Thursday, May 10, 2012

There are some epic 80s films where the car in the story was just as important a character as the rest of the cast. Here are a few examples of completely memorable 80s film cars:



The Delorean Time Machine: Back to the Future

When Doc Emmett Brown asked Marty McFly to meet him in the parking lot of the Twin Pines Mall at 1:15 in the morning in Hill Valley, California, the young skateboarding Marty had no idea the surprise that was in store for him. With the addition of a Flux Capacitor and a few other tweaks, mad scientist Brown had secretly converted a flashy metallic Delorean, complete with gull wing doors, into a functioning time machine that was powered by Plutonium. Talk about pimping your ride!
The Delorean time machine was one super cool vehicle, leaving flaming tire tracks in its wake whenever it zoomed up to 88 miles per hour and jumped between points on the space time continuum. Lots of crazy things happened in that car, including Marty awkwardly kissing his mother long before he was born in a high school parking lot in 1955. The car was even struck by lightning, sending it back to the Wild West where it was shot at by arrows in a classic Cowboys and Indians scene. In order to get it up to the right speed, cowboy Doc Brown outfits a steam train with super-charged fuel and pushes it off the edge of a cliff. The Delorean makes it safely back to 1985 before it is finally crushed to pieces by an oncoming modern train. Don’t worry though, now the Doc drives an epic steam-powered time travelling train!



Cameron’s Dad’s Ferrari GT California: Ferris Beuller’s Day Off

Under the influence of his authority-defying best friend Ferris, Cameron Fry is convinced to sneak his father’s precious 1962 Ferrari GT California out of its luxurious garage and drive it into Chicago for an epic day of skipping school and goofing off.
The teens park the car in a garage while they explore the art gallery, watch a baseball game and crash a parade. Unbeknownst to them, the car is taken on a joy ride by a couple of attendants at the garage who obviously appreciate the aerodynamic qualities of this rare automobile.
When Ferris, Sloan and Cameron pick up the vehicle and try to sneak it back home, the alarming total on the odometer causes Cameron to go into shock, frozen in a motionless and speechless gaze. In an effort to “take the miles off” they prop the car up on blocks and keep it running in reverse. However, when Cameron props his foot up against the car following an impassioned speech about his controlling father the car slips off its stand and goes careening through the glass windows of the garage and hurtling into the canyon below. As they stare down into the wreckage, Cameron realizes that he has to stand up to his father once and for all.



The Ectomobile: Ghostbusters

The ghost zapping team rode around in a 1958 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Futura Duplex End Loader which was painted red and white. It is a bizarre combination of an ambulance and a hearse and it carries all of the team’s ghost-capturing equipment. As it zooms through the streets of New York City it lets out a distinctive siren wail which was created specifically for the film. Inside the vehicle is a modified gurney which the Ghostbusters use to hold their proton packs.
Apparently, in a deleted scene from the movie a police officer puts a ticket on the Ectomobile while it is parked and the vehicle immediately burns down to ashes.
These are just a few of the most memorable cars in 1980s films, which are still immediately recognizable to this day.


Have you ever wondered what the car insurance quotes would be on the Delorean from Back to the Future or the Ectomobile from Ghostbusters? Here are the stories of some epic cars from 80s cinema.

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