BEST OF MAN AND MA­CHINE

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY MICHELLE WIL­SON

Bat­man and the Bat­mo­bile

(“Bat­man,” 1965-68) To the Bat­cave! The dy­namic duo of Bat­man (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) chased crim­i­nals in style in a 1955 Lin­coln Fu­tura con­cept car that was built by Ge­orge Bar­ris in only three weeks. The orig­i­nal ve­hi­cle was built by hand in Turin, Italy, for $250,000 but Bar­ris pur­chased the car from Ford Mo­tor Com­pany for only $1. Holy ravi­oli! Jim Douglas and Her­bie (“The Love Bug,” 1968) No. 53 is for­ever as­so­ci­ated with the white 1963 Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle with a red, white and blue rac­ing stripe and a mind all his own. Orig­i­nally driven by Jim Douglas (Dean Jones), Her­bie later con­tin­ued down the film free­way with “Her­bie Rides Again” (1974), “Her­bie Goes to Monte Carlo” (1977), “Her­bie Goes Ba­nanas” (1980), a 1997 “Love Bug” re­make and “Her­bie: Fully Loaded” (2005). Fred and the Mys­tery Ma­chine (“Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?”

1969-70) The clas­sic van was as much of a sta­ple of the pop­u­lar series as Scooby snacks. Typ­i­cally driven by Fred, the gang of Shaggy, Scooby, Daphne and Velma searched for clues as they in­ves­ti­gated lo­cal mys­ter­ies. Jinkies! The Ban­dit and his black and gold Trans Am (“Smokey and the Ban­dit,” 1977) East­bound and down was the di­rec­tion of travel for the 1977 Pon­tiac Fire­bird Trans Am driven by Burt Reynolds as the tit­u­lar Ban­dit. He tried to do what was said couldn’t be done by re­triev­ing 400 cases of Coors beer from Texarkana, start­ing in At­lanta, in less than 28 hours with­out get­ting caught. Bo and Luke Duke and the Gen­eral Lee (“The Dukes of Haz­zard,” 197985) Just good ol’ boys, never mean­ing no harm, cousins Bo (John Schnei­der) and Luke (Tom Wopat) Duke cer­tainly had a way of find­ing trou­ble with the law ev­ery­where they turned. Their ad­ven­tures as the Robin Hoods of their ru­ral com­mu­nity of Haz­zard County led them to wild es­capes from lo­cal Sher­iff Rosco P. Coltrane (James Best), aided by their souped-up 1969 or­ange Dodge Charger.

“The Love Bug”

“Smokey and the Ban­dit”

“The Dukes of Haz­zard”

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