Famous Movie Cars

Cars in movies and TV have become just as, if not more iconic than the characters themselves. Some of them are referred to on a daily basis as if they are alive. So what is the car behind its character?

Here are some of the most famous TV and movie cars and what kind of car they really are.

The Batmobile:

Famous from:  Batman

Between 1943 and the present, there have been many depictions of the Batmobile. Starting with a black Cadillac, a 1949 Mercury, and a Lincoln Futura concept car, the Batmobile eventually became custom work. The car used in Batman and Batman Returns was built on the chassis of a Chevy Impala, and the cars in Batman Forever and The Dark Night are completely custom.

The Batmobile is Batman’s personal vehicle. It appears in almost every Batman comic, movie, or TV show, and has become almost as iconic as Batman himself. Over the course of time, the Batmobile acquires many features which keep Batman safe from danger and safe on the road.


Famous from: Transformers

Animated series (Generation 1): Volkswagen Beetle

Movie Trilogy: 1976 Chevrolet Camaro which evolves into a 2009 Chevrolet Camaro

Bumblebee is one of Optimus Prime’s most trusted Autobots. Although small in size (which helps him get along well with humans) he is one of the bravest Autobots who strives to prove himself to the others.


Famous from: Stephen King’s Christine

1958 Plymouth Fury

Christine is a possessed car, capable of driving on her own, restoring herself, killing, and loving. The protagonist, Arnie, purchases Christine in 1978 and falls in love with her while she plays the song “Pledging My Love” by Johnny Ace on her radio. By the end of the story, Christine has killed many people, at least 10 that are mentioned, including her beloved Arnie.


Famous from: Ghostbusters

1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor

The ECTO-1 was a Miller-Meteor ambulance/hearse combination built on a Fleetwood chassis. The perfect vehicle for the Ghostbusters to ride around in, with enough room to fit the crew, their goggles, proton packs, as well as a myriad of traps.

General Lee:

Famous from: Dukes of Hazzard

1969 Dodge Charger

The General Lee is the car driven by cousins Bo and Luke Duke in the Dukes of Hazzard TV series, renowned for doing ridiculous jumps and stunts (ALL REAL!). Did you know?? An estimated 300+ Dodge Chargers were totalled throughout the course of the series.

Lightning McQueen: 

Famous from: Cars

Inspired by a 1968 Corvette, with design influences from the Mazda Miata and Dodge Viper

The character Lighting McQueen was given his name in honour of the late Pixar Animator, Glenn McQueen. To design him, the production designers took all of their favourite parts of their favourite cars and combined them… and Lightning was born!

The Mirthmobile:

Famous from:  Wayne’s World

1976 AMC Pacer

The Mirthmobile (mirth = gladness) is the best AMC Pacer you’ll ever find. With flame decals on the outside, the Mirthmobile was complete with a full bar tap on the dash, and a red liquorice dispenser mounted on the headliner!

The Monkeemobile:

Famous from:   The Monkees

1966 Pontiac GTO

The Monkeemobile was designed by the famous auto customizer, Dean Jeffries. There were actually two Monkeemobiles, one for the TV program and another as a promotional show car to be taken to car shows all over the country. Jeffries, under contract with Model Products Corporation, marketed a Monkeemobile model kit and ended up selling more than 7 million kits!

The Mystery Machine:

Famous from:  Scooby Doo

1968 Chevy Van (G-10)

Scooby Doo and the gang didn’t always have the Mystery Machine. When they first started solving mysteries, before Shaggy found the van, Daphne’s dad used to drive them to the haunted houses.