Famous cars in movies like the time-traveling DeLorean from Back to the Future or Mad Max’s highly-modified 1973 Ford Falcon Pursuit Special are still out there and enter the market from time to time. You may not be able to buy the exact car used in the movies, but you can buy the same make and model, sometimes at an affordable price. If you manage to find a real-life version of your favorite movie car, you can protect it through car extended warranties.
Back to the Future’s Silver DeLorean
Few cars are as famous as Doc Brown’s “modified” 1982 silver, gull-wing DeLorean that carried Marty McFly backward and forward in time in Back to the Future. The DeLorean’s stainless steel body withstood the test of time. In 2016, carmakers announced they were going to make and sell a revitalized DeLorean using original factory parts for $100,000. The newly-manufactured car hasn’t yet gone on sale, but while waiting for the real deal, you can always buy an original, lightly-used DeLorean for around $17,000.
Mad Max’s 1973 Ford Falcon Police Interceptor
Ever since Mad Max chased motorbike thugs across desolate Australian highways, people have wanted to experience the pavement-thumping power of the movie’s modified black Ford Falcon Police Interceptor. With its massive supercharger and quad side exhaust pipes, very little about this behemoth of a vehicle could be described as subtle. Mad Max’s creator George Miller chose the model because he wanted a mean-looking car that could muscle its way past any post-apocalyptic criminal. The film’s surviving model is part of the Miami Auto Museum’s collection and is being moved to Orlando with the museum’s other classic cars. While the original Mad Max car isn’t for sale, you can find Ford Falcon muscle cars from the 60s through 1970 at $4,500 for fixer-uppers to $30,000 and up for restored collector’s cars.
The Dukes of Hazzard’s “General Lee” 1969 Dodge Charger Coupe
Bo and Luke Duke’s backroads getaway car in The Dukes of Hazzard revitalized orange as a car color and continued the moonshining tradition of the backwoods South on TV and on the big screen. Replicas of the souped-up two-door muscle car can sell for $70,000 to $100,000. If you’re willing to settle for less than orange and go back a couple of years, you can get a 1967 or 1968 Dodge Charger for $15,000 to $20,000.
Herbie the “Love Bug”
One of the most famous film cars of all time, Herbie in Disney’s The Love Bug, wasn’t originally intended to be a Volkswagen Beetle. Several other cars including a Toyota, a Volvo, and an MG, were also considered for the 1968 film, but none of these made the cut. The original “Herbie” was a 1950s Type 1 Volkswagen Beetle. Depending on their condition and degree of restoration, 1950s classic VW Bugs can range from $7,500 way up to $50,000.
Risky Business’ 1981 Porsche 898
Tom Cruise dancing in his socks and underwear is one of the things that made the 1983 movie Risky Business famous. Another is the gunmetal gray Porsche 928 Tom drove in the movie. One of the Porsches used in the movie sold for $40,000 in 2012. You can get a 1980s-era Porsche 928 for $10,000 to $30,000 depending on the car’s mileage and service records.
James Bond’s Lotus Esprits
Two different Esprit models were featured in Bond movies, including an Esprit S1 in The Spy Who Loved Me, and an Esprit Turbo in For Your Eyes Only. The Esprit Turbo was the first turbocharged model made at the Lotus factory. It memorably transformed into a submarine in The Spy Who Loved Me, a feature sadly lacking a real life equivalent. You can get used versions of either of Bond’s futuristic-looking British sports cars for $15,000 to $30,000.
The Bandit’s Black Pontiac Trans-Am
Smokey and The Bandit starring Burt Reynolds as “the Bandit” used a black 1977 Pontiac Trans-Am to smuggle Coors beer from the Rockies to Georgia. Pontiac built 5 Trans-Ams for use in the movie. None of the original cars survived filming, but car buffs rebuilt one using parts from the original vehicles, and Burt Reynolds endorsed the car shortly before his death. The rebuilt Bandit Trans-Am is insured for $1.5 million. You can get a used late 1970s Trans-Am for $8,000 to $10,000 that needs some TLC, or pay $30,000 to $75,000 for a fully restored show car.
Famous Cars in Movies Are Out There!
From down-to-earth cars like Herbie the “Love Bug” to exotic sports cars like the Lotus Esprit and DeLorean, car lovers have kept famous movie cars alive in the public imagination. Although some models auction for six figures and above, others can be found for a few thousand dollars.
Even if you don’t find the exact version of a classic movie car that you admire, you can still protect your current vehicle with vehicle protection plans like the Ambassador Policy from Protect My Car.