Ford is adored by many people — from those who need a gas-efficient vehicle to commute to work with, to those who make a living with their trucks, there’s a Ford for everyone, even celebrities. Read on as we take a look at some famous celebrities who love their Fords.
Much has been made of the late-night talk-show host’s love for cars. It’s even been reported that he drives a different car to work each day. But even though he has a huge car collection, Leno has had a long-standing love affair with Ford.
Here’s the proof: Leno’s first job was as a lot boy at his local Ford dealership. His father used to own a 1966 Ford Galaxie 7, which he called a “rocket ship,” because of its power and speed. Leno currently owns a 1965 Ford Mustang GT 350, which is still in great condition. And he shared a 20-year friendship with the late Carroll Shelby, the man who created the Shelby Mustang.
Australian-born actor Eric Bana is known for starring in blockbuster films like Hulk, Troy and Munich. But one of his lesser-known films is a 2009 documentary called Love The Beast.
The film, which is directed by Bana, documents his first car, a 1974 Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop that he bought when he was 15. Bana and his friends hold a special relationship with the car, which he describes as a “campfire” to them. He and his “mates” even used the car for races, which are shown in the documentary along with Bana’s restoration of his “beast.”
Check out a trailer of the film here.
The story behind actor Steve McQueen and his 1968 Ford Mustang GT in the film Bullitt is the stuff of legend. In the 1968 film, McQueen plays Lieutenant Frank Bullitt, who is in pursuit of an underworld kingpin. In one scene Bullitt is being tailed by two hitmen, but proceeds to flip the script and instead follow them. This results in a legendary car chase that ranks among the most memorable in film history.
The impact of the movie still resonates years later. In 2001 and again in 2008-09 Ford released a special version of the Mustang GT called the Bullitt.
McQueen was an avid car collector, but he never owned the Mustang that made him famous. There were two stunt cars used in the film, one of which suffered too much damage and had to be sent to the crusher. The other was sold to a series of owners in the 1970s. McQueen tried to persuade one of the owners, a New Jersey man, to sell it to him, but it was to no avail.
Watch the famous car chase scene from Bullitt here.
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