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American Graffiti

Though American Graffiti, as a whole, was George Lucas’ love letter to his hometown of Modesto, California – we (and car enthusiasts everywhere) have definitely latched onto the ’60s-era vehicles that appear in the high school comedy drama film. And while there are quite a few notable vehicles in this one – like the white ‘56 T-Bird Suzanne Somers drove around in or Harrison Ford’s black ’55 Chevy – the one that really stole the show is a 1932 Ford Coupe. So the story goes, it was this car that helped reignite the popularity of hot rods after the release of the movie in 1973.


Back to the Future Trilogy

Probably no movie car is as iconic as the DeLorean DMC-12 from the Back to the Future series. Truly, they are intrinsically tied to one another. Unfortunately, apart from it’s exceedingly unique visage, the DMC-12 wasn’t actually a very good car. It utilized a Peugeot-Renault-Volvo (PRV) 2.85-liter V6 engine that only pumped out 130 horsepower, which is a pretty low figure on its own. But it wasn’t helped by the fact that the car featured an all stainless steel body – which looked quite nice, but was also heavy. In fact, on standard American models, the speedometer maxed out at 85 mph – three shy of the necessary speed to time travel, according to the science-fiction series.

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