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Movies are a big part of our lives and often times get credited with shaping our culture. Which is why it should come as no surprise they also shape the vehicle industry. Throughout the years, famous cars from movies have formed part of our collective consciousness.
Did you ever think you could own the General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard? What about the DeLorean from Back to the Future? The car you’ve always loved could be somewhere out there on the market. Whether you're buying from a private party or through an auction, the used car you're after might be more affordable and valuable than you think. By buying a salvage title car or a pre-owned vehicle in need of some extra care, you can find something in your budget.
And those aftermarket spare parts your vehicle needs? By going to your local salvage yard you can find that prized part that fits your make and model. Part of the fun of owning a classic car is fixing it up and the time spent in the garage. Also, the money you save by doing the upgrades yourself. If you are a big movie buff, consider yourself a Roger Ebert and have a passion for cars, then look no further. These cars we researched from famous movies are ones you can actually afford.
That's right, you don't have to be a millionaire with a garage like Jay Leno to own the cars listed below. All you need is some space, tools, your local scrap yard, and some time for your hobby. The following cars have all stolen the show in the box-office and could be stealing attention for you.
Dukes of Hazzard
The 1969 Dodge Charger is one of the most iconic muscle movie cars of our time. There is much debate between the car's color, whether it was Hemi Orange or Flame Red. This makes it the ultimate fixer-upper car with so many ways to make it standout as a replica.
Owning a Jaguar is a bucket-list item for many car collectors. One of the best investment Jaguar models is the E-type arguably made famous by the Austin Powers movies. The model was introduced in 1961 and was made until 1975. Enzo Ferrari called the Jaguar E-type, “The most beautiful car ever made.”
Some E-types on the market are affordable. Unlike the 1966 Jaguar E-type that can sell for over $100,000 at auction. However, many could argue the XJ6 models that sell for as low as $3,000 - $5,000 have that iconic Jaguar look while still being within budget.
Back to the Future
Want to buy a DeLorean DMC-12 and worried the doors might not stay up? There is a YouTube video for everything, including fixing up your Back to the Future car. To be able to get a super low-priced one, you will have to buy one that needs a lot of work. The good news is according to The DeLorean Motor Company, the original factory only made 9,000 when it was set to make over 30,000. This means there is a lot of inventory out there from places that have bought the remaining factory parts.
Steve McQueen's 1968 Ford Mustang has been getting a lot of buzz in the press lately. Not only was 2018 the 50th anniversary of the movie, Frank Bullitt's original car was recently discovered. The current owner's father bought it from a classified ad and McQueen tried more than once to buy it back from him. In 1977 he even offered to find him another Mustang if too much money wasn't involved.
In 2019 the car was in the news again, when Ford Motor Company came out with its third generation of the limited edition Mustang BULLITT. The shifter is a cue-ball like the original and it is only made in manual transmission. Hopefully, if a modern Bullitt is in your price range, you are part of the 18% of Americans who can drive it, according to the U.S. News and World Report.
At the North American International Auto Show, Ford brought the original Mustang on stage with the new release. The 1968 Ford Mustang is an affordable buy considering its popularity and headlines the movie still garners today. Side Note: There is also a 1968 Dodge Charger in the famous car chase in Bullitt.
There are a few famous cars in Transformers and with the 2018 release of BumbleBee we'll focus on him. And because the 1977 Chevrolet Camaro is the ultimate fan favorite. This car definitely fits the bill as one of the more affordable cars from the big screen you can buy. For example, one of the original 1977 Chevrolet Camaros from the 2007 Transformers movie sold for a low price of $27,500.
When restoring your old Camaro you can feel free to leave the rust and scratches. As long as it’s painted yellow with two black racing stripes it will look exactly like BumbleBee. Finding a way to get the eight-track working again will likely be the real challenge.
For all one knows, with proper digging into online classified ads, you may get as lucky as the owner of the original Bullitt. With some elbow grease and finding spare parts at a local salvage yard, getting a famous car from a movie might be in your budget.
Always be sure to check vehicle history reports and research before buying a pre-owned car. There are a lot of factors that determine the car's value that you should know before buying. There are also a lot of differing opinions on the condition of a car and what determines it.
In short, if it's a car you love and have always wanted, can you put a price on it? Well, except in Steve McQueen's case, you can. Be sure to keep your eye out, as you don't know where a rare find could be hiding. Especially, if you have your eye on BumbleBee.