This post is going to cause more than a few car lovers to wince, we’re sure, but we can all agree that the destruction of a beautiful car is totally worth it to make a great movie, right? Here are five famous cars that were sacrificed to the altar of Hollywood, in exchange for some truly epic cinematic scenes.
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The Hangover – 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet
There were five replicas used for this movie, each one more beat up than the last to show the car at various points in its demise. One was almost stolen – a crew member noticed a familiar beat-up Merc in stopped traffic near where they were filming a driving sequence… They called the police, who busted the guy and returned the car. If he’d waited for them to appear on eBay he could have bought it for a fraction of the price of a real one. It may not have lasted long, but at least he could have driven it off the lot.
The Fast and the Furious – 1970 Dodge Charger
Dom’s Charger featured the same body style as the Dukes of Hazzard’s General Lee and is rumored to have been a ’68 Charger in disguise. This one didn’t retire after the movie, either – it appeared as an extra in a junkyard in Herbie Fully Loaded. We have no evidence that it fired its agent after this ignominious cameo, but we certainly hope it did.
The Dark Knight – 2007 Lamborghini Murcielago
They crashed three Lambos for the scene where Bruce prevents an assassination by heroically being in the way. Less impressive than the truck flip scene, although that has some competitors – like these crazy car capers. ‘Murcielago’ means ‘bat’ in Spanish, and the color scheme of the car was black and yellow – not exactly subtle, Bruce. Still, all Clark Kent needed was a pair of glasses.
Casino Royale – 2006 Aston Martin DBS
In true Bond style, this car was equipped only with the items he happened to need – a spare gun (natch) and a defibrillator. How does Q always know? The DBS had a stunt double for the crash: a reinforced DB9. The double took the impact, and also a world record for a number of times rolled – an impressive seven. Like all Bond’s best crashes it came at the end of a great car chase.
James Bond: Skyfall – 2012 Aston Martin DB5
The DB5 is the most recognized the franchise, first appearing in Goldfinger in 1964. Bond won this one in the poker game in Casino Royale, but due to MI6’s strict one-Aston-Martin-per-villain rule, he waited for the next movie to let it be destroyed. Would it have been cooler if Silva had filmed it in slow-mo? If our article is anything to go by, then yes. Yes, it would.