The future is here, you guys. It’s finally here. According to sources, today is the day that Marty McFly and Dr Emmett ‘Doc’ Brown are supposed to fly/drive/land from 1985. And by sources, we mean Back to the Future II.
Devastatingly, life isn’t exactly like they had predicted in 1989 – there aren’t any hoverboards plaguing our streets, our shoes still won’t do themselves up, and most cars can’t fly, although there are some prototypes out there.
But let’s get real, it is just Hollywood. Make believe. Shattered dreams. Sigh.
Nevertheless, we’re still keen to celebrate the arrival of Doc’s 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 by looking at some of the most iconic cars in Hollywood’s history.
1. 1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 IN BACK TO THE FUTURE
The time machine sits at number one for obvious reasons.
2. 1963 FORD ECONOLINE CUSTOM VAN IN SCOOBY DOO
The Mystery Machine is the ultimate hippy car. It didn’t do anything particularly special, except it seemed to have more room than Mary Poppins' handbag, but its psychedelic paint job is enough to get it a mention.
3. 1963 ASTON MARTIN DB5 IN GOLD FINGER
James Bond is no stranger to cool cars. But with a cool set of gadgets attached to this car, it’s got to be one of the most iconic – tire slashers, smoke screen, oil slick, rear bullet-proof screen, machine guns, ejector seat and more. This car is the ultimate spy-mobile.
4. 1962 VOLKSWAGON BEETLE IN THE LOVE BUG
The little car with a big personality won the hearts of people in the 1960s and '70s. What kid didn’t love the idea of a car with its own mind?
5. 1975 FORD GRAND TORINO IN STARSKY AND HUTCH
Let’s be honest, a beautiful red, cool white stripe and a car that seems to have more lives than Superman. Apparently about ten cars were destroyed during the filming of the 2004 movie, but hey, it keeps on keeping.
6. 1969 DODGE CHARGER IN DUKES OF HAZZARD
Some argue that the car made this show and movie. Named The General Lee, the Dodge Charger won the title of ‘cool car’ thanks to its ability to jump and its signature horn. Let’s not mention its lack of functioning doors – Bo and Luke make climbing out a window cool.
7. 1959 CADILLAC MILLER-METEOR IN GHOSTBUSTERS
“If there’s something strange, in your neighbourhood, who ya gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS!” The Ecto-1 old ambulance needed a bit of work, but boy did it serve the Ghostbusters. So, who are you going to call?
8. 1970 DODGE CHARGER IN FAST AND THE FURIOUS
This car is particularly famous for its record in driving 400m in nine seconds. With 900hp, and its general gangster status, and cool looks, we couldn’t leave it off the list.
9. 1970 JAGUAR E-TYPE IN AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY
If you want to take a page from the ‘how to pick up’ book by Austin Powers, all you need to do is paint a Jaguar into the Union Jack. Shaguar, yeah baby!
10. 1967 AUSTIN MINI COOPER S IN ITALIAN JOB
The cars in the movie were so popular it inspired Mini to release Mini Italian Job in 1992. Based on the Minis in the film, it came in Flame Red, Diamond White, British Racing Green and Electric Blue.