Famous On-Screen Fords
Grab your popcorn and get cozy, we’re going over some of our favourite silver-screen Fords in honour of TIFF 2020!
John Wick– 1969 Mustang Mach 1
Because of the huge role it plays in the four-film franchise, John Wick’s car is one of the unsung heroes of the film world. Keanu Reeves goes on an odyssey to reclaim his stolen Mustang from the thugs who took it from him and although he isn’t able to get back the car by the end of the first movie, he repossesses his famed vehicle in the second installment. Something to mention- although the car is referred to as a Boss 429, it’s actually a Mustang Mach 1. Another fun fact, the crew used five cars during filming, and all of them were destroyed.
Bullitt– 1968 Mustang GT
Steve McQueen’s ride in Bullitt takes the cake for quite possibly the most famous on-screen Ford in history. Two cars were used for filming, with the beat-up stunt car being abandoned in a junkyard after filming. It has since been rediscovered and is undergoing restoration before going to auction. McQueen’s original Mustang sold for a pretty penny when it was auctioned, bringing in a jaw-dropping 4.85 million.
Men in Black– 1986 LTD Crown Victoria
The Crown Victoria was a symbol of authority as the most popular police vehicle in North America during the late 90s and early-2000s- so it makes sense Jay and Kay would pick one to cruise around the galaxy while fighting intergalactic crime. The MIB LTD was outfitted with the mystery red button, much like the police Crown Vics would have had hidden special features.
Starsky & Hutch– 1975 Gran Torino
It could be argued that the cherry-red, striped Gran Torino was the biggest star of the show. After the show’s debut, the vehicle shot to superstardom and was instantly recognizable, even by those who had never seen an episode. Did you know that Starsky was originally slated to drive a Chevrolet Camaro convertible? It was because creator William Blinn fondly remembered the green and white one he owned, but Ford beat Chevrolet for the coveted vehicle feature in the end. Rumour has it the show went through at least 10 Gran Torinos before filming wrapped.
Grease– 1948 DeLuxe
The 1948 DeLuxe didn’t play a huge role in the plot, but it did have a featured song (“Greased Lightning”, anyone?). This model was introduced in 1938 to bridge the gap between Ford’s standard cars, and their Lincoln luxury line. Fun fact, there are two DeLuxes featured in the film, the white model with lightning bolt decals the crew races, and a cherry red model that carries Danny and Sandy into the sunset at the end of the film.
The Fast & The Furious Tokyo Drift– 1967 Mustang Fastback
The Highland green Fastback featured in Tokyo Drift was actually a 1967 model outfitted with a Nissan Skyline GT-R engine, which worked to bump the horsepower close to 500hp. Additionally, a 430-inch Windsor motor with a 9-inch rear end and a spool were used. Other upgrades included improved brakes, racing seats, seven-spoke wheels, and a rear roll cage. Apparently, every Ford Mustang used in the production of Tokyo Drift survived and were not destroyed during filming.
There have been a countless number of Ford vehicles featured on the silver screen. Did we miss your favourite? Let us know in the comments! Looking for a showstopping vehicle that’s made for the big screen? Check out our 2020 models or speak to a Product Specialist!