Five Classic Film Cars That Sold For Megabucks At Auction
Ever dreamed of owning your favorite car from the movies? Of course you have. What kid hasn’t dreamed of pulling up to school in the Batmobile? Who hasn’t wished they could turn up on a date driving Ferris Bueller's Ferrari or James Bond’s favorite Aston Martin? For many car enthusiasts, these kinds of dreams will never become a reality. But for a lucky few, owning your favorite picture car is only an auction away. Of course, there is the small issue with the price tags. If you thought buying a classic car from a dealer was expensive, wait until you see how much these classic film cars sold for at auction.
1. 1968 Ford Gulf GT40 from Le Mans: $11,000,000
Yep, you read that correctly. The iconic car from Steve McQueen’s Le Mans is the most expensive American car ever sold at auction. This particular GT40 saw a fair bit of track time (including the legendary Le Mans circuit) before being sold to Solar Productions where it was put to work on the silver screen. After leaving Hollywood, it saw several vintage racing events before getting a full restoration prior to appearing at the 2003 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
2. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger: $4,595,998
Perhaps the most memorable and popular of all of 007’s rides from what many consider to be the greatest Bond film, Goldfinger, is the Aston Martin DB5. It was so popular, it even returned for the fourth installment of the franchise, Thunderball. Like all Bond vehicles, the car came pimped out with a host of weapons and gadgets, including .30 caliber Browning machine guns, a rear bulletproof screen, retractable tire slashers, a radar scanner, a passenger ejector seat and revolving number plates. Called ‘the most famous car in the world’ by Dave Worrall in his titular book, is it really any surprise that this Aston pulled in so much attention at auction? Imagine how much it would have cost had all of the gadgets worked.
3. 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider from On The Beach: $2,530,000
The gorgeous Ferrari from On The Beach has been sold twice at auction. The first time it went for $1,107,000 in 2006. The second time in 2011, the price more than doubled to $2,530,000. Before being driven by Fred Astaire, the car traveled halfway across the world from Brussels to the West Coast, winning two races and nine podium finishes on the way. Did you know only 35 of these beauties were ever built?
4. 1963 Modena Spyder from Ferris Bueller's Day Off: $230,000
The film that inspired a generation of kids to skip school also introduced us to one of the most beautiful independently-designed sports cars available at the time. This was one of three cars used interchangeably whilst filming and was restored by its previous owner over a 10-year period. Unfortunately, the partners sold Modena Design and Development shortly after the film was released but that hasn’t stopped one lucky fan from getting their hands on an original.
5. “General Lee” 1969 Dodge Charger from The Dukes of Hazzard: $450,000
Okay so not a film car, but how could we finish this article without mentioning General Lee. The Dukes of Hazzard was TV gold for a generation of car enthusiasts who knew they would always be treated to some crash and burn entertainment. It’s unsurprising, then, that they went through 309 models during filming. This replica was previously owned by John Schneider who played Bo, and is signed by the cast from the 1997 film.
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