Whether it’s the thrill of the chase or the finishing touch to a character’s look, the protagonist’s set of wheels play a crucial role in some of our favourite TV series. Here we take a look at some of the most iconic cars from the small screen. We’ve given each one a mark out of ten, taking into account its looks, speed, toys and all round curb appeal.
The General Lee
What better place to start than with a car that was the true star of the show. A 1969 Dodge Charger driven by Bo and Luke in the Dukes of Hazzard, the General Lee was famous for its unmistakable horn, high-speed chases and penchant for slow-mo leaps through the blue skies of Hazzard County.
You know a car’s cool when it has a name, and just like the General Lee, KITT was the star of Knight Rider - don’t let David Hasselhoff hear you say that though! An acronym for Knight Industries Two Thousand, KITT was a supercomputer on a set of wheels. Self aware, capable of being able to interact with humans and even crack a joke or two, the upgraded 1982 Pontiac Trans Am was the perfect partner to help fight crime with Michael Knight.
Starsky & Hutch’s Gran Torino
You might not remember which of Starsky and Hutch was the streetwise cop, and which was the more reasoned thinker. But there’s no chance you can forget the red Ford Gran Torino with its white stripe blazoned along the sides. Branded the ‘Striped Tomato’ by Hutch in one of the show’s episodes, Starsky’s car was the star of countless chases around the streets of Bay City.
The A-Team van
Okay, so it’s not technically a car, but the A-Team’s blacked out 1983 GMC Vandura is as memorable a TV ride as you could imagine. With a distinctive red stripe separating the metallic grey upper body from the black lower on its way to the roof spoiler, this is one unmistakable van. Whether it’s Face climbing in through the sunroof, Hannibal loving it when a plan comes together, or B. A. Baracus telling us he “ain’t getting on no plane”, the A-Team wouldn’t be the same team without their heavy-duty ride.
The 1966 Batmobile
There are few vehicles as synonymous with a character as Batman’s iconic Batmobile. The 1966 iteration was adapted from a 1955 Lincoln Futura for the superhero’s TV series, and boasted features such as Velvet Bat-Fuzz Black paint, a Bing-Bong Warning Bell, Batscope and Bat-Ray Projector. With Turbo-Electric Drive and the ability to make an Emergency Bat Turn, there wasn’t much chance of villains getting away from the Caped Crusader.
Only Fools and Horses three-wheeler
It may not be as big as the A-Team’s van, as fast as the Batmobile, or as clever as KITT; but there’s no doubting Rodney and Del Boy’s Reliant Regal Supervan is a true icon of British TV. With its bold yellow paint job, roof rack, and with ‘Trotters Independent Trading Co’ detailed across the side, this is one set of three wheels that’s instantly recognisable from New York to Paris via Peckham. Maybe we’re biased, but the grin this one brings to our faces gives it a perfect 10!