Keep Calm and Drive On
Posted on 22 Sep 2013
There are few things that get our heartbeats racing than iconic cars. While we may catch a glimpse of one of these beauties scooting around our town, most of us recall staring in awe at a movie screen as these cars stole the show-some even starting a literal purchasing craze to see who could get the vehicle first. Jennings Motor Group has created an infographic detailing some of the most iconic British vehicles from film and Telly, along with price points, and some interesting facts you may not have known. So take a minute to check out our infographic entitled “Keep Calm and Drive On”!
There is probably no vehicle as iconic in Hollywood as the Aston Martin DB5. This vehicle has appeared in James Bond movies spanning almost 50 years. The first appearance of the Aston Martin DB5 was in James Bond’s “Goldfinger”, where the pairing of vehicle and secret agent seemed invincible. The car appeared in the unforgettable silver birch colour, outfitted with some incredible gadgets. The Aston Martin DB5 made its sixth appearance in the James Bond series in “Skyfall”. While jetpacks and tire spikes may not be an option for every driver, owning one is. The movie inspired over 1,000 reproductions of the vehicle, which is capable of going 150 mph. The car had an original price in 1965 of £4,000 ($6,100). As of 2010, the car boasts a price tag of £2.9 mil ($4.6 million).
We would be hard-pressed to find a vehicle more fitting for our bumbling hero, Mr. Bean, than the British Leyland Mini 1000. The Austin Citron Green automobile carried the wayward hero through all of his adventures. At the end of the first episode, the vehicle was destroyed in a staged crash. The car eventually made its way into garages - mostly as a Mini Cooper. With an original price tag of £1,400 (2,150) in 1976, the average price today is £12,800 (or $19,800 for a Mini Cooper).
Another car that remains a James Bond staple is the Lotus Esprit S1. This car originally appeared in “The Spy Who Loved Me” in 1977 with Roger Moore as our beloved secret agent. In one of the most famous scenes, the car plummets into the water, turning into a submarine. The cost of converting one of these shells into a submarine tacks in at over £65 million ($100 million).In the movie, nine cars were used. Two “Hero” cars, fullyfunctional vehicles driven and used in the movie, two that were used and destroyed, and Five others that were used to create the submarine lotus. One of the original Lotus Esprit S1’s used as a “Hero” car ended up in a museum, but the other was supposedly decommissioned and returned to factory specs to be re-sold with the purchaser having no idea of it’s incredible past. A Lotus Esprit S1, which was believed to be the long lost original “Hero” car appeared on the auction block at Bonhams-but upon further inspection, it was discovered to be a 1977 model, which means that the other “Hero” car is still out there.
Austin Powers brought new found respect to the Jaguar E-Type Roadster, which he termed “The Shaguar” in “The Spy Who Shagged Me”, which hit theatres in 1997. The Union Jack car has an estimated worth of over £33,200 ($50,000), and a similar model may cost you over £75,000 ($115,000). This famous car now enjoys retirement at the Jaguar Heritage Museum, which is a pity. The vehicle could hit 0 to 60 (0 to 97 km/h) in 7.1 seconds, and reach a top speed of 149 mph. Enzo Ferrari once dubbed the car “The most beautiful car ever made”, and we can’t disagree!
Wallace and Gromit brought the Austin A35 to the big screen in “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” in 2005. The Austin A35 had a very limited production, being available from 1956-1968. The original creator, Nick Park, sold his Austin A35 for charity, bringing in £7,400.
The SUV craze may be here to stay, but it all started back in 1976 with “The New Avengers” and their white Range Rover. The original Range Rover had just two doors and a 3.5 litre v-8 engine, and cost £1,998 ($3,068). Today, however, this vehicle will cost £88,555 ($135,995), and will come with four doors and a 5 litre v-8.
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