Armadillo From Armageddon
When a Rezvani Tank isn’t tough enough, it’s time to connect with your inner Bruce Willis. Complete with a short-throw shifter and Recaro seats, the Armadillo from Armageddon is the ultimate off-roader we’d take anywhere on – or off – Earth. We've got five words for you: where can we buy one?
Gigahorse Cadillac From Mad Max: Fury Road
The Mad Max franchise is full of drool-worthy cars, and if you’re a fan of the first two films you can have your own Ford Falcon XB GT Interceptor without too much trouble. Fury Road, however, went absolutely mental with the Gigahorse because let’s face it – a 1959 Cadillac isn’t big enough by itself. Two Caddys stacked on top of each other and mounted on a custom monster frame? We’ll take it.
Lexus 2054 From Minority Report
Imagine calling up a luxury automaker and asking them to build you a special car. That’s pretty much what Hollywood director Steven Spielberg did for the 2002 Tom Cruise film Minority Report, and this was the result. Named for the year in which the movie takes place, the 2054 is a bit of an acquired taste. It’s grown on us over the years though, and who knows – maybe in 36 years we can put one in our garage.
Audi RSQ From I, Robot
Here’s another manufacturer-designed concept car built specifically for a futuristic movie, in this case 2004’s I, Robot with Will Smith as the robot-hating protagonist. There’s no denying the concept’s resemblance to the R8, which probably isn’t coincidental since this car predated the R8 by a couple years. It’s said to be a mid-engine concept that, aside from full autonomous capability and awesome safety systems, uses spheres instead of tires so it can move in any direction without actually turning. It also means the RSQ can spin unbelievably vicious donuts, at least in theory.
Landmaster From Damnation Alley
Some of you may recall a sketchy post-apocalyptic film in the last 1970s called Damnation Alley. It also aired in the U.S. television market in the early 1980s, and the unofficial star was this comical creation called the Landmaster. This wasn’t just a prop or a model; one Landmaster was actually built and yes, it was fully functional. That includes the three wheels at every, um, wheel, and they can rotate to have the Landmaster climb over things. It’s ugly and oddly reminiscent of a worm, but we’d love to take this to the next monster truck show.
Mach 5 From Speed Racer
We tried to stay away from animated cars because that’s a never-ending rabbit hole of crazy designs that may not translate well to real-life. The Mach 5 is an exception because it’s such an iconic part of fictional automotive history. Even folks who’ve never seen an episode of Speed Racer at least know the name of the program and the car driven by the hero, the Mach 5. In fact, it’s so iconic that a few real-life replicas have been seen from time to time.
Motorcycle From Akira
As with the Mach 5, this iconic bit of 1980’s pop culture from Japan is too big – and too cool – to ignore. Seen in the animated feature Akira, the futuristic motorcycle belongs to the movie’s protagonist, Shotaro Kaneda. The film is riveting, with many people considering it the pinnacle of 1980’s Japanimation. Also, similar to the Mach 5, the fictional, two-dimensional motorcycle has managed to find its way into the real world, with this bike being regarded as the finest custom replica around.
Ramp Car From Fast & Furious 6
Physics took a serious back door in this sixth film of the Fast & Furious franchise, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love this custom creation. It’s like F1 and Mad Max had a vicious baby, and yes, it’s a fully-functional car. We’re not sure it can launch other cars at random without taking any damage, but the four-wheel steering and thumping V8 power are said to kill tires more aggressively than Ken Block. Where do we sign up for a drive?
Spinner From Blade Runner
The first Blade Runner film wasn’t initially a success, but its amazing look at a futuristic Los Angeles gave it a cult following that steadily grew over the years. The flying police car – AKA Spinner – was a cool aspect of the film that surprisingly resonated with fans and car enthusiasts alike. Its gritty styling was a perfect match for the dark movie, and who doesn’t want a flying car? We’d so take this over the Jetson’s bubble mobile any day of the week.
There have been many iterations of the Batmobile since the original television series aired in the 1960s, and none of them are what you’d call production ready. A few replicas of the first crime-fighting car – which was based on a 1950s Lincoln concept vehicle – have been built, but the later films all feature crazy custom creations. We’d love to at least have a chance to build our own modern Batmobile, but the only way you’ll get seat time is to find one of the original cars like comedian Jeff Dunham did.
Turbo Interceptor From The Wraith
A young Charlie Sheen killing bad guys with a futuristic car that sounds like a synthesized tiger growling into an echo box – it doesn’t get more 1980’s than this. The Wraith is so bad it’s good, and the Turbo Interceptor is a big part of that. It’s actually the Dodge M4S, a fully-functional prototype built in 1981 and yes, it was very functional. The car had a biturbo 2.2-liter four-cylinder mid-mount engine and reportedly could hit 195 mph (314 km/h). Look close at the hood in the film and you'll even see a Chrysler star on the front fascia.
Aston Martin DB10 From Spectre
You can sort-of buy an Aston Martin DB10 right now. Granted it doesn’t have all of James Bond’s cool spy gadgets, but the current Vantage borrows heavily from the DB10’s sinfully seductive styling. The DB10 was built for the 007 film Spectre, but it was also widely known that the one-off car pointed to the new face of future Aston Martins. Of all the cars on this list, it’s the closest you can get to having one of your own. That is, except for the car in our final slide.
Vaydor From Suicide Squad
Speaking of Will Smith movies, 2016’s Suicide Squad featured a cool looking supercar that nobody had seen before. That’s because the supercar is actually a third-generation Infiniti G35 coupe, which itself is basically a Nissan 350Z of the same era. A company called Vaydor Exotics in Florida built this special body kit that replaces all the Infiniti bits, creating a truly mad machine for a mad supervillain. Now here’s the plot twist in this slideshow – not only does Vaydor Exotics still make this kit, it’s crazy affordable. For $11,000 plus the cost of a donor car you can have your very own Jokermobile.
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