There have been several notable cars in pop culture over the past several decades. Some of these cars have been sexy pieces of technology out to awe the masses, like James Bond’s Aston Martin. Other cars have been frightening pieces of work – the stuff of nightmares – such as the Plymouth Fury from Christine. And some cars have simply been downright cute. Here are five cute cars from pop culture that will forever be remembered as adorable and geeky.
1. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the lovable vintage racing car in the 1968 musical film of the same name. In the film, Chitty is able to do fantastical things like sprout wings and fly or grow floatation devices and float. The design for the car was inspired by a series of famous English racing cars built in the 1920s – this model of car was informally known as Chitty Bang Bang. A total of six cars were built for this film, but only one of them was actually fully functional.
2. The Batmobile – Holy batmobile, Batman! There have been several incarnations of the Batmobile over the years, but we’re talking about the one featured on the 1966 live action Batman television show. This television show was known for its campy humor, slapstick and silly antics. The Batmobile was based on a one off a kind Ford concept car built in the 1950s. Some of the outrageous gadgets the Batmobile was fitted with include a smoke emitter, nail spreader, bat-ray, smoke screen, bat-ram, and bat beam.
3. The General Lee – The General Lee is the name of the 1969 Dodge Charger featured in the 1979 television show The Dukes of Hazzard. Bright orange with a Confederate flag painted on the roof, the General Lee showed up in nearly every single episode of the show. The car was involved in numerous chases and stunts, and was just as famous as the actors in the show – Warner Brothers would receive fan mail devoted to the car!
4. Herbie – Herbie is a white 1963 Volkswagen racing Beetle that starred in 1968 comedy film The Love Bug and several sequels. Herbie was a character in his own right – the car had a mind of his own and would frequently drive himself. Herbie is decorated with red, white and blue racing stripes and has the number 53 on his trunk, doors and engine lid.
5. The DeLorean time machine – Much of the Back to the Future movie trilogy relies heavily upon a DeLorean DMC-12. Doc Brown builds a time machine into this car in order to study history, but Marty McFly accidentally ends up traveling through time with it instead and potentially messing up the future. The director decided to use a DeLorean in the movie because he liked the gullwing doors and though they made the car look a bit like an alien spaceship.
Author Bio: Ryan Embly wrote this post. He writes for Car Rental Express (CRX), a website that offers cheap car rentals in the United States. You might not be able find a DeLorean for rent at CRX but they have lots of other great cars!