It’s February, and that means the famous festival of love is almost upon us – and what better way to mark the occasion than to look at Hollywood’s most famous romantic scenes and the cars that feature in them. Ready? Fasten your seat belts and let’s go!
Aston Martin DB5 – James Bond, Golden Eye
It pretty much goes without saying that any car driven by Bond, James Bond, deserves a place on this list – and indeed it was hard to choose. However, the infamous scene in which Bond takes his psychologist after a car chase versus a Ferrari F355 driven by Onatopp is definitely a scene that stands out, with Bond – played by Pierce Brosnan – uttering the famous line “Here we are having a pleasant drive in the country, and you have to bring psychology into it.”
In true Bond style, the scene concludes with a romantic kiss – but not before a bottle of Bollinger Champagne appears in the built ice box…
Lincoln Town Car – Love Actually
According to one researcher, the Lincoln Town Car has featured in over 50 romance films including Bridget Jones’ Diary, Ghost, and Love Actually, making it a serious contender for the top spot.
It also played a pivotal part in the emotional epic Dear John. John drops off his love interest Savannah in his Lincoln after she meets his father who she believes has autism. She tells him she knows his father loves him and kisses him on the cheek before asking if he will be seeing her again – the rest we’ll leave to you…
1948 Ford De Luxe convertible – Grease
Like the James Bond franchise, there are so many cars that we still love from Grease that it could fill a list all of its own. But the stand-out car has to be ‘Greased Lightning’ itself, a 1948 Ford De Luxe convertible that Kenickie manages to buy after working at Bargain City all summer. The car is anything but eye-catching at first – that is, until the T-Birds take it to shop class and Zuko starts singing about it.
You might notice that the bright red Grease Car we are most familiar with looks a lot different from the original model – that’s because it turns into an imaginary custom car that is “built” while John Travolta’s gang, the T-Birds, sing and dance while adding a plethora of unusual (and, for the record, incompatible) customisations to the all-singing, all-dancing automobile.
Lotus Esprit – Pretty Woman
What more can we really say – the car that connects Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) and Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) in what is widely regarded as one of the best romantic films of all time.
Interestingly, the producers originally wanted to use a Ferrari or a Porsche; however, both manufacturers refused to allow the use of their cars in the film due to Vivian being a character of ‘ill-repute’.
1998 Peugeot 406 Estate – Notting Hill
While luxurious, high-end sports cars naturally dominate when it comes to romantic films, the humble Peugeot 406 Estate is an unlikely candidate whose place in this list was firmly cemented when it appeared in this top Valentine’s Day favourite.
The famous scene sees Will (Hugh Grant) racing across town to reach Anna (Julia Roberts) for the triumphant and romantic end to the film – but not without the help of wheelchair user Bella (Gina McKee) who joins the chase and helps to seal the deal.
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