Another week and another survey, this time revealing what our favourite film car is. James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 has been named as the most iconic car in TV & Film history, according to a new study by financial services company, Zopa.
The DB10 was followed by Inspector Morse's maroon MK II Jag with half a percent between this and third, Toretto’s Dodge Charger from The Fast and The Furious. Next came Doc Brown’s DeLorean from the 1985 hit film Back to the Future and completing the top 5 motors was John Steed’s Bentley from The Avengers.
Do You Daydream About Your Dream Car?
According to the research, a third (32%) of UK drivers admit they daydream about their favourite car, with Aston Martin the most popular choice, just ahead of Audi and Lamborghini. More than two thirds (76%) of Brits would love a top of the range modern car, but 21% would love to own a classic motor.
How Much Would You Spend On A Car?
A beady-eyed 70% of Brits always notice what car a TV or film character drives and 22% said they have even been inspired to buy a certain make or model of car because a character on TV drove it. If money weren’t an option, the average Brit said they would spend over £300,000 on their dream wheels.
What Would You Like Most In Your Car?
The most common feature Brits would like to see in their dream car is air conditioning (72%), followed by sat nav (63%) and an all singing, all dancing stereo system (60%). 57% would like to treat themselves to a vehicle with heated seats and 42% would like to experience the wind in their hair with a convertible roof.
How Long Have You Had Your Car?
According to the poll, most motorists (44%) get a new car every five years, although over a quarter (26%) are driving a car they have owned for over 10 years.
Top 20 Iconic Cars Of TV And Film
1. James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 (Daniel Craig) 35%
The trouble with the DB10 is that it was built specially for James Bond, it was never a proper production car so could never legally be driven on the road. It was sold for £2.4 million in a charity auction.
2. Inspector Morse’s Vintage Jaguar, 14%
Found in a scrapyard and teased into life it was an unreliable croc on set and was actually a 1960 2.4 Daimler which was otherwise identical to the Jaguar, but was fitted with badges and grille of the more well known marque. Now the above may not be Inspector Morse's but we think it is an excellent example.
3. Dom Toretto’s Dodge Charger (The Fast and The Furious) 14%
The supercharger that pokes out of the bonnet of the car in the first film is just a prop.
4. Doc Brown’s DeLorean (Back to the Future) 12%
After a year of restoration, the original DeLorean is now on display at Universal Studios in Hollywood.
5. John Steed’s Bentley (The Avengers) 12%
John Steed drove five different vintage Bentleys during season 4 - 6 of The Avengers. Don’t confuse it with the Vauxhall 30/98 in a couple of episodes, the bonnet has distinctive flutes down either side.
6. Mr Bean’s Mini (Mr Bean) 11%
7. Lady Penelope’s Rolls Royce (Thunderbirds) 11%
This was sadly not real. In theory, it was capable of 200mph on land and 50 knots on the sea.
8. Del Boy Trotter’s Reliant Regal Supervan (Only Fools and Horses) 9%
This was not a Reliant Robin, but a commercial van made in 1967.
9. Gene Hunt’s Audi Quattro (Ashes To Ashes) 9%
One of two cars used in the series was sold in 2014 for £15,100 and had bullet holes down some of its panels, from the 2010 finale of the show.
10. Lightning McQueen Corvette (Pixar’s Cars) 8%
Brian Hutchinson created a real life model using his Chevrolet Corvette C6 and $50,000.
11. Lotus 7 Series 2 from The Prisoner (The Prisoner) 6%
This was a kit car and the hero of the series played by Patrick McGoohan claimed in an episode (Many Happy Returns) that he built it.
12. Bodie and Doyle’s Ford Capris (The Professionals) 6%
Bodie drove a silver Mark 3 version (1978–1981 episodes), Doyle a gold (1980–81 episodes), in the first season a silver Mk II with a black vinyl roof and a Series X bodykit was also briefly used.
13. Mr Big’s Lincoln Town Car (Sex and The City) 5%
This car was based on the Ford Crown Victoria, a vehicle used by the police.
14. Jack Regan’s Ford Consul (The Sweeney) 5%
The vehicle used was a Ford Consul 3.0 GT until the final series when a Ford Granada 2.8i replaced it.
15. Jim Bergerac’s Triumph Roadster (Bergerac) 5%
A 1947 Triumph Roadster, it broke down all the time during filming and the engine sounded so rough that the sound of a Jaguar was dubbed over the top.
16. Simon’s Fiat Cinquecento (The Inbetweeners) 4%
Eventually, the Fiat eventually ends up in a lake with a smashed window, headlights on and horn blaring.
17. Matthew Crawley’s AC Six (Downton Abbey) 4%
The episode was set in 1921, but the AC was a 1927 model.
18. Simon Templar’s Volvo (The Saint) 4%
Five P1800 models were used in the series and one was cut up for better inetrior shots.
19. Basil Fawlty’s Austin 1100 (Fawlty Towers) 4%
A 1967 Austin 1100 Countryman, although a Corgi model is boxed incorrectly as being a 1300.
20. Alan Partridge’s Rover 800 (Alan Partridge) 2%
The 820Si is featured in the Christmas special: "Knowing Me, Knowing Yule, with Alan Partridge". He receives it from the local Rover dealership in exchange for frequently plugging the brand during the show. He replaces it with a 2.5 litre V6 Sterling model in "I'm Alan Partridge".