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The Movies and TV Shows We Watched For The Cars

Buckle up, movie and television buffs! We’re taking a wild ride through the most iconic cars that have graced a screen. From high-octane chases to unforgettable getaways, these automotive stars have stolen the show (and our hearts).

Back to the Future

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When the movie Back to the Future came out, kids from the 1980s enjoyed a trip back in time. The DeLorean DMC-12 sports car played a pivotal role in the movie. It was an iconic time machine that transported Marty McFly and Doc Brown through different eras. The sleek, stainless steel design of the DeLorean, combined with the addition of the flux capacitor and other futuristic modifications, made it the perfect vehicle to bring the film’s time-traveling adventures to life.

Check out the limousine created from a DeLorean!

Smokey and the Bandit

1977 trans am from smokey and the bandit
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One of the most popular cars ever was the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am, so using it in the film Smokey and The Bandit made sense. This film would be the third highest-grossing movie of the year.

Batman

1963 batmobile
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The Batmobile, Batman’s custom-built armored attack vehicle, has appeared in various forms since its first appearance in 1939. The most famous version was the 1966 Batmobile based on the 1955 Lincoln Futura, with features like an atomic turbine engine, chain slicer, lasers, rockets, and more. The Batmobile is a car that has been lighting up the eyes of children – both young and old – for decades.

The Monkees

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Hey Hey we’re the Monkees, and people see us monkeying around in our Monkeemobile. This gorgeous modified Pontiac GTO was a sight to see on the famous TV show. The blown engine, convertible top and split windshield were a few features that made it a standout.

Get Smart

1965 sunbeam tiger in the street
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He was no James Bond, but Maxwell Smart was a popular spy in his own right. The 1965 Sunbeam Tiger roadster was a staple in the show for the first two seasons before being replaced by a VW Karmann Ghia. In subsequent seasons, other cars would come and go.

Knight Rider

KITT, from Knight Rider, was the car every teenager wanted in the 1980s. It was ahead of its time with an artificially intelligent computer that allowed it to do some cool things. From communication with Michael Knight (played by David Hasselhoff) to its many weapons, there was nothing this car could not do.

The Dukes of Hazzard

dukes of hazzard car general lee on display
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The 1969 Dodge Charger, called General Lee, was the star of the Dukes of Hazzard. The orange car was driven by the Duke cousins and is one of the most highly recognizable and famous TV cars. It was known for its bright orange color, Confederate flag paint job, and impressive jumps. A little known fact is that there were roughly 309 chargers used throughout the series. All were created as a race cars, so the doors were welded shut.

Starsky and Hutch

ford gran torino replica from starsky and hutch
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The bright red and white 1976 Ford Gran Torino, nicknamed the “Striped Tomato”, driven by the title characters in the 1970s TV series Starsky & Hutch, is another iconic TV car known for its high-speed chases and stunts. Rumor has it, Paul Michael Glaser (who played Michael Starsky) actually hated the car and was not thrilled about having to drive it.

Thelma and Louise

1966 blue ford thunderbird
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Proving women love the classics, Thelma and Louise took their shenanigans on the road in style. A blue 1966 Ford Thunderbird was the star of this show in this fun film.

The Munsters

munster koach car from the munsters
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The Munster Koach was a favorite in The Munsters television series. The car was 18 feet long and took three Ford Model T bodies to create. It appeared over 20 times in the series’ two years.

Family Matters

red bmw isetta

The king of “did I do that” is even more commonly known as a driver of the infamous BMW Isetta. The car would remain referred to as the “Urkel Car.”

Miami Vice

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Defining the Miami/South Beach style was part of Miami Vice’s success. For the first two seasons, a replica Daytona Spyder was used. The 1986 Ferrari Testarossa would replace the Spyder for the remainder of the series.

Rain Man

1949 buick roadmaster used in rain man
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The 1949 Buick Roadmaster stole the show in Rain Man. Some considered it the third character in the film, along with Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman. Hoffman loved it so much that he purchased it once the movie ended and kept it for years. Bonhams would auction the car for $335,000 in 2022.

13 Car Features That No Longer Exist But We Wish Did

1967 amc ambassador bench seats
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From bench seats for snuggling to windows for venting that cigarette smoke, the features in some older cars are so missed. See what obsolete car features our kids may never experience. View the most obsolete car features here.

15 Tips To Increase Car Fuel Efficiency

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Whether you have a classic or a modern car, improving fuel efficiency is important and can put money back in your pocket. View the fuel efficiency tips.

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