Big-budget Hollywood films typically spare no expense to give viewers an authentic and engaging experience. Over the years, some truly amazing – and ridiculously expensive – cars have been sacrificed by filmmakers. From the Lamborghini Murcielago in 2008’s The Dark Knight to that gorgeous red ’61 Ferrari in 1986’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Hollywood has annihilated some seriously pricy rides for the sake of delighting audiences.
Here are 7 of the most ridiculously expensive cars that have been destroyed in big Hollywood films. Car enthusiasts, prepare to weep tears of sorrow for these stunning vehicles.
Lamborghini Murcielago LP-640 (The Dark Knight)
As already mentioned, a Lamborghini Murcielago LP-640 gets destroyed in The Dark Knight. This film has been hailed as one of the top Batman flicks, but it might get you ‘right in the feels’ when Bruce Wayne (expertly played by Christian Bale) resorts to driving the Murcielago instead of his beloved Batmobile. Bruce unfortunately sacrifices the Murcielargo to stop an assassination attempt. The assassin’s truck crashes into the Murcielago instead of the target’s vehicle.
So, how much does a Lamborghini Murcielago LP-640 sell for these days? If you look on CarGurus, you might see a 2007-2008 LP-640 going for over $229,000 with over 34,000 miles on it.
Lykan Hypersport l Source: Noebu, CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Lykan Hypersport (The Fast and Furious 7)
The Fast and Furious franchise has destroyed many fine motorized vehicles over the course of its ten films. With an eleventh due out in early 2024, there will be even more fancy vehicles getting destroyed. One of the most expensive models to get ruined in a F&F film happens in F&F7 when Dominic drives a Lykan Hypersport off of a skyscraper.
Pricey and rare, the Hypersport is manufactured by Lebanese company W Motors. A 2013-2017 Hypersport costs $3.4 million. Yes, you read that right – $3.4 million. Even some F&F actors probably don’t drop that kind of dough on their vehicles.
Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger)
The older James Bond films utilized a lot of Aston Martin models. And, after Jaguar declined to provide a car to the Goldfinger film, the Aston Martin DB5 became a staple, appearing in multiple successive Bond films.
In the 1964 hit Goldfinger movie, James Bond crashes his DB5 into a wall during an intense chase scene. One of the DB5s that made it out of the film unscathed sold in 2010 for a mind-blowing $3.57 million.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT California (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
For those who have watched the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, you no doubt recall the iconic 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California sitting in Cameron’s father’s garage – that is, until Ferris decides that they need to take it out for a joyride.
The car, of course, ends up getting wrecked by the end of the film. However, the models used in the movie were replicas worth a mere fraction of the real ’61 Ferrari 250 GT California’s price tag. A real version is insanely rare and costs around $10 million today. Heck, not that long ago, someone splurged $337,000 for one of the movie’s surviving replicas!
Lamborghini Huracán (Doctor Strange)
When it replaced the Gallardo back in 2014, the Lamborghini Huracan became wildly popular. Sure, it costs about $300,000, but its superb driving dynamics and powerful V10 engine make it Lamborghini’s best-selling model.
In fact, the Huracan made an appearance in the first Doctor Strange film. Unfortunately, it is in this vehicle that the titular superhero gets into a bad accident that results in his arms being paralyzed.
Lamborghini Miura P400 (The Italian Job)
Another Lamborghini loved by gearheads is the Miura. It debuted in 1966 and quickly became a favorite among filmmakers who appreciated its unique beauty. Today, a 60s Miura P400 in excellent condition goes for a cool $1 million.
In 1969, the Miura P400 appeared in the British comedy The Italian Job. In the film’s opening sequence, the Miura P400 gets smashed by a bulldozer before being dropped off a cliff to make the wreck look accidental.
1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 (Gone In 60 Seconds)
Last – but certainly not least – we have the utterly iconic 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500. It was undoubtedly one of the coolest muscle cars to come out of the ‘60s, and it goes for a pretty penny today. You will have to shell out somewhere over $200,000 for a GT500 these days.
In the film Gone in 60 Seconds, a GT500 gets destroyed. But never fear – in December of 2022, the Shelby Trust won its copyright case over the vehicle, which now allows them to construct licensed GT500s that look almost exactly like the film’s GT500.
If you cannot afford to go out and splurge on one of these cool cars, you can at least watch them zipping around onscreen. Just be prepared for some serious carnage as Hollywood loves filming these cars getting destroyed.