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10 of the best Movie Mustangs

01.12.2015

If James Bond was American we reckon that he would ditch the Aston Martin and get behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang. He would replace his martini for ice cold beer and the svelte beauty next to him would be a tall, blonde Californian girl.

The Mustang is and will always be an icon not only in the motoring world but on the big screen as well. We have a list of some special ponies that made it to the big screen.

1: Gone in Sixty Seconds (1974)

Not many people out there know that the first Gone in Sixty Seconds came out in 1974. The original Eleanor was a 1971 Mustang and not a Shelby GT500. Only two cars were used for filming the movie. Of these two, one car was modified for the stunt driving needed by the final chase and wrecked in said process. The other was kept intact for all external "beauty shots." The latter car was also used for all but two interior shots.

2: Hollywood Homicide

In this crime drama, Harrison Ford piloted a 2003 Saleen S281SC convertible Mustang. How he afforded it on a detectives salary we don’t quite know, but it was cool nevertheless. The Saleen featured a custom body kit, suspension kit, brake kit, leather interior kit, tyres, wheels and gauges, then topped this off with silver paint and logos. This car has a vortex supercharger on a 4.6 litre V8. The Saleen doesn’t show up until at least half-way into the film, but from the moment it does it’s a star.

3: Crash and Burn

This movie was a low budget movie yet it featured two 2006 Shelby Mustangs. The producers rented these cars from Hertz car rental as it worked out cheaper. It was also the only way to get a black Mustang with gold racing stripes as that colour combination was specific to Hertz.

4: I AM LEGEND

Who wouldn’t love empty city streets and a 2007 Shelby GT500 SVT to race around in? Ok, being the only person alive in that city might be a downside but at least you won’t have to share. Will Smith can be seen driving around the streets of New York, looking for supplies as he is the last un-mutated human in the city.

5: Transformers

Remember that cop car Mustang in the first Transformers movie? Well that was a 2007 Saleen S281 Extreme. Not only did it say ‘To punish and enslave’ on the side, it also had a 50mm chain gun and a giant circular saw for close combat.

6: The Fast and the Furious 3: Tokyo Drift

One of the best renditions of a Mustang can be found towards the end of the movie. It also featured its own song which was composed by legendary guitarist, Slash. The song was called Mustang Nismo, Nismo because this 1967 Mustang Fastback was powered by a RB26DETT Nissan motor.

7: Death Race

In this action packed film, a 2008 Mustang GT called "Frankenstein's Monster" stars as a battle-ready 2008 GT which makes Mad Max's lineup of vehicles look like something an old lady would drive. The movie is about prisoners in a maximum security prison who have to race to the death. The prize is freedom, yet the dirty warden always seems to kill off the driver before they win.

8: Diamonds Are Forever

So it turns out that when James Bond (played by Sean Connery) travelled to America he did get behind the wheel of a 1971 Mach I Mustang.

9: Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)

One of the most famous Mustangs to feature on the big screen has to be the 1967 Shelby GT500 "Eleanor". It may be a little over the top in the body-kit department, but the brash awesomeness more than makes up for it. About twelve cars were built by Cinema Vehicle Services for the film (not including CVS's creation of one additional Eleanor clone - with a Ford 428 - for producer Bruckheimer). Nine were shells, and three were built as fully functional vehicles. Seven were reported to have "survived the filming" of which some made it back to Cinema Vehicle Services.

10: Bullitt

This isn't just the definitive movie Mustang--it's the definitive car chase. Bullitt is a must-see film for every car buff. Steve McQueen pilots the iconic 1968 GT390 Fastback which featured in one of the best car chases ever staged.

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Article written by Autodealer
01.12.2015
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