Number One with a Bullitt: Top 10 Movie Markup Engines


Bullitt: 1968 Mustang fastback

YOU HAVE drooled over it on screen – but unless you’ve got more money than God/Elon Musk, you can pretty much forget to put one of the most famous movie and TV cars in your garage.

As proof, the insurance giants Hagerty have just unveiled their new Power List, which brings together the top 10 used “star cars” sold at auction classified according to their added value – or “delta” – compared to equivalent vehicles. not famous. .

We’re talking big six and even seven-figure sums here, so read on to find out which movie cars scored the most under the hammer…

Fast & Furious 1994 Toyota Supra

10) Fast and Furious: 1994 Toyota Supra

THE 1994 Toyota Supra driven by the late Paul Walker in 2001’s The Fast and The Furious and 2003’s 2 Fast 2 Furious sold for $550,000 (£394,237), which is a hefty 784% margin/markup.

1966 Batmobile

9) Batman: The 1966 George Barris Batmobile

The original 1966 George Barris Batmobile sold for $4.62m (£2.91m) at the Barrett-Jackson West World auction in 2013. Hagerty statisticians calculate it fetched 25,928% more than the Lincoln it was based on would have done at the time. .

Ghostbusters: 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Ambulance, aka Ecto 1

8) Ghostbusters: 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Ambulance

Who are you going to call if you want to see a scary 577% gain on a 1959 Cadillac? Ghostbusters, of course. At the 2010 Barret-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, one of three original Ecto 1 wagons purchased by Universal Studios and autographed by the cast sold for $88,000 (£53,900).

Thomas Crown case: Meyers Manx beach buggy

7) The Thomas Crown affair: Myers Manx, Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

The Thomas Crown Affair is the first of two films where Steve McQueen’s magic touch drives up the prices. At Bonham’s San Francisco sale in 2006, bids for the titular character’s Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow coupé with bodywork by Mulliner Park Ward reached £36,715 – a delta of 371% – and in 2020 the Myers buggy Screen-used Manx made £352,887 at Bonham’s Amelia Island, a 640% McQueen markup.

Herbie Goes Bananas: 1963 VW Beetle

6) Herbie: 1963 VW Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle prices go crazy when you add Herbie to the mix. At Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach sale in 2018, a 1963 VW that featured in 1972’s Herbie Goes Bananas fetched £82,123, or 609 per cent more than the average bug would have fetched.

Rainman: 1959 Buick Roadmaster

5) Rain Man: 1949 Buick Roadmaster

In their 1988 hit Rain Man, Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise take a trans-American road trip in a new 1949 Buick Roadmaster. When Hoffman auctioned off one of the two used cars in January of this year, it had barely been driven in three decades.

“The Buick has been in storage for too long. It should be driven, enjoyed and cherished,” he said, shortly before it sold for £303,717, a delta of 631%. Which, ironically, probably makes it too valuable to drive again.

Wayne’s World AMC Pacer

4) Wayne’s World: 1976 AMC Pacer

It was definitely ‘party time’ at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction in January, when Wayne’s World’s 1976 AMC Pacer fetched a truly excellent price of £64,823, or £1,053 % more than a Pacer without provenance. This is serious margin from Mirth Mobile.

Smokey & The Bandit 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am

3) Smokey and the Bandit: 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am

There have only been four Bandit Bird sales since 2009. As a result, the average price is 1,544% higher than a vintage Firebird not run by Burt Reynolds. Bandit Trans-Ams have flown since that first sale when a buyer bought one for £34,798 – the last price reached, at Barret-Jackson Scottsdale in 2022, was £448,776. It’s a “fast” car.

Risky Business: 1979 Porsche 928

2) Risky Business: 1979 Porsche 928

“Porsche: there is no substitute.” Tom Cruise quoting the German sports car maker’s advertising line in 1983’s Risky Business guaranteed 928 cult status, but while Cruise’s character boasts of earning $8,000 in a single night, it’s nothing compared to how much one of the 1979 hero cars earned at Barret-Jackson, Houston in September 2021: an extraordinary £1,440,105 – up 4,759% on a standard 928 of the era.

McQueen in Action as Frank Bullitt

1) Bullit: 1968 Ford Mustang

Steve McQueen’s custom Mustang sets the record for movie car with the most gorgeous margin. The Bullitt Mustang had it all: The star car of one of the most famous car chases in movie history, it was ‘lost’ for years before resurfacing with watertight provenance – including a letter to the family who kept the car locked up for years to McQueen himself in which he asks to buy back “his” car.

At Mecum Auctions Kissimmee in 2020, one of two 1968 Ford Mustang Highland Green fastbacks featured in the film sold for the hefty sum of £2,863,267. That’s a 15,952% delta over an unused Mustang abused by the King of Cool.


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