Pretty good list, easily 10 that I would have named in my own (biased?) list.
Kookie Car, Munster's Car, Batmobile and Beverly Hillbillies Car probably bump a few of the 15 off the list for "most famous". Green Hornet you are getting debatable as I'm not sure that remains a pop-culture known thing of as much significance. Scooby Doo van gets an honorable mention, after all a lot of real-life clones of it have been made.
Hazzard Charger would be the reason Mopar has risen so high in the muscle market vs. how the magazines talked about that in the 80s.
Kookie Car caused the fad T boom and arguably led to the street rodder movement in the 70s
If the Monkees make the list Batmobile & Munster's have to be there too.
I was thinking the same thing! (As luck would have it we just went to a concert and saw the last Monkee, Mickey Dolenz - he has lots of backdrops with the Monkee carin the show). Anyway, in additiopn to your suggestions, let's add Columbo's 1959 Peugeot 403 convertible - a match to the Kojak car, and for the Brit cars, the many cars of the Avengers, like Emma Peel's Lotus Elan. Having recently moved our son's stuff, I had his truck looking like a modern version of Jed Clampetts 1921 Oldsmobile Model 46 Roadster.
If the Kookie car arguably started the street rodder movement in the 70s, then John Milner's '32 Ford from 'American Graffiti' surely perpetuated it. And then ZZ Top's '33 Ford Eliminator kicked the door down!
I would add to the list two of the cars used by Mannix. First is the 1967 Olds Toronado convertible followed by the 1968 Dodge Dart GTS convertible. Both were Barris customs and the Dart was the best, by far. The later Mannix cars (Cuda, Camaro) were much less interesting. Then there is the Sunbeam Tiger with the James Bond gadgets that Maxwell Smart drove in Get Smart. Like with Mannix the later cars used on the show (Karnann Ghia, Opel GT) were less interesting. Honorable mention has to go to the Dragula, Gandpa's ride on the Munsters.
Hawaii 5 "O" series; 1967 Mercury Marquis 2 door Hardtop (pilot show). Then the 1968 Mercury Park Lane 4 door for the whole series and 1974 Mercury Marquis in the waning season with the 1968 still on set...
You ARE joking, right? No Batmobile, no Munsters cars, no Black Beauty??
One of your choices was a favourite show of mine: "The Persuaders"; yet in that very same season was an American show that was actually NAMED for the car it featured; "Bearcats!", starring Rod Taylor, Dennis Cole and a Stutz Bearcat. Both of these shows failed fairly quickly. Too bad.
Bless you for remembering "Bearcats!" I loved the show so much I fell in love with brand-new cars and upon discovering what real 1912-16 Bearcats went for (even back in the '70s) I decided to find one of the George Barris built TV replicas. I found the #1 car in 1998, restored it and have been driving it ever since. A lot of fun! Rod Taylor seven sent me photos.
That is crazy that you actually have the car that I used to watch as a kid from that show. Do you also have replica coats, caps and googles? I am guessing the guns and explosives are out of the question.
I have goggles, though not quite like the ones used in the series. George Barris offered me a set he swore were used by Taylor in the series, but he wanted $2000 for them. I also put together a costume like Taylor wore, army-style green shirt, cavalry -style tan pants (bought off eBay for a few dollars, the label inside indicating it was owned by a Hollywood costume shop), tall boots and "Smokey Bear" hat with a plastic M1911 pistol. I only wore it a couple of times in parades. Some 20 years ago when I bought it, I had a passing resemblance to Taylor in '71...dark hair and reasonably thin but a bit taller, so it wasn't like I was 5'2" and 250 pounds! I thought about getting a replica Vickers .30 machine gun like the mounted off the spare tire rack (my car still has the hole for it, but getting a correct WWI gun, as opposed to a slightly different WWII version, was cost prohibitive. Besides, most people don't remember the series, so after spending all that money, I'd likely get a lot of "Why does it have a gun?" comments. It's fun to have the car I watched on TV as a kid. I even have several of the model kits...one even came with the car. Now I'm getting older, so I 'll have to find it a new home fairly soon.
I remember that show as a kid. Liked the Bearcat's because it was having a hotrod in the old west. Well at least it was a hotrod back then probably tops out at 50 mph. My older sister watched it for Dennis Cole and had his poster. I watched for Rod Taylor because he was the time traveler in H.G. Wells the Time Machine. I also agree with you and think the 1966 Batmobile is the single most iconic car of all time. It was so different and has stood the test of time with many incantations over the decades. No other car on any list has done that other than Aston Martin's in James Bond movies.
I'd buy a replica of the original and best Batmobile just to "Blues Brothers" slide and park in front of the new Fargo PD headquarters... but I'm too old to leap out, cape or not, and the new Fargo PD sits on grade, no stairs. Sigh.
Giles, you have one slight error in you nice article. Jim Rockford’s Firebird is owned by Alen Clarke of Newport Beach, additionally Alen owns Rocky’s Chevy K10. I have seen both cars in person at his warehouse. It is most certainly not down under. Just a little factoid. Thanks.
I recall an reading an interview with James Garner and he complained that the show lost money on the Firebirds they rented for each episode instead of buying several of them. You are correct, however, during some episodes the year of the Firebird would change. That had more to do with reusing footage from other episodes than anything.
Lois Lane's Nash convertible and Broderick Crawford's Buick police car. Other than Kojak and Highway patrol were there other Buick police cars? Does anybody ever watch the original Perry Mason? I watch it every night just to see the cars.
The second plane did not have "II" painted on it. Several years ago, someone painted a 1960 Cessna 310D, a model not used in the series, but was used in a publicity shot for syndication, and painted "Songbird III" on it.
I watched "Perry Mason", two back to back episodes every day on TBS while in the Keesler military hospital for 8 months in the early '80s after my service injuries. Raymond Burr got me through some really bad times. I still watch, on Dish network, and I love the mid century chrome barges. Ever see Desi and Lucy in "The Long, Long Trailer"? The primrose/black/white Mercury that Desi has looks very much like Perry's early episodes droptop Merc.
According to the Internet Movie Car Database, (caution, a great way to waste many hours), in the mountain scenes of the film, they used a Lincoln pulling the trailer...it was outfitted with Mercury side trim so it looks a lot like the Mercury.