These cars are every new driver’s fantasy. Cars in films have always given pop culture an extra sense of time and place and it is for this reason that these cars are such integral parts of these films and TV shows. Years later it is these memorable motors that have stood the test of time.
1. The A-Team 1983 – 1983 GMC G-15
They love it when a plan comes together, they pity fools, and they come packaged in this behemoth of a van. The GMC van, black with red stripes, is their vessel of justice, revenge and kick-ass missions. Complete with rooftop spoiler (awesome) this Vandura is not to be messed with, so watch out bad guys. Fun fact, the GMC went between having and not having a sunroof in the TV show, leading to some rather glaring continuity errors. Oh well, probably wasn’t a deal breaker…
2. The Love Bug (1962) – 1962 Volkswagen Beetle
Herbie is something of a forgotten legend in the zeitgeist generation (no thanks to Lindsay Lohan) but back in 1962 Disney first put this cute little critter of a car on screen to great critical and financial reward. What Herbie might lack in power he (or she) makes up for in loyalty, love and laughs. The VW Beetle remains a classic to this day with it’s bizarre curved roof and inextricably human features, you’ll stand out amongst the usual silver and red cars. Racing stripes included upon completion of your driving test!
3. Starsky and Hutch 1975/2004 – 1975 Ford Gran Torino
David Starsky and Kenneth Hutchinson, better known as Starsky and Hutch, were the ever so proud owners of this true classic. The popular 70’s TV show saw the crime fighting duo turn this beast into a screen icon, nary closing a case without its assistance. The paint job, red with white detail, puts the finishing touches to what is a damn good-looking car. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson kindly brought the car into the modern mainstream with their 2004 remake, and there it stays in our minds and hearts. Best not to hire these guys as instructors though, they’re a little too stunt prone.
4. Dukes of Hazzard 1979/2005 – 1969 Dodge Charger
Another 70’s TV car, the 1969 Dodge Charger owned by Bo and Luke in Dukes of Hazzard even has it’s own name. The General Lee comes only in orange, a confederate flag painted on the roof, the number 01 on each door with the words “General Lee” above. Not only does this car have character but it is one. As it’s a racing car the doors are sealed shut, and I’d like to see anyone pretend they wouldn’t feel like the bees knees jumping in the window every morning. This baby will plough through any terrain, just ask the Dukes, though you may get frustrated trying to charge (no pun intended) through London rush hour. That said, the show supposedly went through around 300 chargers during filming, and that’s not including the inevitable 2005 remake.
5. Thelma and Louise 1991/Wild at Heart 1990 – 1966 Ford Thunderbird
In need of a break from your overbearing husband or parents? Then this is the car for you! Back in 1991 Ridley Scott deified this car as the pass to freedom for Thelma and Louise in this modern classic. Before that she also featured in David Lynch’s magical Wild At Heart, showing this model is the go to for impromptu road trips. So if you’re looking for that incentive to get you over the finish line when you’re learning to drive, just think imagine yourself next to Nick Cage, hair in the wind and on the road to freedom!
Written by Matthew Wright
Last modified: 3rd March 2016