AirTalk for June 29, 2012

The 100 greatest cars of film and television

20th Century Fox

10. Batman 1955 Lincoln Futura Batmobile: George Barris' crew reworked and restyled an old Ford concept car into the great Batmobile for the campy 1966-'68 TV series. Turbines to speed.

Ellen Dewar

9. Mad Max 1973 Ford XB Falcon: Australia's greatest export is George Miller's 1979 vision of a dystopian future, which includes the last of the V8 interceptors. Everyone wants a blower that can be turned on and off.

Touchstone Pictures

8. Gone in Sixty Seconds 1967 Shelby GT500: Steve Stanford designed this exaggerated GT500 "Eleanor" and it's been copied and copied ever since the 2000 movie hit.

Universal Studios

7. Knight Rider 1982 Pontiac Trans Am: The Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT) was a supercar that talked to David Hasselhoff for four seasons between 1982 and '86. At least KITT didn't have to listen.

Warner Bros.

6. Bullitt 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390: Even before the legendary chase begins, it was dented and tough-looking. This Mustang has defined cool for more than 40 years.

Universal Studios

5. American Graffiti 1932 Ford Coupe: When this movie appeared in 1973, street-rodding was almost dead. John Milner's yellow '32 five-window made it relevant again.

Universal Studios

4. Smokey and the Bandit 1977 Pontiac Trans Am: 1977's second most popular film. But you couldn't buy a Millennium Falcon, and Pontiac dealers had plenty of T/As. Speedy car.

United Artists

3. The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 Lotus Esprit: An Esprit shell was turned into an actual submarine. But it was a "wet," with the pilot needing a breathing apparatus.

United Artists

2. Goldfinger 1963 Aston Martin DB5: The greatest James Bond car is fitted by Q with "modifications" for this 1964 movie. The standard against which all spy, movie and TV cars are judged. Last year one of the cars used in the film sold at auction for $4.6 million.

Warner Bros.

1. The Dukes of Hazzard 1969 Dodge Charger: More than 300 Chargers portrayed the General Lee during the series' 145 episodes (1979-'86). Today it's the ultimate Hollywood star car. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaaaaw.


Move over, starlets and hunks, it’s time to focus on another form of Hollywood beauty. Automobiles have played a very large role on the large and small screens, and it’s time to give credit where credit is due.

Today on FilmWeek, Larry is joined once again by our friend Scott Oldham over at Edmunds.com to pore over their list of the 100 greatest movie and TV cars of all time. Where did Starsky and Hutch’s Ford Gran Torino land on the list? What about Speed Racer’s Mach 5? What car would have topped your list?

Guest:

Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com


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