How Much Do the Fast Cars In Movies Really Cost?

How much does it cost to ride like the stars?

How much does it cost to ride like the stars?

You dream of owning a fast movie car, but you’re pragmatic. So, you bought a car offering good gas mileage at a decent price. But maybe you should have looked a little closer. Most silver screen vehicles like Lamborghinis and Bugattis are expensive, as Bit Wise Drivers covered in their “World’s Most Expensive Cars” post. However, there are some Hollywood rides out there that are the exception. These cars have price tags far more realistic than their movie’s plotline…


Aston Martin DB5 from "Goldfinger"

Aston Martin DB5 from “Goldfinger”

Goldfinger’s Golden Car

The Aston Martin DB5 is probably the world’s most-recognizable movie car. Appearing first as James Bond’s car in “Goldfinger” in 1964, then returning in “Thunderball” in 1965, the memorable movie car also appears in Bond’s latest silver screen appearance, “Skyfall.” Full of gadgets in the movies, in real life the luxury coupe pumps out 282 horsepower, and hits 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. It will also reach a pacy 142 mph top speed.

Original movie cars sell for millions, but used and restored models sell in the vicinity of $300,000 to $700,000. Newer Vanquish models start around $85,000.



1988 BMW M5-E28

1988 BMW M5-E28

Ronin’s Renegade Luxury Car

The BMW M5 E34 makes an appearance in one of the many car chases in “Ronin.” The M5 first took the stage as a hand-made luxury car in 1985, and there have been dozens of iterations since. The European-only vehicle in the movie boasts a 24-valve engine with 311 horsepower. The American version is slightly de-tuned and only gets 307 horsepower.

Today, an M5 starts at $92,000 without any upgraded options. If that’s too much to afford, you can buy used and pay around $53,000 for one a few years old. You can always lease a BMW for much less. BMW offers reasonable lease deals starting around $319 a month on other models. Prices might vary based on your location, however.



Eleanor - Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 3

Eleanor – Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 3

Ford’s Supercharged Shelby

If you want more muscle and less finesse, you’ll love the 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 featured in “Gone in 60 Seconds” (2000). This vehicle produced an eye-popping 535 horsepower from a V8 engine. Today, you can get a Shelby Mustang with a 5.8 liter supercharged V8 engine that is track tested at 200 miles an hour. That’s a lot of power and a lot of fast for less money than a BMW.

The 2014 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 starts at $54,800 with limited options. If that’s still too much for your wallet, you can always find these cars used for much less. Models just a few years old sell from $31,000 and up depending on the package.



1970 Dodge Charger

1970 Dodge Charger

The Seventies Charger

The 1970 Dodge Charger hidden away in Dom’s (played by Vin Diesel) garage in the 1998 film “The Fast and Furious” produced 900 horsepower. We don’t know of any car producing that much power today but you can buy a new Dodge Charger RT. It only has a 370 horsepower V8 Hemi engine, plenty powerful to get you to the grocery store and back. Plus it gets 31 mpg. The RT model lists at $29,295.

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BTM Guest Author: Todd Bigelow

Todd restored his first muscle car – a 1968 Pontiac Firebird Coupe – when he was in high school. Now he’s a high school science teacher who writes about cars on the weekends.

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