Vintage VWs on the Silver Screen

Last month we shared the most memorable moments of classic VWs on the big screen in the 60's and 70's. This time we flash forward to the 80's and 90's to peak in the past at the vintage vehicles in action.

draft: by last updated: September 19, 2023

VW History

1. Dancing and music may have been banned from the small town in 1984’s Footloose, but there is no shortage of cool, classic cars including Chevy Malibus, GMC C-1500s, Jeep Wagoneers and Pontiac Grand Villes. Ren, a newcomer, drives a yellow 1972 Beetle and even uses it as a platform for dancing.

2. During a scene in the first Back to the Future, a 1975 Bus rolls through the streets with a man standing through the sun roof yielding a machine gun. You can also spot a 1971 Campmobile underneath the marquee of an old movie theater.

3. Time Magazine named, Jason “Furious” Styles, a character all fathers should be like. Styles, played by Laurence Fishburne in the 1991 hit, Boyz N The Hood, drives a 1971 Beetle which he also lets his son borrow. What other dad just lets their kid borrow a classic car?!

4. Game on! If you look close enough, you will find a 1973 Bus parked in Wayne and Garth’s driveway. There is also a hidden 1974 Beetle parked behind donut shop owner, Stan Mitika, in 1992’s Wayne’s World. You will also see a VW Beetle at the top of the famous Spindle Sculpture which until 2008 was a beautiful art installment in Berwyn, IL.

5. You’d be a lot cooler if you recognized the senior who got to drive a 1965 Beetle in the 1993 classic Dazed and Confused. This film had such a great lineup of classic cars, including Chevy C-10’s, Camaros, Chevelles, Ford Mavericks, Pontiac Firebirds and even a 1973 Thing parked at a burger hop.

6. It would be shocking to not find a classic VW on the set of the 1999 comedy, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. There is a beautiful green 1967 Beetle driving along the psychedelic streets of London.

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