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The 50 Most Famous Cars Of All Time – Page 2

Posted in General by Ryan | August 2nd, 2008 | Leave a Reply |

11. 1977 AMC Pacer

Where It’s From: Wayne’s World [1992] film

Claim to Fame: Despite boasting a pretty impressive drag coefficient of 0.32, the Pacer from Wayne’s World was notoriously ugly and cool only by association. Perhaps its only redeeming value, the Pacer’s interior provided the ideal acoustics for impromptu Queen cover concerts.

12. 1974 Ford Gran Torino

Where It’s From:Starsky and Hutch [1975 – 1979] television series

Claim to Fame:Referred to as the “Striped Tomato”, the Gran Torino was the monster badass muscle car with the 351 Cleveland and 4 barrel Holley carburetor used by the two hard-nosed California detectives, David Starsky [Paul Michael Glaser] and Kenneth Hutchinson [David Soul].

13. 1979 Ford Country Squire LTD

Where It’s From: National Lampoon’s Vacation [1983] film

Claim to Fame: The huge wood-imitation, fiberglass-paneled, 9-passenger wagon carted the Griswold’s around on the vacation from hell and provided a benchmark for which all middle-class families to aspire.

14. 1974 Dodge Monaco

Where It’s From: The Blues Brothers [1980] film

Claim to Fame:Undeniably sweet, the beat-up black-and-white Bluesmobile was a famous as the Blues themselves. Trying to sell a skeptical Jake Blues [John Belushi] on the virtues of his new ride, Elwood Blues [Dan Aykroyd] explains to his brother, “It’s got a cop motor, a 440 cubic inch plant, it’s got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks. It’s a model made before catalytic converters so it’ll run good on regular gas. What do you say, is it the new Bluesmobile or what?” We say – hell yeah.

15. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California

Where It’s From:Ferris Bueller’s Day Off [1986] film

Claim to Fame: One of Cameron Frye’s [Alan Ruck] father’s prized possessions and the bane of Cameron’s existence, sports car enthusiasts everywhere cringed when the Ferrari made its slow flight through a plate glass window and into the topmost branches of a tree.

16. 1973 [heavily modified] Ford Falcon XB GT

Where It’s From: Mad Max [1979] film

Claim to Fame:Hell hath no fury like a police cruiser with a 351 ci Cleveland V8 engine and a man with an axe to grind.

17. 1948 Ford Deluxe

Where It’s From: Grease [1978] film

Claim to Fame:Danny Zuko’s [John Travolta] undeniably lust-able ride, and one of the many incredibly sexy hot rods that made sitting through the show-tune numbers worth it.

18. 1979 Porsche 928

Where It’s From: Risky Business [1983]

Claim to Fame:Joel Goodson’s [Tom Cruise] father’s car that he raced, despite explicit instructions to the contrary. But hey, with a huge front-mounted, water-cooled 4.5L V8 219-hp engine, wouldn’t you?

19. 1964 Buick Skylark

Where It’s From: My Cousin Vinny [1992] film

Claim to Fame:Billy Gambini’s [Ralph Macchio] vintage ride with the famously absent positraction and independent rear suspension. Its original confusion with a 1963 Pontiac Tempest was responsible for bringing the wrath of Vinny Gambini [Joe Pesci] down on rural Alabama.

20. 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC C126

Where It’s From: Road House [1989] film

Claim to Fame:Jamming the accelerator to the floor and sending the Merc crashing through the fence, flying over the hedges, to land in a blazing fireball on the front steps – Dalton [Patrick Swayze]
Uses the Merc to let Brad Wesley [Ben Gazzara] know he has called down the thunder. Thou Shalt Not Anger The Swayze.

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