The Car Is The Star – Great Vehicles Of Hollywood
The car is, behind the human being at any rate, one of the most prominent features of both film and TV show. As famous as an actor can become for appearing on screen, some vehicles are not far behind them. Indeed, appearing in a TV show can give a car and its manufacturer a new commercial lease of life and make the vehicle iconic in a way which has little to do with its performance.
Perhaps the most famous onscreen vehicle of all time is Herbie, the Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own. Star of films such as The Love Bug, Herbie Goes Bananas and the more recent Fully Loaded, the white Beetle with the number 53 on his bonnet was the central character in films featuring such Hollywood luminaries as Dean Jones and Lindsay Lohan.
Also famous, though more for an appearance in a TV show than in the less successful movie, is KITT (short for Knight Industries Two Thousand). In the original TV show, KITT was an artificially intelligent Pontiac Trans Am, who provided guidance and companionship for Michael Knight, a crime fighter played by a young David Hasselhoff.
There have of course been other famous vehicles of stage and screen. The General Lee, a 1969 Dodge Charger driven by the Hazzard brothers in the popular movei and TV show Dukes of Hazzard. The doors for the car were welded shut, meaning that the brothers had to enter via the window – something that every fan of the show will be able to tell you within a minute of talking about it.