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4 Memorable Car Brands and Models that Defined Pop Culture

Volkswagen BeetleSome cars are as popular as the actors who starred in a film. Those who like the films may want to get their hands on the same models. Here are four vehicles popularized in movies and information on where to find them.

Aston Martin

The ever-famous Agent 007 James Bond drove several cars, but the Aston Martin DB5 used in the film Goldfinger is perhaps the most remembered. It has the classy appeal that went beyond the usual vehicle design during that time. Bond film lovers may have also noticed this vehicle appearing in the film Skyfall.

Aston Martin DB5 has since been replaced with newer models like the V8 Vantage, but vintage models may still be up for grabs for those who have the money.


Who can forget the story of an adorable girl and her family when they crossed states just to attend a pageant? Little Miss Sunshine has a memorable for cast and an unforgettable ride—the yellow Volkswagen Microbus.

The 1963 Volkswagen Beetle also made a name for itself as Herbie in the movie The Love Bug. You can find classic models at auction, while newer models are on Arkansas car dealerships sites.

Ford Econoline

The Ford Econoline made its mark on pop culture as the van The Mystery Machine in Scooby-Doo. A customized Econoline played a part in the action version of the world-renowned cartoon.

Ford Econoline also served as the body for the Mutt Cutts in the film Dumb and Dumber. The Ford Econoline’s latest is the 2014 model, which may be the last van-type in the series.

Ford Thunderbird

The 1960s model of Ford Thunderbird became the sole witness to the transformation of two friends in the film Thelma & Louise. From what should have been a fun vacation, Thelma and Louise became fugitives after killing a rapist. While the film is tragic, many have the scene and vehicle etched in their memories. The car maker will be offering the new Ford Thunderbird 2015.

Movies are more powerful with recognizable elements such as cars and houses. Remember your favorite film by having the same car model in your garage or customizing your vehicle to resemble one.

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