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Cars on the silver screen

With 1 in every 280 cars sold in the UK being bought with a Zopa loan, we love helping people get on the road. And like the rest of the UK, we’re big car fans at Zopa. So we recently looked at the UK’s best loved A-list movie and TV cars.

We created an ultimate rundown of the most recognisable vehicles, and it turns out James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 tops the list as the most iconic car in TV & film history. Inspector Morse’s maroon MK II Jag was in second place, very closely followed (literally half a percent in it) by Dom Toretto’s Dodge Charger from The Fast and The Furious franchise. In fourth place was Doc Brown’s DeLorean from the 1985 hit film Back to the Future and completing the top five TV and film motors was John Steed’s Bentley from The Avengers.

It definitely seems that cars on film and screen make a real impact, with 70% of those we spoke to saying that they always notice what car a TV or film character drives and more than a fifth say that they have even been inspired to buy a certain make or model of car because a character in a film or on TV drove it.

A nation of petrol heads

Almost a third of the drivers we spoke to admitted they daydream about their favourite car; Aston Martin was the most popular choice, just ahead of Audi and Lamborghini. We also discovered that more than three quarters of Brits would love a top of the range modern car, whilst a more classic 21% would prefer to own a vintage motor.

We asked Andrew Lawson, our Chief Product Officer – and car buff, for his thoughts, and he 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.”

The ultimate dream car

We then dug a little deeper to find out what peoples’ dream car looked like. Firstly, if money was no object it turns out most people would be willing to pay around £300,000 for the ultimate vehicle.

Then the most common feature for a dream car was air conditioning with over two thirds of those asked saying they wanted it. This was closely followed by Sat Nav and then an all singing, all dancing stereo system. Just over half would like to treat themselves to a vehicle with heated seats and 42% would like to experience the wind in their hair with a convertible roof.

Take a look at the full list below: