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Ever Wonder How Much It Would Cost To Insure Some Of The Iconic Movie Cars Including BUMBLEBEE + ECTO 1 + HERBIE in Real Life


04 March 2019

We’ve all seen the iconic cars from the films, with their flashy gadgets and awe-inspiring bodywork. But how much might it cost to insure these celebrated motors? Quotezone.co.uk decided to put the curiosity to rest.  

Our specialists looked at the usual queries asked when comparing car insurance quotes, such as the driver’s age, their profession and whether or not they have a No Claims Bonus. They also reviewed the unique features of each vehicle, such as its ability to time-travel or transform into a submarine. Find out how much these cars might cost to insure in 2019.

All cars and drivers are fictional and feature in TV and film, so any insurance quotes given are guesstimates. While we have done our best to base them in a real-life context, we can’t guarantee this is how much you’ll actually pay if you own a time-travelling DeLorean or need to insure a real Transformer.

Ever wonder how much it would cost to insure some of the iconic movie cars in real life? Price comparison experts at Quotezone.co.uk decided to find out for fun using modern day insurance quote criteria.

Here’s the rounded up famous pop culture cars and calculated their estimated insurance costs.*

Bumblebee
Bumblebee started off as a 1977 Camaro in the Transformers 2007 film and then transformed into a freshened up 2009 Camaro when his appearance was insulted by Mikaela. What else can this car reconstruct into? A huge robot!

The fact that Bumblebee can change into a walking war-machine with a plasma cannon and missiles makes the insurance premium for this car extremely costly, while the Transformer’s record of collisions and speeding offences pushes the premium even higher, making Bumblebee the most expensive one on our list to insure at £400,000.

 

 

DeLorean Time Machine
It’s Doc Brown’s most successful invention, and probably the most expensive…at least when it comes to car insurance.

If you wanted to drive this stunning car with its stainless steel bodywork and futuristic flux capacitor it would set you back a cool £154,200 a year in car insurance. Ouch.

Why so pricey? Well to time travel in this machine you have to break the law and speed at 88mph…and you’d also have to use the radioactive chemical Plutonium to give you the 1.21 gigawatts of power necessary to travel in time. That doesn’t look too good to the underwriters.

 

 

Lotus Espirit
From missiles to submarine mode, this Lotus Esprit is equipped with all of the car modifications necessary for a spy but not so necessary for your average Joe.

Because of the added risk of travelling underwater, the car’s dangerous weaponry and the fact it is regularly involved in speedy car chases James Bond would be forced to fork out a whopping £64,400 for his insurance if he was insuring this vehicle.

 

 

Aston Martin DB5
It’s another Bond car, but we couldn’t complete this list without including the iconic Aston Martin DB5. This car comes complete with many gadgets, including a ram bumper, machine guns, ejector seats, a smoke screen, and many more.

These features might impress your friends but are likely to be frowned upon by the underwriters, meaning the insurance premium for this car would clock up at £40,000.

 

 

Ecto 1
Ray had to carry out some hefty work in order to get this Cadillac Miller-Meteor into shape and transform it into the ghostbusting car we all know and love – the Ecto 1.

Because of the extensive series of modifications to the car there’s no knowing if this ghostbusting vehicle would even pass its MOT, and because of its age (1959) it’s rare you’ll find all the parts.

What will raise even more eyebrows with insurance firms is the Ecto 1’s unpredictable ghost capturing weaponry, resulting in an annual insurance premium of £56,000.

 

 

Herbie
This iconic movie car has the benefit of being a sentient Volkswagen Beetle. It practically has the futuristic tech of self-driving cars packed into a retro 1963 vehicle.

A regular, run-of-the-mill 1960s Beetle might cost £300 to £400 to insure, but autonomous vehicles are untested and unpredictable which means they represent a higher risk to insurers. For that reason Herbie attracts a much higher premium of £1,800.

 

 

Car Name Car Type Movie Cost To Insure
Bumblebee Chevrolet Camaro Transformers £400,000
DeLorean Time Machine DMC-12 DeLorean Back To The Future £154,200
Lotus Esprit Lotus Esprit The Spy Who Loved Me £64,400
Ecto 1 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Ghostbusters £56,000
Aston Martin DB5 Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger £40,000
Herbie Volkswagen Beetle The Love Bug £1,800

 

The Maths
Quotezone.co.uk’s specialists looked at the usual queries asked when comparing car insurance quotes, such as the driver’s age, their profession and whether or not they have a No Claims Bonus. They also reviewed the unique features of each vehicle, such as its ability to time-travel or transform into a submarine.

Car name: Bumblebee
Car type: Chevrolet Camaro
Movie: Transformers
Driver: Sam Witwicky (played by Shia LaBeouf)
Age: 17
Occupation: Student
Age of vehicle: 2009 = 8 years old
Mileage: 20,000 miles
Claims: One car crash
Speeding offences: Exceeding the statutory speed limit
Car modifications: Robot, plasma cannon and missiles
Cost to insure: £400,000

Car name: DeLorean Time Machine
Car type: DMC-12 DeLorean
Movie: Back To The Future
Driver: Emmett “Doc” Brown (played by Christopher Lloyd)
Age: 67
Occupation: Scientist
Age of vehicle: 1981 = 36 years old
Mileage: 20,000 miles
Claims: No claims made
Speeding offences: Multiple speeding offences
Car modifications: Flux Capacitor, Mr Fusion
Cost to insure: £154,200

Car name: Lotus Esprit
Car type: Lotus Esprit
Movie: The Spy Who Loved Me
Driver: James Bond (played by Roger Moore)
Age: 37
Occupation: Spy
Age of vehicle: 1975 = 42 years old
Mileage: 6,000 miles
Claims: No claims made
Speeding offences: Exceeding the statutory speed limit
Car modifications: Cement sprayer, submersible mode, surface-to-air missiles, black dye slick, mines, and torpedoes
Cost to insure: £64,400

Car name: Aston Martin DB5
Car type: Aston Martin DB5
Movie: Goldfinger
Driver: James Bond (played by Sean Connery)
Age: 37
Occupation: Spy
Age of vehicle: 1963 = 54 years old
Mileage: 12,000 miles
Claims: One crash
Speeding offences: Exceeding the statutory speed limit
Car modifications: Machine guns, tire-shredding blade, bullet screen, radar scanner and tracking screen, passenger ejector seat, oil slick, smoke screen, bullet-proof windscreen and revolving number plates
Cost to insure: £40,000

Car name: Ecto 1
Car type: Cadillac Miller-Meteor
Movie: Ghostbusters
Driver: Ray Stantz (played by Dan Aykroyd)
Age: 30
Occupation: Scientist
Age of vehicle: 1959 = 58 years old
Mileage: 20,000 miles
Claims: No claims made
Speeding offences: Exceeding the statutory speed limit
Car modifications: Super Slammer Muon Trap
Cost to insure: £56,000

Car name: Herbie
Car type: Volkswagen Beetle
Movie: Love Bug
Driver: Jim Douglas (played by Dean Jones)
Age: 35
Occupation: Race car driver
Age of vehicle: 1963 = 54 years old
Mileage: 20,000 miles
Claims: No claims made
Speeding offences: N/A - All speeding was done on a racetrack
Car modifications: Sentient anthropomorphic aka driverless and stickers on the bodywork
Cost to insure: £1,800

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