The Fast and Furious movies were a brilliant showcase of car culture at its best. While the movie franchise started off small, the popularity of the movie allowed Universal to bring in modern cars and even restore some of the most classic American cars for the big screen.
The producers of the franchise spared no expense when it came to giving car fans what they wanted to see. With dynamic car chases and action-packed driving, cars always played a central role in the movie’s storyline. Although the franchise heavily featured Japanese cars, some of the American classics made for some of the most unforgettable cinema.
If you’re looking for the coolest American cars featured in the Fast movies, here are 10 of the most impressive American cars featured in the Fast and Furious franchise.
10 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback
As the car Sean uses in the final race in The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, the 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback is one of the franchise’s most iconic cars. This American muscle car perfectly went up against the Takashi’s Nissan and managed to win the race.
The 1967 Ford Mustang is a particularly powerful muscle car. With a 320 hp powertrain, the 2-door muscle car became a classic even before the movie. Unlike some of the other sports cars in this era, the 67 Mustang was the perfect blend of classic design with modern performance.
9 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport
Featured in the fourth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, the 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport was displayed in all its glory across the United States border with Mexico. This car, run by Fenix, was featured multiple times throughout the film and even in flashbacks later in the series.
The Gran Torino Sport was slightly customized with Coy’s C-67 Gun Metal rims and Hotchkis suspension. The car was a certified classic, but had a green paint job with distinct white racing stripes along the sides of the car.
8 1965 Ford GT40
One of the most iconic cars to have ever featured in the Fast movies was the Ford GT40. While most classic cars in the franchise were American muscle cars, the GT40 was designed specifically to dethrone the Ferrari in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The GT40 was featured in Fast 5 as one of the cars being stolen from the train. The GT40 is a seriously powerful and rare car, which is why a replica was used to film the movie. The 540 hp replica was later auctioned off as a part of the franchise’s rich history.
7 1966 Corvette Sport Stingray
Every Fast and Furious fan distinctly remembers the train heist scene at the beginning of the Fast 5 movie. This scene came to an end when Dom got behind the wheel of a 1966 Corvette Sport Stingray to try and save Brian.
The heavily modified Stingray was painted in a gunmetal grey color and was the second generation of the Stingray to be developed. As with many other cars in the film, the production team used $40k replicas, each fitted with 400 hp engines.
6 Dodge Charger SRT-8
Fast Five was a definite turning point for the entire franchise. While the first few movies were heavily related to car culture, the fifth movie shifted the franchise into the heist genre. This was one of the greatest getaways to ever make its way onto the big screen.
Deciding to pull the safe out of the wall and drag it across the city of Rio, Dom and Brian used customized Dodge Charger SRT-8s. These two muscle cars were fitted with tuned V6 engines that were rumored to have over 1,000 hp each.
5 1968 Dodge Charger
Featured in three movies, the 68 Dodge Charger was one of Dom’s favorite muscle cars in the franchise. This was also the car used by Dom in the final scene when Brian parts ways with the franchise in his white Supra.
The 2-door hardtop version of the Dodge Charger was heavily modified for the movie. While the original may have had below 300 hp, the version of the car used in the movie was rumored to have over 2,000 hp.
4 1966 C2 Corvette
As Letty’s iconic ride, the C2 Corvette has been a staple throughout the Fast and Furious franchise. This car featured in a number of different films throughout the years, but most famously in the fourth film, Fast and Furious.
The C2 Corvette was released back in 1962 and featured a unique rear design. The car was available in both a coupe and convertible version as well. The C2 model came with a range of powerful V8 engines that paired well with their 3 and 4-Speed manual gearboxes.
3 Dodge Charger Daytona
Although the Dodge Charger Daytona may be most famous for its role in the animated film, Cars, it also played a decent role in the sixth installment of the Fast franchise. Fitted with Michelin tires, the Charger Daytona came with a 9-point roll cage and a V8 engine.
The 2-door coupe was customized with a 500 hp V8 engine from General Motors. There were also quite a few modifications made specifically for the movie. These upgrades included a NOS Big Shot System, a Carburated plate system, and a NOS Supercharging kit.
2 1969 Yenko Camaro SYC
The 1969 Camaro was featured heavily in the second movie of the franchise. This 2-door coupe was powered by a pushrod V8 engine and was painted in a unique, Le Mans Blue color. This Camaro was modified by Yenko and could produce up to 450 hp.
While the earlier models were designed to produce under 350 hp, the Yenko version of the Camaro brought that up to 450 hp. The car also came with a heavy-duty suspension system and an M21 manual gearbox.
1 Dodge Charger R/T
The clear fan favorite has to be the Dodge Charger from the first Fast and Furious movie. This black Charger was kept away for much of the show until the final scene with Dom and Brian. While Dom did manage to damage the car, it did make a return later in the franchise.
The 1970 Charger was fitted with an iconic hood scoop that made the car nothing short of legendary. The rear-wheel-drive car was rebuilt for the fourth installment of the franchise, before being rebuilt again for the fifth and seventh movies in the series.