James Dean and his ill-fated Porsche Spyder, Steve McQueen and his dune buggy, the death-defying Mini Coopers in The Italian Job, and John Lennon's psychedelic Rolls-Royce: all definitive moments in the history of celebrities and their iconic cars, which helped to cement their coolness for all time.
All of them and much more are featured in an awesome new book by Jacques Braunstein from Arum Press, Stars & Cars: Mythical Pairings.
A celebration of the most unforgettable automotive moments in film, TV, and popular culture, the lavishly illustrated volume features actors, musicians, writers, and even painters who "drove, raced, collected, re-painted, crashed, or simply loved" their rides to a point of obsession.
Here are some highlights from the book, which boasts over 150 stunning images, expert text, and cool anecdotes:
Paul Newman did not get into motor racing until he was 43 while filming Winning in 1968 (above). He borrowed a Lotus Elan to start with and eventually went on to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979.
Sean Connery on the set of Goldfinger (1964), the first Bond film to feature the legendary Aston Martin DB5. In real life, one of the Scottish actor's first cars was a Porsche 356.
Fay Dunaway and Warren Beatty take a break from robbing banks in front of their 1933 Plymouth De Luxe in Arthur Penn’s classic from 1967. In real life, Beatty was known to favor a beautiful little Mini Cooper.
For The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) Steve McQueen ordered a specially made Manx Dune Buggy with a hugely powerful 230 hp engine for a race scene on the beach. Faye Dunaway was in the passenger seat holding on for dear life.
Despite his playboy lifestyle, Thomas Magnum, played by Tom Selleck, was a tough former US marine who knew how to handle a gun as well as a Ferrari 308 GTS. A seminal car moment for most modern males.
The hardcover book is now available to purchase for just over $15. Get this on your coffee table stat....