Britain’s named its all-time favourite movie car – and the winner really does have the Midas touch! The star car that has won the most votes in the Auto Express poll is the 1963 Aston Martin DB5 featured in Goldfinger – the Bond movie that forever linked 007 to the British marque. The elegant but staggeringly quick 282bhp Aston was driven by Sean Connery and sold for a staggering £2.6m at auction last year.
Thousands of motorists took part in the Auto Express online poll, which asked readers to choose between 50 big screen classics, featuring everything from Ron Weasley’s flying Anglia in Harry Potter, to Tom Cruise’s wall-climbing Lexus in Minority Report.
But it was the time-travelling antics of the 1981 DeLorean in Back to the Future that next captured the nation’s heart, earning it second place in the movie car league table. Doc Brown’s time machine transformed the Northern Irish built coupe into one of the most famous cars in the world, with one of the surviving three expected to fetch almost $1m at auction next month.
In close third, however, and showcasing little more than the car’s natural agility was the 1968 Mini Cooper S in the Italian Job. Arguably the single most successful promotional tool for the Mini, the 1969 Brit-flick perfectly demonstrated the handling skills of the race-bred Cooper S. Over 30 were used to create the Turin getaway sequence, including the dressed-up standard-spec Minis that came to grief in the finale, but sadly none survive.
The 1968 Mustang GT 390 in Bullitt took fourth place. Petrolhead tough-guy actor Steve McQueen is perfectly at home at the wheel of Ford’s mighty V8 Mustang fastback in one of the finest car chases of all time. The fifth favourite movie car was again driven by 007. This time it was Bond’s 1976 Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me, which memorably switched to submarine mode and was driven straight into the Mediterranean. The one workable car was sold in auction in 2008 for £110,000; the hugely complex submersible version is now the Beaulieu museum in Hampshire.
Pick up a copy of this week’s Auto Express for a complete countdown of the results, and full details of all the cars included in the poll.