1967 Chevy Impala

24 Best TV Cars That Ever Graced the Screen

While iconic movie cars seem to get all of the attention, there have been some fantastic cars on many television series. Here are 25 of the best TV cars anyone will love and celebrate. 

That ’70s Show 1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser
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History was made from when Red Foreman handed Eric the keys to the Vista Cruiser. From the beginning of the series to the end, the second-generation Vista Cruiser served as the gang’s go-to vehicle for hijinks. Fun fact: Wilmer Valderrama, the actor who played Fez, purchased the car at the end of the series for $500.

The Simpsons 1986 Plymouth Junkerolla 

Plymouth Reliant
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Who else can pull off owning a pink sedan (that’s not Reese Witherspoon or Barbie)? Before the show revealed the pink sedan as a faux model from the genuine Plymouth company, fans speculated it was a Plymouth Reliant. We’ve accepted that front left fender will never be repaired.

Full House 1964 Rambler Classic 

1964 Rambler Classic 
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Though we only see the car briefly in season three’s “Honey, I Broke the House,” fans of Full House will always remember Joey’s 1964 Rambler Classic named Rosie…and how Stephanie crashed it into the kitchen. AMC built the vehicle and was a high-volume seller for the company throughout the 1960s.  

ALF, Ferrari 

Ferrari Mondial
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Fans of ALF will remember how the titular alien crashed-landed through the Tanner’s garage. This causes bigger problems for the family when the oldest Tanner daughter, Lynn, wishes she could have a new car. Feeling bad about causing the family so much trouble, ALF sells a part of his spaceship to get Lynn a Ferrari. The car only appears in one episode after ALF sells the Ferrari to pay for damages to the garage…and because Willy highly disapproves of the vehicle. 

The Munsters, Munster Coach

Munster Coach
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The iconic Munster Coach was designed by George Barris and was made from three Ford Model T bodies. Some monstrous modifications included a power rear end, a Cobra engine from a Mustang GT, and a red velvet interior. Barris constructed the vehicle within 21 days. It now sits in the Volo Museum in Volo, Illinois. 

Lost, Volkswagen T2A

Volkswagon T2A
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First discovered by Hurley, no one knew how or why a Volkswagen could have gotten on the mysterious island. We later discovered the cars could still run and even play 8-track tapes! We’ll spare you the spoilers about how or why, but if you haven’t watched the show, it has been off the air for 14 years.

Speed Racer, Mach Five

Mach Five
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The Mach Five is a central part of Speed Racer in both the animated series and the live-action film. The white race car includes several impressive functions, including protective chambers to protect speed from water, bullets, or other hazards. Don’t forget the homing robot bird that could deliver messages and even take X-rays. 

Knight Rider, KITT

1982 Pontiac Trans Am
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KITT was based on a 1982 Pontiac Trans Am, except KITT was outfitted with self-driving AI and could talk to the driver. Tesla only dreams of doing it with their auto-pilot feature, but we have yet to hear if Teslas can exchange witty banter and humor with their owners. KITT is also a modders’ dream with $12 million worth of gadgets and gizmos…if they actually worked. 

Scooby-Doo, The Mystery Machine

The Mystery Machine
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Before becoming one of the most iconic, grooviest vans of all time, the Mystery Machine was first discovered by Shaggy. Before that, the gang had to pay their parents gas money to drive them around. Despite this, Fred is almost always behind the wheel. As for what it is? One theory says the iconic company vehicle is a 1968 Chevrolet Sportvan with a custom paint job. Others think it could be a Dodge A100 van. No matter what, the Mystery Machine will always be a favorite.  

The Monkees Monkeemobile

The Monkees Monkeemobile
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This customized Pontiac GTO is hard to miss with its fire engine red color and gold “The Monkees: lettering on the side. The vehicle is built by designer Dean Jefferies and remains a memorable souvenir of a vintage band and TV show. Model vehicle kits sold more than 7,000 copies. 

The Sopranos, 2003 Cadillac Escalade 

2003 Cadiallac Escalade 
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While earlier seasons show Tony in a burgundy 1999 Chevrolet Suburban LT 4×4, he swaps it for a black Cadillac. When he crashed that Cadillac, he opted for a white Escalade that remains unharmed for the remainder of the series. The autographed car was sold at auction for nearly $120,000.

The Beverly Hillbillies, 1921 Oldsmobile Roadster 

Hillbillies
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The old Jalopy wouldn’t cut it, and Max Baer, who played Jethro, knew he needed something to compete with the Clampetts. The show commissioned George Barris to design and modify the old Roadster to have a red paint job, an automatic transmission, and four bucket seats. The Firestone Indy Super Sport Tires and the Cragar chrome wheels top it off! 

