Today, I shall be going through my Top 5 Automobiles in Fiction. Just a bit of fun, no particular order, but jaysus I’d love to give any one of ‘em a spin one day. First up…
What a beaut. Inspired choice for the Ghostbusters films, with a cool siren and array of flashing lights. How could a lil kid like yours truly have any reaction to this sooped-up custom 1959 Cadillac other than, “COOOOOOOOL”? It was also perfect for the films, in that it was the ambulance/hearse style body which in itself implies all sorts of death and post-death ceremony. Reading too much into it? You bet! It definitely had some sort of paranormal aura though, ‘cos allegedly when it was driven around NYC to promote the first film in 1984, it “caused many accidents because other drivers lost control when they spotted the now-famous car.” It’s just soooo entrancing…
Technically the original ‘Bluesmobile’ was an unseen Cadillac that Elwood Blues traded for a microphone prior to the events depicted in the film, but since there’s no other name for this vehicle, everybody just runs with it. The real star of the Blues Brothers, which remains my favourite movie ever. That’s no small praise when you consider how much I feckin’ love my films! This 1974 Dodge Monaco with police package was just badass, outrunning cops, hicks & Nazis an’ doing all sorts of impossible stunts to boot. Put more rollers on – there are no more. Jake & Elwood’s trusty steed took them on their mission from God all the way to their destination, and then [SPOILER ALERT] fell apart completely. People say they teared up at the end of Terminator 2, when Arnie descends into the pit of molten metal, but for me the passing of the Bluesmobile will always be more worth a cry.
Bandit Trans Am
Forgive me, because the film this car stars in is not a patch on the previous two. BUT JUST LOOK AT IT! Ahem. This is a Pontiac Firebird, the speedster driven by Burt Reynolds in Smokey & The Bandit. Trucks, a bassett hound, Norma Rae as a bride fleeing a wedding, cop chases, a cracking theme tune… Loadsa fun. One question though; who the hell is ‘Smokey’?
A Bear’s Natural Habitat
Movin’ right along…in Fozzie’s Studebaker from the Muppet Movie. Not gonna lie, I’m a sucker for post-war era cars – tis one of my favourite things about L.A. Noire, getting to drive some of those gorgeous motors. I even quite like the dusty brown look this 1951 Bullet Nose Commander (what a name, by the way) has before the troupe decide to give it a proper hippie going-over & make it a kaleidoscopic celebration of their journey.
Technically, there are TWO cars called Greased Lightning, but one of them is clearly imaginary, so I’m going with the one that actually exists in Grease. Oh, you didn’t know? Yeah, the flashy red one that appears in the dance number and flies away carrying Danny & Sandy at the end of the movie is clearly some sort of ideal, a 1948 Ford Deluxe that the T-Birds cannot possibly hope to recreate with Kenickie’s motor. Confusingly, his is also a 1948 Ford Deluxe, only his is a more standard Convertible model. Anyway, this is more evidence of my love for all automobiles produced between about 1945 and 1980 – everything since then has, effectively, been unremarkable in my eyes.
So that’s yer lot. My favourite car ever is actually a Ford Mustang, but since I haven’t yet seen Bullitt I had to respectfully excise it from this list. Same goes for a lovely one James Dean drives in Rebel Without A Cause. Oh well.
Solidarity, brothers & sisters…☸