The Top 5 Silver Screen Super Cars

You look for used engines because sometimes, your old car is worth more than just money. You’ve had experiences in that car that you’ll never forget, and you want to keep it running not only for the transportation, but for the memories.

 

And there are other cars that you grew up with that hold a special place in your heart – the movie cars. These used motors may have been old and clunky, or sleek and futuristic. Whatever they were, the cars were at least as much a character as the people in the movie. We’ve found a few of the most popular to share something about your favorite automotive actors with you.

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The Bullitt Mustang was Known for the Best Car Chase in Movie History

#5 – Mustang

  • Movie: Bullitt
  • Year: 1968
  • Make: 1968 Mustang GT 390 Fastback
  • Engine: 390 cubic inch FE V8
  • Owner: Bullitt
  • Famous For: Best car chase in movie history
  • Fun Facts:
    • Bullitt used close-ups of the driver to add realism; it’s the first movie to do so.
    • Two cars were used for filming the chase; the primary car was so beat up by the end of filming that it had to be destroyed.
    • The Mustangs were modified by Max Balchowski to have stronger springs and shocks, braces on the inner fenders, and to coax a bit more power from the engine.
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The 1969 Dodge Charger for the “Dukes of Hazard” was Originally Found in a Junkyard

#4 – The General Lee

  • TV Show: Dukes of Hazzard
  • Years: 1979-1985
  • Make: 1969 Dodge Charger R/T
  • Engine: 318, 383, and 440 CID V8s were all used.
  • Owners: Bo and Luke
  • Famous For: Lots of jumps, car horn sings “Dixie”
  • Fun Facts:
    • The car rarely survived the 150 jumps in the series. By the end, the show had gone through about 300 cars. Seventeen still exist.
    • To keep the nose up during jumps, the trunk was filled with sand or concrete.
    • In later seasons, the studio would use old jump footage to save on cars.
    • The car used in the first episode was found in a junkyard. It was refurbished and sold for $110,000.
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James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 was Known for It’s Cool Gadgets like Missile Launchers and tire Slashers

#3 – James Bond’s Aston Martin

  • Movie: First introduced in Goldfinger
  • Year: 1964, 6 through 2013
  • Make: Aston Martin DB5
  • Engine: 3,995 cc Inline-6
  • Owner: James Bond
  • Famous For: Spy gadgets for missions
  • Fun Facts:
    • In the books, Bond has an Aston Martin in Goldfinger but uses a Bentley in the rest of the series.
    • Gadgets on the Aston Martin include:
      • Revolving number plates
      • Tyre slashers
      • Machine guns
      • Gas and oil slick spouts
      • Passenger ejector seat
      • Missiles, lasers, and more
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The 1963 Volkswagen Beetle aka “Herbie” Could Really Do a Wheelie

#2 – Herbie

  • Movie: First appearance in The Love Bug
  • Year: 1968, 5 movies through 2005
  • Make: 1963 Volkswagen Beetle
  • Engine: 356 Porsche, modified VW Bus engines, 1835cc VW engines
  • Owner: Jim Douglas
  • Famous For: Anthropomorphic racecar
  • Fun Facts:
    • In Herbie: Fully Loaded, the bug got a top speed of 132 mph.
    • Herbie can really do a wheelie.
    • During the course of the original 4 Disney movies, more than 50 Beetles were used in production. For the 2005 Fully Loaded movie, 38 more cars were added to that mix.
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The DeLorean DMC-12 Was Chosen as the Time Machine for its Futuristic Looking Gullwing Doors

#1 – De Lorean

  • Movie: Back to the Future film series
  • Year: 1985-1990
  • Make: DeLoran DMC-12
  • Engine: 2,849cc PRV V6
  • Owner: Doc Brown
  • Famous For: Time travel
  • Fun Facts:
    • The DMC-12 was the only car created by the company.
    • In development, the time machine went from laser device to refrigerator before finally becoming a car.
    • The DeLorean was chosen for its futuristic looking gullwing doors
    • 5 DeLoreans were used in filming, as well as a “process” car, a DeLorean with an off-road VW frame, and a full-sized fiberglass model.

We love our cars, and seeing a car take on a life of its own is always thrilling. These classic cinema cars have made film history and become icons in their own rights. While your own car may not have instant worldwide recognition, sometimes it can be just as iconic to you of good times you’ve experienced. So enjoy your car and all the adventures it brings to you.

 

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Car Repairs: States With The Least and Most Expensive

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States vary in Expense to Repair and Maintain Your Car

Caution for all readers! You are hereby warned that the information released herein is FYEO (for your eyes only) and may contain some upsetting content; viewer discretion is advised. Any person who has driven a vehicle for any length of time knows the location of that “check engine” light. And if it turns the color of a city stop sign there may be a solid reason for a frown or even panic; especially if the light stays on and you’re someplace between Wickenburg, Arizona and Blythe, California.

 

About this time taking a “why me” stance won’t help matters, but your checkbook or credit card is going to take a “hit” plus you’ll be looking in the yellow pages for a used motors company. Even worse news is you read where automotive repair costs have bumped up about 10 percent over last year. Of course how deep your friendly, neighborhood used motors repair person will be reaching into your pocket will depend entirely on where you live.

 

But before we review most of the list of the most expensive states for car repairs, we’ll give you a few moments to get yourself a glass of water and two or three of those high-powered aspirin tablets just in case. Traditionally the West Coast is where car repairs cost an “arm and leg”, and California didn’t disappoint the CarMD folks; it registered at #3 on the list. The remaining top five were states along the Eastern Seaboard: New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia.

 

Most Expensive States for Car Repairs

#5 – Maryland

#4 – North Carolina

#3 – California

#2 – District of Columbia

#1 – New Jersey

According to a study of recent vehicle repairs it’s interesting to know that car repairs in the Northeast section of the country rose 11.6 percent in 2012 which was much faster than the rest of the USA. Yet while the state of New Jersey took the honors of being the most expensive place for repairs (average of nearly $400 per, including parts and labor), Washington, D.C. who racked up an overall repair cost of a whopping 20 percent took high honors leaving N.J. the Garden State, in the rearview mirror. Yikes!

So now that you know most of the Top 10 parts and labor repair states, the bottom five were Vermont, West Virginia, South Dakota, Delaware, Iowa, Michigan, and Wyoming. From a car repair parts and labor low of $269.72 in Vermont, to a $392.99 parts and labor high in New Jersey; make plans accordingly.

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