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6 Great Movie Cars and their Real-Life Counterparts You Can Buy on Autotrader

Movie cars will always have a special place in our hearts, as many movies are defined by the vehicles they feature — and, likewise, many vehicles have become known primarily for their movie appearances, maintaining popularity and excitement solely due to their appearance in a timeless classic. The six movie cars below are good examples, as they’re all inextricably tied to the movies in which they appeared — and today, we’re going to show you where you can buy them on Autotrader. OK, sure, in some cases you can’t use Autotrader to find the exact movie car we’re talking about — but we’ve included some excellent stand-ins that are probably a little more suited to most shoppers anyway.

DeLorean: Back to the Future

The DeLorean from Back to the Future is quite possibly the most famous movie car of all time. To create it, a standard DeLorean was transformed into a time machine that Doc Brown and Marty McFly used to travel into the past — and, of course, into the future. Interestingly, there are always a handful of DeLorean models for sale on Autotrader — six or seven at the current moment — and if you want to live out your Back to the Future fantasies, this is the nicest one: a 1981 model with just 653 original miles. Of course, if a DeLorean doesn’t exactly fit your lifestyle, you can take your own trip to the future with one of the more technologically advanced cars on the market; for instance, here’s a Tesla Model X — known for its fully electric powertrain, giant center screen, gullwing doors and impressive self-driving capabilities.

Dodge Charger: Fast and Furious

Throughout the first movie in the massive Fast and Furious franchise, Dom drove a highly recognizable 1970 Dodge Charger R/T. You can’t get one of those on Autotrader, but subsequent films in the franchise moved on to more recent Charger and Challenger models — and Autotrader has everything from a brand-new Dodge Charger Hellcat to the massively powerful new Dodge Challenger Demon. Or, if you preferred the “JDM” side of the movies, you might be surprised to discover you can buy a Nissan Skyline GT-R on Autotrader — like this legally imported 1990 Skyline GT-R that appears almost completely unmodified.

Cadillac Ambulance: Ghostbusters

The original “ECTO-1” from Ghostbusters was a 1959 Cadillac that had been converted into a hearse or an ambulance, much in the same way today’s pickup trucks can be modified for all sorts of jobs — a dump truck, a box truck, a cherry picker, etc. Such a vehicle is exceedingly rare, and you probably wouldn’t want one anyway: In addition to its 60-year-old safety standards and equipment, the Ghostbusters’ Cadillac was longer than most full-size pickup trucks. Instead, consider a modern station wagon: the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon is a serious thrill, with 577 horsepower and a 0-to-60 time of 3.4 seconds. And if you don’t have that kind of coin, consider the Honda Civic Type R — not quite a wagon, but certainly a practical hatchback — or the budget-friendly Mazda3 hatchback.

Pontiac Firebird: Knight Rider

Ask anyone to name the star of 1980s TV series Knight Rider and you’re sure to hear Michael Knight’s name — followed closely by “KITT,” the talking, artificially intelligent 1982 Pontiac Firebird that was Knight’s partner in crime fighting. If you want your own KITT, you can find it on Autotrader: the third-generation Firebird body style was sold from 1982 to 1991, and there are quite a few listed on Autotrader including several in KITT’s distinctive black color. This one is probably the nicest, though it hails from the final year of production; this one is closer in age to the actual KITT, though it’s been heavily modified — sadly, not to include artificial intelligence. If you’d like a more modern KITT, you’re out of luck, as the Pontiac Firebird’s final production year was 2002 — but the Firebird’s twin, the Chevy Camaro, lives on, and you should have no trouble finding a black one (like this brand-new SS Coupe) that could stand in for a modern-day version. Of course, KITT’s primary benefit was his technology — and while today’s cars can’t quite help you fight crime, the latest Mercedes-Benz S-Class is loaded with high-tech gadgets and features that would’ve made KITT jealous.

Batmobile: Batman

The Batmobile, of course, can’t be purchased on Autotrader. Nor can it be purchased from anywhere but Lucius Fox at Wayne Industries — and our guess is he isn’t selling. If you want your own Batmobile, you’ll have to instead settle for some sort of high-performance sports car. Consider, for instance, the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, which was Bruce Wayne’s personal car in The Dark Knight. Or, if your budget won’t quite allow a Lamborghini, how about this stealthy black Chevrolet Corvette Z06? Or maybe this all-black Shelby GT350, which seems like the exact car Batman would drive when he wasn’t in the Batmobile — except for the fact that the ultra-loud exhaust note would draw everyone’s attention.

Jeep Wrangler: Jurassic Park

Although the most famous car from the original Jurassic Park movie was undoubtedly the first-generation Ford Explorer that was nearly torn apart by a T. Rex, the enduring icon of the film has been the Jeep Wrangler models used by park staff — likely because it’s so easy for movie fans to replicate the paint scheme from the movie-starring Wrangler. It’s now difficult to find an early 1990s Wrangler that hasn’t been modified to the hilt, but this relatively clean example is available. Meanwhile, if you’d rather have the iconic Ford Explorer, those are getting increasingly difficult to find — but this example is a fairly good idea of what “Jurassic Park” attendees would’ve seen upon arriving at Isla Nublar (minus the graphics and the heat-seeking binoculars, of course). And then, of course, there’s the Mercedes-Benz ML320 — the star of the sequel, The Lost World, and also increasingly difficult to find in excellent condition.


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