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The 1966 Batmobile:
The Batmobile started out as
1955 Lincoln Futura which George
Barris bought from Ford
in 1965 for a $1.
He then spent 15 days & $15,000
transforming the concept car into the
one of a kind Batmobile to be driven
by actor Adam West.
In 2013, the
Batmoblile sold at the
Barrett-Jackson auction in
Scottsdale, Ariz., in January for a
final price of $4.62 million, not
The Batmobile was
just 3 weeks, at a reported
cost of $30,000.
They used the primer-painted,
white-striped car in October,
1965, for a network presentation
Shortly afterward, the car was
painted gloss black with
"fluorescent cerise" stripes.
Barris retained ownership of the car,
estimated to be worth $125,000
in 1966 dollars, leasing it to 20th
Century Fox and Greenway
Productions for use in
When filming for the series began, several
problems arose due to the car's age:
it overheated, the battery died,
and the expensive Mickey Thompson
tires repeatedly failed, so he
used 15" Firestone tires.
By mid season, the engine and
transmission were replaced with
those of a Ford Galaxie.
Curb weight: 4500 lbs
Length: 226 in.
Width: 90 in.
Height: 48 in.
Fins: 84 in
Engine: Ford V-8 390
1969 Dodge Charger -
( General Lee )
The engine is a 440 c.i. Magnum V-8
rated at 375hp with a top
135 MPH, 0-60 in 5.4 sec.
225 c.i., 383 c.i. and 426 c.i. Hemis
were also used.
It has a Chrysler Torqueflite A-727
Heavy Duty Automatic transmission
And B.F. Goodrich T/A radial tires.
The Dukes of Hazard show used more
than 300 Chargers were used during
the production of the series due to
all the jumps.
1st Unit cars were standard Charger R/Ts
prepared for close-up shots and still
photography with the actors.
The 2nd Unit cars were the workhorses
that did the jumps, two wheel driving,
180 degree turns and other stunts.
The turns were done thanks to over
inflated tires and a rigged handbrake.
The jumps were done in special cars
that had extra weight added to the
rear, had reinforced bodies and
were equipped with NASCAR
style fuel cells to prevent leaks
and possible accidents.
Burt Reynolds’ 1978 Pontiac Firebird
Trans Am “Bandit” Re-creation:
A 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
owned by Burt Reynolds that was
customized to look like the one he
drove in “Smokey and The Bandit”
was sold at the Barrett-Jackson
Las Vegas auction in 2018
It was a high price for a tribute
car that wasn’t even the same
model year as the black and gold
Trans Am in the film, but having
been commissioned and owned by
Reynolds himself it came with a
unique cache, not to mention
his signature on the glove
He had all of the fixings, including
the 8.2-liter engine tuned and fully
customized to bring power up from
the original output of 220 horsepower
to a head-turning 600 horsepower.
As far as the authentic 1977 “Bandit” car
from the movie, there were about 12 used
during filming and Reynolds said they
were all scrapped because they got so
beat up from all of the stunts.
There is one car, however, that didn’t
appear on screen but that Universal
Pictures took on tour to promote
the film, which was last sold
in 2016 for $550,000.
The black and gold Pontiac Firebird
Trans Am used in Smokey and
the Bandit was supposed to
be a special edition of the
But the Trans Ams used in the film were
actually 1976 models, with the soon to
be released front ends from the
The Munster's Koach:
Designed and built by George Barris,
creator of the Batmobile.
The Koach was made from 3 Model T
bodies and is 18 feet long.
The 133" frame was made by hand.
It has a four speed manual
transmission and a power rear
The brass radiator and fenders
were hand formed.
In 1964, the cost to build the first
one was $18,000.00.
It had "blood red" velvet interior.
It took 500 hours to hand form
the ornate rolled steel
It had Gloss Black Pearl paint.
The front end had a dropped axle,
split radius rods and T springs.
The studio gave George Barris 21 days
to complete the car.
Powered by a 289 Ford Cobra engine
from a 1966 Mustang GT.
Built with Jahns high compression
pistons, ten chrome plated Stromberg
carburetors, an Isky cam, and had
a set of Bobby Barr racing
1963 Volkswagen Beetle
( Herbie )
In 2015, Herbie sold for
Included with the
car was a copy of a
1972 title listing Walt Disney Productions
as the owner, but the best clue to the
car’s authenticity and identity was
found behind the back seat.
There, a bracket was once used to
secure an oil pump, used for comic
effect to squirt oil on a traffic
director’s foot at the beginning of
'Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo'.
