From the Love Bug to Batmobile: Iconic Cars of Film & Television

It’s not uncommon for iconic cars in television and movies to turn in more memorable performances than their human co-stars. Secret agents, superheroes and even redneck criminals rely on their classic cars to get the job done. If you’re looking to invest in drive-able movie memorabilia, get it appraised before acquiring an auto insurance quote. From Bond to Marty McFly, these movie and TV men are nothing without their souped-up rides.

1981 DeLorean DMC-12 – “Back to the Future”

It’s hard to look at a DeLorean post-1981 without your head succumbing to thoughts of time travel and trails of fire and possibly Christopher Lloyd’s zany white hair. Doc Brown knew traveling through time required some visual panache—what better vehicle than the stainless steel paneled, gull-wing doored DeLorean? “Back to the Future” fans will continue to dream of passing through the space time continuum—they postulate that they only need to acquire a flux capacitor and a Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor to make the DeLorean time machine a reality.

1977 Lotus Esprit S1 – “The Spy Who Loved Me”

James Bond may be known for driving his iconic Aston Martins, but even those venerable vehicles didn’t have the luxury of turning into a submarine. How else would Roger Moore’s 007 have escaped steel-toothed Jaws and his henchman and scoped out the villainous Stromberg’s underwater lair? Subtracting the submarine car’s wheel well fins, the actual 1977 Espirit was known for its extremely light weight and amphibious inability.

1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Futura – “Ghostbusters”

The Ectomobile or Ecto-1 was ready to bust some ghosts (or the giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man) when the Ghostbusters were who-you-gonna-called into action. The Ecto-1 was a modified Miller-Meteor Futura ambulance that carried ectoplasmic remains on its rooftop proton packs instead of injured persons.

1963 Beetle Volkswagen – “The Love Bug”

Herbie, the anthropomorphic, pearl-white racing Beetle stars in this comedic Disney film. The self-driving Love Bug has driven himself through the decades and even survived Lindsey Lohan’s shoddy driving behind the wheel. Herbie has evolved cosmetically since its inception, but the classic white exterior, number 53, and red, white and blue racing stripes prevail.

1969 Dodge Charger – “Dukes of Hazzard”

Lawbreakers, moonshine-runners and ne’er-do-wells, “the Duke Boys” were often overshadowed by their vehicular co-star, The General Lee. Named in honor of the commander of the Confederate Army, The General Lee was recklessly driven by cousins Bo and Luke Duke in nearly ever episode. Known for its welded doors, rooftop Confederate naval jack, “Dixie” horn and fiery orange appearance, the car lives on by way of Florida golfer, Bubba Watson, and leagues of “Hazzard” aficionados.

1955 Lincoln Futura – “Batman”

Holy George Barris, Batman! Custom car designer, George Barris, and his crew remodeled the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept into the legendary Batmobile for the ’66-’68 series. The concept’s distinguishable outward tailfins, hooded headlight pods and plastic canopy top lent itself perfectly to the campy caped crusader’s adventures.

Of course there are a ton more, but these are some of the more iconic ones. What are some great cars we’re missing?

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David Brook

Love it. There are plenty more favourites to add. One that springs to mind is the 1961 Ferrari GT California from Ferris Bueller or ‘Eleanor’ from Gone in 60 Seconds (the original, not the God-awful remake with Nicolas Cage – although the car is the same I guess).