Can You Name These Famous Cars from Movies and TV?

By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz

Some of us go to the movies or watch television for the great actors and actresses showing their talents. Others love the pure escapism that movies and TV shows give us, taking us away from our worldly problems for a brief period. But gas heads, they go for one thing only. The cars! You can bet your bottom dollar that as soon as a movie comes out with an interesting vehicle in it, they are the first in line to see it.

And why not? In so many movies and TV series, the vehicles end up stealing the show more often than not. They leave an impression in our minds and a yearning for the chance to just take them for one spin, or better yet, actually park them in our garages.

Over the years, both TV and the movies have given us classic vehicles. Some make brief appearances, others are involved in the most epic of car chases while a few are used as the daily rides of our heroes and heroines.

So in this quiz, we are going to test your knowledge of cars and vehicles that have appeared in both television shows and in the movies over a number of decades. If you love the silver screen and cars, you stand a good chance of finishing in pole position!

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The star of Smokey and the Bandit is undoubtedly the '77 Pontiac Trans Am driven by Burt Reynolds, however. Four cars were used in the first movie with 10 needed for the second! Most were destroyed during filming.

Perhaps the greatest James Bond car ever, the Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me turned into a submarine!

Of course, Herbie is nothing more than a classic 1963 Volkswagen Beetle. Or is he?

16 cars were used for the making of 1983's Christine. Although Christine is a 1958 Plymouth Fury, not all of the cars were, in fact, Furies. The crew used similar-looking cars such as the Savoy and painted them to look like Christine.

Driven and owned by B.A. Baracus (played by Mr. T), the 1983 GMC van was the A-Team's main mode of transport. It was, in fact, the GMC Vandura model, which is a cargo van.

The Batmobile in the 1960s Batman TV series was, in fact, a Lincoln Futura, a concept car from 1955 of which only one was ever built. The Batmobile itself was not this Futura but a replica with a fibreglass body. In 2013, it was sold for an astonishing $4.62 million at auction.

Starring Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron, 2003's Italian Job were, in fact, a remake of a 1969 classic. For car lovers, the real stars were the Mini Coopers.

The Audi R8 was a perfect product placement in the Iron Man movie where it is driven by Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) It helped boost the profile of the vehicle around the world.

Three Model T bodies were connected to form the Munster Koach from the TV series, The Munsters. It was designed by Tom Daniel and built at Barris Kustoms.

Certainly one of the sleekest, most daring-looking sportscars, even to this day, the Countach was way ahead of its time when first produced in 1974. It played a prominent role in the 1981 movie, The Cannon Ball run starring Burt Reynolds among others.

An AMC Pacer, 'The Mirthmobile' stars in the slacker comedy, Wayne's World. Who can forget the epic scene where Wayne, Garth and their buddies sing Bohemian Rhapsody while cruising the streets of Aurora?

Bullitt is still recognized as having one of the greatest chase scenes ever filmed. In it, Steve McQueen drives a Ford Mustang GT. The car was modified for the movie, removing the pony grille, Mustang lettering, driving lights and GT badges.

The Beverly Hillbillies ran from 1962 to 1971 and featured an Oldsmobile truck as their form of transport. It was based on a 1921 Oldsmobile Model 43-A and customized by George Barris, one of the most well-known customizers in Hollywood.

The famed Greased Lightning from the movie Grease is a 1948 Ford De Luxe Convertible. Although it starts out in a dilapidated condition, the T-Birds turn it into a looker that can race as well.

Groovy baby, yeah! Famous for its Union Jack livery, the Shaguar, which appeared in the Austin Powers movie franchise, is an E-Type Jaguar.

Styled like no real life, in particular, racer Lightning McQueen is the star of the animated movie series Cars, from Pixar.

Certainly a very different take on a vehicle for Batman, the Tumbler made its first appearance in Batman Begins. Not only is it heavily armed, but it can make jumps without the need for a ramp.

Perhaps the most iconic Bond car, the DB5 has appeared in seven Bond movies! Other than its stunning lines, this DB5 is dangerous and is armed with machine guns, blades that shred tires and an assortment of other gadgets.

A worn-looking Gran Torino is the chosen ride of The Dude, Jeff Bridges' character in the Big Lebowski, a cult favorite film from 1998.

Interestingly, the first two seasons of Miami Vice saw Tubbs and Crockett cruising around in a fake Ferrari or a kit for that matter. In the third season, Enzo Ferrari donated two Testarossas to the production. Clearly he wanted the real thing.

This heavily modified Ford Falcon (an Australian produced Ford) was one of the highlights of the cult classic, Mad Max. It appeared in three movies in the franchise.

Chosen thanks to its spaciousness, Little Miss Sunshine features a classic VW Bus.

Both an original Ferrari 250 GT and a replica kit, called a Modena were used during the filming of the movie, Ferries Bueller's Day Off.

Based on no car in particular, eight versions of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang were made for the 1968 movie of the same name, with each used in particular scenes for close-up shots for those further away.

The Oldsmobile Silhouette appeared in the 1995's Get Shorty starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Danny de Vito and Rene Russo.

A thrill-a-minute action movie, the Transporter 2 saw British action star Jason Statham driving an A8 from German manufacturer, Audi.

This 1932 Ford Coupe built by Bob Hamilton stars in the 1973 classic, American Graffiti. Legend has it that the movie helped inspire a new hot rod scene in the United States.

With Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in the lead roles, Days of Thunder was always going to be a hit. Many, however, went to watch it for the incredible NASCAR racing scenes.

A talking car! Not only could K.I.T.T talk but it could perform a number of incredible stunts, jumps and maneuvers. With David Hasselhoff in the lead role, Knight Rider became a very popular show in the mid-1980s. Although that might have been down to the Hoff, K.I.T.T., a 1983 Pontiac Trans Am, certainly played his part.

Tell the true story of Preston Tucker, this movie features a car designed and marketed by him, the Tucker Torpedo. Tucker only made 51 of these vehicles before he was accused of stock fraud and jailed.

A 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance conversion is the vehicle of choice for the Ghostbusters in the '80s movie of the same name.

Back to the Future - Although the DeLorean tanked in terms of sales, it gained a lot street cred thanks to the Back to the Future trilogy. Six vehicles were used during filming.

Nothing goes with a cool mustache like a Ferrari 308 GTS! Tom Selleck never had it that good again with Magnum P.I. one of the most popular TV shows in the '80s.

One of TV's most recognizable cars, Starsky and Hutch drove around in a beautiful 1975 Ford Gran Torino with a bright red color scheme and white stripe. It later made a comeback in a movie adaptation of the TV series starring Ben Stiller.

1980s iconic Blues Brothers sees Dan Akroyd and John Belushi driving a 1974 Dodge Monaco, an old police cruiser. Eight cars were destroyed during the filming of this movie.

With Sean Connery reprising his role as James Bond, Diamonds are Forever, released in 1971 saw an epic chase through Las Vegas in which Connery drove a Ford Mustang Mach 1.

You would think a secret agent would have a better car than a Sunbeam Tiger. Well not Maxwell Smart, from the TV series Get Smart.

Rock band The Monkees had a TV show in the '60s where they drove a heavily modified Pontiac GTO called the Monekeemobile. It certainly was a little different, wasn't it?

Brad Pitt's debut, a Ford Thunderbird, driving off a cliff. That pretty much sums up Thelma and Louise. Five T-Birds were used during filming.

The Dukes of Hazzard, a popular TV series that ran from 1979 to 1985, saw the Hazard boys riding around in a 1969 Dodge Charger named the General Lee.

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