Cars add an extra flavor to action movies that star cars and those dramatic scenes are remembered just for the wheels. Unlike the cars that you and I drive, these are specially created for the movies and cost a hefty price tag most of the time. But what makes these cars so expensive?
Action movie scenes are made as realistic as possible by using certain techniques that require adequate props. In the case of cars, they are fitted with special gadgets that are needed for safe and realistic stunts. A car that has been a part of some of these famous franchises like the Fast & Furious, James Bond, or Batman appreciates in value and fetches insane amounts when they are being sold at auctions. Some of the buyers are die-hard fans of the movie, but others are loyal to the automaker, thus don’t mind spending such amounts even if the cars are not road legal.
#6. DeLorean DMC-12
The ‘Back To The Future movie’ is one of the oldest and started making sci-fi movies back in the 80s itself. The story is around a time travel plot and the DeLorean DMC-12 was used as the time travel machine, making it a highlight in the movie. According to Finances Online, only seven units of this car were created which is yet another reason for the demand. One of these was sold at auction in 2011 for around $541,000 and the money was donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, founded by Fox himself, who is a victim of the disorder.
#5. Lotus Esprit S1
Featured in the 1977 Spy Who Loved Me, James Bond movie, the Lotus Esprit S1 is named Wet Nellie and is a car-submarine hybrid that made the fans lose their minds. The car was featured in the scenes where Roger Moore as James Bond ventured through the depths of water on this elegant ride. Among the fans was Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla who purchased the car in 2013 and is the proud owner to date.
#4. W Motors Lykan HyperSport
The Fast & Furious franchise has captured the hearts of gearheads around the world, because of the insane cars that were featured in the movies. However, the 2015 action movie, Furious 7 featured a W Motors Lykan HyperSport which is one of the most expensive cars in the world and the most impressive car that appeared in the Franchise. This limited edition beast starred the scenes in Dubai where Brian and Dom took a leap from one skyscraper to another. This gorgeous hypercar in Devil’s red is worth approximately $3.4 million.
#3. Aston Martin DB5
The 1964 stunner Goldfinger was the third James Bond movie by Eon Productions, and among the beautiful scenes was the Aston Martin DB5. It’s widely believed that young Sean Connery playing James Bond and riding an Aston Martin DB5 was a match made in heaven. This priceless car was stolen but replaced with another DB5 for Harry Yeaggy’s private museum. This British luxury tourer created by Aston Martin was designed by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera and has a hefty price tag of about $4.6 million.
#2. The First Batmobile
If you are a fan of batman, you know the spectacular Batmobile was that featured in the show that lasted from 1966 to 1968. It is also believed that this is the most famous movie car ever. The 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car made by Ford customized by the Lincoln Styling Department, is a two-seater 19-feet long beast that was a recycled product made in 1966, but today it has the legacy of being the first Batmobile ever made.
#1. 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf
Driven by Le Mans. Driven by Steve McQueen in the 1971 movie LeMans, another car that managed to capture the hearts of petrolheads is the 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf. This car is reported as the most expensive movie car in America, with an estimated value of over $11 million. We’d be mistaken if we don’t mention the Porsche 911S which sits right next to the 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf in name and fame.
No matter how advanced the automobile industry becomes, the cars from sci-fi movies such as Fast & Furious, Batman, and James Bond will never be forgotten.