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6 iconic cars from the UK's favourite films

It might have spawned one of the most famous lines in movie history - Michael Caine's character uttering 'You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!' but the 1969 film The Italian Job is also remembered for a quite brilliant car chase involving three Mini Coopers zooming around the centre of Turin.

Cars and movies have always had a close relationship - here are six iconic motors from some of the UK's favourite ever films.

Herbie

If you're of a certain generation, you will have grown up with the Herbie franchise. The loveable little VW Beetle made its big screen debut in the 1968 classic The Love Bug. Herbie was no ordinary car - he had a character all of his own. It wasn't the Beetle's only film appearance, either. He was later seen in Herbie Rides Again (1974), Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977) and Herbie Goes Bananas (1980); after a gap of 15 years he was reprised for the 2005 movie Herbie: Fully Loaded.

James Bond's Aston Martin
James Bond has driven more than a few classy cars during his lengthy and evergreen career as a spy in the British Secret Service but the Aston Martin DB5 seen in 1964's Goldfinger and Thunderball in 1965 is the most memorable. In total, the DB5 has appeared in six of the franchise's film, most recently in Skyfall, which starred Daniel Craig as 007. Given its stylish image it's no surprise that the Aston Martin remains a car of huge appeal - although buying one might be beyond most of us, it's possible to drive one through the likes of Lease Car.

Ghostbusters Ecto-1
With a brand new Ghostbusters film due out this year, it's time to pay homage to the 1984 original and in particular the Ecto-1 - the vehicle of choice for the four ghoul-fighting heroes. The charm of the car was that it looked like a hulking great mass of metal, laden with equipment and emblazoned with the Ghostbusters logo on the side; it was actually a converted Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance. The new one is also a Cadillac - a 1980s Fleetwood Station Wagon.

Bullitt's Mustang

There have been few cooler actors in movie history than Steve McQueen, and his 1968 classic Bullitt showed him at his finest - as police detective Frank Bullitt. His 1968 Mustang GT 390 purred around the streets of San Francisco, and the car chase during the film - obviously there's a superb car chase - is rated as one of the best of all time.

The Graduate's Alfa Romeo

The Alfa Romeo Spider celebrated its 50th birthday earlier this year and, as this article in the Telegraph suggests, there's 'probably never been a car whose profile was helped more by a film' than this sporty convertible. It only had a minor role, but as Dustin Hoffman drove the Spider like a man possessed, racing to get to the church on time to declare his love for Katharine Ross, 1967's The Graduate was brilliant way to showcase this nippy little Italian.

Back to the Future's De Lorean

At the very heart of the Back to the Future trilogy - 1985, 1989 and 1990 - was the DeLorean DMC-12, selected by Doc Brown as his vehicle for travelling through time; in fact, it was part car, part time machine. There's more about the DeLorean here - designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and engineered by Lotus Cars, the DMC-12 had stainless steel body panels and gullwing doors which opened upwards. The car was built in 1981, although the DeLorean Motor Company filed for bankruptcy just a year later..

 

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