Friday, October 12, 2012

Cool Classic TV Cars Of The Day

A lineup of famous TV cars. Many of these are from 70s' shows, so you youngun's may not recognize as many as us old folks.

A car has always been an easy way to help define a show's hero, but for many of these series, the cars became characters themselves in a sense. Try to imagine the A-Team with their van, or Crockett & Tubbs without their Ferrari, or Starsky & Hutch without the "Striped Tomato." It just isn't the same.

Magnum P.I. (Ferrari 308 GTSi)

The Munsters ("Drag-u-la")
A custom car created by the legendary George Barris.

The Partridge Family


Vega$ ('57 Ford T-bird convertible)

Happy Days (Ralph Malph's hot rod, a modified '29 Ford Roadster pickup)

The Rockford Files ('77 Pontiac Firebird)

Speed Racer (the powerful -- and fictional -- Mach 5)

Starsky & Hutch ('76 Ford Gran Torino, nicknamed the "Striped Tomato")

Batman (Batmobile)
Another George Barris original, created from a '55 Lincoln Futura, a concept car that was never produced.

Mork & Mindy ('78 Jeep Wrangler)

The Monkees (Monkeemobile)
The Monkeemobile is a '66 Pontiac GTO customized by Dean Jeffries, who also worked with George Barris on the Batmobile. Note the similarities between the two cars.

Kojak ('75 Buick Regal sedan)

The Andy Griffith Show (Ford Galaxy)

The Munsters (The Munsterkoach)
Another masterpiece by George Barris, this 18-ft-long beast was made from three Model T bodies.


Nash Bridges ('71 Plymouth Barracuda - I want this car)

Miami Vice ('86 Ferrari Testarossa)

Mannix (Roadster)
The Roadster was another George Barris custom car, based on an Oldsmobile Toronado convertible.

The Fall Guy ('81 GMC Sierra)

The Brady Bunch ('71 Plymouth Barracuda)
Mike Brady drove this car in Season 3. Nash Bridges drove the same model and year.

Get Smart ('65 Sunbeam Tiger - Seasons 1-2)

Hawaii Five-O ('68 Mercury Parklane)

The Beverly Hillbillies ('21 Olds flatbed truck)

The A-Team ('83 GMC van)

The Brady Bunch ('71 Plymouth Satellite Wagon)

Columbo (
'59 Peugeot 403 Grande Luxe Cabriolet convertible)

Wonderbug (fictional dune buggy made from various junk cars)

The Dukes of Hazzard (The General Lee)
The General Lee was a '69 Dodge Charger.

Get Smart ('69 Opel GT - Season 5)

Miami Vice (Ferrari Daytona Spyder)

The Green Hornet (Black Beauty)
The Black Beauty was a custom car created by Dean Jeffries from a '66 Chrysler Crown Imperial.

Viper (Dodge Viper)

Charlie's Angels (Jill's Ford Cobra)

Thunderbirds (The FAB-1, a modified Rolls Royce)

The Brady Bunch ('69 Plymouth Fury)
Mike Brady's car in Seasons 1-2.

Knight Rider (KITT - a 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am)

Any others that need to be here?


  1. '71 Plymouth Barracuda - I want this car

    My uncle actually had one and it was an awesome way to arrive to school when I could beg him to give me a lift.

    Unfortunately my aunt wrapped the thing around a telephone pole to avoid hitting a deer that ran out in front of her. (She was fine, but my uncle was inconsolable for a long time about that car.)

  2. The 65 black Stingray, driven by Ray in the show Stingray.

    The 1914 Stutz Bearcat from the show The Bearcats. Except for the pilot, it was a replica built by George Barris.

    Prairie Girl

  3. Cool list!

    I saw the Batmobile at some sort of promotional gig a long time ago. I remember thinking it seemed a lot more impressive on the TV show than it was seeing it in person.

    1. Daisy, I had the same reaction to female porn stars. Saw one at a comic book convention of all places and let's just say make up and a soft focus lens are a lot kinder than seeing up close and personal.

  4. That '57 Ford T-Bird is saweet! I want it in white, though. Please?

  5. I never knew The General Lee was a Dodge Charger. I guess I was too young when that show was out to know anything about cars.

    If you're willing to add something from a show that's a bit more modern, a vehicle from "Lost" might be in order. The classic VW buses that The Dharma Initiative and later The Others used would be good. Or Hurley's Camaro.

    It's not a classic, but Walter White's Pontiac Aztek could be an addition as well.



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