TV and cars have both played a significant part in the American landscape. And whenever there has been a really cool car on television, it has been etched into our consciousness. For most of them, there’s no point consulting an auto loan calculator; they’re one of a kind.
- KITT: The producers of Knight Rider started out with a 1982 Trans Am, already one of the coolest cars of all time. Then they gave it artificial intelligence and a host of special abilities, including “turbo boost,” which allowed it to leap over obstacles without a ramp.
- General Lee: Like all great TV cars, the folks at The Dukes of Hazzard took a very cool car and made it even cooler. The ’69 Dodge Charger is among the baddest muscle cars of all time. The distinctive orange paint, racing number “01” and Confederate flag motif made the car one of the most memorable in TV history.
- The Batmobile: Originally a concept car called the Lincoln Futura, the Batmobile held millions of kids enthralled as the Caped Crusader cruised the Gotham streets using its many gadgets to defeat the likes of the Joker, Penguin, and Mr. Freeze week after week. Despite numerous film adaptations, no one has really improved on the original. The best part? You wouldn’t have even needed an auto loan calculator to figure out the payments to buy the original Batmobile. As a concept car that Lincoln never planned to build, it was deemed worthless and sold to the studio for a buck.
- Magnum’s Ferrari: We don’t care who you are; if you can’t appreciate a bright red Ferrari, you’re just not a red blooded American. That might seem odd to say about an Italian car, but seriously, this car is badass.
- ’72 Gran Torino from Starsky & Hutch: The striped red Gran Tornio was one of the toughest cars on the TV roads during the ‘70s, a decade when the muscle car ruled.
- Nash Bridges’ ’71 Plymouth Barracuda: The yellow convertible was already a throwback by the time the show aired in the ‘90s. But if you were looking for a show with a seriously cool car, there was no need to look any further.
- Poncharelli’s Trans Am: It only actually made it onto a couple of episodes of CHiPs, but Ponch’s gold tones ’79 Trans Am was one of the coolest cars ever on TV nonetheless. It’s kind of a shame that it was overshadowed by the show’s Harleys.