Pontiac Trans AM – Muscle Cars Make the Movies
Most movies are loved for two reasons: actors who put their all into their roles and stories that plunge into our souls while thoroughly stirring our emotions. Every now and then, there are movies that captivate us for other reasons, like high tech special effects and mind blowing comedic timing. However, there are those occasional movies that suck us in, not for the story or the actors, special effects or comedy, but because they have supremely cool cars.
Granted, many of the movies still have memorable stories or top-notch actors, but despite those qualities, there are cars that steal the scene. It is easy to name the movies with scene-stealing cars. Many of them involve James Bond and some exotic sports car. The Back to the Future series has the DeLorean with its flux capacitor. Why else would anyone watch any of the Fast and Furious films if they did not love cars (and sexy people driving them)? No one even knows the name of the character that Burt Reynolds played in Smokey and the Bandit, but they all know that he drove a black 1977 Pontiac Trans Am. In fact, the Trans Am became such a hot selling car after the movie debuted that a red one also played a major role in the 1978 movie Hooper. (On a side note, the red Hooper Trans Am stole scenes from Burt Reynolds, too.)
It seems like the cars that steal the stage from the high paid actors tend to be either exotically sleek sports cars or powerfully tough muscle cars. Along with the Pontiac Trans Am, muscle cars like the Chevy Camaro in Transformers or the Ford Mustang in Gone in Sixty Seconds bring a style that no other category of cars can deliver. Men look sexier behind the wheel of a muscle car, engines sound rougher and faster than any other style of car, and movies have more tenacity when a hot muscle car races across the screen.