Classic cars attract the most attention based on record names or movie appearances

The two years of the global pandemic and the resulting economic hardship have proven very difficult for many sectors. However, one industry that has navigated through Covid and any fear of a recession is the classic collectible car market.

Sales of rare cars, especially at the higher end of the spectrum, continued to reverse all trends, with enthusiasts and collectors continuing to push for the engines they really wanted.

A new report has shed some light on which cars are attracting the attention of wealthy buyers based on names on records or their previous appearances on the big screen. It’s called “The Energy List” and was coined by classic car experts Hagerty.

The appraisal firm has investigated the impact of celebrity and film association ownership on market value – from starring in cult films, to having musicians, a royal family and even Adolf Hitler as a former owner.

Hagerty scours the massive back catalog of celebrity-owned feature film cars sold over the years, creating a list of 260 in total. It then compares the sold price (or estimated selling price) to standard vehicle values ​​at the time, based on its extensive database of auctions and private sales.

For one-off unique creations – think of the Popemobile or Batmobile – the values ​​are compared to the non-movie equivalent of the engine it was based on. The end result is a list of celebrities, movies, and “delta” – the difference between the value of their cars and the normal value.

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“Hagerty knows the source of the car is very important, but the team only questioned which celebrities and movies were really influential when it came to car values, said John Mayhead, editor of Hagerty’s UK price guide.

“In typical Hagerti style, we computed the numbers with some great results.”

The comprehensive strength list for 2022 includes individuals – some fictional – the names of the ten who have the greatest impact on car prices. James Bond took first place with an average delta of 449%, ahead of Paul Walker and Elvis. However, this ranking is limited only to the personalities and A-listers with eight car sales that can be traced back to their names.

So, to see where the most influential across the board is based on a smaller set of vehicles, there are six separate categories: movies, movie stars; the Royal family. Musicians, race drivers and “outstanding and notorious” individuals. Here are the full details of each…

Hagerty’s Comprehensive Power List for 2022

1. James Bond: Delta 449%

2. Paul Walker: 331% delta

3. Elvis Presley: Delta 229%

4. Steve McQueen: 160% delta

5. Elton John: Delta 115%

6. Clark Gable 76% Delta

7. Hm: 40% delta

8. Rod Stewart: 19% delta

9. Nick Mason: Delta 19%

10. JK: Delta 11%

Note: The top ten includes only those who have eight or more sales of cars associated with their name


The 1968 American thriller Bullitt tops the blockbuster list. Features a car chase with Steve McQueen at the wheel of a Highland Green Ford Mustang

There are plenty of strong contenders, including the Fast and Furious series, Batman and Herbie. But it’s the new 1968 American thriller Bullitt that tops the list of movie powerhouses.

Arguably the greatest car chase scene of all time, with Steve McQueen King of Cool at the wheel of his Highland Green Ford Mustang, he trotted the streets of San Francisco in pursuit of a Dodge Charger. This is the engine that put Bullitt at the top of the rankings.

It was sold in January 2020 for £2.8 million, which is a Delta of nearly 16,000% compared to the standard Mustang of the same era.

Movie Power List

1. Bullitt (1968)

2 – Dangerous Business (1983)

3 – Smokey and the Thieves (1977)

4. Wayne’s World (1992)

5. Rain Man (1988)

6 – Herbie Goes Bananas (1972)

7. The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

8. Ghostbusters (1984)

9. Batman (1966)

10. Fast and Furious (Various)

movie stars

There are no grander claims than owning something belonging to a star on the big screen – and this is even more so with cars. Haggerty’s list of most influential actors on kinetic values ​​includes the likes of Denzel Washington, Daniel Craig and Nicolas Cage.

But tops the list is Paul Newman, the American actor best known for starring in films like Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid (1969), The Towering Inferno (1974) and The Verdict (1982) – who also has a penchant for wearing a helmet and going to the racetrack.

