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The Carz-Arena: Top 10 Movie Cars

Rafay Ansar

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10. Eleanor from Gone in 60 Seconds

Our take: The 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 was Memphis Raines’s unicorn and the final piece needed to complete Raymond Calitri's car order. After eluding the police in the thrilling final car chase through the streets of L.A., Raines misses the delivery deadline and Eleanor is sadly crushed.

9. Harry’s Dog Grooming Van from Dumb and Dumber

Our take: A highlight of this 1994 cult classic is watching Harry’s grooming van soaring over a hill mid-air.

Harry: So you got fired again, eh?

Lloyd: Oh, yeah. They always freak out when you leave the scene of an accident, you know?

Harry: Yeah, well, I lost my job too.

Lloyd: Man, you are one pathetic loser. No offense.

Harry: No, none taken. You know what really chaps my ass though? I spent my life savings turning my van into a dog. The alarm alone cost me $200.

Lloyd: Hey, chicks love it. It’s the shaggin’ wagon.

8. Lightning McQueen from Cars

Our take: This might not even qualify as a car, since McQueen is sort of a person, too. But then, being two-dimensional, he might not be either. Nonetheless, McQueen has some great lines and in the end, he gets the girl.

7. The Deathmobile from Animal House

Our take: D-Day: Hey, quit your blubberin’. When I get through with this baby, you won’t even recognize it.

Otter: Flounder, you can’t spend your whole life worrying about your mistakes! You f***ed up--you trusted us! Hey, make the best of it! Maybe we can help.

Flounder: [crying] That’s easy for you to say! What am I going to tell Fred?

Otter: I’ll tell you what. We’ll tell Fred you were doing a great job taking care of his car, but you parked it out back last night and in the morning, it was gone. We report it to the police, your brother’s insurance company buys him a new car. D-Day takes care of the wreck.

Flounder: Will that work?

Of course it works, and the boys exit Faber College in fine style.

6. The Minis from The Italian Job

Our take: There were two Italian Job movies, and we couldn’t decide which to pick, so we give this spot to both. The first film, starring Michael Caine, was set in Turin and features original Minis driving through sewers, drainage culverts, rivers, narrow streets and down concrete staircases to escape. The second was set in Los Angeles and is sort of the same. We don’t know whether we like the cars, the driving or the stunts better, but it doesn’t matter--1969 or 2003, new Minis or originals, they are fun movies.

5. The Bluesmobile from The Blues Brothers

Our take: Why the Bluesmobile? Because “It’s got a cop motor . . . cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks. It’s a model made before catalytic converters, so it’ll run good on regular gas. What do you say, is it the new Bluesmobile or what?”

Damn straight. We like The Blues Brothers not so much for the plot--which had something to do with getting five grand to the Penguin before the orphans’ school was foreclosed--but because of dialogue we all wished we could use every day.

Elwood: It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses.

Jake: Hit it.

4. Milner’s Coupe from American Graffiti

Our take: This car represents hot-rodding both to those who know the hobby well and to those who are only barely aware it exists. The five-window '32 Ford is a rolling American icon, and its movie driver-owner, small-town hero John Milner, is the good guy played the way we all imagine a good guy should be played. Every small town in America had one car that everybody knew was the fastest. No car in any movie did a better job playing that role than the yellow Deuce.

3. Bullitt’s Mustang from Bullitt

Our Take: The bad guys ate it in the end. And Bullitt got Jacqueline Bisset. What a cool guy. What a cool car.

2. The Porsche 917 from Le Mans

Our take: There is almost no dialogue in this movie, and there doesn’t have to be. In a man movie such as this, dialogue just gets in the way. When the pesky reporter bugs Steve McQueen with a question about “the accident,” McQueen doesn’t even speak to him, just gives him the stink eye, which says volumes. Everything we love about Porsche, racing and McQueen all rolled into a single movie and a single car. We should all learn to speak so little.

1. The DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future

Our take: Marty McFly: Wait a minute, Doc. Ah . . . Are you telling me that you built a time machine . . . out of a DeLorean?

Dr. Emmett Brown: The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style? Besides, the stainless-steel construction aids in the flux dispersal--look out!

This car clearly is the most iconic car used in movie history. The DMC-12 was chosen as Marty McFly’s time machine in the trilogy and later was upgraded with a Porsche engine in movies two and three. Producers claim that the DeLorean was chosen for a gag when Marty arrives in 1955 and his car is mistaken for an alien spacecraft.

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