We asked our Facebook and Twitter fans to let us know what their favourite famous cars from history were. We start our count down at number 5...
In at number five we have the Batmobile. When fighting crime in Gotham you need a seriously classy ride, and the Batmobile certainly qualifies. With features such as the ‘Bat-Ray’, ‘Bat-Smoke Screen’ and emergency turning lever, it’s got everything you need to defeat your enemies and keep the city safe and free from crime and evil.
4. Aston Martin DB5
Number four is the Aston Martin DB5. The DB5 was introduced in the third film in the Bond series, Goldfinger (1964), when it was driven by Sean Connery. The same car was enhanced for Thunderball, adding a rear-facing water cannon and a jet pack stowed in the boot. The DB5 has made 6 appearances in Bond films, the most recent being in Skyfall, where it was driven by Daniel Craig. It currently enjoys a fifty year legacy, leaving a mark on cinematic culture as one of the most iconic cars of all time.
KITT, the talking car from TV series Knight Rider, is in at number three. The original model was a 1982 Pontiac Trans-Am with lots of special features, including turbo boost, anamorphic equalizer, micro-scanners and lots more. KITT is, essentially, a super-computer with an engine and wheels. There have been two further incarnations of KITT – one in 1991 and one in 2008. Both have KITT’s original features, with lots of 21st century added extras, including remote target assist, anti-missile flares and transformation abilities.
2. Mini Cooper S
We received lots of votes for The Italian Job, putting the Mini Cooper S at number two. This film established the Mini as ‘Cool Britannia’ at it utmost, starring three MK1 Austin Mini Cooper S’s in red, white and blue – highlighting the colours of the Union Jack. The 1969 film features one of the most famous car chases from cinema history – the Minis gunning through the streets of Turin. It may come as a surprise to most that hardly any modifications were made to the cars – they were practically sturdy enough to withstand the chase as they were.
The highly revered top spot goes to…General Lee, from the TV series Dukes of Hazzard. This is the car driven by the show’s protagonists, Duke Brothers Bo and Luke. It’s most famous for its signature horn sound and its many different stunts and iconic car chases. General Lee is a 1969 Dodge Charger and it’s widely claimed that around 320 different General Lees were used throughout the filming of the series – though only 17 remain in existence, and these are in varying states of disrepair. The team wrote off more than one General Lee filming almost every episode!