Famous movie cars you can afford

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How often do you dream about a certain car you saw on the big screen, wishing it was yours? I know I have. So many times, I’ve lost count!

But I know what you might be thinking. They are just too beautiful, too expensive, too far from your reach. Which is true in many cases. Lots of these “celebrity” cars can cost more than your house.

So, in this post, we will take a look at the 7 famous cars that you can afford without breaking your bank. Ready to drive like a movie star? Let’s get going then!

7 famous rides you can afford

Volkswagen Beetle — “The Love Bug”

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If you have read my other posts, you may remember my great affection for the Volkswagen Beetle. So it is no surprise I am opening the list with the Bug. This intensely lovable car that stole many hearts when “The Love Bug” movie premiered in 1968.

For anyone who has seen the movie, it is impossible to forget the line: “The little car takes first, and third place!” announcing Herbie the Love Bug’s victories in the car race.

This adorable car has been a part of many movies and can be yours for only $19,795. If you prefer more performance-oriented models, the cost will be consequently higher and can go up to $32,245.

Mini Cooper — “The Italian Job”

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This subcompact got the attention of many when it “starred” in “The Italian Job”. The Mini Cooper is made of high-quality materials and offers great driving dynamics to everyone behind its wheel. If you want to be a proud owner of this joyous car, you only have to pay between $15,570 – $23,581.

The 2016 Mini Cooper, which comes with a turbocharged 3 cylinder engine, starts at $20,700. Don’t expect this car to show the same performance like the one in The Italian Job though. You should always be skeptical when it comes to car performance in any movie as most of them are exaggerated. Nevertheless, the Mini Cooper provides great acceleration and it makes a great purchase.

1969 Dodge Charger Coupe —  “The Dukes of Hazzard”

This particular Dodge Charger gained a lot of popularity when it appeared in 1969 “The Dukes of Hazzard”  as General Lee. During the TV series, General Lee was driven by Bo and Luke, as well as their cousins Coy and Vance. With a 2-door coupe body style and a 3-Speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, the Dodge Charger a desirable car for many.

Unfortunately, the 1969 Dodge Charger Coupe currently available for auction is only a replica of the original car featured in the movie. However, the car is in great shape and even has a horn that blows the Dixie call.

The Dodge Charger has also appeared in Bullitt, The Fast and the Furious, and Death Proof. If you are interested in buying the V6 Charger, the base price is $27,995 and can go up to $65,945 in case you go for a 707 horsepower V8 Hellcat.

1973 Ford Ranchero GT— “Breaking Bad”

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The 1973 Ford Ranchero GT made an appearance during the fifth season of “Breaking Bad”, which you have probably binge-watched. The Ford Ranchero that appeared on the series, is one of the 15,320 cars produced and can be yours for only $10,000. This special car made an appearance in “Give Me Back My Hometown” music video by Eric Church as well.

1953 Mercury Custom — “Ant-Man and the Wasp”

A lot of people have gone head over heels over the “Fast and Furious” cars. But there are many others, who are still obsessed with classic cars. Especially the ones from the 50s era such as the 1953 Mercury Custom.

Owned by Universal Studios, this gorgeous car has appeared in many film productions such as “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “The Fate of the Furious”. This classic could be yours for just $13,000.

2006 Subaru WRX — “Baby Driver”


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The 2006 Subaru WRX which appeared in “Baby Driver” headed to auction in November 2018. According to Motor Authority, “Ansel Elgort starred in last year’s “Baby Driver,” as the wheelman responsible for clean getaways. The opening scene star car, a red 2006 Impreza WRX, is only expected to fetch between $20,000 and $25,000. Likely due to the fact it has 156,477 miles on the odometer and plenty of scratches and paint chips, according to the auction site. If this is indeed the rear-wheel-drive movie car (six WRXs were used, only one was RWD), it will be the second time the car has sold at auction.”

To make the car perform drift scenes in the film, All-Pro Subaru converted the car to rear-wheel drive and installed a turbocharger from a 2004 WRX STI to increase its power.

If you want to buy the 2016 Subaru WRX, the average price you will pay is between $21,986 and $31,931. The Subaru WRX STi has also made an appearance in “The Fast and the Furious” movies, but went through a lot of modifications.

1968 Ford Mustang Fastback S-code GT — “Bullitt”

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They say you can’t go wrong with Ford Mustang if you are looking for a sports car that will grab the attention of everyone around. The Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic American cars, and it is no wonder so many of you would love to own one.

The film that features this iconic car is Bullitt. Its car chase scene that lasted for 13 minutes is not full of computer-generated imagery (CGI) or any other special visual effects like most movies nowadays, and that is exactly what makes this particular car chase so special.

Ford Mustang has also made appearances in other movies like “Gone in 60 Seconds” and “Need for Speed”. You don’t need to be a movie star to be able to afford a Mustang though. But you can feel like one once you purchase your own Ford Mustang. Its price starts at $24,145, which is pretty affordable. At this price tag, you can get a Mustang equipped with a 3.7-Liter V6 Engine and 300 horsepower.

Honorable mentions

  • Toyota Tacoma — The automotive superstar from “Back to the Future” has a starting price of $23,300. This compact pickup truck will not break your bank and still make you feel like a superstar. So stop daydreaming about it and figure out how you can make it yours.
  • Chevrolet Camaro — This mighty sports car appeared in Transformers in 2007 and its price ranges from $25,700 to $48,300.
  • Chevrolet Corvette— Yet another Chevrolet! The Corvette has appeared in a wide range of film such as ‘True Lies”, “Terms of Endearment,” and “Death Race 2000.” This luxury sports car can be yours for $55,400 (starting price). It is more affordable than many luxury sports cars, but quite expensive if we compare it to other famous movie cars we have mentioned so far.
  • Ford Explorer —The automobile star of Jurassic Park can be yours if you are willing to spend $31,050 – $52,970. Some say this SUV is very close to going extinct, but we still hope that Jurassic Park fans won’t let this happen.

Are you thinking of buying one of these popular movie cars? If your budget can allow it, we are sure you will not regret your decision. The question is: How can you bring it home if you buy it out of state?

We have compiled a comprehensive guide on how to buy and ship a car out of state which will help you with the shipping process. Here you can also find a list of questions to ask when shipping a car, to help you understand the process better.

And if you end up buying any of these famous movie cars online, our vehicle relocation experts will be happy to help you with bringing your new car home.

Thank you!


About the Author:

Juxhina Malaj - a wanderluster and bibliophile who loves painting, watching documentary films, drinking green tea and taking pictures of classic cars (mainly cute Volkswagen Beetles). Juxhina holds a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication from AUBG. She is currently studying Masters in Communication Science at the University of Vienna, Austria.

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