The Italian Job tops movie poll

| 11 Oct 2012

The leading motoring films of all time are to be shown at the Footman James Classic Motor Show at the NEC in Birmingham from 16-18 November, after a vote selected the fans’ favourites.

The Italian Job emerged ahead overall, with Bullitt following close behind.

More than 1700 enthusiasts took part, choosing from categories covering chases, classics from the small screen, cars and motorbikes on film, plus the vehicle that they would most like to see appear in a film.

James Bond’s DB5 (from Goldfinger) and the Mini Coopers in The Italian Job were chosen as the best classics on screen, while the Triumph from The Great Escape and the Harley-Davidson from Easy Rider were the most popular ’bikes.

Bullitt and The Italian Job also got top honours for their car chases.

Meanwhile, the Inspector Morse Mk2 Jaguar and the Audi quattro from Ashes to Ashes were the top classics on TV.

The survey showed that British automotive greats – the Jaguar E-type and the Mini Cooper – were the machines aficionados would most like to see while eating their popcorn.

A selection of winners will be screened at the NEC show and at the Classic Film Festival series at Birmingham’s Electric Cinema.