5 Iconic Vehicles From TV You Can Drive Today
May 22, 2020
For fans of pop culture, there’s just something irresistible about the vehicles star actors and popular characters drive. People obsess over the various luxury cars of James Bond, for instance, as well as the muscle cars and racing vehicles of the “Fast & Furious” series. Our article on cruising with Cruise looked at some of the most memorable cars Tom Cruise has driven in films (such as the 1979 Porsche 928 from “Risky Business” and the 1966 Shelby GT350H from “War of the Worlds”). And there are also plenty of individual movies, from “The Karate Kid” to “Gone In 60 Seconds,” that are known for their automobiles.
Television has its share of iconic cars also though, and in some of the most noteworthy cases they represent models you can actually still buy today. So without further ado, here are some of our picks for the best TV rides you can drive today.
“The Dukes of Hazard”: The 1969 Dodge Charger known as “The General Lee” was essentially a main character of the “The Dukes Of Hazzard.” And rest assured its story could fill a biography. It’s said that hundreds of “stunt double” cars were destroyed at various points in the filming of this show, to the point that the producers had a hard time acquiring more Chargers; and according to ScreenRant, the car broke its own world record with its iconic opening leap. Now, that exact car — with its Confederate namesake and the matching flag that was painted on its roof — would be problematic today. However, if you’re a fan of the show and the American muscle the car represented, you can certainly acquire a ’69 Charger today. You may have to modify it a bit to match the Duke brothers’ own version, but it’s within reach.
“Miami Vice”: There were a few noteworthy cars in “Miami Vice,” but the 1986 Ferrari Testarossa — specifically in white — was really the defining car of the series. This was the car Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) was gifted early in the third season of the show, and with which he would subsequently do his undercover work. Over time, the car largely came to define an entire ‘80s Miami ethos that stemmed from the show. It’s not exactly easy to get your hands on this car today, but there are some used ’86 Testarossas in circulation.
“Breaking Bad”: “Breaking Bad” is unique on this list because it doesn’t involve an iconic muscle car or speed vehicle. Rather, it made an old-school camper iconic. And actually, it almost didn’t happen! The famous “Breaking Bad” RV — a 1986 Fleetwood Bounder — was used in the show to bring Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) together to start their business. But a Gala Bingo TV trivia post noted that the character of Jesse was actually almost killed off in the early going. It was only after the director saw the chemistry between Cranston and Paul that Jesse, and perhaps the RV itself, were solidified as long-term elements of the show. Today, fans of the show can actually find plenty of these RVs for sale online.
“Starsky & Hutch”: Most of us might now associate the Ford Gran Torino with the Clint Eastwood film “Gran Torino.” But long before that 2008 drama, the 1975 model of the car was every bit as central to the “Starsky & Hutch” show as the ’69 Charger was to “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Painted bright red with white stripes down the sides, the car is instantly recognizable to a whole generation, and was essentially rebooted for the imperfect but endearing 2004 cinematic remake of the show. Finding one with the classic paint job is a challenge (though over 1,000 were sold), but there are ‘70s-era Gran Torinos on the resale market, so you can at least get something close and customize it to your satisfaction.
“Westworld”: For something decidedly more modern we’ll turn to HBO’s sci-fi thriller “Westworld.” There’s more horseback riding than driving in this series but there are some all-terrain buggies — used by the Westworld park operators and security staff, largely in the second season — that have caught the attention of plenty of fans. And as Bro Bible revealed, fans can actually purchase these vehicles, which appear to be slightly augmented versions of the Can-Am Mavrerick X3. No, it’s not quite a car, but for those who want to drive something somewhere between the free-for-all off-road contraptions of “Mad Max: Fury Road” and the Bat Mobile, this “Westworld” vehicle is an awesome option.