Top 10 TV Cars

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Sacramento Bee - February 14, 2007
1. 1971 Plymouth Barracuda convertible, from "Nash Bridges" -- You get to drive a monster-horsepower, bright-yellow 'Cuda on the streets of
San Francisco, and you have a police badge to negate speeding tickets. What's not to like? http://snipurl.com/Barracauda_1971
2. Modified 1966 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron, from "The Green Hornet" -- Not only were actors Britt Reid as The Green Hornet and Bruce Lee as Kato way cooler than Batman and Robin in the 1960s, their hot-looking ride edged out the Batmobile as a hip hero- transporter.
3. Ferrari 308 GTS, from "Magnum, P.I." -- OK, getting to drive someone else's Ferrari in a tropical paradise - with the car owner footing the gas bill - gets no argument from me.
4. Modified 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10, from "Viper" http://snipurl.com/Viper_program -- Am I the only person who remembers this 1994-99 TV series about a federal task force fighting crime in the fictional California community of Metro City? Well, probably. The show wasn't that memorable, but the rumbling Viper made a lasting impression http://snipurl.com/Viper_1994
5. The Batmobile, a modified 1955 Lincoln Futura concept, from the 1960s "Batman" series -- I saw it up-close for the third time last summer at the California State Fair. Legendary car customizer George Barris did an admirable job capturing the hard-charging spirit of the Dark Knight.
6. The Munster Koach, based on a 1923 Ford Model T chassis, from "The Munsters" -- Another Barris creation, this "family" car had an exposed engine with enough chrome piping to fill a warehouse. The monstrous vehicle implied serious horsepower, and any prospective drag racer challenging it on the street was making a grave error.
7. 1975 Ford Gran Torino, from "Starsky and Hutch" -- It pains me to admit that such an in-your-face creation designed to market Ford horsepower is on my list. But it's a worthy addition. I couldn't take my eyes off it in the original television series, and the same was true in the 2004 movie based on the TV show. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Gran_Torino#1975
8. 2003-04 Aston Martin DB AR1, from the current "Vegas" series - - Sin City tough guy Ed Deline (played by James Caan) drives this limited- edition car around town when he's not grabbing casino cheats by the collar. Either way, he looks good.
9. The Flintmobile, from "The Flintstones" cartoon series -- Wheels of solid stone made it a crash-test player, and did you ever notice how Fred Flintstone never had to keep moving his feet to propel the vehicle once it got going? I'm guessing he had a secret formula. Fossil fuel, perhaps?
10. 1959 Mercury Parklane convertible, from "77 Sunset Strip" -- A wide stance, understated rear fins and a V-8. Keep your comb, "Kookie"; this droptop was a highlight of the 1958-64 series. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury_Park_Lane
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Dumbest concept ever - the Viper morphs into a car that was LESS cool.

There are plenty of scenes of him continuing to run after the car is in motion.

I'm sorry, but if the list doesn't include K.I.T.T., much less SUPERCAR, it's just bogus.
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You're correct. It should have K.I.T.T.
Don't forget the cars from the Dukes of Hazard and the Model T Ford truck from the Waltons.
If it included all types of vehicles, the coolest vehicle of all time was the 1972 Dodge D300 seen in the Emergency (what other vehicle could jolt you back to life?). Outside of Earth, the Enterprise NCC-1701-E is the coolest.
Jeff
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the E isn't a TV vehicle though. :)
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It transported people and things from one place to another.
That makes it a vehicle.
Jeff
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Jeff wrote:

Yes, but the orginal topic was TV CARS, not vehicles.
Jeff DeWitt
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wrote:

But it ain't a *TV* vehicle. The Enterprise E is a movie vehicle.
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I stand corrected. I should have said Enterprise D.
Thanks for the correction.
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wrote:

Ah. I thought you really meant the E. I've never liked the D.
YMMV
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Anim8rFSK wrote:

Supercar! I thought I was the only one left in America who remembered Supercar!
And I also think room has to be made for John Steed's Bentley. Classic cars were as much a part of his image as his bowler.
And last, and certainly least, we have to make room for My Mother The Car.
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Steven L. wrote:

DELORAN?
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Movie, not a TV car.
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You are cordially invited to join my Supercar Yahoo group. There are many of us.
And if you have a fast connection, I have an URL or two for you.

Oooo - The Prisoner's Lotus Super Seven.

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Anim8rFSK wrote:

There have been modern live-action movie treatments of the Flintstones, and now they're producing a live-action Jetsons movie. Somebody should do a live-action movie treatment of Supercar. If he would be agreeable to do a children's story as a change of pace, I would hire Dale Brown to help write a live-action Supercar script as a "children's technothriller."

Well, I guess my final recommendation of My Mother The Car fell on deaf ears. Oh, well, so I got one wrong.
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Steven L. wrote:

No, they should not.
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Steven L. wrote:

A live-action version of Speed Racer is supposed to come out next year. Cristina Ricci as Trixie, Susan Sarandon and John Goodman as Mom and Pops Racer.
I think they should animate Speed though - No live actor could ever capture his aura.
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Nice thread, I'm going to borrow this for my site :)
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Steven L. wrote:

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How about Captain Video's "Jet Mobile", really an Austin Healy. Yes I am that old! Then there is the MKII Jaguar of Inspector Morse. I had one of those.
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Anim8rFSK wrote:

Thats about the only thing on your list I agree with. C'mon, you've got Starsky's smogged-out SMALLBLOCK mid-70's single-exhaust Torino ranked (which is an insult to Ford guys everywhere), and then you don't even mention Mannix's Challenger or The General Lee (yeah, it was a dumb show, but even that paint job can't ruin the looks of a '69 Charger), or Daisy's yellow Sebring? Get real.
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