Cars and movies go hand-in-hand. Even if you’re not an enthusiast, there’s a high chance that a car played a major role in your film. It’s really interesting, and I’m going to get a little poetic here, but movies bring out a different side to automobiles than just being forms of transportation. And this video by Thomas Flight captures that.
The video below is a 12-minute long look at how movies have used cars to portray just how important the hunks of metal are. It’s kind of a curious thing – I’ve been trying to explain to friends and families for years that cars are more than just ways of getting from point A to B. But my words continuously fall upon deaf ears.
For some odd reason, no matter how much I try to explain it, they just don’t see cars the same way I do. But if they just watched the video below, I think they’d get it. Somehow, Thomas Flight managed to mash a bunch of movie-related scenes from various films to create a harmonious look at all the ways Hollywood utilizes cars.
This got me thinking about some of the more stirring cars in movies. We all know about the Ford Mustang Bullitt and how Steve McQueen chased down a couple of wrongdoers in a Dodge Charger in the ’68 film “Bullitt” or Doc’s DeLorean time machine from “Back to the future”
And the majority of us know about the Lamborghini Miura and the epic scene from “The Italian Job.” The list goes on and on – there’s the Ferrari 250 GT California from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and the classic Buick Roadmaster from “Rain Man”.
But which one of these cars is your favorite in the context of the film? Naturally, when I first started thinking of this, I gravitated towards superheroes and their supercars. Like “Iron Man’s” Audi R8 or Bruce Wayne’s antics in a Lamborghini. But those cars, at least in the movies, never made my jaw drop and saw wow.
What did was James Bond’s Toyota 2000GT Convertible from the film “You Only Live Twice.” And while I won’t go into a debate on who was the best James Bond, because it’s obviously Sean Connery, I do think the 2000GT Convertible is one of the more memorable cars from films.
The 2000GT has an interesting history. Things, motorsport wise, were really ramping up in Japan in the ‘60s. The first Japanese Grand Prix took place in 1963 and both Honda and Datsun came out with their first roadsters in the same year – the S500 and Fairland 1500, respectively. Toyota was late to that party, revealing the Sports 800 in 1965.
The Sports 800 met the need for a lightweight sports car, but Toyota wanted more, it wanted to come out with a flagship model, as Toyota GB claims, to make a vehicle to showcase the tech and manufacturing experience it had accumulated. Toyota reached out to Yamaha Motor Co. for some help in creating the first prototype of the 2000GT, which was unveiled at the 1965 Toyota Motor Show. Needless to say, the vehicle went on to become a major hit and is now regarded as one of the prettiest cars ever made.
For the Film “You Only Live Twice,” Toyota made two open-top versions of the 2000GT. The automaker never sold a convertible body style of the sports car, which is a shame, because it looks epic in the chase scene from the film.
Do you think the 2000GT is the most iconic car from a movie? If not, let us know which automobile you think should belong in movie-car heaven below.