Expensive cars with car insurance higher than the GDP of most countries have featured in movies since the beginning of movies and as early as 1929. There’s rarely any reason needed to display the luxury, beauty and speed of a car being driven by our hero, protagonist or lead actor. These cars have become cult icons in their own right, cultivating interest and passion among generations of TV and movie fans.
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Here’s the 10 most expensive cars in movies ever:
1. 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf (Le Mans) – $11 Million
The ultimate iconic car in a film or TV, Steve McQueen’s 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Lightweight Racer is a sight to behold. Driven by the actor during the filming of Le Mans in 1971, this racer was only given a few moments in the movie. But despite the very short exposure, the car easily captured the hearts and minds of moviegoers and car enthusiasts alike. It was an actual race car that participated at the 1968 Le Mans Endurance Race and Daytona. The $11 million price tag for the car is now a record – the biggest amount ever spent on an American car.
2. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) – $10.9 Million
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off may seem to be an ordinary film reflecting teenager angst and teen rebellion, but it proved to be a commercial and influential hit. Delving on the story of Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick), his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) and girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara), the film’s car also became an icon. In 2008, the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider used in the movie was bought by radio personality Chris Evans, who had to shell out $10.9 million for the car.
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3. 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona (Redline 7000) – $7.25 Million
Another Steve McQueen car, this time a 1965 Shelby Cobra Dayton Coupe that appeared in the 1965 film Redline 7000. But more than being a McQueen‘s car, this classic racer has another claim to fame – being the only American car to beat a Ferrari in a race. Like any other car from McQueen’s collection placed in auction, the 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe bagged a fortune. But the final price of $7.25 million blew everyone away.
4. Batmobile (Batman, TV Series) – $4.62 Million
Would this list be complete without the Batmobile? It is just plain wrong if not one of the many incarnations of the Batmobile does not make the cut. But one did and it’s from the classic TV series Batman that ran from 1966 to 1968. Basically a redesigned and customized Ford Lincoln Futura, this Batmobile is perhaps the most popular TV car of all time. 47 years after the show ended, the car managed to bag $4.62 million at an auction in January 2013.
5. Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger) – $4.6 Million
Cars in films? That means you have to include James Bond in the equation. And it is very fitting to rank the Aston Martin DB5 along with the other four-wheelers in this list. The car appeared in the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger, which stars the young and dashing Sean Connery. Only two were made for the film. The one gone forever after it was stolen and the other now in display at Union Savings Bank’s president Harry Yeaggy’ private museum.
6. Porsche 911S (Le Mans) – $1.37 Million
It is a mortal sin to discuss iconic cars in TV and films without including the legendary Steve McQueen, his Porsche 911s and the film Le Mans. In the 1971 movie Le Mans, McQueen was a natural behind the wheel of his Porsche 911s during the opening scenes. Aside from being an actor, McQueen was also an amateur racecar driver and had an extensive collection of classic roadsters and sports cars. His Porsche 911s fetched over $1.37 million in an auction back in 2011.
7. 1929 Duesenberg Model J (Spinout, 1966) – $1.2 Million
Classic car, classic movie, and a classic leading man make the 1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton a sought after vehicle prop. Appearing in the 1966 movie Spinout that stars music icon Elvis Presley, this car got a huge amount of screen time. After a successful restoration, the car was sold for more than $1.2 million at an auction in 2011.
8. 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 (Gone in 60 Seconds) – $1 Million
The main target of grand theft auto expert Memphis Raines (played by Nicolas Cage) in the film Gone In 60 Seconds, this 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 is worth stealing (although we condemn theft and any other criminal act). Under the beautifully designed American car exterior is a powerful 400-horsepower engine. Nicknamed Eleanor, three of cars were built for the film. Sadly, only one survived. It netted $1 million when it was sold in 2013.
9. Chitty Chitty Car (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) – $805,000
The Chitty Chitty car may just have been a prop for a film titled Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but it could be driven around. The musical stars Dick Van Dyke as Caractacus Potts and Sally Ann Howes as Truly Scrumptious. The story revolves around Potts, his family and his flying car called Chitty Chitty. The car was initially planned to be put on auction but after a couple of failed attempts, arrangements were made and Chitty Chitty was sold for $805,000.
10. DeLorean DMC-12 (Back To The Future) – $541,000
The car that sent Marty McFly on a time-traveling adventure, the DeLorean DMC-12 became an instant hit. Only seven of these models were built. One of which was sold at an auction in 2011 for $541,000. The proceeds went to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, a non-profit organization founded by Michael J. Fox. The actor who played McFly and is now suffering from this terrible disease.