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A James Bond motor tops the list of most iconic car in TV and film history — but which one?

Monday 1st October 2018
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James Bond is never without a top motor at his disposal, but which car is the one that stands out most?

It may come as a surprise to long-standing fans of the super spy franchise that it isn’t one of his Jaguars that tops the list of the most iconic car in TV and film history—but his Aston Martin DB10.

The two-door supercar was created specially for Spectre, with Daniel Craig at the wheel (see video below).

Speeding into second place is Inspector Morse’s maroon MK II Jaguar, followed by Dominic Toretto’s Dodge Charger from The Fast and The Furious.

Surprisingly, Doc Brown’s DeLorean from the 1985 hit film Back to the Future was only fourth place.

Completing the top five TV and Film motors was John Steed’s Bentley from The Avengers.

Not all the top 20 cars are of the prestige variety—in 16th place is Simon’s Fiat Cinquecento in The Inbetweeners, in 19th is Basil Fawlty’s Austin 1100, and 20th is Alan Partridge’s Rover 800 (see second video below).

The research, conducted by financial services company, Zopa, found that Brits are a nation of petrol heads, with nearly a third (32 per cent) admitting they daydream about their favourite car, with Aston Martin the most popular choice, just ahead of Audi and Lamborghini.

More than two thirds (76 percent) of Brits would love a top of the range modern car, but a more classic 21 percent would love to own a vintage motor.

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Andrew Lawson, Chief Product Officer at Zopa, said: “We’ve seen so many iconic cars on the screen over the years, and often they’re more memorable than the characters themselves. It shows how important cars are to a lot of people, almost becoming part of the family.”

A beady eyed 70 percent of Brits always notice what car a TV or film character drives and 22 percent said they have even been inspired to buy a certain make or model of car because a character on TV drove it.

If money wasn’t an option, the average Brit said they would spend more than £300,000 on their dream wheels.

The most common feature Brits would like to see in their dream automobile is air conditioning (72 percent), followed by Sat Nav (63 percent) and an all singing, all dancing stereo system (60 percent). 57 percent would like to treat themselves to a vehicle with heated seats and 42 percent would like to experience the wind in their hair with a convertible roof.

According to the poll, most motorists (44 percent) get a new car every five years, although over a quarter (26 percent) are driving a car they have owned for over 10 years.

TOP 20 ICONIC CARS OF TV AND FILM

  1.  James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 (Daniel Craig) — 35 percent
  2.  Inspector Morse’s vintage Jaguar (Inspector Morse) — 14 percent
  3.  Dom Toretto’s Dodge Charger (The Fast and The Furious) — 14 percent
  4.  Doc Brown’s DeLorean (Back to the Future) — 12 percent
  5.  John Steed’s Bentley (The Avengers) — 12 percent
  6. Mr Bean’s Mini (Mr Bean) — 11 percent
  7. Lady Penelope’s Rolls Royce (Thunderbirds) — 11 percent
  8. Del Boy Trotter’s Robin Reliant (Only Fools and Horses) — 9 percent
  9. Gene Hunt’s Audi Quattro (Ashes To Ashes) — 9 percent
  10. Lightning McQueen Corvette (Pixar’s Cars) — 8 percent
  11. Lotus Super 7 from The Prisoner (The Prisoner) — 6 percent
  12. Bodey and Doyle’s Ford Capri (The Professionals) — 6 percent
  13. Mr Big’s Lincoln Town Car (Sex and The City) — 5 percent
  14. Jack Regan’s Ford Granada (The Sweeney) — 5 percent
  15. Jim Bergerac’s Triumph (Bergerac) — 5 percent
  16. Simon’s Fiat Cinquecento (The Inbetweeners) — 4 percent
  17. Matthew Crawley’s AC Six (Downton Abbey) — 4 percent
  18. Simon Templar’s Volvo (The Saint) — 4 percent
  19. Basil Fawlty’s Austin 1100 (Fawlty Towers) — 4 percent
  20. Alan Partridge’s Rover 800 (Alan Partridge) — 2 percent
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