Unless you’re car mad, chances are when you go to the movies, you don’t pay attention to what vehicle the hero is driving. That’s a shame, because oftentimes the car itself is the star of the entire movie. Today’s list examines some cars that were the stars and some you might have missed:
1996 Oldsmobile Silhouette: Get Shorty
When Oldsmobile first introduced the Silhouette in 1990, there wasn’t anything like it on the road, save for its stablemates. The minivan was lower and sleeker than competing minivans, but it eventually gained the nickname “dust buster.”
In 1996, the first generation was showing its age and General Motors was preparing an entirely new model, but to generate some buzz, the Silhouette landed a co-starring role in the film Get Shorty, in which John Travolta plays a loan shark trying to break into the Hollywood movie scene. In one scene, he arrives at LAX in the middle of a rainstorm and requests a Cadillac, but what he gets is “the Cadillac of minivans,” which is all the rental car agency had. You can see the shameless marketing plug for the Oldsmobile Silhouette here.
1964 Buick Riviera: Road House
The second car on our list also didn’t have a major role, but did play a big part in the movie Road House. Everyone remembers the Big Foot Monster Truck or the Mercedes-Benz SL that Patrick Swayze sacrifices when all hell breaks loose, but nobody remembers that the other car he uses to go back and forth to the bar was a 1964 Buick Riviera.
Although the car is beaten up by disgruntled bar patrons who don’t like change, the car got its close up when Swayze’s character asks if the headlights work when he buys it.
1958 Plymouth Fury: Christine
The 1958 Plymouth Fury rose to stardom in 1983 because of the horror movie Christine, adapted from the Stephen King book of the same name. Christine was the devil with a gear shift, a blood red coupe with a bad attitude that destroyed anything that got in her way or hurt whomever she cared about. Although she did commit several murders she was able to repair herself…imagine the savings on repair costs!