honorable mention goes to Sheriff Buford T. Justice's car from Smokey and the Bandit: a 1977 Pontiac LeMans. By the time the movie was done, it was down to three doors, no roof, no exhaust and a tire coming off in the end credits. It gave its all.