Memorable Cars from Television
Last week we recalled some of the most memorable cars from the big screen. This week we’ll remember those from television. So join us as we take a trip down memory lane and remember some great, unique vehicles.
“The Dukes of Hazzard”
The General Lee was a 1969 Dodge Charger and is probably the most memorable car of all time on a television show. The General Lee became a main character on the show as Bo and Luke Duke drove it airborne an astounding 150 times! More than 300 Chargers were used to film scenes during the six seasons of “Dukes.” And let’s not forget the famous “Dixie” horn!
“Starsky & Hutch”
Starsky’s 1976 Ford Gran Torino is an iconic red hot rod. Known on the show as the Striped Tomato, this Torino turned Wednesday nights into must-see TV! Though not the most inconspicuous car for a detective, but no criminals could outrun the Striped Tomato.
A 1954 Lincoln Futura concept car-turned-Batmobile was the superhero’s car of choice. What kid didn’t want to climb in the Batmobile and drive out of the Batcave? This armored fighting car added to the superpowers of Batman and Robin and helped them defend Gotham City.
KITT was the true star of “Knight Rider” and Michael Knight was the lucky crime fighter that drove it. A 1982 Pontiac Trans Am was used to build KITT with a cost of $100,000. Loaded with artificial intelligence, KITT was indestructible and the perfect partner for Michael Knight.
The Mystery Machine van transports Shaggy, Scooby, and the gang on all their crazy adventures. This psychedelic-painted 1960s van aids the gang in solving mysteries as it is able to adapt to any given situation. On the inside, the Mystery Machine is lined with computers and filled with equipment.
For eight years, Thomas Magnum drove the streets of Hawaii in a 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS. This private investigator lived the high life in a posh beachfront estate; the red hot sports car was just an added bonus.
The stair car was one of the few means of transportation left after the Bluth family lost everything. Most of us would use a stair car to get on a plane, but with the family jet gone, the Bluths used theirs like an everyday car. Ford F350 truck cabs were used to build the Bluth’s stair car complete with the family’s company logo on the side.
Speed Racer drives a race car called the Mach 5 in this animated series. The car was built by Speed’s father. The steering wheel has 7 buttons on it-each with a different feature. A few of the functions are: Button A – Auto Jack lifts the car up and Button C: – Cutter Blades releases a blade on the front of the car.
What a variety of cars we’ve had on television! The hot rods and super cars aren’t the only memorable ones. Also on our list is a race car, a mystery van, a stair car and the Batmobile. What other cars do you remember? If your favorite didn’t make our list, please share with us in the comments section.