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How Much for that Famous Car?

Trotters Reliant Regal

It's not always the high stakes action or the insightful lines that make a film or TV show great. A good actor can make a scene, but every now and then, something brilliant will come along and make the whole show: the car. From the A-Team's GMC to the Scooby Gang's Mystery Mobile, popular culture just wouldn't be the same without them.

But what if you wanted your own piece of screen history? Is it possible to get your hands on a car of legend? And if so, how much would it cost? Here's a selection of film and TV's most memorable rides, and what fans paid to get them:

10. The Trotters’ Reliant Regal

There weren't many Reliant Regal Supervans used to portray the three-wheeled and yellowest member of the Trotter family. Of the two still known to survive, one was auctioned in 2007 for £44,000, and the other belongs to the Cars of the Stars Museum in Keswick.

Thelma and Louise Thunderbird

9. Thelma and Louise's Ford Thunderbird

For arguably the greatest road-trip movie ever made, it may come as a surprise that only five blue 1966 Ford Thunderbirds were needed. Those who have seen it know that not all of them survived. One that did went for just under £40,000 in Italy, in 2008.

The Ectomobile

8. The Ectomobile

Officially, three cars played the Ectomobile, or Ecto-1, in the Ghostbusters movies. However, only two of them were actually used for filming, and the whereabouts of these two are unknown. It is rumoured that two executives working on the films liked the modified 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Ambulances so much that they secreted them away to an unused studio, where they now hide. A collector in Ohio bought the third Ectomobile in 2008, and later auctioned it for almost £50,000.

Ferris Buellers Ferrari

7. Ferris Bueller's Ferrari

Specifically redesigned for Matthew Broderick to coast around Chicago in, the red Ferrari 250GT Spyder California at the heart of Ferris Bueller's Day Off sold for almost £75,000 in 2010.

KITT

6. KITT

Thanks to the Hoff's adventures with Knight Industries Two Thousand, everyone in the 80s dreamed of owning their own talking car. While it's not known how many original KITT's survive today, they're certainly very rare. Hasselhoff himself had one until recently, when he sold his to Keswick's Cars of the Stars Museum.

In 2007, a customised 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, later verified as the authentic Knight Industries article, was sold at a Dublin auto dealership for over £92,000. In 2011, an anonymous dealer claimed to be selling an original KITT on eBay. After a furore of interest put the sale in the spotlight, the dealer and his car disappeared.

DeLorean

5. The DeLorean

Seven DeLorean DMC12s were used in the filming of the Back to the Future trilogy. Of those seven, the locations of five are known. Universal Studios still own two, and use them as special VIP transportation. One can be found on the ceiling (yes, the ceiling) of a Planet Hollywood restaurant in Honolulu. The fourth appeared at an auction in the US in 2011, selling for almost £333,000. The fifth time travelling DeLorean was discovered in a disused studio car park, rotting. A Californian collector snapped up the rather forlorn artefact, and is now attempting to restore it to its former glory.

Batmobile

4. The Batmobile

The Batmobile has had many on screen incarnations, but perhaps the most famous is the original: Adam West's heavily customized 1955 Lincoln Futura. It was owned, until 2012, by George Barris, the man who built it. When he sold it to the Cayman Motor Museum, it went for nearly £3 million. It has remained there (with the Batcycle) since.

Though only a replica, a painstakingly assembled, fully working, and legally drivable version of the iconic 1989 Tim Burton Batmobile was sold on eBay in 2011. It's 365bhp helicopter engine had a top speed of 180 mph. It sold for just under £400,000.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

3. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Believe it or not, DJ Chris Evans owns Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He bought the vintage racing car with Ford 3000 V6 engine for £500,000. He's even been seen getting his money's worth, holding up traffic in central London.

Aston Martin DB5

2. The Goldfinger Aston Martin

Described as the true star of the Bond films Goldfinger and Thunderball, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 was auctioned in London in 2010. Due to the fact that it was actually driven by Sean Connery in many of the films' scenes, it took just under £3 million. And speaking of quintessentially British cars...

The General Lee

1. The General Lee

During the course of the show, roughly 300 1969 Dodge Chargers brought the General Lee to life in the Dukes of Hazard. Virtually all of them gave their own lives in the process. John Schneider, who played Bo Duke, managed to hold onto one, which he sold for about £275,000 in 2008.

He did not get a good price.

A year earlier, an officially verified General Lee sold for over £6 million. The sale, made on eBay, for $9,900500, was the second most expensive vehicle auction ever.


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