The classic cars driven by celebrities in real and reel life has always garnered huge interests on and off the auction block. From the iconic cars featured in major Hollywood films to those driven by the lead character in the TV series, the screen cars boasts of unbeatable provenance to become highly sought-after, thus attracting the astute collectors and automotive enthusiasts to splurge millions of dollars to grab one. Be it the Aston Martins’ driven by James Bond, the gadget-laden Batmobiles driven by Batman for the crime-fighting scenes, the Ferraris’ used in ‘Charlie’s Angels 2’ and ‘The Love Bug’, or the custom Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car featured in the movie of the same name, these iconic cars always manages to lead the auctions. Here, check-out our comprehensive-list of the iconic luxury cars from Hollywood Movies that were sold at auctions for hefty prices.
1). Charlie's Angels 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder
Expected Price: $7.8 million
Regarded as one of the most functional and beautiful cars ever made, the Charlie's Angels 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder was put on auction by an English dealer ‘Talacrest’ with a handsome price tag of $7.8 million, to become one of the most expensive Ferrari.
Known to be one of the last three SWB California Spyder cars ever built, this example which has the Berlinetta Lusso specification Tipo 168/61 engine, was originally driven by Cameron Diaz in the film Charlie’s Angels 2. With chassis no. 4121 GT, this wonderful example has been subject to a stunning nut and bolt restoration.
2). ‘The Love Bug’ 1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta 'Tour de France' by Carrozzeria Scaglietti
Expected Price: $7.5 million
Used in Disney’s classic flick ‘The Love Bug’, this vintage red roadster 1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour De France which was also featured alongside humble Volkswagen Beetle ‘Herbie’ in 1968 film was offered on sale for $7.5 million. Known as one of the 9 models build by the Italian automaker, it’s one of the sought-after Ferraris.
This pristine example of Ferrari’s most revered berlinetta with chassis no. 0585GT was sold new to a US-based property developer and by 1965, had found its way into the hands of Walt Disney’s studio.
3). 1964 Aston Martin DB5 used in Goldfinger
Sold for: $4.6 million
Iconic secret service agent James Bond’s gadget-laden 1964 Aston Martin DB5, noted for being the only remaining Aston Martin DB5 used in classic James Bond film including Goldfinger was sold at an auction for $4.6 million.
Driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball, the car was originally bought by the seller Jerry Lee from the Aston Martin Lagonda factory for $12,000 in 1969. And, the winning bidder Harry Yeaggy is now notably the 2nd ex-factory owner of this ride. The DB5 has a 4.0-liter Vantage inline six-cylinder engine that makes 282 horsepower.
4). GEN 11 Nothing could beat the provenance
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang custom car
Sold for: $805,000
Custom made for the movie ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, starring Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes alongside Benny Hill, the original hero fully functional and road going Chitty Chitty Bang Bangcar was sold for $778,926, a price far less than its pre-sale estimate of $1-2 million, at an auction held in Los Angeles by Profiles in History.
Known to be the brainchild of Ken Adam, this vehicle featuring a unique 17-foot long body was constructed by the Ford Racing Team. After being first seen in the popular 1968 movie, this custom made vehicle made appearances in several charity races. Under the hood, there is a 3-liter V6 engine which would send this vehicle cruising on the road. This genuine fully-functional road car purpose built for principal shooting is officially registered with the “GEN 11” plates as seen in the film.
5). DMC De Loreans used in Back to the Future III
Sold for: $541,200
Known to be one of the remaining and the only one of those in private hands, the DMC De Loreans used in Back to the Future III car met the dealer’s pre-sale estimate of $400,000 to $600,000 by fetching $541,200 at the Profiles in History Icons of Hollywood auction. This original DeLorean Time Machine was actually driven by Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future III.
6). Original 1989 Batmobile
Expected Price: $500,000
Originally owned by Warner Bros Productions, an original 1989 Batmobile made for the Batman movie that starred Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson was offered on sale on eBay for $500,000. Known as #5 of the five cars built for the movie, this Batmobile comes in a spaceship like shape, and has had tires grated onto it to make it street legal. The car’s chassis is custom built and the motor is a Chevrolet 350.
