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What types of red cars are most commonly used in popular films?

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While many makes and models of red cars are common in film, the cars most associated with red in movies are those produced by Italian automaker Ferrari. Other sports cars are often painted red in films, but no other brand is as deeply associated as Ferrari is with red.

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Ferrari's iconic red color derives from the Rosso Corsa red color of Italian racing vehicles, emphasizing the marque's racing heritage. It is unsurprising that a large proportion of the Ferrari models on film sport this color, including the 1961 250 GTO Spyder famously joyridden by a pair of parking lot attendants in the film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and the various bright red Ferrari models that appear in the "Fast and the Furious" film franchise. Ferrari's racing vehicles are almost always in the company's signature red color in films as well, such asthe classic Ferrari 512 race car in the 1971 film "Le Mans." Red Ferraris were equally popular in television series, especially during the 1980s, with the most famous the 308 GTS appearing in "Magnum, P.I."

A close second for most appearances in red for a car may be the various iterations of the Chevrolet Corvette. There is even a film named "Red Corvette" that was released in 2009, and another named "The Red Corvette," released in 2013.

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