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The Mercedes-Benz ML320 From "The Lost World" Is My Favorite Movie Car Ever

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author photo by Doug DeMuro October 2018

Many cars are famous for being featured in movies -- like the DeLorean from "Back to the Future," the ambulance from "Ghostbusters," the Aston Martin DB5 from "James Bond," the Ferrari from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and on and on. You could name dozens of movie cars that are instantly recognizable to everyone.

My favorite movie car, however, is a bit... different. It's the 1998 Mercedes-Benz ML320 from "The Lost World: Jurassic Park." For those of you who don't know this movie, let me just say that it's the finest film in the "Jurassic Park" series, because at some point a T. Rex runs through San Diego and eats people. And folks, only the finest movies have dinosaurs eating people in major metropolitan areas.

But anyway, back to the ML320. This movie came out right when the ML320 was first going on sale, and Mercedes-Benz wanted the product tie-in -- the hottest new car combined with the hottest new movie. So they did it, and they made the ML320 look wonderfully capable, tough and off-roady, with all sorts of weird add-ons that gave it the ability to fight the dinosaurs.

Of course, the ML320 has a rough go of it. Two examples are brought to the island where the dinosaurs live, and one falls off a cliff, and the other is destroyed by a dinosaur. But otherwise, it's a wonderful situation, and it's great to see these cars on screen, acting tough, doing things they never would've done in real life.

Interestingly, nobody replicates this now. Even though a lot of people have created replica Jeep Wrangler models from the first "Jurassic Park" movie, and even replicas of the original Ford Explorer from "Jurassic Park," and many other movie cars, nobody that I'm aware of has done the ML320 -- likely because this movie wasn't particularly beloved, and the ML320 was hardly a movie icon in the way some other vehicles have been.

In the years that followed, Mercedes-Benz has remained a part of these movies, but I never really loved any future "Jurassic Park" car quite as much as I love the ML320 from "The Lost World." I've written before about how I think the ML was a crucial car for this market, and it should go down as an automotive icon, but this movie was an important item that helped cement that status -- Mercedes-Benz debuted this thing in the biggest way possible.

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