We continue our trawl around the 50 greatest imaginary cars. You may not agree and, if that’s so, let us know. Whether you do or not, read on, there’s bound to be something you didn’t know about our next five picks…
The Top 50 So Far…
50 The Delorean DMC 12 from Back to the Future
49 KITT (Pontiac Firebird Trans Am) from Knight Rider
48 Herbie, the 1963 Volkswagen Beetle
47 The Mean Machine 00 from Whacky Races
46 The Batmobile
45 The General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard
44 Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters
43 Mad Max’s Pursuit Special
42 Scarface’s 1963 Cadillac
41 Bumblebee, the Chevrolet Camaro, from Transformers
Here is 40 down to 36
40 The 1958 Plymouth Fury in Christine
In this 1983 Stephen King-written flick, High School nerd Arnie falls in love with a bright red 1958 Plymouth Fury, Christine. Arnie decides to restore the car to its original condition. While doing so, Arnie changes from geek to cocky teenager. Christine has a dark hold over Arnie and his friends set about dividing the two, with dire consequences. For teenagers growing up in the Eighties, this was part of King’s slew of creepy stories which also included Carrie, The Shining, Cujo, Children of the Corn, Firestarter and Children of the Corn. If you’ve not seen any of these films, go rent them you’re in for a treat. Start with Christine but be careful, she might not let you out of her grasp.
39 The Mystery Machine (Scooby Doo)
Which child hasn’t dreamt about riding in the Mystery Machine. The ACTUAL model of van featured on the show continues to be a subject of debate. It could be a Ford Econoline, Bedford CF or a GM Vandura but we think it’s a 1966 Chevrolet Sportvan 108.
38 The Audi RSQ in I, Robot
The Audi RSQ concept car was designed and created especially for the movie – a full-blown custom job with a fully developed interior and exterior. Audi worked with director Alex Proyas and set to deliver a sports coupe which featured spherical wheels, mid-engine design, butterfly-action doors, a color-changing, luminescent paint job and a low, sleek profile. It’s quite a ride.
37 1977 AMC Pacer from Wayne’s World
Is there a funner ride to be in the than the AMC Pacer from Wayne’s World? This two-door compact (aka The Mirth Mobile) was produced in the US between 1975 and 1980. Baby blue with a plume of flames to the front, this Pacer contained that all-important liquorice dispenser and perfect acoustics for Bohemian Rhapsody! Rumour has it that the car went up for sale recently and recouped just $14,000! A steal.
36 1979 Ford Country Squire LTD
The huge wood-imitation, fiberglass-panelled, 9-passenger wagon carted the Griswold Family in the Chevy-Chase starred ‘Vacation’ series. Can there be a less comfortable looking car? It always looked baking-hot, rickety and loud but this didn’t stop the model becoming a staple amongst American middle class families. Love it or hate it, there can’t be a one of us who doesn’t hanker back to the days when we drove to our holiday destination in the back of a rickety old car that did well to get there. Ours was a yellow mark 2 escort. It was every bit as uncomfortable as the Squire, but we loved it. And for that reason, the Squire makes our Top 50.
Did You Know? The famous car-jump scene spawned a betting syndicate: crew members bet second unit director Dick Ziker that he couldn’t jump more than 50 feet, even drawing lines in the sand to measure. Ziker ended up winning that bet.