The film and television industries have been responsible for making a number of cars famous. Probably the biggest celebrity of these famous cars is James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5, but there are other famous cars in the race for first place.
Aston Martin DB5
This stylish car became famous in the 60s when Bond drove it in “Goldfinger”. It starred in other Bond films too, including Casino Royale. All models had pile carpet, reclining seats and electric windows. The original prototype was used in “Goldfinger” and stunts were performed in a standard model. In Washington’s Spy Museum, you can see the 1963 Aston Martin DB5 with all the Secret Service gadgets!
General Lee – 1969 Dodge Charge R/T
This customised car became famous in the television series, the Dukes of Hazzard. It’s famous for its high jump stunts and chases, along with the horn playing the first line of “Dixie”. The roof had the memorable Confederate naval jack and you can’t forget watching the Dukes climbing in and out of the windows because the doors were welded!
Knight Rider’s KITT
David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight made this modified 1982 Pontiac Trans Am one of the world’s most famous cars. The modern day knight and his speaking car made an excellent team in the 1980s TV series. KITT goes down in history as the car which had flamethrowers, ejector seat, radar, as well as sleep gas among its gadgets.
DeLorean DMC-12 1981/82
The modified DeLorean come time machine became famous in “Back to the Future”, the Spielberg film where a teenager, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) goes back in time in Dr. Emmett Brown’s invention.
1959 Cadillac Miller Meteor ambulance
The Ghostbuster’s Ecto-1 was an eccentric-looking vehicle for this eccentric team of parapsychologists who captured ghosts. Before the Ghostbuster modifications, such as gas tanks for storing ghosts, the Miller Meteor was already a famous professional car made by the Miller-Meteor coach company in Bellefontaine.
Other famous cars
You can’t leave without mention of Magnum P.I.’s red Ferrari 308 GTS, or Batman’s Batmobile, the modified 1955 Lincoln Futura – the real star of the television series, or little Herbie, the 1964 Volkswagen 1200 Beetle – the Love Bug. Do you remember them all?
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