Iconic Cars of Pop Culture: ‘John Wick’

Chris Tilly
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Don’t mess with John Wick’s dog. And don’t mess with his car. The former assassin loves both, and the first film finds Wick having to cut his retirement short when said canine is killed and his beloved 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is stolen.

John embarks on a mission to eliminate everyone involved with the robbery, and pretty much succeeds. Though he doesn’t manage to retrieve the car. That moment is saved for the start of John Wick: Chapter 2, with the man they call ‘Baba Yega’ tracking the Mustang down to a chop shop.

John takes the Ford back, and uses it to take out many more people via a form of action that’s come to be known as ‘car fu,’ and basically involves John utilising his superlative driving skills to treat the car like a weapon.

That’s no stuntman doing the driving either, with star Keanu Reeves doing weeks of intense training to bring those amazing action sequences to life onscreen.

And what a machine he’s driving. The Mach 1 was first introduced in 1968, and has been considered a classic muscle car ever since. And that’s not just on the streets, with the Ford also featuring in 1970s action features like Diamonds are Forever and Gone in 60 Seconds.

But the John Wick flicks have helped the car become a legend. And thanks to Forza Motorsport 7, now available on Xbox One, you too can drive an iteration, with the 69 Mustang Boss being playable now you can maybe replicate some of Keanu’s insane stunt work.

Chris Tilly
FANDOM Managing Editor in the UK. At this point my life is a combination of 1980s horror movies, Crystal Palace football matches, and episodes of I'm Alan Partridge. The first series. When he was in the travel tavern. Not the one after.
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