With the cold weather repeatedly sweeping through New Orleans, it’s the perfect time for Hot Chocolate, cuddling up in a blanket and watching movies. Many movies and TV programs have made a certain model of car famous. It’s difficult to think about The Dukes of Hazzard without thinking about the 1969 Dodge Charger. Ford cars have become quite popular movie stars over the years. Here are six famous Fords that you may recognize.
1962 Ford Anglia – Harry Potter
The iconic scene in Harry Potter where Ron and Harry are flying in the air is none other than a Ford. This iconic British Ford was produced from 1939-1967 and was introduced right around the time that England declared war on Germany. Despite the car having no engine, this car was stolen in 2006 from the film studio lot but was later found dumped at Carn Brae Castle in Cornwall.
1984 Ford Econoline – Dumb and Dumber
The legendary Mutt Cuts dog on wheels truck was a great disguise for a classic Ford: the 1984 Ford Econoline. This model of the van has been one of the most prolific fleet vehicles in North America and was produced from 1961 to 2012 in both the U.S and Canada. A variation of the Econoline van is the classic Canadian “short bus.”
1973 Torino – The Big Lebowski
In The Big Lebowski, this car was not glamorous at all. In between getting stolen, damaged and finally destroyed: it might not have been the best representation of such a great vehicle. The Torino was manufactured from 1962 to 1970 and appeared on TV in the popular show Starsky and Hutch as well as the 2008 film Gran Torino. The Big Lebowski required two Torinos, and one was passed on to be used in an episode of The X-Files.
1982 LTD Country Squire- National Lampoon’s Vacation
It was the perfect vehicle for a family going through hilarious struggles and adventures, and that’s why it carried the Griswolds across the country on their road trip to Wally World. The Country Squire was manufactured from 1951 to 1991 with George Barris, creator of the original Batmobile, getting credit for its design.
1973 Ford Falcon XBGT Coupe – Mad Max
The Mad Max car, also known as The Interceptor, is famous for blazing through the post-apocalyptic wasteland in the 1979 film that introduced Mel Gibson to the world. This was only available in Australia and was given extensive modifications for the film. The original Falcon as sold off for scrap, but instead of making it to the scrapyard, it was bought by a fan and restored to movie condition.
Ford 1948 – Grease
This car is automatic, systematic, HYDROMATIC and of course, a Ford. Greased Lightning is an iconic car that was chopped up, painted and fully hot-rodded. The 1948 Ford was one of the very few cars being produced by Ford in the time after WWII. It retailed for about $800, and the original Ford was sold in 2011 to an automobile museum in Illinois after its owner passed away in the process of having it restored.
There’s a reason why Fords are so popular in the movies. In addition to being the safest on the road, strong, and dependable: Fords just looks dazzling. If you are looking for a Ford Dealer and live in the Kenner, Metairie, or Greater New Orleans area: Lamarque Ford wants to help you look like a movie star today!