A 2002 Chevrolet Corvette – the last car he competed in at the age of 83 – sold in 2012 for £175,200 against Hagerty’s £24,215 value, which is a 624% delta.

Paul Newman tops Lagerty’s list of authority’s most influential representatives of kinetic values. A 2002 Chevrolet Corvette – the last car he competed in at the age of 83 – was sold in 2012 for £175,200.

Movie Stars Strength List

1. Paul Newman

2. Paul Walker

3. Patrick Dempsey

4. Steve McQueen

5. Don Johnson

6. Daniel Craig

7. James Coburn

8. Clark Gable

9. Denzel Washington

10. Nicholas Cage


There are some real artists on the list of musicians with the highest clout in car value, with 13 Elvis related engines, 13 Elton John engines and 14 Rod Stewart related engines.

However, the heyday of the arrangement is a pretty horrific place, as rappers Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace – aka The Notorious B.I.G. – were shot and killed in the 1990s.

List of Power Musicians

1. Notorious Big

2. Tupac Shakur

3. Elvis Presley

4. Keith Richards

5. Sonny Bono

6. Elton John

7. Cher

8. Frank Sinatra

9. Nick Mason

10. Rod Stewart

racing drivers

There are a lot of British motorsport icons, past and present, appearing on this list. Sir Stirling Moss and John Surtees notable inclusions from last year, whose names on the car’s log book saw them selling for much higher values ​​than usual. Moving into the current era, Jensen Button and multiple F1 champion Lewis Hamilton are other drivers who easily make the top 10 racers list.

But the first place goes to Mr. Carroll Shelby. Fittingly, it’s a 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 owned by the racer-turned-tuner that puts him at the very top of the racing driver’s list. At an auction in the US in January 2021, the engine sold for £4.37 million, which represented a delta of 183%.

List of racing drivers

1. Carol Shelby

2. John Surtees

3. Colin McCray

4. Jenson Button

5. Lewis Hamilton

6. Stirling Moss

7. Danica Patrick

8. Michael Andretti

9. Dario Franchitti

10. Mario Andretti


Prince William is ranked fifth in the Royals Power List

Both the Queen and Prince Philip made the downsizing – as you can imagine – along with Prince William and Princess Margaret. But it is Princes Diana who remains the property icon whose previous ownership had the greatest impact on car prices. This is based on the values ​​of four engines owned by the People’s Princess, two of which were recently sold at auction.

Last year a 1981 Ford Escort Ghia, an engagement gift from Prince Charles, sold to a South American museum for £52,640 – a delta 527% – while a beloved 1994 Audi Cabriolet blew the roof off at the Silverstone NEC sale in 2016. That fetched £54,000 – 2,473% more than an Audi equivalent at the time.

The four sales totaled nearly £240,000, with an average increase in value over regular cars of 813%.

Franchise Authority List

1. Princess Diana

2. Lord Mountbatten

3. Queen Mary

4. Princess Margaret

5. Prince William

6. Prince Philip

7. King Baudouin of Belgium

8. Queen Elizabeth II

Notable and notorious

The last category that Hagerty ranks is by far the most eclectic mix of people — and it brings up a few surprises along the way. Like Adolf Hitler, who ranked sixth in the power list, vehicles associated with one of the most famous leaders in history earned an average of 125% more than similar cars.

However, the Apollo astronauts top the list, based on 1 car sold in 2011. This was a 1964 Lincoln Continental used to parade Pope Paul VI through Chicago and then purchased by NASA to carry astronauts for four Apollo missions.

When it was put under the hammer at Bonhams Quail Lodge auction, it fetched £132,762 in the stratosphere. That was 1,882% higher than a traditional Continental in the same era.

Notable and infamous power list

1. Apollo astronauts

2. Muhammad Ali

3. Jay Leno

4. Pope Francis

5. Pope John Paul II

6. Adolf Hitler

7. Kris Jenner

8. Pope Benedict

9. Richard Pryor

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