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Dodge Challenger R/T – Vanishing Point

Published: 20 October 2008

Ranking: 10      

Year of release: 1971

The car: 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T

Why it’s special: Because the film was entirely about the white Dodge and its driver, on an epic road journey.

Best bit: All of it

Pub fact: Although between four and eight 1970 Dodge Challengers were wrecked during filming, the actual car destroyed at the end of the film was a 1967 Camaro stunt double bodyshell, towed into the bulldozers by the sole remaining 383 Magnum Challenger. Also inspired the 1997 album of the same name by UK dance band Primal Scream.

Plot overview: Auric Goldfinger has a conniving plan (Operation Grand Slam) to radiate Fort Knox’s gold supplies, thus sending the value of his own gold reserves through the roof. Agent 007 – James Bond (Connery) is despatched to investigate and neutralize the situation, but it’s not going to be easy with hired muscle the likes of rotund oriental assassin Oddjob (Skata) and Pussy Galore (Blackman) in his way.

For: The iconic white Challenger kicked off 70’s trippy car movies which focussed on the automobiles, for instance Two Lane Blacktop

Against: The horrific 1997 TV movie remake.

CAR verdict: A tripped-out tribute to Americana

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