Classic cars of the movies – the 1980s

Whilst the 1980s is regarded by many as the decade of all decades for memorable movies, it’s not so packed with great cars.

In the latest of our series of articles on classic cars on the silver screen, we have included perhaps the number one screwball-type road comedy and a classic buddy movie, as well as turning to some of the truly individual vehicles.

During our office discussions on the subject, the feeling that we’ve missed an absolute gem of a classic car film from the 80s has grown and grown, so do get in touch here if you can think of something we didn’t!

The Blues Brothers (1980)

We couldn’t talk about 80s films without a quick mention of The Blues Brothers, the feature film including John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues and their classic movie motor, the Bluesmobile.

The brothers’ retired 1974 Mount Prospect, Illinois Dodge Monaco patrol car was involved in so many chases that the film broke the record for most destroyed, until it was surpassed by its own sequel.

The Blues Brothers featured 13 different cars bought at auction from the California Highway Patrol, as well as 60 police cars and over 40 stunt drivers, with a 24-hour body shop in operation during filming.

The Cannonball Run (1981)

Next up, The Cannonball Run, the classic starring Burt Reynolds, Jackie Chan, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise, Farrah Fawcett and a whopping supporting cast, which also included a range of fantastic motors.

One of 1981’s most successful films at the box office, it was followed by Cannonball Run II (1984), and Speed Zone (1989).

Some of the cars were so impressive they became stars of the film in their own right and classic pop-culture vehicles.

Who can forget Burt Reynolds in the Dodge Tradesman ambulance, or better yet, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr dressed as Catholic priests in their red Ferrari 308 GTS 1979!

See what else you remember from the list below:

  • Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
  • Aston Martin DB5
  • Chevrolet Monte Carlo
  • Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna
  • Subaru Leone
  • Lamborghini Countach
  • Mercedes 280 SEL Sedan

 80s icons

Nobody can talk about 80s films and 80s motors without one or all of the following coming up in conversation.

  • The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder ‘borrowed’ for the day by Matthew Broderick and his friends in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
  • The DeLorean DMC-12 made world famous as a time machine in Back to the Future (1985) and the resulting trilogy starring Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd
  • The 1959 Cadillac Commercial Chassis ambulance/hearse, built by the Miller-Meteor company and kitted out by the Ghostbusters in the 1984 smash hit starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis

We’ll be back soon with the 90s, but to catch up on our previous articles visit here for the 60s and here for the 70s.

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