Loads of cars have appeared in Hollywood films, but only a select number of them are considered stars in their own right. These are the cars that play leading roles, the ones we remember long after we’ve left the movie theater or drive-in.
Ten famous movie cars will be featured at the 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, March 12, 2017, among the special classes on the fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island at the Ritz-Carlton, where 250 vintage cars expected.
The Amelia Island Concours is well-known for its innovative and sometimes quirky special classes, which are featured along with the annual standing classes.
“Great cars and special movies are among the most evocative and enduring elements of modern American life and culture,” Bill Warner, founder and chairman of the Amelia Island Concours, said in a news release.
The class of Movie Cars made famous by films from 1964 through 1988 are:
• James Bond’s famous Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger, 1964.
• The Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Two-Door Sedan from Steve McQueen’s Thomas Crown Affair, 1968.
• Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder, also from the Thomas Crown Affair, 1968.
• Steve McQueen’s Porsche Gulf 917K from Le Mans, 1971.
• The Corvette Stingray prototype showcased in Elvis Presley’s Clambake, 1967.
• The Woodill Wildfire from Johnny Dark starring Tony Curtis, 1954.
• The 1958 Chevrolet Impala that appeared in American Graffiti, 1973.
• The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider from Gumball Rally, 1976.
• The 1924 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Riviera Salamanca used in Sabrina, 1954.
• The 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible from Rain Man, 1988.
The Rain Man Buick was an entrant at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours in March, brought by Wayne Carini, well-known classic car restorer, broker and collector who stars in the Velocity Channel TV show Chasing Classic Cars.
“When Wayne Carini brought the 1949 Rain Man Buick Roadmaster to Amelia last year, it triggered something important,” Warner added. “Memories of special cars and movies often frame the central moments of our emotional lives. Usually they resurrect happy memories. Those feelings and memories are precisely what we’re shooting for with the Movie Cars class.”
For information about the Amelia Island Concours, visit the event website.