On the Tube: The Best '70s Movie Getaway Cars
If you’re trying to evade the cops on the silver screen, it helps to look cool and retro while you’re doing it. Here, courtesy of YouTube, are the cars from six of the best known “getaway” movies from the 1970s.
The trailer is pretty tame compared to the actual film. In this 1970s cult hit, it doesn’t end well for the car or Kowalski — a former cop, stock racer and Vietnam Congressional Medal of Honor winner — who tries to deliver a supercharged 1970 Dodge Challenger from Colorado to California.
Philip D'Antoni, the producer of Bullitt (1968) and The French Connection (1971), returned for this 1973 film that featured a 10-minute car chase with two Pontiacs: a beige 1973 Pontiac Ventura Sprint Coupe driven by NYC detective Buddy Manucci (Roy Scheider) and a black Pontiac Grand Ville driven by criminals played by Richard Lynch and stuntman Bill Hickman.
Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
In this 1974 car-chase film, washed-up stock car/NASCAR racers Larry Rayder (Peter Fonda) and Deke Sommers (Adam Roarke) flee a small-town grocery store robbery in a 1967 Chevy. The best chase scene of the film comes after Rayder picks up spunky blonde Mary Coombs (Susan George) and a souped-up fluorescent yellow-green 1969 Dodge Charger R/T with a 440-cubic-inch V-8 engine and wicked cool black side striping.
Gone in 60 Seconds
The original 1974 cult classic features Mustangs, Cadillac limousines and Rolls-Royces. It also includes a 40-minute car-chase finale (almost half the runtime of the entire film) with a yellow 1973 Ford Mach 1 Mustang. The chase took seven months to film and involves 93 car wrecks and a spectacular car jump of 128 feet.
Smokey and the Bandit
In a complete lack of respect for the law, Burt Reynolds runs interference in a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am for an outlaw trucker delivering 400 cases of bootleg beer from Texarkana to Atlanta in just 28 hours.
This 1978 film opens with the protagonist, named The Driver (Ryan O’Neal), auditioning his skills and talent as a getaway driver in a prospective client’s yellow, 4-door Mercedes V-8 sedan. Whipping around inside a cramped underground parking garage, the elegant Mercedes is pretty much trashed in the first five minutes. But with three spectacular car chases in the film there are many more cool cars to be seen.