We all have a favourite fictional vehicle – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Herbie; Optimus Prime – there are dozens of famous movie cars of various shapes and sizes. But what happens to these movie star cars when they reach the end of the road? We’ve tracked down a few of our favourites to find out where they are now.
- KITT (or the Knight Industries Two Thousand)
Make: 1982 Customized Pontiac Trans Am
David Hasselhoff’s Knightrider sidekick was one of the original 80s icons. From his personalised numberplates (‘KNIGHT’) to his witty comebacks, KITT the talking car has won legions of fans across the world. The exact whereabouts of the original KITT are unknown, but a few years ago designer Jennifer Catano created a road-ready replica for Hasselhoff’s 60th birthday. He promptly took it on a road trip across Europe before putting it up for auction earlier this year. It apparently sold for £90,000 to a Turkish buyer.
- The original Batmobile (Adam West)
Make: 1955 Ford Lincoln Futura Concept Car
The iconic Batmobile has gone through countless makeovers, but the original takes some beating. The Lincoln Futura debuted in 1955, but a souped-up version appeared in 1966 on the first live-action Batman TV series. Designer George Barris made a fortune out of the car – leasing it to TB studios and museums for years, until he sold for $4.6 million in 2013 to the brilliantly-named Rick Champagne, a private collector from Arizona.
- Doc’s DeLorean – Back to the Future
Make: 1982 DeLorean DMC-12
Back to the Future’s director Robert Zemeckis allegedly chose the DeLorean as his time machine as it looked like an alien spaceship, with its angular edges and winged doors. While the DeLorean Motor Company went into liquidation before the first film was released, the DMC-12 lives on forever in the Back to the Future trilogy and remains on display at the Studio Tour at Universal Studios, Hollywood.
- James Bond
Make: 1964 Aston Martin DB5
Like Batman, James Bond has gone through more than a few cars – each one more powerful and elaborate than the one before. But the Aston Martin DB5 is the only car to have featured in two different Bond films: Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965). It can drive at speeds up to 145mph, and features revolving license show plates, bullet proof glass and a working ejector seat. In 2010, private collector Harry Yeaggy bought the car at auction for $4.6 million and it is now on display at his private museum in Ohio.