When the standard showroom floor model just won't do.
Paring down the all-time great automotive modifications ever to grace the silver screen over the last few decades is what we have tried to do for the pleasure of our readers. There are numerous variations of all kinds, but these vehicles were chosen because they were (and are) great in themselves, because the tales told of the legends surrounding them are timeless and because they have inspired other great cars, both real and imaginary.
James Bond, the world renowned super spy for the ages is known for many things, and one of those is his outstanding taste in cars. While the list is indeed legendary and includes head turners such as the BMW Z8 and the Lotus Esprit, it is hard to argue 007 ever cruised around in a choicer vehicle than the Aston Martin DB5. It sports pop-out gun barrels behind the front indicators and bullet shield behind the rear window. While the V12 Vanquish is more well known amongst the 30 and under crowd, the DB5 of the 1960's is like a fine wine - It just gets better with age.
When your residence or place of business is being haunted by ghosts, there is only one place to call - Ghostbusters. That's right. Who can forget one of the most iconic cars of all time, the 1959 Cadillac ambulance being converted into the Ecto-1 to take the Ghostbusters to their final confrontation with Stay Puft Marshmallow Man? The original 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor, will never be the same again.
The DeLorean Time Machine gives new meaning to the word modification. With the unique ability to outrun Libyan terrorists in a VW bus and literally take you "Back to the Future," this DMC-12 is one of a kind. The brain child of the somewhat mad Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown, the vehicle revolves around the flux capacitor, which is activated once the driver accelerates the car to 88 miles per hour. Surrounded by large sparks and loud noises, the whole car will then instantly vanish in a flash of blue light, leaving a pair of fire trails in its wake - and it can also fly thanks to a hover conversion done in the early 21st century.
Yet another creation of a comedy film classic and a CarBuzz personal favorite is the Delta Tau Chi "Deathmobile" from 'Animal House'. To the dismay of Kent Dorfman, the Deathmobile was built from the wreckage of his brother Fred's Lincoln Continental. Originally disguised as a cake float, the deathmobile could not be missed with its flashy red stripes and infamous hood ornament - the head of Emil Faber from his campus statue. "Did we give up when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?!"
We certainly can't write about the most modified movie cars of all time without mentioning Tim Burton's "Batman" Batmobile. In a class of its own, even in a world of super heroes, this car just exudes "awesome" like few others in the history of the big screen. While the more recent Tumbler is a fan favorite, it was originally designed to be more at home on a battle field than the streets of Gotham. The turbine-powered Batmobile was built on a Chevy Impala chassis and is outfitted with all types of goodies, such as bombs, machine guns and armored panels.