Since the film camera was first invented movie makers have been fascinated by fast motion. For this reason, cars have become the obsession of those behind the camera for decades. When viewers think of adrenaline-fuelled action set pieces they imagine a fast car racing by. Here is our list of the best cars ever seen on screen:
1. Lykan HyperSport – Fast and Furious 7
The Fast and Furious series has featured hundreds of outstanding vehicles from 70s’ muscle cars to modern pieces of technological innovation. It is incredibly difficult to single out just one as the very finest in the entire franchise. However, when pushed, the prize has to go to the powerful Lykan HyperSport. Only 7 have ever been built making it one of the rarest and most coveted supercars of all time. They look and sound like something from the future. Their external beauty is also matched by their impressive performance. Perhaps in 100 years time this type of vehicle will be available to all drivers. Until then all we can do is gaze at the Lykan and imagine what it would be like to be behind the wheel of one.
2. Corvette ZR1 – The Last Stand
The Last Stand features an elaborate escape plan by a drug cartel boss. He uses the powerful and fast Corvette ZR1 in order to flee all the way to Mexico. The exceptional speed and handling of the car give the villain the edge he needs to outrun the police. In one scene the Corvette even proves to be faster than a helicopter. The car looks so good onscreen that USA Today gave their opinion that it even outperforms the film’s star, Arnold Schwarzenegger. By the end of the movie that Corvette has taken a lot of damage. So much so that it almost seems a shame to damage such a sleek, impressive vehicle.
3. 1972 Gran Torino Sport – Gran Torino
This car takes centre stage in the Clint Eastwood movie that it even serves as the film’s title. Eastwood plays a retired veteran who keeps the car locked away in his garage where he maintains it meticulously. The camera focuses on the look of this classic car rather than its performance. By the end of the film, Eastwood’s young neighbour inherits the Gran Torino and is seen driving away in it. The message of the film being that such a great car deserves to be driven, not hoarded away.
4. 1958 four-door Red Plymouth Fury – Christine
No film obsesses over the look of a classic car quite like John Carpenter’s Christine. The horror film details the obsession a young man has with the car, not realising it is possessed and has a life of its own. The car is not just a vehicle, it is a character. The body of the Plymouth Fury is distinctively 50s’ and the red paint job makes the body pop magnificently. It is one of the most iconic cars ever put on the silver screen.
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