Magnum, P.I., Ferrari 308 GTS

Ferrari 308 GTS
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Three different models were driven throughout the show: 1978, 1980, and 1984. Approximately five of each car model were used, totaling about 15 cars throughout filming. But that’s not surprising considering the classic show has eight seasons to enjoy, along with Tom Selleck’s iconic presence and cool factor. 

My Mother the Car, 1928 Porter Stanhope

1928 Porter Stanhope
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While a short-lived show (perhaps for a good reason), My Mother the Car truly has a unique synopsis: a man’s dead mother reincarnates into an antique vehicle and communicates with him through the radio. Not creepy at all. Despite the show being named one of the worst sitcoms on television, the car sold at auction for $50,000. 

Wayne’s World, Mirthmobile

Mirthmobile
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Before the 1992 comedy movie premiered, Wayne’s World was a series of sketches on SNL. It’s not until the movie that you find the Mirthmobile, a light blue 1976 AMC Pacer, but it’s so fun to include it. Garth’s car is dubbed the “Mirthmobile” because of the happiness to be had while in the vehicle. 

The A-Team, 1983 GMV Vandura

The A-Team, 1983 GMV Vandura
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No one can forget this black and grey machine. The G20 van, driven by Mr. T., appears throughout the full five seasons of the show as the gang’s trusty vehicle. It endured high-speed chases, daring jumps, and other stunts. Eight vans were demolished due to the high-level stunts, but we think it’s more than worth it.  

Wacky Races

Wacky Races
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Any of the show’s 11 racecars are iconic in their own right. Fans will delight in remembering Saturday mornings watching who would win the race that week. The show was inspired by the film The Great Race, and several references and cameos of the series, including their cars, appear in TV shows today. Come on, we know you want the Boulder Mobile. 

Family Guy, 1977 Ford LTD Station Wagon

1977 Ford LTD Station Wagon
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Peter’s red station wagon takes the family just about everywhere, even when Peter isn’t the one driving. Anyone who enjoys adult animation automatically recognizes the Griffin family vehicle. Family Guy also has Brian’s 2004 Toyota Prius to reflect the dog’s socially conscious initiatives, even if he isn’t always true to his values. 

The Avengers, Lotus Elan S2 and S3

Lotus Elan S2
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Powder blue and as sleek as a British convertible can be, The Avengers had a winner with the Lotus Elan. Emma Peel primarily stayed behind the wheel, solidifying her role as a sharp martial artist and fencer. Its design was seen as “gender discerning” and a “physics-defying” sensation, almost like you were flying. 

The Magic School Bus, The Bus

Magic School Bus
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There’s nothing much else you can say about the Magic School Bus. It’s magical and a bus…and that rules. Throughout the show, Ms. Frizzle chaperones the children on wacky adventures, having the bus shrink into the human body or become a spaceship. It also switches its exterior design to fit the theme of the field trip! 

Breaking Bad, 2004 Pontiac Aztek

2004 Pontiac Aztek
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Fans agree that Walter White’s Aztek perfectly encapsulates his character and situation, transitioning from a normal school teacher to a full-fledged villain who would do anything for his family. The car is often considered one of the worst cars ever made, but it works well to shuttle to and from Walter’s missions. 

Mr. Bean, Mini Cooper

Mini Cooper
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A guy like Mr. Bean could never drive an average car. His minuscule green Mini Cooper is the perfect fit for such a strange man, and we love it for it. The car appears in both the live-action show and the cartoon series. Rowan Atkinson is a car fanatic, so not just any car would do. 

Bluey, Family SUV

Bluey, Family SUV
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The smash hit children’s show (with adult fans, too!) often has the family driving in a bright orange SUV. While the actual car model and brand aren’t confirmed, fans and enthusiasts speculate it could be a 2023 GRM Tank 300 or some fictionalized version inspired by a Holden Commodore or a Ford Falcon.

Supernatural, 1967 Chevy Impala

1967 Chevy Impala
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Named “Baby” by Sam and Dean, the Impala goes with the monster-fighters everywhere. It’s Dean’s most prized possession, as it was his late father’s car. You’ll rarely see anyone other than Dean driving it. The car has a sleek black paint job and a secret compartment for weapons. The car is a personal bodyguard against ghosts and ghouls everywhere. Talk about a great car! 

Author: Gretchen Gales

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Gretchen Gales is a freelance writer, the executive editor of Quail Bell Magazine, and the author of the poetry chapbook Agora. Writing for nearly a decade, her work has appeared in Business Insider, Next Avenue, The Huffington Post, Bustle, and others. Gretchen has also been interviewed for Her Campus as part of their “How She Got There” series and an interview with the popular website Dear English Major. 

Gretchen, a knowledge geek and educator, loves breaking down complicated concepts into something everyone can understand and enjoy. A Jill of all (Writing) Trades, there aren’t many topics she hasn’t written about. 

 

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