Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris
Model: 1970 Corvette Stingray (C3)
The first American man in space, astronaut Alan Shepherd, drove his 1957 'Vette to astronaut training. GM seized that publicity opportunity and made a gift of a 1962 'Vette to Shepherd after he successfully returned from that first manned space mission. A GM dealer close to the Florida Space Center went a step further, offering special financing to astronauts if they'd only drive a nice new Corvette off the lot. Apollo 13 -- both the book and the film -- is a case of art imitating life. We mention this because cynical viewers might think it's just a handy bit of "America! F$!k Yeah!" product placement. It's not.