7). Quantum of Solace Aston martin DBS
Sold for: $390,101
Renowned as one of the James Bond’s favorite car, the British car 2008 Aston Martin 6 Litre V12 DBS 2-Door Coupe used by Daniel Craig as James Bond in Quantum of Solace impressively led the Christie’s Bond Memorabilia Auction that marked the 50 Years of James Bond.
This particular Aston Martin DBS with Engine No. AM08/21544 and Chassis No. SCFAB05D99GE00044, which was used in a high-speed car chase in Italy in the opening sequence of the film Quantum of Solace, fetched around $150,000 more than its highest pre-sale estimate of $241,500.
8). 'Rain Man' 1949 Buick Roadmaster Convertible
Sold for: $170,500
Used in the acclaimed 1988 United Artists film ‘Rain Man’ starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, one of the two rare 949 Buick Roadmaster Convertible fetched $170,500 at the Entertainment & Music Memorabilia auction administered by Heritage Auctions.
Bought by an anonymous buyer, this particular car, a 2-door convertible with beige exterior, red leather interior, Straight-8 Fireball 8 cylinders, 320 c.u. inches engine size, a modified rear suspension to hold the extra weight of the camera equipment, played a crucial character in the film, and the plot of the movie essentially revolves around this beautiful vehicle, making it more than a piece of screen-used memorabilia.
9). Original Pink Panther car
Featured in the title credits of the hit children’s TV series Pink Panther from 1969 to 1976, the original Pink Panther car which was originally the brainchild of prolific Hollywood vehicle designer Jay Ohrberg who has made several Batmobiles, was sold for $141,710 at an auction in 2007. Still capable of being driven, the car was again put up for auction last year, where it was expected to fetch as much as $161,035.
10). Dodge Charger RT from 2009 Fast & Furious
Expected Price: $129,998
Driven by stylish Hollywood actor Vin Diesel as a character Dom Toretto in the 2009 Fast and Furious movie, the matte Dodge Charger RT muscle car which flaunts some nice custom additions, including a sports steering wheel, stripped and customized interior and massive bonnet scoop, was offered on sale by Volo Auto Museum in Illinois.
11). Ferris Bueller Ferrari
Expected Price: $122,000
Used in the 1986 movie ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’, a replica 1961 Ferrari 250GT California Spyder fetched $122,000 at Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia Auction held by auctioneer Bonhams.
12). 1935 Cadillac Series 40 convertible
Estimate Price: $85,000 to $115,000
Regarded as the automotive star of the Academy Award-winning 2011 film ‘The Artist’, a rare 1935 Cadillac Series 40 convertible which was driven by Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo will head to the auction block next month. Thought to have been bought new by the comedian Harold Llyod, this V-12 Cadillac, powered by a 368-cubic-inch engine delivering 150 horsepower, was fitted with a five-passenger convertible sedan body, along with a glass partition between the chauffeur and passenger.
The meticulously maintained car, which has just 16,131 miles on its odometer, comes with a pre-sale estimate of $85,000 to $115,000 by RM Auctions.
13). Original 1966 Batmobile by George Barris
To be auctioned on 19th January 2013
Created by renowned customizer George Barris, the original #1 Batmobile 1966 will be offered for grabs for the very first time by auctioneer Barret-Jackson at its 42nd annual Scottsdale auction scheduled to be held on 19th January 2013. Regarded as an icon, and one of the most popular and recognized pieces of entertainment history, it’s also known as the only 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car, and was heavily modified by Barris to be featured in the iconic live action TV series Batman, along with the movie adaptation, starring Adam West. This crime-fighting vehicle comes loaded with a number of Batman worthy gadgets.
14). Tom Cruise’s Risky Business Porsche
Sold for: $49,000
Regarded as one of the few misses in the luxury car maker’s illustrious history, this manual 1979 Porsche 'Risky Business' that Tom Cruise actually learned to drive a stock shift got sold for $49,000 as part of California auction Profiles in History’s Hollywood Auction.
This particular Porsche model which has been sitting in Chicago’s Volo Auto Museum in recent years was on-screen of Risky Business mostly in driving scenes.
Still in operating condition with odometer reading of 102,755 miles, this car was green when it first arrived on set, but was painted gold by the film’s production department.