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The Most Epic Movie Cars That No One Mentions

Updated: May 22

If you were to list the greatest movie cars of all time, you would naturally look at the big famous films such as Back To The Future and it's DeLorean or Fast and Furious and it's endless array of modified machines. But somewhere out there, there is a rather meaty collection of fancy cars in not so famous movies. It's not that these movies are bad as such, we just don't really associate them with having nice cars in. But maybe now is the point where we should. Or at least acknowledge the writers for having good taste. That's the point of this article really. To acknowledge and celebrate these fantastic car choices. Sure, most of them have only a few moments of screen time, but maybe that's enough. I have done this list in order of least to most cool, in my opinion. Oh and there may be movie spoilers, so watch out for that.

Maserati 4200 GT - Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson is a series of fantasy novels written by Rick Riordan. In 2010 and 2013, two movies based on the novels were released. For this article we are only interested in the first one, the Lightning Thief. That's because, in one scene about halfway through the movie, Percy and his friends are in a Casino. In said Casino, there is a booth where people can win a Maserati 4200 GT. Long story short, Percy and co. end up requiring a quick escape, so they steal the Italian coupe, and speed away to safety. The 4200 GT is far from the best Maserati, hence why I put it first on the list, but a Maserati wasn't a particularly obvious choice either, so I do give the writers some credit for thinking outside the box a bit. The car itself has a 4.2 litre V8 engine, producing 385 hp, so it was very convenient for Percy to have a fast car just there, ready to escape.

Aston Martin DB7 Vantage - Johnny English

So, we've had James Bond, since the 1960's, but it's too crude and serious for the majority of people, especially younger viewers. Enter Rowan Atkinson, the actor most famous for playing the utter calamity Mr. Bean in the 1990's. In 2003, Rowan had an idea to create yet another one of his hilarious characters, Johnny English, a lacklustre secret agent who's antics always end up getting himself and other people into serious trouble. Backed up by his sidekick Bough, and Interpol Operative Lorna Campbell, he must stop French businessman Pascal Sauvage live out his fantasy of taking over Britain by becoming the new King of England. Naturally, in a Bond like fashion, English too has a tricked out spy mobile. In his case, it's an Aston Martin DB7 with a 5.9 litre V12 engine. Of course it has all sorts of gadgets including an ejector seat, missiles and even a champagne machine. The coolest part about this car, is that it actually belonged to Rowan in real life.

Ferrari F430 - The Sorcerer's Apprentice

This isn't the first Nicolas Cage movie to feature an awesome car. He was the main star in the 2006 remake of Gone In 60 Seconds. This movie has nothing to do with cars at all, and is similar in a way to Percy Jackson. Cage plays a centuries old Sorcerer called Balthazar who accidentally bumps into 12 year old Dave after he walks into his antiques shop. Whilst Dave is there, an evil sorcerer called Horvath escapes and wreaks havoc on New York. Cage and Dave team up to defeat him later on. At one point in the movie, there is a car chase through the city where, as it turns out, sorcerers can transform their vehicle into anything they want. Horvath tries to blend in by transforming into a yellow cab. This fails, so he goes for speed instead. What car do you think of when you want to go fast? A Ferrari. Horvath transforms the cab into a sleek black F430, and quickly speeds away. And with a 490 hp V8, there's no hope for poor Balthazar to keep up. Or is there?

Mercedes SLR McLaren - Also The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Turns out our hero Balthazar has a plan up his magic sleeve too. If they were using speed, he was going to use more speed, in the form of a Mercedes SLR McLaren. Not only does it have fantastic gullwing doors, it also has a 5.4 litre Supercharged V8 with 626 hp, way more than Horvath's limp Ferrari. During the scene Balthazar and Horvath race between heavy traffic weaving between black cabs and trucks, only for Horvath to trap Balthazar and Dave in the mirror realm. The SLR's speed is really put to the test when trying to escape, as well as Balthazar's driving skill. They do manage to get out, but only just. This is the last we see of the Merc however, as Dave tries the spell himself, hoping to turn Horvath's car into a beater. But being the amateur that he is, he turns their SLR into a beater by mistake, ending the chase.

Saleen S7 - Bruce Almighty

What happens when a non believer gets given the duties of God as a way of proving just how difficult his job can be? Bruce Almighty is what happens. Bruce Nolan is a fairly average news reporter looking for a big story to get his name out there. After a disagreement with the TV show, Bruce was abruptly fired and his whole ordeal was, to his girlfriend's disgrace, televised. His life is slowly falling apart, and he blames God for all the things that have gone wrong. That is until, God sees him in person and decides to pass all of his Duties to Bruce. Unfortunately Bruce misuses the powers, and uses them to make himself happier. As well as giving himself his job back, and some, questionable modifications to his girlfriend's body, he also uses them to swap his old beat up car, with a brand new Saleen S7 supercar. After impressing a couple of teenage boys with it, he is seen moving traffic out of the way so he can speed his way to work. I have to say, the movie writers did an excellent job at getting hold of this car. Not only is it awesome, it's rare too, and very expensive. But with 560 hp and a top speed of 205 mph, it's pretty much a no brainer why they chose it as Bruce's dream car.

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