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Cameron EittreimApril 29, 2021

1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX, Tommy Boy
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8: 1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX – Tommy Boy

Chris Farley and David Spade were featured in many memorable movie appearances over the years. The 1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX that was featured in the movie was notable for its powerful engine and endearing styling. Reddit user Chaddskit remembered this car. “This is one of the few Retro Entertainment cars that I dont have and I had forgotten about it. Thank you for reminding me.”

1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX, Tommy Boy
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In addition to that, there are a lot of features that separate the Belvedere GTX from the Dodge siblings. The example that was featured in the movie is a special edition car. The paint job is quite unique, bolstered by aftermarket wheels.

1984 Ford Econoline, Dumb and Dumber
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7: 1984 Ford Econoline – Dumb and Dumber

The Ford Econoline van is one of the longest-running commercial vehicles on the road. You’ve probably seen these vans just about everywhere, from government fleets to the education sector. So naturally one of these club wagons were the perfect choice for the “Dumb and Dumber” cross country journey. Reddit user Edgeprelle2 offered their opinion on his iconic movie car with a simple comment. “Classic ’84 sheepdog.”

1984 Ford Econoline, Dumb and Dumber
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Aside from that, the Econoline is perhaps one of the most reliable large vans on the road. The market for these large commercial vans has dwindled in recent years as hybrid cargo vehicles have taken over.

1966 Ford Thunderbird, Thelma & Louise
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6: 1966 Ford Thunderbird – Thelma & Louise

Few cars are both more iconic and more forgotten than the Ford Thunderbird. For a long period, this was the personal luxury coupe that you wanted to drive. But after the car fell out of favor in the 1990s, it was discontinued. Reddit user carchey posted an insightful comment. “The 66 with a 428 is called a Q code. There were thousands made with a 390, but the Q code 428 is pretty rare. It’s a pretty cool piece, but they can be a little expensive when you start hunting for big block ford and interior parts. What’s the color combination?”

1966 Ford Thunderbird, Thelma & Louise
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The V8 engine was the standard-bearer for a good portion of the car’s lifecycle, up until the most recent model. These cars were known for their affordable price tag and plush ride quality, which is ideally what you look for in a personal luxury coupe.

6000 SUX, RoboCop
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5: 6000 SUX – RoboCop

Few movies were as iconic science fiction as RoboCop was in the late 1980s. Being able to take a living soul and turn it into a police robot was the stuff of legends. But another notable vehicle was the 6000 SUX. Advertised on billboards throughout the movie and featured in a chase scene this was the car to drive. Reddit user hesitant_evil asked a valid question. “Is it really bigger than a dinosaur?”

6000 SUX, RoboCop
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Many people have searched for this car but the fact that the car was not an actual production model puts a damper on that. Sure the 6000 SUX would be a great car if it was in production, but this was never the case. Instead, the movie went for the theatrical aspect such as movies before it like the Mad Max franchise.

1966 Alfa Romeo 1600 Duetto Spider, The Graduate
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4: 1966 Alfa Romeo 1600 Duetto Spider – The Graduate

For one of the first teacher romances that made it onto the silver screen, ‘The Graduate’ was popular at the time. The 1600 Duetto Spider was a beautiful convertible and the movie featured a bright red example. Reddit user sabishiikouen made a good point. “What I wouldn’t give to have Citta di Aria back in GT7.”

The Kominsky Method
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Many convertibles have come along and tried to dethrone this specific model. But the lightweight design and reasonable performance have made it a cult classic. The interesting design and the perceived value of the brand make it a stellar collectible. Plus who could go wrong with a convertible like this?

1971 Chevrolet Nova SS, Death Proof
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3: 1971 Chevrolet Nova SS – Death Proof

By now you’ve probably seen Kurt Russell in several movies. So naturally, in the movie Death Proof, he would drive a murdered out Chevy Nova SS. Reddit user Zacy_99 was impressed. “Mike drove Pam to a matte black 1971 Chevy Nova SS 396, which is a stunt car rigged with a safety cage inside, confirming that his car is ‘death proof.’

1971 Chevrolet Nova SS, Death Proof
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You also have the benefit of the powerful V8 engine which was one of the hallmarks of the Nova SS. The car will remain one of the more underrated and iconic movie cars you’ll come across.

1971 Volkswagen T2 Microbus
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2: 1971 Volkswagen T2 Microbus – Little Miss Sunshine

No matter what kind of cars you prefer, there is no denying that the T2 Microbus is an iconic part of the automotive industry. “Little Miss Sunshine” was a popular movie, but one of the reasons for this was this microbus. Reddit user dominang443 had a unique point. “Back in the 60’s and 70’s, the tax on importing a recreational vehicle to the states was about twice what it was to import a commercial vehicle (like a microbus), so a company in California imported them as busses and then converted them before selling them as brand new campers.”

1971 Volkswagen T2 Microbus
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Few vans have been more iconic than the VW Microbus. This was a vehicle that defined an entire generation of people who were finding themselves. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of driving a VW Microbus, then you’ll know what we’re talking about. The functional design and ease of maintenance made the van an exceptional choice.

1948 Ford De Luxe Convertible
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1: Greased Lightning – Grease

Again ‘Grease’ has entered the list because of an awesome car. The Ford De Luxe Convertible was noticeable for its paint job and performance. Most of the movie was designed around hot rods and this is one of the most popular. If you’ve never seen this specific Ford hot rod you’ve at least seen the ZZ Top version. Reddit user Motown_muscle had a unique comment. “Looks like the one William Holden evaded the repo men in, in Sunset Boulevard.”

1948 Ford De Luxe Convertible
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Ford has been iconic in the hot rod scene and much of that success was because of this car. ‘Grease’ emphasized the Modesto hot rod scene and the Ford hot rod has always carried that title with pride. Hot rods are an endearing piece of car culture and in contrast, this movie appearance is just one facet of that generation.

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