MOVIE STAR CARS
Batman Later Batmobiles were just ridiculous, but the Batmobile from the 1966-68 TV series and 1966 movie . . . now that was a Batmobile.
Clearly recognisable as a modified road car, the best Batmobile was already more than 10 years old by the time it appeared on screen, having originally been presented by Ford as a swoopy concept car in 1954. Designer George Barris added a few wings, pipes and bat logos and the Batmobile was all ready for action.
Well, not all the time. Apparently the Batmobile was prone to overheating. Trivia note: George Barris also built the truck used by The Beverly Hillbillies. That time around though, no atomic thrusters were included. National Lampoon's Vacation Clark Griswold's family holiday was doomed from the moment he took possession of his new car: a grotesque, massively long station wagon sold to him by the fi ne folk at Lou Glutz Motors.
Equipped with a rainforest of wood panelling and eight headlights, the Truckster nevertheless exhibits extraordinary structural integrity, surviving many impacts on the way to Wally World. Trivia note: The Truckster reappeared this year in a Superbowl ad featuring Vacation stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo.
8 9 WAGON QUEEN FAMILY FORD TRUCKSTER MUSTANG
Bullitt A handy driver, US actor Steve McQueen competed in many racing events.
Those experiences certainly proved beneficial when McQueen volunteered to do much of his own driving in the 1968 cop thriller Bullitt.
They say actors should never work with kids or animals, and maybe they should also avoid cars, because McQueen's Mustang Fastback (main picture) utterly steals this movie. McQueen deserves substantial credit here, because his aggressive, two-fi sted driving style is perfect for getting the most from his over-powered, undertyred “co-star”. Trivia note: In 2001 and 2008 Ford launched Bullitt tribute versions of modern Mustangs.
10 FORD GRAN TORINO
Gran Torino Not a genuine classic car. Not something collectors really hanker for. Not a car that you would really expect Asian crime gangs to show a great deal of interest in, frankly.
But you certainly won't hear me saying that to Walt Kowalski (or to Clint Eastwood, for that matter). Trivia note: A later model of the Ford Gran Torino featured in the TV cop-buddy series Starsky & Hutch.