With Steven Spielberg’s epic return to Sci-Fi, Fulton Leasing summaries the most iconic movie cars spotted in Ready Player One’s homage.
We’re in 2045, when the real world is a harsh place dominated by the OASIS – an immersive cybernetic space where most of civilization spend their days. Wade Watts, a teenage boy born into a generation that feels failed by reality, joins the mysterious game that promises the winner full ownership of the OASIS hidden in an Easter Egg.
Let’s take a look at some of the car Easter eggs we spotted in Ready Player One, and what earned them their iconic pop culture status:
A. Baracus’s MC Vandura
Type of Vehicle: GMC G-Series
A cult icon worldwide, B.A (Bad Attitude) Baracus was an uncontested start of The A-Team – a group of ex-United States Army Special Forces soldiers who were wrongly convinced of a crime during the Vietnam War. Besides, B.A was a highly skilled mechanic, and a prominent owner of the GMC Vandura – the modified 1994 Chevrolet G20 with its distinctive red stripe, black and red turbine mag wheels, and rooftop spoiler.
Max Rockatansky’s V8 Interceptor/Pursuit Special
Type of Vehicle: 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT coupe
This iconic black muscle car featuring a characteristic supercharger was based on a 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT coupe, adapted to become a police interceptor by the Main Force Patrol. Operated by Mel Gibson’s character, Max Rockatansky, the original Australian built Ford Falcon was modified multiple times to ensure that the car was cosmetically adapted for the new post-apocalyptic setting (Mad Max 2, The Road Warrior) as well as destruction and eventual explosion.
Type of Vehicle: Racer Motors Mach 5
Well-known from the Japanese animated TV series was the racing car, the vehicle was immortalised by the 2008 film, and then made a comeback in Ready Player One. Its aerodynamic design combined with special devices marks Mach 5 as a car that was born to win races and capture imaginations.
Type of Vehicle: 1958 Plymouth Fury
Known as a cinema’s most haunted car, Christine embodies the pure evil appearance and a spooky history behind it – all represented by a supernatural 1958 Plymouth Fury car, painted in a bloodshot red. Christine is also one of Stephen King’s most popular creations, making her appearance in several creations, books and movie adaptations.
Doc Brown’s DeLorean
Type of Vehicle: 1981 De Lorean DMC-12
The DeLorean, a vehicle featured in the Back to the Future franchise, was Doctor Brown’s most successful invention that compromised a De Lorean DMC-12 sport car transformed into a plutonium-powered time machine. The car was able to reach 88 miles per hour in order to gain insights into history and the future, and eventually allowed both Dr. Brown and Martyy McFly to undo the negative effects of time travel.
Of the 9,000 DeLoreans that were originally built, it is estimated that somewhere between 6000 and 7000 remain – some in private ownership while others are scattered among motor museums.
The DMC-12 was so named because it was originally priced at $12,000. However, by the time it came to market, the suggested retail priced had doubled to $25,000.