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)
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 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)
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)
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.