Posted Juerg Weidmann on October 22, 2010
The popularity of muscle cars in movies and TV demonstrates how much a part of our culture they have become.
Beautifully restored muscle cars are often used to demonstrate how successful or powerful a movie or TV show character is, such as the beautiful 1968 Dodge Charger that Blade drives in Blade. These famous cars have a lasting impact on society, too, as you can see when you consider the Mopar apparel inspired by movies like The Fast and the Furious. Some muscle cars are more famous than others, however.
Here are a few of the most famous cars to make a name for themselves on television or in the movies. The General Lee, Dukes of Hazard - The General Lee is probably one of the most famous muscle cars on TV. The car is a 1969 Dodge Charger, but with some recognizable customizations, such as a Confederate flag painted on the roof. Plus, the doors were welded shut, so the stars of the show had to get in and out through the windows! The car was 10 years old when the show started in 1979, so already television was romanticizing the muscle car era!
KITT, Knight Rider - KITT was a 1982 Trans Am with artificial intelligence. The show ran from 1982 until 1986, so the car was new when the show started. Only in a few instances do the muscle cars of Hollywood have personalities of their own, so KITT's perpetual annoyance with his human partner is classic and memorable!
The DeLorean DMC 12, Back to the Future - While the DeLorean DMC 12 can't be considered a muscle car, it still seems appropriate to include it on this list. The DMC 12 provided the means of traveling through time, though the jump could only be made when the car was going exactly 88 miles per hour.
Eleanor, Gone in 60 Seconds - When Eleanor, a 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 fastback, graced the silver screen in the 2000 remake of the original 1974 movie, millions of moviegoers fell in love. With her silver paint and black racing stripes, Eleanor is every bit as beautiful as her name!
Bumblebee, Transformers - Who can forget the splash Bumblebee made in Transformers -- first as a 1977 Camaro, but later in the movie transforming into a brand-new 2009 Camaro? The original Bumblebee transformed into a Volkswagen Beetle, but the Camaro suits him so much better! There are, of course, many other muscle cars that have graced the silver screen, but these are some of the most famous ones.
Most people know what you are talking about if you mention The General Lee, Eleanor, or Bumblebee, or talk about the car in Back to the Future. There is one collector so smitten with these muscle cars that he’s recreating the chase scene from the movie Bullitt. What are your all-time favorite muscle cars that have made a name for themselves on TV or in the movies?
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