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Favorite Famous Cars

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Cars often play important roles in television and movies. In some cases, they get more notoriety than the main characters and even have their own fan following. A glimpse of these cars bring back amazing memories and fill us with nostalgia. It’s so hard to choose only a few but here are some of our favorite famous cars.

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Ghostbusters (1984) Who Ya Gonna Call?
If you’re keeping New York safe from paranormal activity, 1959 Cadillac professional chassis, built by the Miller-Meteor company, is your ride! The ambulance conversion was a key component of the 1984 Ghostbusters movie and has become one of the most recognizable vehicles around. Bought for $4,800 and needing a laundry-list of repairs, this vehicle was converted by Ray, Peter and Egon to help them launch their ghost removal service. Can’t you hear the quirky sirens now?
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DeLorean
Back to the Future You Build a Time Machine…Out of a DeLorean?
A generation of kids grew up using Back to the Future references:
1.21 Gigawatts, Flux capacitor, Oct. 26, 1985, 88 miles per hour. Marty McFly is inadvertently sent back 30 years to 1955 thanks to a plutonium-power DeLorean. With gull-wings doors and steel gray paint, this iconic car was slick and futuristic giving the illusion of a spaceship but is actually just a forward-thinking design. The DeLorean company built its last vehicle in 1982 giving the car even more notoriety. Thanks to the time-travel vessel, Marty is able to save his parent’s marriage all while wearing a flotation device!
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Batmobile
Batman Quick! To The Batmobile!
There are few cars that are more beloved and more iconic than the Batmobile. From its birth in comic books to its mid-1960s television incarnation to its big screen explosion in the 1980s and beyond, the Batmobile continues to grow in popularity and it’s evolution has been the fascination of many. Every fan has one that is their favorite. Which is yours?
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K.I.T.T
Knight Rider I am the Knight Industries Three Thousand. You may call me K.I.T.T
It’s a talking car! But more than that, it’s a crime-fighting, super computer on wheels. This 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am with a T-Top is pure fun. With its strobing front lights, witty remarks, flame throwing bumpers and a steering “unit” that look more like an airplane control stick, this car pushed the limits of reality and has spawn many replicas. And how can you go wrong with David Hasselhoff behind wheel?
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The Mystery Machine
Scooby Doo It’s mean. It’s green. It’s the Mystery Machine.
This popular Saturday morning cartoon from the late 60/early 70s has stood the test of time after many incarnation that exposed it to children over many decades. This gang of mystery solvers road trip with their talking dog Scooby in an epic van called the Mystery Machine. It’s unclear its make and model but its paint job is one for the ages.
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The General Lee
The Dukes of Hazzard Yee-Haw
Dukes of Hazzard as Bo and Luke Duke. This ‘69 Dodge Charger brought the good ol’ boy out in everyone with it’s long jumps and doors welded shut. Always eluding the long arm of the law (Rosco and Flash), this car saw its fair share of chases. It’s distinctive horn lives in the hearts of many.
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Lightning McQueen
Cars Float like a Cadillac, Sting like a Beamer
Lightning McQueen is beloved by children and their parents everywhere. He’s a fast-talking, ego-maniacal race car that ends up in the forgotten town of Radiator Springs. His desperation to get out of town to his next race forces him to cross paths with the locals. As he meets each one, he realize the true meaning of friendship.
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Aston Martin DB5
Goldfinger Shaken, Not Stirred
James Bond was known for his fast and stylish cars in both the books and the movies but the one that stands out the most is his Aston Martin DB5. It’s introduction in the third film, Goldfinger, began an association between 007 and Aston Martin that spans 50 years of cinema. People love to imagine themselves behind the wheel of this sweet ride.
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