No doubt, American automobiles have played huge roles in some of the biggest TV shows and movies of all time. KITT from Knight Rider, the Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit, to all of the American made cars featured in the Transformers movies, and the numerous renditions of the Batmobile, just to name a few. However, Corvettes in particular have a tendency to stand out among all other movie cars. This week, we shine our spotlight, or should we say our OPT7 LED headlights, on the best movie Corvette of all time.
There are plenty of movies with Corvettes in them, and we feel obligated to at least mention them here. Once such Corvette is the American flag themed car in The Spy Who Shagged Me, driven by Austin Powers himself. Corvettes also starred in Terms of Endearment, XXX, Fast Five, Animal House, and Boogie Nights.
However, for us, the best movie car of all time was in the film Con Air. The car was involved in some rather outrageous scenes that no car, in reality, could survive. From multiple high speed chases to being dropped out of and dragged behind an airplane. The movie took this car on one wild ride, for sure.
From the action-packed movie Con Air, by Jerry Bruckheimer, starring Nicholas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich and many others, the Corvette used was a 1967 Sting Ray Corvette. Cage’s character, a brazen DEA agent, goes in search of the car known as AZZ KIKR. According to the Internet Movie Car Database, the Corvette Stingray used in Con Air was indeed a 1967 model year.
We spoke with Corvette enthusiast Willie Smithfield from Red-Corvettes.com, and we asked him what makes this movie Corvette the best of all time. Willie told us, “That car is just such a classic. Americans love muscle cars, in particular Corvettes. Not only that, they love classic convertibles. The car in Con Air represents all of that. For many people, it’s nostalgic. Whether you are young or old, the car just oozes coolness.” We have to agree with Willie.
Check out this great scene when the we get our first glimpse of the beautiful 1967 Corvette in Con Air.
As you can see, the Corvette makes a grand entrance into the movie. The car remains the main focus throughout the film. The 1967 Corvette used in Con Air became an instant icon. Everybody wanted to have one after they saw the movie. In fact, similar cars sold at auction for well over $100,000. To this day, the popularity of the AZZ KIKR car remains. You can even find AZZ KIKR license plates available for sale on the Internet.
As you can see, American muscle cars have played an important role in cinema. We don’t see this trend changing anytime soon. It seems that Hollywood directors are proud to feature American made automobiles in their movies. We suppose it doesn’t hurt that American manufacturers are willing to pony up some sponsorship money to help keep the trend going. Regardless, we’re glad to see the tradition carry on.