Few things have captured the American imagination like the open road and a cool car to drive on it. This love affair with high-performance motor vehicles has often been immortalized on TV or in film. Many of the most beloved and celebrated films of all time feature high-speed car chases, iconic backseat singalongs, or flashy sports cars cruising down the open highway.
24/7 Tempo has compiled a list of the most iconic cars in film and TV, using the online automobile information resource Edmunds and other sources.
Some of the cars on the list are iconic in their own right – sleek spy cars like the Aston Martin DB5 seen in numerous James Bond flicks or the souped-up Pontiac Trans-Am imbued with artificial intelligence as seen on the hit TV show “Knight Rider.” (Here’s how 30 iconic car models got their names.)
Other vehicles became iconic because of the way they were used: Some were important parts of memorable scenes, while others, like Herbie the Love Bug, were essentially stars themselves. Some iconic TV cars, like Walter White’s eyesore of a Pontiac Aztek in “Breaking Bad” or the Peugeot 403 from “Columbo” were important symbols for their characters.
Besides the Bond movies represented on the list, we also included selections from the “Batman,” “Mad Max,” and “Fast and Furious” movie franchises. (Who played the Caped Crusader best? Here are all the “Batman” actors ranked from worst to best.)
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