Κυριακή, 10 Απριλίου 2016

Classic Beauties: Top 5 of the most popular movie cars



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For all of the car fanatics out there, this is news for you! One particular man who happens to be famous for his work is at it again. While movie fanatics may not know who Eddie Paul is, car fanatics will. Paul is the man who takes care of the cars that grace the movie and TV screens. He has done cars like Q from James Bond and for movies such as Grease, Cobra, E.T., and even The Fast and Furious.
He has been given a new job – trying to revive a model from the luxury carmaker Dusenberg. Paul was known for jumping out of the General Lee on Dukes of Hazzard while working as the stuntman. If he can pull off this plan of resurrecting the luxury car, then it will be fantastic for the Duesenberg Automotive Company.

He will revamp the version of the Duesenberg convertible model from the 1930’s by using a GM truck chassis and featuring a 430 HP, 6.2 liter V8 LS3 Corvette engine with 424 foot-pounds of torque. It will also have an updated top that stows away in the truck when it’s not up. Paul explained it as a “six-man top” because it originally took six people to put the top up and down. They will redesign it and make it a push-button top.
Original Duesenbergs were driven by stars like Gary Cooper and Clark Gable, so putting Paul in charge of this remodel is like a match made in heaven, so they say. No one is quite sure which classic touches he will keep, but it will be released in 2017 after the prototypes are finished.
It’s no doubt that cars are just as famous as the actors and actresses in movies. Here are the top five most famous movie cars of all time:
  1. 1964 Aston Martin DB5, from the movie Goldfinger
    1965 Aston Martin DB5 coupe. Photograph taken at a 2003 Aston Martin Owners Club event. SOurce
    1965 Aston Martin DB5 coupe. Photograph taken at a 2003 Aston Martin Owners Club event. Source
This is the car that started them all. No matter who plays James Bond, they all get super-fancy, decked-out cars with the latest spy gadgets. Though this car has no special spy modifications like those others, some of its effects include a ram bumper, machine guns, ejector seat, smoke screen, and oil slicker sprayer. The most interesting feature in the car is the map on the dashboard which was a forerunner of the in-car navigation devices we all rely on now.
  1. 1976 Lotus Esprit Series I, The Spy Who Loved Me
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Yet again, here is another Bond car that is a classic. The sports cars and special gadgets Bond used in his movies really sparked an interest in technology. However, in this movie, the fancy car was driven by a different spy. One of the most notable moments in the movie is when the spy’s car turns into a submarine.
  1. 1977 Pontiac Trans Am, Smokey and the Bandit
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When the director chose this kind of car for his actors to use, he didn’t realize that he would spark such  hype. They changed nothing on the car’s design, which is the interesting part. What really sold that car was the fact that it could jump over cliffs and deal with multiple terrains. After the movie, those cars sold by the thousands.
  1. 1932 Ford Coupe, American Graffiti
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The Star Wars director had no idea just how big this movie would get. Aside from the stellar cast, he chose some major cars to feature in it. One of the big scenes in the movie is when the yellow car flips and burns in mid-air. Although it was all special effects, it got the job done.
  1. 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, Back to the Future
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This car was designed by Giorgetto Giugario. Although the bodywork on the car looked futuristic and fast, the inside proved otherwise. The engine was rather small, but the filmmakers only needed the outside to look quick. However, during the scene where Marty has to reach 88 miles per hour, the staff had had to switch the car’s engine for a Porsche’s. Unfortunately, the car didn’t sell as well as the market thought it would, but it is still known as an iconic car.

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