There are certain things that make a television show stick out in people’s minds. Whether it is the lavish outfits, the theme song or the car; there are definitely some memorable television shows. Think specifically about some of the most popular shows, what was one thing they seemed to have in common? The answer is an interesting vehicle.
*Knight Rider’s KITT. The original show aired from 1982-1986. This 1982 black Pontiac TransAm became an instant hit with viewers on the original show “Knight Rider”. The car was super fast, ultra cool and even talked to his driver, Micheal Knight. Not only could KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand) talk, he could smell, be sarcastic and drive himself! For the time, this car was the cutting edge in television technology. It seemed like everyone that watched the show wanted that car.
*Duke’s of Hazard’s General Lee. The Dukes of Hazard aired from 1979-1985. Painted orange with the Confederate flag on the roof and doors welded shut, this 1969 Dodge Charger kept the Duke boys from getting caught by the law on more than occasion. The only thing more awesome than watching this car fish tail around the corners on those dirt roads was when she went airborne.
*Magnum P.I.’s Ferrari. The show aired from 1980-1988. The Ferrari 308 GTS made the show in some people’s minds. It just seemed to fit the Hawaii setting for the show.
*Batmobile. The original “Batman” aired from 1966-1968. The 1955 Lincoln Futura was a concept car and freaky cool for the “Caped Crusaders” to buzz around Gotham City.They delivered their special brand (no real super powers, just cool gadgets) of crime fighting justice in this odd but awesome ride.
*Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine. Many people may remember the original cartoon with Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne. This series ran from 1969-1976 and then received new life often and from there. In 2002, a live action movie was made and a 1972 Bedford CF van was used as the infamous “Mystery Machine”. The main characters drove this funky colored van to the scene of the newest mystery.
*The A-Team’s van. The original television show aired from 1983-1987. This was truly a show about the misadventures of the wrongly accused. The black 1983 GMC Vandura (G 1500) was the focal point of many scenes and also housed most of the Team’s tools and disguises.
*Stephen King’s Christine. A red, white and silver 1957 Plymouth Fury terrorized movie goers in 1983. This car was bad as bad could be, considering she murdered a factory worker before she finished rolling off of the assembly line. Christine was a very jealous car and did not like anyone messing with her or her current owner (Arnie). She was so crazy cool that she rolled down the street while completely ablaze. The next morning, she was in pristine condition.
*Starsky and Hutch’s Gran Torino. The original show aired from 1975-1979. Painted red with white stripes, this 1974 Gran Torino was the ultimate in muscle car badness for the two California detectives. The car was referred to as the “Striped Tomato”.
This list is a small representation of some of the most memorable cars to hit the small screen. There is no doubt that this list will inspire a trip down memory lane for many television and car enthusiasts.