Hollywood’s Hottest Cars: Where Are They Now?
Have you ever wondered what became of the original Batmobile, or where the DeLorean actually travelled to after shooting Back to the Future? Sometimes the automobiles driven in TV shows and movies are more memorable than the actors themselves. Some of these cars from your favorite films are worth millions of dollars, and collectors often try to get their hands on one or two of them to show off. But one thing is for sure, they are part of what made Hollywood famous.
#1 The Fast And The Furious Charger
The 1970 Dodge Charger R/T was damaged, destroyed, rebuilt, damaged, and rebuilt again. The car, an inheritance from Dominic Toretto's father, played by Vin Diesel, has been featured in The Fast and The Furious, as well as Fast 4, 5, and 7. There were four cars used for driving and one without an engine that was used for interior shots. The original Charger now belongs to movie car-collector Bob Hartwig who lent the car to the crews of Fast 5 and 7. The #2 âhero' car, the only one with an actual Hemi V8 engine, from Fast 4 and 5 was sold at auction for $95,700 in 2013.
#2 The Bandit Trans AM
Burt Reynolds sped around Florida and Georgia in this Trans Am in the Smokey And The Bandit movies with Sally Field by his side and Jackie Gleason on his tail. This gold-trimmed '77 Pontiac Trans AM Special Edition T-top was altered a little for filming, as only the front end is a 77 model and the rest is a '76. Only four of these fantastic Firebirds were made for the film, and by the end of shooting, only one barely remained running, with one destroyed in the classic bridge jump. Last year, the lone surviving promo car was put up for auction by Universal Studios where it sold for half a million dollars, plus a 10% buyer's fee to car collector John Staluppi for his "Cars of Dreams Museum" in Palm Beach, Florida. Several parts from the other cars are floating around in museums or collectors garages, but this was the only complete car left after the final filming.
#3 Astin Martin DB5… Driven, Not Parked
The classic car driven by James Bond, played by Sean Connery, in Goldfinger, is a tricked out and modified Astin Martin DB5. Astin Martin gave the producers two cars for production. One was used for the road, and the other became the effects car, topped off with all of the fun little gadgets that Bond was so well-known for. The road car used also in Thunderball, was held onto by Astin Martin until Jerry Lee bought the beauty for only $12,000. Lee sold the car for $4.1 million but the auto was stolen from a Florida airport Hangar in 1997. There are plenty of rumors surrounding the theft, but the car has not been located since it was stolen.
Bullitt is one of the greatest films ever, and certainly the greatest film about a car. Starring Steve McQueen, Bullitt features the highland green, 1968 fastback Mustang GT390. Allegedly only two Mustangs were used for shooting this film, though WB executives offered "Bullitt Mustangs" for sale shortly after the film hit the screen. The stunt car was scraped of course because there was nothing left to it when filming completed. The original was sold to a WB employee for only $2,500. Changing owners a few times, it finally made its way into the hands of a collector in 1972. The car has only been seen publicly a few times over the years and offers to purchase or rent it for other films have been turned down.