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7 Iconic Dad Cars From Movies

By Beatrice McBride

Thu Aug 11 2016

To celebrate the launch of our ‘Dad Day Movie Promotion’, we thought it would only be fitting to have a look at the good, the bad and the ugly of cars owned by some iconic movie dads.

National Lampoon’s Vacation 1983

Wagon Queen Family Truckster

There’s plenty of classic stereotypical disaster dad moments in this adult-rated family movie. Chevy Chase plays the patriarch of the Griswold family: a well-intentioned father and husband, trying to give his family a holiday they’ll never forget, in the ugliest car you’ll never forget.

Originally a Ford LTD Country Squire, the car was modified to look like a combination of all the worst cars of the 80’s. Big, Bulky and Bad. Not: I’m-a-sexy-villain’s-car-from-a-spy-movie bad, but: I’m-the-ugliest-family-car-you’ll-ever-see, bad! With eight headlights, a finish that looks like ham and pea soup, wooden paneling and a huge boot, this thing looks more like a cross between a hearse and a cabin in the woods than a family car. Despite its questionable looks, a quick internet search will show you that even though this car was pretty god damn ugly it has quite the following with plenty of fans with replicas-brilliant!

Risky Business 1983

1981 Porsche 928

Before he was jumping like a mad man on Oprah’s couch and peddling Scientology, there was classic Tom Cruise. Albeit the ludicrous plot line, Tom’s character, Joel, takes full advantage of his fathers 1981 Platin Metallic Porsche 928 while his parents are away. Of course, in all coming of age films, something drastic has to happen, in this case, it’s the Porsche ending up in Lake Michigan. (There were actually several 1978 and 1979 along with the 1981 model used for filming but the hero of the film was the 1981 model.) Needless to say, the car gets fixed, the dad never finds out, happy dad, happy ending.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 1986

1961 Ferrari 250GT California Spyder SWB

Ah, more teenagers stealing their parent’s beloved sports cars… or better still, stealing their friend’s dad’s car. This time, it’s a young Matthew Broderick playing teenage rule breaker and joy rider Ferris Bueller. Ferris convinces his mate Cameron that stealing Cameron’s dad’s pride and joy for the day is a viable option.

Cameron: The 1961 Ferrari 250GT California. Less than a hundred were made. My father spent three years restoring this car. It is his love, it is his passion.

Ferris: It is his fault he didn’t lock the garage.

Cameron: Ferris, what are you talking about? Ferris my father loves this car more than life itself.

The rest, they say, is history. If you haven’t seen this film, watch it, and fantasize about driving a car that sweet.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 1968

Chitty Chitty Band Bang

Alrighty, something more on the interesting side of things. The flying, transforming, seaworthy, magical car: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the car of every small child’s dreams. Set in the 1910’s widowed father, Caractacus Potts saves up his hard earned pennies to buy his two kids the car they adore and then takes them on a magical adventure. Now that’s a dad movie that’s all sorts of warm and fuzzy, everybody say “Awweeeee!”



The Incredibles 2004

Mr. Incredible’s Sports Car

Alright, so technically this isn’t a real car but it’s one of the most awesome, animated cars we’ve ever seen.  It looks like a mixture of that beautiful 60’s Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB again with elements of a Mercedes 300SL and a 60’s model of Corvette. Mr. Incredible buys the car after he starts secretly doing superhero work again and has plenty of cash floating around to go buy a sports car. A classic, “Explain that one to mum.”

Talladega Nights The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006

1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu

An over the top, larger than life comedy special from Will Ferrell, who plays a seriously successful racing driver, Ricky Bobby. Side note, the film actually has cameos from real NASCAR drivers Jamie McMurry and Dale Earnhardt Jr. After Ricky Bobby has a severe crash, he can’t cope and loses everything, forcing him to move back in with his mum and deliver pizza. Ricky’s estranged father Reese Bobby comes to the rescue and has some pretty interesting (and incredibly wacky) ideas about how to get his son back behind the wheel and racing. Reese tricks Ricky into a high-speed pursuit from the police and driving with a cougar (animal not older woman), all in a black and gold #13 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu. Thanks dad!

Shaun Of The Dead 2004

1986 Jaguar Sovereign V12 (Series III)

There’s some dispute over the exact model of this car, we’re not going to get too carried away with the nitty gritty as most movie productions use several cars or combine car parts etc- so for today it’s a 1986 Jag Soverign V12 (Series III) Belonging Shaun’s Stepdad, Phillip (who Shaun hates) the Jag is used to escape a zombie apocalypse. Shaun and his stepdad finally have an emotional, relationship breakthrough in the car before…well if you haven’t seen the film we won’t spoil it for you, there’s been enough spoilers for one day.



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