The Most Famous Cars Ever

Movies and TV have brought us some great cars through the years. Some of these vehicles became almost as recognizable as the human stars they shared the stage with. Here are just a few of the most famous cars ever.

Starsky and Hutch (1975 -1979) Ford Torino

Starsky and Hutch was one of the most popular TV shows during the seventies and right up there in the spotlight with the two stars of the show was there Ford Torino. Who could forget that red car with the white stripe down the side? Who could forget Starsky sliding across the bonnet on his way to chase the baddies? The Ford Torino stopped production in 1976 but this seventies TV show has made it a legendary car forever. So popular in fact, that in their final year of production of the Ford Torino they issued a special Starsky and Hutch model.

Back to the Future (1985) DeLorean DMC12

If you were going to pick a car for time travel then the DeLorean DM12 might not be your first choice. For anyone who has seen the movie Back to the Future there is now no other car that is so connected with the ability to pass through time. In real life this car was a dismal failure, but its use in this movie has made it a legend. Maybe part of the reason for the DeLorean’s failure to capture the public’s imagination off screen was the disappointment at finding that it couldn’t actually take you back to the fifties.

Knight Rider (1982-1986) Pontiac Trans Am

When Knight Rider first appeared on TV it blew people’s minds; a car that could talk to you. These days our cars are almost as clever as Kit and our computers can do things that were way beyond to imaginations of the makers of that TV show. In fact if such a car were to be unveiled today it would hardly raise an eyebrow. Back in the early eighties though this thinking and talking Pontiac Trans Am was considered in the realms of fantasy; this is probably what made the show so popular. KIT was definitely the brains of the Knight Rider operation; which is just as well when you consider his partner David Hassellhoff/Michael Knight.

Ghostbusters (1984) – Cadillac Miller-Meteor Ambulance

Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! If you were to call these private ghost exterminators then you can be pretty certain they are going to arrive in a Cadillac Miller-Meteor Ambulance. This vehicle was produced during the 1950s but it will probably be the film Ghostbusters that has really given it fame. This same vehicle was later used in the cartoons and other spin-offs surrounding the original show. The Ghostbusters crew did add their own personality to the vehicle but not too much that you couldn’t get an impression of the original.

The Blues Brothers (1980) – 1974 Dodge Monaco (AKA the Bluesmobile)

If you are going to be spending a lot of time trying to allude the police then what could be more appropriate then a retired police car. The Blues Brothers were able to get their hands on a Dodge Monaco that had all the cop car fittings. This car has certain stage for much of the action in the film and left many people wishing that they too could get to drive such a cool car. When people think of the Blues Brothers they also usually have fond memories of the Bluesmobile.

Christine (1983) – 1958 Plymouth Fury

This movie was based on the Stephen King novel about a possessed car that liked to kill people. The Plymouth Fury seemed to fit the role perfectly and few people who saw the film will ever be able to look at this car in the same way again. The Plymouth Fury is a beautiful bit of fifties memorabilia but it does have a bit of a sinister look about it.

The Italian Job (1969) – Mini Cooper

This was a truly great film and some of the most memorable moments occurred as the gang of villains drove their Mini Coopers around the streets of Turin. This was one of the most beautifully choreographed chase scenes ever created and made the Mini Cooper a real star. It is doubtful that anyone could watch the Italian Job without falling in love with the Mini Cooper.

Magnum PI (1980 -1988) Ferrari 308 GTS

Magnum was one cool customer so it would come as no surprise that he would drive around in a brash red Ferrari. Of course, he wasn’t rich enough to buy one himself but luckily he was able to get his hands on one anyway for his adventures. It is almost certain that many fans of the Ferrari found their love for this car while watching the show.

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