Top 10 Most Iconic Movie and Television Cars
In some movies and television series the car played just as big a role (or an even bigger one) than the actual human characters. In this list we are counting down the most memorable and iconic movie and television cars that have driven across your screen.
9. The A-Team Van
The black and metallic grey GMC Vandura van with red details is the iconic car driven by the A-Team. Though the car doesn’t really appear to have any specific powers, it is clearly indestructible. The jumps and stunts would surely total a normal van, but this van reappeared every single episode!
Bumblebee is the autobot known from the series Transformers. He is cautious, but brave and due to a battle injury, he is rendered effectively mute, and communicates through use of selected playback of radio and television signals. Interesting fact: Bumblebee used to be a small Volkswagen Beetle, but since we already had Herbie the car was transformed into a Camaro.
This 1958 Plymouth Fury sure lived up to its name. Christine is known to be the most evil car, apparently possessed by supernatural forces. This car kills and can change people’s personality forever. One characteristic we would like to have for our own cars is Christine’s power to fix herself. Whoo! No more expensive repairs!
6. General Lee
The orange Dodge Charger driven by the Duke cousins Bo and Luke in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard was always involved in chases and stunts. But what you most likely remember it for are the welded shut doors (so that the Dukes had to climb in and out through the windows) and the horn that played the melody from the first line of “Dixie.”
5. James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5
James Bond made this beautiful car the one of the most famous cars in the world in the movie Goldfinger. In 2010, the DB5 used in Goldfinger was sold at auction for 2,600,000 GBP.
4. The Ectomobile
We all know this 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor from the movie Ghostbusters. The car is used to carry the Ghostbusters team's ghost-capturing equipment. It has the ability to instantly burn tickets given to it to ashes and features a whole lot of equipment on the roof of which functions are unknown, but it looks serious.
This 1963 Volkswagen Beetle is far from your ordinary car: it has a mind of his own, is capable of driving himself and falling in love (with a new Beetle, about 40 years his junior), and is a serious contender in auto racing competitions. Herbie was born in the movie the Love Bug, but featured in many more series and movies.
Physically embodied as a modified 1982 Pontiac Trans Am, this car from Knight Riders was essentially an advanced supercomputer on wheels. Its features are too much to tell, but most notable about this car is its easy to bruise ego and very sensitive personality. Other special features are its Turbo Boost, the ability to drive itself and its 'molecular bonded shell' body armour that protected the car against virtually anything.
1. DeLorean Time Machine
Everybody must have seen this ride before. The DeLorean DMC-12 built to be a time traveling device by Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown in the Back to the Future film series. This 1981 car is way ahead of its time, not only because of its ability to defy the boundaries of time, but also because it is purely electrical (though it does need a nuclear reaction produced by plutonium stolen from a group of Libyan terrorists to generate the 1.21 gigawatts of electricity needed).
Did we miss any?
On Sunday to add to this list is the new Darth Vader's ride, designed by Ryan Friedlinghaus and his West Coast Customs team. True Star Wars fan Ryan couldn't be more excited to take on this challenge: he channels his inner Jedi to come up with a car that will not disappoint you. Watch Inside West Coast Customs Sunday at 9pm. Only on Velocity.
Photo Credit: KITT: Kevin Winter/Getty Images; Delorean: Victor Malafronte/Getty Images; Aston Martin: Kevin Parry/WireImage/Getty Image; Herbie: John Heller/WireImage/Getty Images; Bumblebee: Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty; Christine: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images; General Lee:Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images; Ectomobile: Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Barris Batmobile: Todd Williamson/FilmMagic/Getty Images; A-Team Van: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)