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The Ford Mustang is one of history’s most iconic sports car models. However, the pony car wouldn’t have its instant recognizability without plenty of screen time. Still, even with periodic performances in James Bond movies, TV shows, and video games, there are a few standout movie Mustangs with silver screen clout. Check out some famous Hollywood Mustangs, like the iconic 1967 Shelby GT500 from “Gone in 60 Seconds.”

What are the most famous Ford Mustangs from Hollywood movies?

The fame of movie Mustangs is, in some cases, debatable, with a few noteworthy exceptions. For instance, the Ford Mustang GT 390 from the 1968 film “Bullitt” is instantly recognizable to fans worldwide. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390– “Bullitt”
  • 1969 Ford Mustang– “John Wick”
  • 1967 Shelby GT500– “Gone in 60 Seconds”
  • 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang Convertible– “Goldfinger”
  • Custom 1967 Ford Mustang– “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”

What is the most famous Mustang?

The 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 that Steve McQueen drove in “Bullitt” is, alongside the Aston Martin DB5 from the Bond films and Herbie, one of the most famous movie cars ever. Moreover, the iconic Dark Highland Green color found itself on homage versions across three generations: an SN-95, S197, and S550. 

Additionally, the movie’s director, Peter Yates, reportedly opted out of a period musical accompaniment for the famous 11-minute chase scene, per Movie Music UK. While that might seem like a silly decision, listening to the chase removes all doubt; the battling V8s is music enough. However, a GT-40 actually created the movie soundtrack for the GT 390 Mustang. 

What Mustang does John Wick drive?

John Wick, Keanu Reeves’ franchise hitman, drives a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429– or so it would seem. In actuality, the Boss 429 was a series of film-prepped Mach 1s. Furthermore, the stunning ‘Stang is one of the famous impetuses for Wick’s movie body count. 

Either way, the sinister Mustang is a screen presence and one of the most famous movie Mustangs of recent years. 

Was Eleanor a GT 350 or 500?

A silver and black 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 from the movie Gone in 60 Seconds shows off its lines.
1967 Shelby GT500 | Dean Mouhtaropoulos, Getty Images

Eleanor, the lovingly monikered star of the 2000 film “Gone in 60 Seconds” is a 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. However, the Nicolas Cage movie rendition is a remake of the 1974 classic, wherein a yellow 1973 Mustang tears up the streets of Long Beach. 

Despite the epic screen time of the 1973 Mustang in the original movie, the gray 1967 Shelby GT500 from the second version of “Gone in 60 Seconds” is even more recognizable among famed movie cars. 

Did James Bond ever drive a Mustang?

While James Bond drove a big-body Ford Mustang Mach 1 in the 1971 film, “Diamonds Are Forever,” one of the most iconic bits of Mustang movie history arrived with love interest Tilly Masterson racing a white 1964 ½ Ford Mustang Convertible against Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 in “Goldfinger.” 

Sean’s Custom 1967 Ford Mustang from ‘The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift’ is a famous build

A list of recent Mustang movie stars shouldn’t go without mention of the custom-built 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback from the third movie in the wildest “car” franchise of all, “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.” In the film, street racer Sean Boswell stuffs a 2.6L Nissan RB26 inline-six-cylinder mill into the American classic and drifts it against a Nissan 350Z.  

What would you add to the list of the most iconic silver screen ‘Stangs? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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