How many second-generation Dodge Chargers will be sacrificed on the altar that is Hollywood? For that matter, how many 1970s Chrysler Corporation products, pre-1971 Ford Mustangs, 1969 Chevrolet Camaros, or any other stereotypical musclecar is going to bite the dust? You’d swear that the factories cranked out these cars by the tens of millions, the way movies go through them, but that isn’t the case and the average gearhead knows this…and usually lets everyone around them know this as they lose their mind when another classic car meets an inevitable, gory end. Ask any of the frothing hoards that took to the Internet what they thought about Quentin Tarantino’s “Deathproof” flick. The car action is good, but that’s one Nova, one Charger and one Challenger R/T, dead, dead, and damn near dead.
Muscle cars are, ballparked, about fifty years old at this point. Yet, for the most part, Hollywood is stuck between 1971 and whatever is brand new and freaking expensive, for the most part. Which does the automotive world no good, because there’s a whole ton of machines that get zero love. Except for a few, that slip past. Take Men In Black…how many of you looked at a 1980s Ford LTD in a new light after seeing Agent Kay’s clean black staff car? Movie magic aside, how many of you suddenly want to jam a hot 351 in one of these now?
Or, let’s look at more up-to-date chase scene: a 2010-ish Ford Mustang GT against a Chrysler 300C in the movie Drive. Two late-model cars, plenty of horsepower between them, tire smoke, some sideways stuff, and the Chrysler ends up mounted on a pile of road construction equipment. Are they bad choices for movie cars? No, and neither were the obvious product placement Cadillac CTSs used in Bad Boyz II and The Matrix: Reloaded. And you can go back further in movie catalogs to see legit late-model vehicles getting used and abused, like the BMW and Peugeot in Ronin, or the poor Dodge Diplomat that gets beat to death in Short Time. Notice: late model, realistic choice vehicles.
So, here’s a good Question Of The Day for you: What is the best car chase scene you can think of that uses real-world, typical street cars that you enjoyed from, say, the last thirty years? We are putting the year cap on this question because otherwise cars such as the Pontiac LeMans in The French Connection would qualify. We’re looking forward to seeing what you guys can put up here!