Kitt from Knight Rider
The television series Knight Rider, which screened from 1982- 1986, was based on the modern-day crime fighting team of Michael Knight and his partner, the high-tech talking car named Kitt. Kitt was endowed with artificial intelligence disguised as an extremely advanced robotic car. It was also able to drive itself. The car was a 1982 Pontiac Trans Am; it was equipped to the hilt with a crime fighting arsenal at its disposal by way of a tear gas launcher, flame thrower, sleeping gas and a bomb sniffer, front bar scanner so it could see, body armour (which could resist most gun fire and explosives) with a turbo boost for bursts of speed, or to jump obstaclesi. Kitt was always in contact with Michael via his two-way communication wristwatch, that also had a micro-scanner and camera Kitt used to interpret information and a microwave jammer to scramble any electrical systems; Kitt had it all.
The Batmobile was first brought to life in the DC comics in May 1939, from there it became more prominent with the 1966 television series that used a 1955 Ford Futura. Batman ran from 1966-1968 for a total of 120 episodes. Known as the Caped Crusaders, Batman and Robin fought crime while defending Gotham City. The Batmobile was kept in the Batcave which was only accessible through a hidden entrance. Since then it has evolved, moving with the times, being equipped with the latest technology with the release of a number of movies since 1989: Batman and sequels, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman and Robin. It was once again revamped with the movies: Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). The Batmobile was, and always will be, one of the kids' favourites.
The Love Bug was the start of a series of movies dating back to 1968 introducing a white 1964 Volkswagen racing Beetle by the name of Herbie. While Herbie was not a talking car he certainly had a lot of character; he was equipped with gadgets and could just about do anything depending on his mood. He could drive himself and was a serious contender in car races. He, for the most part, displayed red, white and blue racing stripes from front to back and the number 53 on the bonnet, doors, and on the engine cover at the back. In the first movie he was plain white. They continued with 4 sequels: Herbie Rides Again, Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo, Herbie Goes Bananas and the last movie to date, Herbie Fully Loaded. In 1982 they made a series of five episodes for television and to tie in with the previous movies, they made a sequel for television.
The General Lee from The Dukes Of Hazard
The television series The Dukes Of Hazard aired between 1979-1985 and was a show about two cousins, Luke and Bo Duke, who were previously on probation for transporting moonshine. It was set in the rural Hazard County. They were constantly being chased by the shady county commissioner Boss Hog and his bungling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane - and this is where the General Lee, 1969 Dodge Charger R/T, came in to playii. The car was orange in colour with "01" painted on both doors and the confederate flag on the roof. The doors were welded shut for a quick getaway as the boys jumped through the window - the horn played the tune "Dixie". During the series approximately 309 cars were used; apparently only 17 are known to exist (although in different states of condition). The General Lee performed many record-breaking jumps, hence the volume of cars used, as most were destroyed beyond repair. Since the original series there have since been television spinoffs and also TV reunion movies: The Dukes Of Hazard Reunion! (1997) and The Dukes of Hazard In Hollywood (2000), and two movies The Dukes Of Hazard (2005) and a prequel The Dukes Of Hazard: In The Beginning.
Ghostbusters is a truly classic comedy; released in 1984, it featured an eccentric group of parapsychologists who decided to investigate, fight and capture ghosts in New York City after losing their jobs. The car they used was a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor converted ambulance/hearse with a number plate Ecto1 (as it was named the Ectomobile). An updated version was used in the sequel as Ecto2, which had technical equipment on its roof including advertising of their services. It had the "no ghost" logos on both front doors and one on the boot, which also had a pull out rack in the back, storing the guys' proton packs and additional gadgets on the roof (these were never utilised). All up, three cars were used in the making of the original and sequel, one used for promotional events and two are now remaining having been fully restored and are kept in the Sony pictures' backlot.
The Delorean from Back to the Future
One of the all time favourites, Back to the Future was a 1985 science fiction comedy about a teenager called Marty McFly who accidently got sent back in time to 1955 in a deluxe time machine, the De Lorean. Whilst in 1955 he unfortunately alters the past and has to quickly rectify the situation (or his parents would not fall in love) and then try to return to 1985. The DeLorean was converted into a time machine which, when used, had to reach a speed of 88 miles per hour with the date programmed in to enter into time travel. A 1981-82 sports car, the DeLorean DMC-12 was a rear engine V6 coupe. Built in Northern Ireland, this was a car with high expectations in sales to the general public. This however never eventuated due to many assembly issues and financing problems.
If you have a car which you have kitted out to make it stand out from the crowd, be sure to tell your car insurer as failing to disclose details of any major modifications could mean your motor insurance policy is invalidated.