Top Ten Movie Cars of All Time: Part 1

Prepare yourselves to meet the top ten movie cars of all-time. Ever. Period. Our grading system is out of 100 possible points and is based on the uniqueness of a car’s customization (40 possible points), its coolness (30 possible points), and its thematic relevance (30 possible points). These rankings were not reached easily. In fact, they generated countless arguments, five games of Rock Paper Scissors, three staring contests, and a Facebook de-friending (since rescinded, but still). The rides on this list are customized, cool, and reflective of the characters and conflicts that drive some of our most gut-busting stories!

10. Reese Bobby’s Chevelle (Talladega Nights); 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu

Talladega Night Chevelle

  1. Customization: Reese’s Chevelle sports a custom gold and black paint job with a red racing stripe. The Malibu also dons custom gold wheels that match its top and numbers. It kinda looks like the German flag, only it shows grits instead of gruyere. (30/40)
  2. Cool Factor: In irreconcilable contrast to Reese’s mangy disposition, his car is cherry. (20/30)
  3. Thematic Relevance: The Chevelle provides the backdrop to Ricky’s rediscovery of his passion for speed (as he races a bag of Lucky Charms away from Johnny Law) and helps him realize that he doesn’t need to win to be loved (he achieves inner peace chauffeuring a hungry cougar). (20/30)

Total Score: 70 Points

9. The Shaggin’ Wagon (Dumb and Dumber); Origin Unknown

Dumb and Dumber Shaggin Wagon

  1. Customization: The Shaggin’ Wagon is modified beyond recognition. Its furry exterior includes a nose, mouth, tongue and tail, as well as matching ears, feet and corporate signage. Its interior includes a fuzzy dashboard, glove box, and front seats, as well as a gutted windowless rear section. (40/40)
  2. Cool Factor: Harry best sums up the allure of this street legal sheepdog, “Hey, chicks love it. It’s a shaggin’ wagon.” (20/30)
  3. Thematic Relevance: The Shaggin’ Wagon isn’t central to Dumb and Dumber plotlines, although it does represent an interesting symbol of Harry and Lloyd’s dumbness (after getting fired by Mutt Cutts, Harry laments that he spent his life savings converting the van to a dog; Lloyd later trades it for a moped, straight up). (15/30)

Total Score: 75 Points

8. Mr. Frye’s Ferrari (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off); 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California

Ferris Ferrari

  1. Customization: While Cameron’s dad’s Ferrari is less customized than most of the cars on this list, it certainly qualifies as rare. Less than 100 models are in existence today. (20/40)
  2. Cool Factor: This ride is best described by Ferris himself, “It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.” From the Star Wars inspired underbelly shot to the peel out in front of Principal Rooney, the Ferrari embodies the independence and freedom that moral high schoolers can only dream about. Nothing could be cooler. (30/30)
  3. Thematic Relevance: Ferris’ effortless approach to life is in stark contrast to Cameron’s struggle to find his voice, and both characters’ interactions with this whip highlight the divide. Where Ferris appreciates the art of the automobile, Cameron is paralyzed by its (read: his) vulnerability, “It could get wrecked, stolen, scratched, breathed on wrong – a pigeon could shit on it.” Someone pass Cameron a Xanax! (30/30)

Total Score: 80 Points

7. Bluesmobile (Blues Brothers); 1974 Dodge Monaco

Blues Brothers Bluesmobile

  1. Customization: Though it doesn’t look like much, the Bluesmobile is no ordinary set of wheels, as Elwood makes clear to his brother, “It’s got a cop motor, a 440 cubic inch plant. It’s got cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks. It’s a model made before catalytic converters so it’ll run on regular gas.” The Bluesmobile is also used as a marketing tool when the Bro’s strap a giant megaphone to the roof to promote their concert. (31/40)
  2. Cool Factor: It doesn’t get cooler than Jake and Elwood Blues, and any ride they cruise in will score high marks with us. And frankly, if you can get past the cop thing, the sedan’s formal black and white exterior evoke that chic ‘60’s Mad Men / Reservoir Dogs look. (28/30)
  3. Thematic Relevance: The Bluesmobile serves as vital transportation throughout the movie (Jake and Elwood are often on the run). Most notably, it’s the linchpin in a preposterously epic car chase, and it’s responsible for transporting the Brothers Blues from the Palace Hotel Ballroom to their concert finale in Chicago. Remarks Elwood, “It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark out and we’re wearing sunglasses.” Jake answers, “Hit it.”  We couldn’t agree more! (22/30)

Total Score: 81 Points

6. Ecto 1 (Ghostbusters); 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor

Ghostbusters Ecto 1

  1. Customization: Aside from its custom “WAAA WAAA” siren and red and white paint job, the Ecto 1 features an internal pullout rack for the team’s proton packs, as well as a bevy of roof mounted equipment, presumably with banshee brawling utility. (36/40)
  2. Cool Factor: The Ghoulmobile’s stylistic shape and colorful rear fins serve a stark juxtaposition to the stagflationary grays of early 80’s Manhattan. Every time it’s on screen, this beast has POP! (25/30)
  3. Relevance: Racing through urban streets accompanied by Ray Parker Jr.’s heel-pounding theme song, the Ecto 1 is responsible for getting the ‘Busters busting ASAP. It plays a central role throughout one of the zaniest film franchises of all time. (22/30)

Total Score: 83 Points

Part II coming soon…

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