Posted by the FastLane Team
There may only be room on the red carpet for performers of the human variety, but from the golden age of Hollywood, automotive icons have made a splash on the silver screen. No one can forget classics like Tim Burton’s Chevy-based Batmobiles, but plenty of other Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC models have had their own moments in the spotlight.
“American Graffiti” debuted in 1973, and became a coming-of-age classic that helped launch the Hollywood careers of Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard and Harrison Ford. It couldn’t have hurt that their co-stars were a 1955 Chevrolet One-Fifty and 1958 Chevrolet Impala.
If you call the “Ghostbusters,” chances are good they’ll arrive in a Caddy – a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Ambulance, to be exact. In the 1984 comedy, Dan Akroyd’s Ray Stantz saves the “hunk of junk” (and in turn, the world) by converting it into the Ectomobile – short for “ultimate ghostbusting machine.”
In “Rain Man,” Tom Cruises’ character, Charlie Babbitt, inherits a 1949 Buick Roadmaster Convertible, in which he and Dustin Hoffman’s Raymond spend the majority of the film. Automobiles are great at bringing people together, and the brothers Babbitt are no exception.
The Cadillac CTS is Art & Science personified, which made its role in 2003’s “The Matrix Reloaded” wholly appropriate. The choice ride of Trinity, Neo and Morpheus, the actual vehicle used during filming is now housed at the GM Heritage Center, bullet holes and all.
But not all of GM’s Oscar-worthy talent has met a happy end, nor have they all been production vehicles.
In 2002, Vin Diesel’s character in “xXx” broke the hearts of car lovers everywhere by sending his shiny new Corvette over California’s 730-foot Forresthill Bridge. In 1993’s “Demolition Man,” Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes and Sandra Bullock tooled around in a 1991 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept, a 1992 GM Ultralite and a GM Lean Machine.
The 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 used in “Demolition Man” is also housed at the GM Heritage Center.