Famous Hollywood Cars
The noble automobile is, aside from people, one of the most prominent figures in movies and TV. Some Hollywood cars become just as famous as actors. If a car is used in a TV show or movie, it can breathe new life into the car and its manufacturer. A prominent role in a movie or TV show can make an everyday car into a true icon. There have been several examples of this in TV and cinematic history.
Herbie, a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle with its own personality is one of the most famous Hollywood automobiles ever. He starred in such classics such as The Love Bug, Herbie Goes Bananas and Fully Loaded. The white, number 53 Beetle on the hood starred alongside such other Hollywood icons like Dean Jones and Lindsay Lohan. His appearance changed little throughout his early film career; his color remained white, with the famous 53 and red, white and blue racing stripes along his sides.
KITT Of Knight Rider
Another of the famous Hollywood cars that rose to fame thanks to a TV series is KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand) from the classic show Knight Rider. In the 1980s TV show, KITT was a self-driving Pontiac Trans Am with a mind of his own. In fact, KITT was so intelligent, that he was able to provide guidance and companionship to Michael Knight, the human star of the show. Of course, David Hasselhoff portrayed the dashing, young crime fighter Michael Knight.
These were not the only famous on-screen Hollywood cars. The General Lee was the 1969 Dodge Charger with a starring role in the movie and TV show the Dukes of Hazzard. Driven in the show and movie by the Beau and Luke Duke, the General Lee’s doors were welded shut. This forced the brothers had to enter through the car window. Something every fan of this classic will fondly recall.