What’s better than a night at the movies? A night at the movies that involves cars. While some brilliant entrepreneur found a way to combine the two by inventing the drive-in movie theater at one point, even those have become somewhat of an endangered species these days. So, where is a car buff to turn to get his or her fix of entertainment and exceptionally rare, classic cars?
Why, classic movies, of course.
We’re not talking about The Fast and The Furious here, we mean true classics. Like Le Mans, or even some of the old 007 flicks. These movies, and others, were chock-full of some of the most gorgeous — and expensive — cars ever created. While many vehicular props are often destroyed during production, or end up collecting dust in someone’s garage, others end up becoming legendary in their own right, and go on to fetch millions at auction.
The folks over at Gizmag put in a ton of work to develop a list of the 40 most expensive vehicles used in television shows and movies, and their work is quite extensive. We decided to share the top 10 with you, based off of Gizmag’s list, in the following pages. Read on to see the most expensive cars used in the movies and on TV.
10. 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider
Starring in the 1959 movie On The Beach, this 1955 Ferrari model was sold for more than $2.5 million. It’s one of only 35 that were built, and shared the screen with none other than Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner. The car’s actual origins can be traced back to Formula One races in the early 1950s that were being thoroughly dominated by Alfa Romeo. That sent Ferrari leadership to the drawing board, eventually leading to the 750 Monza Spider.
9. 1969-70 Porsche 908.02 ‘Flunder’ Langheck Group 6 Prototype
This car is essentially lightning on wheels. Used in the making of the movie Le Mans in 1971 — along with another car on this list, which we’ll cover later — this modified Porsche 908 race car sold for $3.18 million in November of last year. It’s a prototype, making it even more rare, as only a handful were actually produced.
8. 1928 Mercedes-Benz S 26/180 Boattail Speedster
It’s hard to understate the coolness of this car. At nearly 90 years in age, this Mercedes-Benz S 26/180 Boattail Speedster starred in the 1935 film Sylvia Scarlett, and only 75 years later, sold at auction for $3.74 million. The car itself is a one-off, making it even more rare and valuable for Sylvia Scarlett, which starred Katharine Hepburn. It was, at one time, owned by Zeppo and Chico Marx, and used as a part of a drunken bet between the Marx brothers and a Hollywood agent to see who had the fastest car. The Marx brothers lost to a 1931 Duesenberg Model J LeBaron Phaeton after some mechanical problems.
7. Aston Martin DB5
Secret agent lovers, this is your dream car. Too bad it’s now part of a private collection, at a cost of just under $4.6 million. This is the car that Sean Connery drove as agent James Bond both Goldfinger and Thunderball. Since then, of course, James Bond has been played by several actors, and the character himself has climbed behind the wheel of a number of different cars. But for the winner of this auction, a trip to the GoldenEye Hotel and Resort in Jamaica was also thrown in, along with some other 007 memorabilia.
6. 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta by Pinin Farina
From the Italian movie La Fortuna di Essere Donna, or as it was released in the U.S., Lucky To Be a Woman, this 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta was specially designed to be used for special events. In fact, only seven of these cars were ever made, each housing a 340 horsepower V12 engine. As Gizmag even admits, “it’s price has almost nothing to do with its film appearance. This is a rare and valuable car in its own right.” It sold for $4.62 million in 2010.
5. The Batmobile
It’s the original Batmobile! You know, the one that Adam West used to cruise to crime scenes in? Not that fancy tank-like contraption that Christian Bale used in later installments, which would probably cost a cool $2 billion. No, this very-real car instead sold for $4.62 million in January of 2013 at a Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. Under the black paint and bat-fixtures, the car itself is a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car, so says Gizmag. The Batmobile was actually used in other film projects as well, including the 1959 movie It Started With a Kiss.
4. 1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta
In 2012, this incredible Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta sold for $6.7 million. Where have you seen it before? Why, in the movie The Love Bug, of course! The car itself is exceptionally rare — only 77 were ever produced over the course of four years, making it even more valuable. In addition to its on-screen employment, these models were used to win the Tour de France auto race three years in a row, from 1957 through 1959. The hardest thing to believe? This car was actually abandoned at one time, before being picked up and restored to its former glorious state.
3. 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe
If you’ve seen the movie Redline 7000 from the year 1965, you’ll recognize this Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe. The movie starred James Caan in his first lead role, adding to the mythos surrounding this car. As for the car’s price, it sold in 2009 at auction for $7.69 million. That’s considerably more than the movie’s actual budget, which tallied up at only $1.35 million.
2. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder
This particular Ferrari has been the center of a bit of confusion. Yes, it is the same model that was driven by Matthew Broderick in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. But this particular car — which sold for nearly $10.9 million in 2008 — isn’t the car used in the movie. Instead, it was owned for more than two decades by James Coburn, another star of the screen, and was then purchased by Chris Evans, a media personality from the U.K.
1. 1968 Ford Gulf GT40
Fans will be able to relive, at least in small part, their dreams of climbing behind this monster when the new Ford GT hits the market, but it still won’t live up to the classic 1968 Gulf GT40 that held the spotlight in the 1971 film Le Mans. Honestly, that’s the only way anyone would ever be able to afford it, as this specific car sold for an incredible $11 million in 2012, through Sotheby’s RM Auctions. At nearly 50 years old, the car still has a striking modern look to it. It’s rare, awesome, and has had a successful career as a movie star. And it’s the most expensive car to ever grace the screen.
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