5 Vehicles You’ll Instantly Recognize From Movies

1. Little Miss Sunshine, 1973 Volkswagen Transporter (Type 2)

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The Hoover family in the cult-classic Little Miss Sunshine piles into a bright yellow 1973 Volkswagen Transporter. The film was introduced at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and became increasingly popular. ImBd outlines the plot by saying it’s about “A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant” by taking “a cross-country trip in their VW bus.”

A unique fact about Little Miss Sunshine and the recognizable 1973 Volkswagen Transporter: Fox Searchlight hosted a screening of the movie at the Vineland Drive-In movie theater for VW bus owners.

2. Tommy Boy, 1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX

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If you’re like us, you laughed until you cried when you watched Tommy Boy for the first time…and then for the fifth time. Tommy Boy features comedic legends Chris Farley and David Spade. Together, they try to save the auto parts factory that Chris, who plays Tommy, is inheriting.

The vehicle they drive throughout the movie is very familiar. You can’t forget the scene where the deer, which they believe to be dead, comes to life in the back seat of their 1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX. The vehicle gets trashed throughout the movie and even has a child gate in place of a door!

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On Screen Cars makes a great observation, “ This isn’t the last movie David Spade drives a 1967 Plymouth GTX. Mater of fact, Spade drives one later in Joe Dirt.”

3. Jurassic Park, Ford Explorer

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The first Jurassic Park movie made the Ford Explorer a car celebrity. Throughout the thriller, John Hammond and his crew try to keep the dinosaurs he’s created from taking over the earth! As dinosaurs and the feared T-Rex attacked the team, the Ford Explorers made multiple scenes and were even crushed or flipped over.

In the final scene, the Jurassic Park logo on the jeep is covered in mud and spells out “UR ASS PARK,” a subtle joke that “you’re lucky to get out with your ass in one piece,” highlights The Chive.

4. Dumb and Dumber, Mutt Cutts Van

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How can you not fall in love with the dumb co-stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels? Their slapstick comedy and outrageous outfits will have you laughing throughout the entire 1994 flick Dumb and Dumber.

One of the most iconic vehicles in movies is their Mutt Cutts Van. In the movie, Lloyd and Harry, the characters Jim and Jeff play, pick up the Mutt Cutts Van and nickname it the Shaggin Wagon. One of the most famous scenes in the car is when Lloyd pees in the front seat and hands Harry multiple bottles of urine.

Surprisingly, the vehicle, under all the hair, is a simple 1984 Ford Econoline.

5. The Love Bug, 1962 Volkswagen Beetle


This 1968 flick surrounds the iconic 1962 Volkswagen Beetle driven throughout the entire movie. From Walt Disney, The Love Bug, is all about “a race car driver who becomes a champion with a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own.” Later, the movie was rebooted in 2005 with Lindsay Lohan.

Throughout the movie, the Love Bug, also named Herbie, has its own personality and even drives on it’s own. It can squirt oil as well as open it’s own doors.

A unique fact about the movie comes from IMBD, “When beginning production of the film, Disney set up a casting call for about a dozen cars, and kept them outside the studios for the crew to examine during their breaks. Among the lineup were Toyotas, Volvos, and of course, the pearl white Volkswagen Beetle. When the crew walked by to inspect the cars, they would kick the tires and grab the steering wheel to see how it handled. However, when they came across the Volkswagen, they began to pet it, and so the Beetle got the job, on Sunday, March 23rd, 1969.”