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Top 10 Live-Action TV Cars

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Script written by Aaron Cameron. Everyone needs an automobile. In this video, counts down our picks for the top 10 TV cars. For this list, we’re only looking at cars, trucks, and vans that feature in TV shows. Tanks, boats, and buses will be excluded – no matter how bitchin’ the custom paint may be. We’re also only focusing on live-action vehicles, as we have a separate list for the Top 10 Cartoon Cars. Special thanks to our users Aaron Preston, BigChris2777, EpicJason2000, JazzyTyfighter, STOKER, Awesome One, ObsidianCollector, viliguns, KarlMalowned32, Thedarkfoxcannon and Nathan Tattrie for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Top 10 TV Cars

Everyone needs an automobile. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 TV cars.

For this list, we’re only looking at cars, trucks, and vans that feature in TV shows. Tanks, boats, and buses will be excluded – no matter how bitchin’ the custom paint may be. We’re also only focusing on live-action vehicles, as we have a separate list for the Top 10 Cartoon Cars.

#10: The Vista Cruiser
“That ‘70s Show” (1998-2006)

There may be sexier, sleeker cars than this second generation, ‘69 Olds wagon, but none could be cooler. Painted in “Aztec Gold,” the Cruiser is handed down to Eric Forman from his dad Red in the series premiere. The Cruiser – and the freedom it provides – is central to many of the gang’s adventures, from out-of-town concerts to a north of the border beer run. After the series ended, it was sold to Fez actor Wilmer Valderrama for $500, which is about what it would cost to fill this guzzler.

#9: Crockett’s Ferrari Testarossa
“Miami Vice” (1984-89)

While the Vice guys were Ferrari men from the start, in real life the black ‘72 Daytona was just a dressed up Corvette, which did not please the folks in Italy. So they sued the maker of the faux-rari, and offered “Miami Vice” producers a free pair of replacement cars, so long as the fake was destroyed. Oh yes please! Enter the gorgeous and iconic gloss white ’86 Testarossa we all know and love. Don Johnson’s Sonny Crockett drove the Italian super-car for the remainder of the series.

#8: Black Beauty
“The Green Hornet” (1966-67)

Built by Dean Jeffries – the beautiful mind behind the Monkeemobile and James Bond’s moon buggy – this one could give the Batmobile a run for its gas money. Packed with under-the-headlight rockets and knockout gas dispenser in the front grill, this modified 1966 Imperial Crown hit heights of luxury the Chrysler Corporation never dreamed of. Britt Reid’s nightly driver also came equipped with a flying audio-visual surveillance unit called “the scanner” which no doubt came in handy when it was time to dock this land-yacht.

#7: Stair Car
“Arrested Development” (2003-06, 2013)

Usually portrayed by a late-‘70s Ford pickup, the stair car becomes the Bluth family’s ride of choice soon after they’re forced to sell their company jet...and all that other stuff. As practical as it is stylish, this choice ride is known for wreaking unintentional havoc, from knocking down homecoming banners, providing uninhibited top floor entry, and assisting in jail breaks.

#6: Robin 1
“Magnum, P.I.” (1980-88)

Although as synonyms with Thomas Magnum as moustaches and Hawaiian shirts, the show’s signature car technically doesn’t belong to him. And by technically, we mean actually – just ask Higgins. But even so, all the Ferrari 308GTS-es used in the show had to be specially modified to accommodate Tom Selleck’s tall frame. Even after removing seat padding, the 6’4” actor’s head still pops up over the windscreen, which is why the car’s t-top roof panels are so rarely used.

#5: The Striped Tomato
“Starsky & Hutch” (1975-79)

Packed with a beefier rear end and aggressive air shocks – not to mention that flashy white stripe – the Tomato was sarcastically nicknamed by Starsky actor Paul Michael Glaser. And today, it’s arguably only known today because of the weekly thrashing he gave it on the series – especially since this version of the Gran Torino isn’t a hit among car collectors, due to its rapid rusting. Ford, however, saw the show’s popularity and made just over 1,000 replicas for 1976 – then ceased production of the Torino completely.

#4: The A-Team Van
“The A-Team” (1983-87)

From the era that gave us the minivan comes this manly van. About as sexy as Eric Forman’s Vista Cruiser and twice as practical, the A-Team’s 1983 GMC Vandura is the perfect place to light up a stogie and swap war stories. The crew’s GMC stands apart from the rest with its swanky red stripe and matching mag wheels; but we have to wonder, does a van really a spoiler? Of course it does.

#3: The General Lee
“The Dukes of Hazzard” (1979-85)

Not many cars receive fan mail, let alone 35,000 letters a month. As much a star as any of the Duke cousins, you just can’t kill Bo and Luke’s 1969 Dodge Charger, no matter how long the jump. In real life, hundreds of Chargers were used throughout production of the show, with a scant 17 confirmed survivors. While the specs and stats may change shot-to-shot, the Lee was always Flame Red and the fastest car in town.

#2: The Batmobile
“Batman” (1966-68)

Holy missed opportunity, Batman! Based upon a Lincoln prototype that never went into production, the frame of the car that eventually became the Batmobile was sold to builder George Barris for $1. One whole dollar. Built from stock to Bat-ready in a mere three weeks, most of the car’s signature bat-lines were already present in the original design. But with a coat of gloss black paint, a bat logo here and a bat gadget there, the Lincoln Futura went from forgotten failure to screen classic.

Before we let our top pick ride the open road, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Rockford’s Pontiac Firebird Esprit “The Rockford Files” (1974-80)
- John Voight’s Chrysler LeBaron “Seinfeld” (1989-98)
- Munster Koach “The Munsters” (1964-66)
- Steve Urkel’s Car “Family Matters” (1989-98)
- Mr. Bean’s British Leyland Mini “Mr. Bean” (1990-95)

#1: KITT
“Knight Rider” (1982-86)

Alright, so technically KITT is the computer and not the car. That doesn’t make Michael Knight’s ride any less awesome. Voiced by TV’s Mr. Feeney William Daniels, this ’82 Pontiac Trans Am has way too many cool features to cover here; but they include a 200-mph top speed, a 0-60 time of two-seconds, and the ability to withstand temperatures up to 426ºC. Oh yes, and it’s self-aware. Like, it’s basically a drivable android – can’t get that option in an Aztek.

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