If you’re as car obsessed as we are and also like to watch stuff, you understand that the automobiles in movies are often as memorable as the actors. Casting the right vehicle can be as important as landing Meryl Streep or Tom Hanks. So for this episode of Window Shop, we challenged the crew to find Oscar-worthy film cars. Oh, and we set the budget at $20,000 because this show used to be about shopping for used cars on a budget.
Contributor John Pearley Huffman raids the Disney vault for an obvious but admittedly iconic choice. Although his find isn’t an exact clone of the car in the movie, it does have a sunroof, which is critical to the plot, and it could easily be modified to match the screen star. Deputy testing director K.C. Colwell is inspired by an ’80s film that gives the original Ford Taurus a starring role. But instead of trying to find a replica of the movie car, Colwell wisely presents the best version of the Taurus, the excellent SHO. Senior editor Joey Capparella picks a first-gen Audi A4 that makes a cameo appearance in a relatively obscure animated Japanese film that most of us haven’t seen. He gives the movie two thumbs up and tells us that although the A4 isn’t central to the plot, the animators went through considerable effort to properly depict it.
Contributor Jonathon Ramsey and yours truly find cars that are perfectly cast and deliver award-winning performances in great films—okay, maybe Ramsey’s film isn’t great, but we do discover that one of the shoppers saw it at the impressionable age of six. My pick is identical to the Cadillac driven by Henry Hill in Goodfellas, and Ramsey finds a front-drive RV dressed in military garb. As is our way, we bicker and list faults with one another’s choices. And in the end, like the academy, we crown a winner.
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