DRIVE A PIECE OF MOVIE HISTORY
THE TUMBLER, BATMAN BEGINS, 2005
When he isn’t donning his Batman mask, Bruce Wayne prefers driving around in a Lamborghini. So, what do you drive at night if your daily car is basically two seats strapped to a massive V12 petrol engine?
The answer is a Tumbler and while it may look like just another over-the-top prop car, this one works. That’s what makes this Batmobile so special compared to all the others before it: the Tumbler can actually do everything it did in the movie.
Weighing in at over 4 000kg and equipped with four 37-inch tyres at the rear, the Tumbler required a fair amount of power.
Chevrolet was more than happy to provide a modified V8, though no official power figures were ever quoted.
It could sprint to 100km/h in five seconds and it had a top speed of 160km/h.
Price: A total of five were built at R3.5 million each. Can it 4×4: It can jump between buildings, so it probably can.
Making a great movie requires great casting choices and this includes selecting the right car for the job. Who can forget the Bullitt Mustang, Magnum PI’s Ferrari or the Minis used in The Italian Job?
Are there any iconic movie 4×4s? While it’s usually only sleek and sexy models which are used for filming, there are more than a few examples of memorable 4×4 castings over the years, so much so that it was quite difficult cutting the list down to just six.
Lara Croft’s modified Land Rover Defender didn’t make the list, nor did General Lee from the Dukes of Hazard. Okay, so the 1969 Dodge Charger wasn’t a 4×4 but that car spent 90% of its time going sideways on a country road so it counts.
To make the process of narrowing the list down easier, we settled on only using 4×4s from critically acclaimed movies and one television series.
In order of cool to positively covered in liquid nitrogen, our favourite movie 4×4s of all time are...
CADILLAC ESCALADE AND HUMMER H2, ZOMBIELAND, 2009
If we’re honest, both these cars are a bit rubbish but they were made cool by the man who drove them.
He’s called Tallahassee and he really hates zombies, so he chooses his vehicles accordingly. His first choice was the Escalade, equipped with a snow scoop at the front and an entire arsenal of weapons in the boot.
After losing said Cadillac, he went for the most obnoxious American car of all, a yellow Hummer H2.
Tallahassee paints the number 3 on the door of each new car, a reference to racer Dale Earnhardt, who also had a reputation for an aggressive driving style.
Price: Not much. You could get a Hummer H3 for around R200 000. Can it 4×4: No for the Cadillac, yes for the Hummer.
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