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
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
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.
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,
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.