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Batmobile voted greatest car to appear in the movies



Story by: Jack Foley

NOBODY drives it better than… Batman, it seems, if a poll by UCI Cinemas, to mark the release of Starsky and Hutch, is anything to go by.

The Caped Crusader’s high-tech Batmobile has been voted the greatest car to appear on the big screen, beating James Bond's legendary Aston Martin, in the poll of screen cars.

The sleek, black Batmobile's first appearance was in the Batman comic, in 1941, but screeched onto cinema screens in 1989, in Tim Burton’s epic, starring Michael Keaton.

Also featured in the surveys were the Minis from The Italian Job, in third place, the VW Beetle, named Herbie, in fourth, and the DeLorean car, driven by Michael J Fox, in the Back to the Future trilogy, which finished fifth.

Steve McQueen’s iconic Ford Mustang, in the 1968 film, Bullitt, also made the top ten, along with the car from Grease, and the flying vehicle, in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Commenting on the survey, a UCI spokesman said: "Cars in movies have always helped provide the action in chase scenes and getaways, but the best big screen cars are the ones that go beyond simply being a prop and have an identity of their own."

In what proved to be a terrific year for car chases, last year, films such as Bad Boys 2, The Matrix Reloaded and The Italian Job remake all featured memorable high-speed moments.

The Ford Gran Torino used in Starsky and Hutch did not make it into the top 10.

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