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In some feature films, the stars are also cars. And this is felt during the auctions that sometimes list some of these iconic models. By highlighting its stellar past, prices rise, sometimes reaching peaks. This is the observation made by the American company Hagerty, which specializes in antique vehicle insurance.
So, based on a lot of sales data from sixty cars known for their film appearances, Hagerty compiled a ranking of the best-selling movie cars. Thus, ten models stand out, which now mark the spirits both for their amazing price and for their appearances in dark rooms. Here is the ranking of the movies whose cars sell best, compared to equivalent models that did not appear in the dark rooms.
Ecto-1Photo credit – Barrett Jackson
Among the cult franchises of American cinema, Ghostbusters occupies a good place in the hearts of viewers. The Ghostbusters movie series in France includes a modified 1959 Cadillac called the Ecto-1.
Still according to Hagerty, in 2010, a sale organized by Barrett-Jackson saw that an original copy of this van was sold for $ 88,000, the equivalent of approximately € 83,500 in 2022. The gain is 577% in compared to an equivalent Cadillac.
The car had been autographed by the actors in the two films released in the 1980s.
Photo credit – Barrett-Jackson
In this series of films that began in the late 60’s, the heroine is frankly a car.
The Volkswagen Beetle that appears on the screen is nicknamed Choupette in our regions, and Herbie on the other side of the Atlantic.
In 2015, the copy that appears in La Coccinelle à Mexico was demolished and sold for £ 82,123 by Barrett-Jackson, according to Hagerty.
This equates to about 96,000 euros in 2022, a gain of 609% over a more common beetle.
1949 Buick RoadmasterPhoto credit – Bonhams
It was in early 2022 that the car from the movie Rain Man – in which Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman embark on a road trip through the United States – was sold during a sale organized by Bonhams.
This 1949 Buick Roadmaster was sold for the modest sum of £ 303,717, or about € 355,000 and a profit of 631% compared to a Buick of this type unknown to the general public.
It was sold by Dustin Hoffman himself, who kept it in his collection after filming the four-time Oscar winner.
The Thomas Crown Affair
The Meyers Manx BuggyPhoto credit – Bonhams
In 1968, Steve McQueen starred in The Thomas Crown Affair, where he drove a buggy Meyers Manx and a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow coupe.
In 2006, this beautiful English car was demolished and sold for £ 36,715 by Bonhams, or just under € 43,000 today. The gain is 371% compared to a model unknown to the public.
Meanwhile, the buggy raised £ 352,887 at the Amelia Island 2020 auction in Bonhams, or about € 412,830 at the time of writing. And an added value of 640% compared to a buggy that would not have appeared in a movie.
AMC PacerPhoto credit – Barrett Jackson
The AMC Pacer certainly owes part of its fame to the movie Wayne’s World.
A cult scene from this 1992 feature film remarkably shows the characters in the film singing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” head-to-head in the passenger compartment of this car with a particularly atypical design.
According to Hagerty, the copy of the film, dated 1976, was demolished and sold at a Barrett-Jackson sale in January 2022. Its price? £ 64,823, or about € 75,800. This is a gain of 1.053% over a traditional Pacer.
runs after my sheriff
This 1977 comedy featured a Pontiac Firebird.
Sold four times since 2009, the American muscle car of the film sells, on average, 1,544% more expensive than its counterparts that did not appear in the movies.
At its last sale in 2022, it sold for £ 448,776 according to Hagerty, or around € 525,000.
Fast and furious
Photo credit – Universal Pictures
With more than ten films to its credit, the Fast & Furious franchise has left its mark on people since its inception in 2001.
According to Hagerty, in 2022 four cars in the series were sold. And among them, the Mitsubishi Eclipse that drives Paul Walker in the first film was sold for a particularly high amount, 2,114% more expensive than a normal Eclipse.
In fact, the Mecum auction house has sold the Japanese car tuned for £ 126,044, or about € 147,526 at the time of writing.
“But the highest price for a Fast and Furious car is the Toyota Supra driven by Paul Walker in the first two films,” recalls Hagerty. It sold for $ 550,000, or $ 521,697 at the time of writing. “That’s a 784% margin,” Hagerty says.
In one of his first roles, Tom Cruise does not take the wheel of any car. The American drives a Porsche 928 to Risky Business, released in 1983 in cinemas.
According to Hagerty, Barrett-Jackson auctioned off and sold the film’s car in 2021 for about £ 1.44 million, or about € 1.68 million at the time of writing. And a gain of 4,759% compared to a similar Porsche 928.
The second place in this ranking is awarded to the film Bullitt. One of the most famous chases in history is a Ford Mustang Fastback, with its legendary Highland Green color.
One of the two copies used to film the cult scene was auctioned off and sold in 2020 by Mucem, for the modest sum of £ 2.86 million. Or about 3.35 million euros, and a gain of 15,952% over a Mustang Fastback that Steve McQueen would not have driven on the streets of San Francisco.
batmobilePhoto credit – RM Sotheby’s
To every Batman, his Batmobile. While the latest iterations of the DC Comics superhero car seem especially popular with collectors, it was one of the first editions to increase Barrett-Jackson’s stakes.
vAccording to Hagerty, in 2013, the original Batmobile created by George Barris actually sold for $ 4.62 million, or about $ 4.38 million in 2022. That price would be 25,928% higher than the d ‘a classic example of the Lincoln on which the Batmobile is based. .
To sum up
The American company Hagerty compiles a ranking of the best-selling movie cars, compared to their non-movie counterparts. Fast and Furious, Bullitt, Ghostbusters or even Batman cars monopolize the top spot in the rankings.