James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 is the most iconic car in TV & Film history, according to a new study by pioneering financial services company, Zopa. Inspector Morse’s maroon MK II Jag followed in second place.
Dominic Toretto’s Dodge Charger from The Fast and The Furious came third, followed by Doc Brown’s DeLorean from the 1985 hit film Back to the Future. Completing the top five TV and Film motors was John Steed’s Bentley from The Avengers.
According to the research, a third (32 percent) of UK drivers admit 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 21 percent would love to own a classic motor.
Zopa, who commissioned the research, offer simple personal loans at competitive rates, many of which are taken out by people to purchase a car. In 2017, one in every 280 cars in the UK was bought with a Zopa loan.
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. That’s why a large number of people who take out a Zopa loan use it to buy a car. It could be a brand new model, or a second hand vehicle, whatever works for them.”
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 weren’t an option, the average Brit said they would spend over £300,000 on their dream wheels.
The most common feature Brits would like to see in their dream Car 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 (it is actually a Daimler) (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 Reliant Regal (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. Bodie’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 Consul (The Sweeney) 5 percent
15. Jim Bergerac’s Triumph Dolomite (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 1300 (Fawlty Towers) 4 percent
20. Alan Partridge’s Rover 800 (Alan Partridge) 2 percent
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