The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off this week, showcasing great films from all over the world. Since the whole city is abuzz about movies, we thought this would be a great time to take a look back at seven of the most famous Ford vehicles to grace the silver screen.
1962 Ford Anglia – Harry Potter series
Where you’ve seen it: The Weasleys’ iconic “flying car” that has delighted children and just about anyone obsessed with the J.K. Rowling series.
What’s the story: This iconic British Ford was produced from 1939-1967, being introduced right around the time England declared war on Germany (hence the patriotic name).
Did you know? The actual Anglia used in the films had no engine, but that didn’t stop thieves from making off with it in 2006. Stolen from the film studio lot, police later recovered the car after it was dumped at Carn Brae Castle in Cornwall.
1984 Ford Econoline – Dumb and Dumber
Where you’ve seen it: Completely overhauled as the “Mutt Cuts” dog on wheels, and producing “the most annoying sound in the world” in this 1994 classic comedy.
What’s the story: The Econoline series of vans has been one of the most prolific fleet vehicles in North America. Produced from 1961 to 2012 in both the U.S. and Canada, Ford recently announced the end of production for the Econoline, to be replaced by the Transit line.
Did you know?: A variation of the Econoline van is actually the classic Canadian “short bus” we’ve all seen or rode at one point in our life.
1973 Torino – The Big Lebowski
Where you’ve seen it: The four-door model is clearly not looking its best, getting stolen, beat up and destroyed in the 1998 film that occupies a space on many “best comedies of all time” lists.
What’s the story: Named after the city of Turin, the Torino was manufactured from 1962 to 1970. The Torino has also appeared on TV in the popular show Starsky and Hutch, as well as the 2008 film Gran Torino.
Did you know?: Two Torinos were used in the film. One was destroyed on set; the other bit the big one later on an episode of The X-Files.
1982 LTD Country Squire – National Lampoon’s Vacation
Where you’ve seen it: Heavily modified and redubbed the “Wagon Queen Family Truckster,” it’s the vehicle that carries the Griswolds across the country on their ill-fated road trip to Wally World.
What’s the story: Manufactured from 1951-1991, the Country Squire has seen considerable remodelling, starting out as one of the original “woodies,” before morphing into the more familiar station wagon model.
Did you know?: George Barris, creator of the original Batmobile, designed the car for the film. Meant to be as ugly as possible, the Truckster features a wood-covered hood and eight headlights
1973 Ford Falcon XBGT Coupe – Mad Max
Where you’ve seen it: “The Interceptor” is famous for tearing up the post-apocalyptic wasteland in the 1979 film that introduced Mel Gibson to the world.
What’s the story: The Falcon XBGT Coupe was only available in Australia (its slogan was, “The Great Australian Road Car”) and was given extensive modifications for the film.
Did you know?: The original Falcon was sold off for scrap, but never made it to the graveyard. It was bought by a fan and fully restored to its movie condition.
Ford 1948 – Grease
Where you’ve seen it: As Greased Lightning, this icon is almost as famous as the movie itself. Chopped up, painted and fully hot-rodded.
What’s the story: The 1948 Ford was one of the very few cars being produced by Ford in the time after WWII. It retailed for about $800.
Did you know? The original Ford used for the film was sold in 2011 to an automobile museum in Illinois after its owner passed away in the process of having it restored.
1968 Mustang GT390 Fastback – Bullitt
Where you’ve seen it: Steve McQueen’s unmistakable Mustang laying down some serious rubber in arguably the best chase scene ever filmed.
What’s the story: The ’68 Fastback has become a real collector’s item largely due to this movie. It’s one of the most popular restoration projects for hobbyists and collectors alike.
Did you know?: The sounds made by the Mustang in the film are actually overdubs of Steve McQueen’s GT40 being driven flat out.
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