So you read our ’10 Famous Cars from TV and Movies Part 1' and you’ve been trying to guess which five other cars will be rounding out our list haven’t you? Well, without further ado here they are. How did you go?
The General Lee
In the 70s US TV series The Dukes of Hazzard, we were introduced to The General Lee. The General, as the car is often known, is a 1969 Dodge Charger driven by the ‘Duke Boys’ - cousins Bo and Luke in a variety of wacky escapades usually involving the corrupt county commissioner, Boss Hogg and Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane. The General is especially famous for the car chases which take place in the series, often culminating in long jumps. It also is memorable for the fact that it’s doors are welded shut, requiring the Duke Boys to climb in and out the windows, often preceded by a frenetic slide across the bonnet.
Did you know? The distinctive General Lee car horn which plays the opening bars of ‘Dixie’, was purchased for $300 during the filming of the Dukes of Hazzard pilot. Two directors were having breakfast in Covington, Georgia where the first episodes were filmed, and heard a car drive by sounding the horn. They went after the driver and bought the horn for The General. The rest is TV history.
Batman without the Batmobile is like Superman without his cape or Spiderman without his webs. The Batmobile is a self-powered, armoured fantasy vehicle, equipped with a variety of modifications and features designed for Batman's superhero crime-fighting mission. Of course, there's nothing more fabulous about the Batmobile than the fact that it has its own hidden entrance to the Batcave, making the moment when it makes its appearance all the more spectacular.
Did you know? The Batmobile was first seen in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. Back then it was simply a red sedan, known as "his car". The term ‘Batmobile’ was not used until 1941 in Detective Comics #48.
The Scooby Doo Mystery Machine
The identity of the Mystery Machine is something of a mystery itself and isn't really faithful to just one real life van. In some cartoons it has rear engines, which would indicate that it is modelled from a VW or Corvair Van. However in other episodes, it's quite obviously inspired by the Chevy G10. And in the live action movie, it was undoubtedly a Ford Econoline. The latest Cartoon Network versions used a Chevy Astro Van as inspiration. The Van is used by Mystery Inc., a group of amateur teenage crime-fighters and their dog, Scooby Doo – a talking Great Dane. The series has been in production one way or another since 1969.
Did you know? In the first live-action Scooby Doo movies a modified Australian Holden van was used as the Mystery Machine.
Mad Max Pursuit Special aka The Interceptor
In 1976 when Byron Kennedy and George Miller began pre-production on the film Mad Max they knew they'd need a vehicle to feature as the black police ‘Interceptor' – a vehicle crucial to the film's plot. A 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon Coupe – an exclusively Australian car - was employed for the role. The car received a variety of modifications and because of the low budget of the film there was only one made. However due to the success of the sequel, The Road Warrior, a duplicate car was put together to feature in the scene where it rolls down a hill and explodes – leaving the original car intact. Over the years the car has been lovingly restored and toured museums around the world. It's now a part of the Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection
Did you know? The original Mad Max was filmed on such a tight budget - $350,000 - that actual decommissioned police cars were used, and some of the crew had to bring in their own cars. Incredible stuff when you consider the entire Mad Max franchise has made over half a billion dollars!
The Flying Ford Anglia from Harry Potter
How can we forget about that classic piece of cinematic history, the moment when Harry and Ron used the enchanted car – a light blue Ford Anglia 105E Deluxe, modified by Mr Weasley so that it could fly and also become invisible – to fly back to Hogwarts for the start of the school year. Unfortunately, the car broke down and crashed into the Whomping Willow. There’s something a little quaint and old-fashioned about Mr Weasley working on this car in his spare time, like many husbands from the ‘Muggle’ world, leading to some stern words from his wife when their sons take the car out without permission. Some things never change – even in the wizarding world! car
Did you know? Liam Payne from the boy band One Direction is well known for his Harry Potter mania. In 2015 he revealed that he'd bought one of the Flying Ford Anglias from Harry Potter and keeps it in his garden. Now there’s a fan!
Where do all the famous cars go?
Have you ever wondered where all the famous cars from film and TV go when they’re put out to pasture? Well some of them belong in private collections, but one of the biggest public collections in the world is the Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection’s Cars of the Stars. This exhibition houses over 80 vehicles that are part of our film and TV memories, including cars from Dukes of Hazzard; The Beverly Hillbillies; Grease; Miami Vice; Ghostbusters; Knight Rider; Starsky & Hutch; Harry Potter; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; The Munsters; The Great Race; Magnum P.I.; Back to the Future and numerous original vehicles from the Batman movies
There are some incredible automotive museums around the world and we're lucky that the largest and newest car collection in Australia is the new Gosford Classic Car Museum - indeed the largest in the southern hemisphere. Click here to visit their website
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