Stars and Their Co-Star Cars: Robert Redford Edition

August 12, 2014

Over the course of his long Hollywood career, Robert Redford starred in many great film dramas where some memorable old cars helped set the stage. The actor turns 78 this month, providing a perfect excuse for looking back at the best Redford movie classic cars of all time.

1935 Pierce-Arrow Model 1245 (The Sting, 1973)

The Sting

In this 1973 American caper film, Redford starred alongside famous Hollywood car guy Paul Newman. The film’s co-producer, Tony Bill, also happened to be into cars — particularly old and expensive ones like this rare 1935 Pierce-Arrow. A one-of-a-kind classic from Bill’s personal collection, the vehicle served as mob boss Doyle Lonnegan's (played by Robert Shaw) private car.

1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Springfield Brewster 'Ascot' Tourer (The Great Gatsby, 1974)

The Great Gatsby

The 2013 version of F. Scott’s Fitzgerald’s classic 1925 novel prompted groans from movie watchers critical of a number of the film’s period-incorrect automotive errors. The 1974 version starring Robert Redford didn’t do much better. Fitzgerald set the novel in 1922. But in the Redford movie version, Gatsby is seen in a number of scenes driving this left-drive Rolls from 1928. 

1931 Ford Model A De Luxe Roadster (The Great Waldo Pepper, 1975)

The Great Waldo Pepper

Set during 1926–1931, this now nearly forgotten Redford film centers on the efforts of a disaffected World War I-era flyboy who tries to make a life as a barnstorming aerial stuntman in post-war America during the early 1920s. The movie provides glimpses of a number of venerable classics, including the ubiquitous car of the era, a Ford Model A.

1923 International Harvester (Out of Africa, 1985)

Out Of Africa

Based on the real life events depicted in the 1937 book by Isak Dinesen (pseudonym of Danish author Karen Blixen), this romantic drama starred Redford as the super suave big-game hunter Denys Finch Hatton. The film features this 1923 International Harvester, a fitting choice for the era and the rugged African landscape where the real life Finch Hatton spent his time hunting and guiding aristocratic clients including King Edward VIII.


  1. Dr. Mike Salerno Port St. Lucie, Fl.

    Redford drove a cool car in the movie, Havana. I believe it was a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible that he put on the ferry in Miami to go to Cuba & gamble. If we open up relations with Cuba, will Hagerty cover my 1967 Benz over in Cuba?

  2. Natalia upstate NY

    what about "The Way We Were"?that is a classic movie that takes place over a number of years, I am sure there is a car or two that would fit this category

  3. LaVon E. Gray Raleigh, NC

    I always enjoy your articles and notice sometimes readers attempt to factually challenge the content. Such is the case here. In 1982 I purchased a 1929 International Harvester 1 ton Six Speed Special truck. Because I'm a hopeless purist, before commencing the restoration I did an exhaustive 2 year research project to be certain that every nut and bolt of my restoration was to be just as it was when it rolled off the assembly line in 1929. My research commenced prior to the computer age so I was at the mercy of the US Post Office, poor photography, and great amounts of time and expense traveling to follow leads and personally lay eyes, hands and tape measures on as many examples of this model that I could reasonably find. Truly, it was an obsessive, exhaustive but thorough labor of love for my truck. I still own my truck and I guess I consider myself an expert on the Six Speed Special. That's my background, now a little background on the IHC 6 Speed Special. This model was introduced in 1928 with the ribbed and squared fenders as you can see in your photo. All 4 wheels were constructed with 10 wooden spokes. At the midway point of the 1929 model year they changed to a 6 spoke cast steel wheel.These trucks were sold with just the chassis, fenders and running boards, hood and cowl. IHC offered a "model SA" cab as an option but many cabs were built by owners or other aftermarket companies. IHC, in 1930, redesigned the model making it less "boxy" with fenders that were smooth and rounded. The design of the fenders, hood and cowl of the truck used in the movie are clearly 1928-29. The cab and body of the movie truck were custom made and not IH. Finally, you can't see the wheels in your picture but if you watch the movie you'll notice the 6-spoke cast wheels of 1929. In my opinion, Mr. Redford's truck in the movie "Out Of Africa" is a 1st generation 1929 IHC 1-ton 6 Speed Special.