Ever since old Henry Ford made the automobile more affordable for the public, the car industry has become an integral part of the modern era. A sort of synthetic, symbiotic relationship has been forged between humans and cars.
It’s like a super armored suit that we can put on that allows us to go way faster than humans were ever meant to go. In return, we provide it with food in the form of high-compressed, decomposed fossil fuel and plant matter.
We name our cars like they are our children. We transport children in our cars. Some people even act like children when they are in cars.
The point is, everyone has had that car, the one that felt like part of the family—even if it had the disposition and appeal of a dull, disappointing cousin.
And, just like our real families, sometimes we wish we could trade our cars in for the perfectly dramatic versions we see on television and in movies.
So, here is a list of the most iconic cars from pop culture that you wish you could drive.
- 1968 Mustang GT—Quite possibly one of the coolest cars that Ford has ever made, this car instantly makes anyone driving it look more awesome than they really are, sort of like Aviator sunglasses.
- 1969 Dodge Charger— Getting its first real spotlight debut as the primary mode of transportation for the Dukes of Hazzard boys, the Charger has become a staple action-flick car. The ’69 Charger was also a main feature in the Quinton Tarantino’s tongue-in-cheek psycho-thriller, Deathproof, as Kurt Russell’s tooled-up, tormenting machine.
- 1958 Plymouth Fury—When you think of a car that epitomizes a ‘1950s automobile,’ this is the car that you are picturing. The Fury had those unmistakable shark-like fins over the taillights and the giant toothy grill with two sets of bug-eye headlights. It became the nightmare of many moviegoers when it appeared as the blood-thirsty monster in John Carpenter’s classic 1983 film
- 1977 Pontiac Trans Am—The popularity of the Trans Am is entirely due to Smokey and the Bandit. And, who could deny the panache of a mustachioed Burt Reynolds when he rumbles around in this beast? No wonder sales of the Trans Am doubled within two years of the film’s release.
- 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California—No list of iconic cars would be complete without mentioning Ferris Bueller’s object of subversion. This one of a kind car was hailed as the sexiest convertible to have ever been conceived. A recent auction saw this unmistakable gem go for nearly $16 million.