Five Iconic Cars from TV Shows

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Vehicles feature in almost every television show ever made when you think about it; from a horse and carriage in a period drama, to the many types of cars, lorries, or even space ships of futuristic shows like Star Trek. However, there are some vehicles – especially cars – that are instantly recognisable, and a major character in their own right. From the Batmobile to Mr Bean’s Mini, see below for just a few of our favourite iconic cars from television shows.

Yellow Mini – Mr Bean

Rowan Atkinson’s hapless Mr Bean got into plenty of scrapes during the TV show’s run from 1990 to 1995, and the lime green-yellow mini makes a prominent appearance in most episodes. One iconic scene sees Bean tying an armchair on top of the car when discovering it won’t fit inside, and driving the car from the chair using a rope, some pails and a mop.

Ford Gran Torino – Starsky and Hutch

This red vehicle with signature white stripes on the side was just as central to the 70s show as the two lead detectives, played by David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser. In a 1999 interview, Glaser revealed that he hated driving the car due to its poor handling, and the show went through a total of 10 Grand Torinos during its four year run.

The Batmobile – Batman

The Batmobile has gone through many different incarnations on both the big and small screen, but one that sticks in many people’s minds is the version from the original 1966 series. The Batmobile began life as a Lincoln Futura, and hundreds of modifications were made by customiser George Barris, including adding aluminium bat symbols to the hubcaps, and a custom steering wheel.

The Mystery Machine – Scooby Doo

Ok, so it’s technically a van, but many people will be familiar with the colourful Mystery machine driven by the Scooby Gang in the popular cartoon. The van looks very similar to a 1960s VW, and it’s kitted out with everything the gang needs for detective work, including ladders, lanterns and ropes.

1969 Dodge Charger – The Dukes of Hazzard

Characters Bo and Luke Duke would only enter their 1969 Dodge Chancer one way; by vaulting straight over the doors into the seat. It’s estimated that around 300 of these cars were used over the show’s seven series run, and they became so hard to find that the production team even used toy versions for some far away stunt shots.

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