The car has had a full mechanical
It is very fun and powerful, with an
1835cc engine and dual Kadron Solex
This Herbie, identified by Disney
as "5916," was the "oil squirting"
When found, it still had its original
bracket for the oil pump.
Rider ( K.I.T.T. )
KITT, short for the
"Knight Industries Two Thousand"
KITT is a modified 1982 Pontiac Trans Am,
(also created by George Barris)
had a V8, 5.0 liter, 145-horsepower
enigine with an automatic
In the show's universe, the car cost an
estimated $11,400,000 to make, and the
imaginary specs the car had,
clearly show that.
It included special features such
as a front mounted scanner
bar that allowed KITT to 'see'.
The engine in KITT was a
special "Knight Industries turbojet with
modified afterburners," and the
transmission was an "8 speed
microprocessor turbo drive
with autopilot" (drove himself).
KITT could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph
in an astounding 0.2 seconds with
power boosters, while braking from
70 to 0 mph only took 14 feet.
KITT's voice was played by
actor William Daniels.
In the TV show, Knight Rider, KITT was a
bulletproof tool of justice piloted by
Michael Knight, the role that blessed the
world with David Hasselhoff.
KITT was loaded with advanced crime
fighting features, such as auto-pilot,
a turbo boost which essentially acted
as a jump button, and a pursuit mode,
which gave KITT the ability to
reach 300 mph.
1976 Ford Gran Torino -
and Hutch )
Starsky & Hutch was a TV series
that aired from 1975 to 1979
The series followed two detectives,
named David Michael Starsky and
Kenneth Richard “Hutch” Hutchinson,
as they hunted criminals on the
neon-lit streets of Bay City, a fictional
city in Southern California.
Their radio handle was "ZEBRA-3"
and their street car was an eye catching
tomato red, with a wide white stripe and
was nicknamed the “Striped Tomato,"
Between 1975 and 1979 about 10
Ford Gran Torinos were used on the
set of Starsky & Hutch.
The cars were modified for stunt
purposes with air suspension,
five slot mag wheels and oversized
tires sometimes even mounting
a camera on the roof of
Starsky actor, Paul Glaser drove the car
for regular driving scenes, but stunt
scenes and car chases were always
done by a stunt driver.
Stunt cars, camera cars, tow cars,
dolly cars, and cars used for "beauty"
shots varied in model
year from 1974 to 1976 Ford
Torinos, since the body style of the
Gran Torino was unchanged.
In 1976 Ford introduced a very
The lead characters of Starsky &
limited edition of 1,000 Starsky
and Hutch replicas of the
were actually based on real life
officers named Lou Telano and
Telano and Sepe operated on the streets
of New York City in the 1960s and
1970's, and were known for their
unorthodox undercover work
and inventive ways of gathering
data on their suspects.
1958 Plymouth Fury -
( Christine )
In the 1983 movie, Christine was a
possessed 1958 Plymouth Fury, but a
combination of 1957 and 1958 models
were used in the film.
All of Christine’s engine sounds
were taken from a 1970 Mustang
428 Super Cobra Jet.
More than 20 cars were used in the
movie, and not all of them were Furys,
but also Belvederes and Savoys.
Most cars were used on screen,
and the rest served as parts cars.
One of the movie cars sold for
$198,000 at Barrett-Jackson’s
Scottsdale auction in
All the cars were painted red
and given matching interiors.
The gold trim was painted silver
or made for the cars that did not
The opening scene of the movie shows
Christine as the only red Fury,
this scene had to be filmed first so the
other cars could be re-painted.
If you look closely, the Furys do not
have the gold trim or the word
'Fury' on the fins, as the real cars do.
The trim on the movie cars had
already been painted silver.
The car’s windows were painted
black on the inside to give Christine
a “sinister” appearance whenever
she got angry, the darkened glass
also concealed the stunt driver.
There was a small driver section which
was a patch of black window tint so
that the stunt driver could see.
There were 4x4 in. wood beams
between the firewall and front core
support and the radiator was mounted
in the trunk so that in crash scenes
the radiator fluid would not spill out.
When Christine appeared to
regenerate herself, hydraulic pumps
were installed on the inside of
plastic 'stunt doubles'.
These pumps were attached to cables,
which were attached to the car's
bodywork and when they compressed,
they would suck the paneling
Footage of the inward crumpling body
was then reversed, giving the
appearance of the car spontaneously
Some Plymouth Fury facts:
With a $3,000 average price, the 1958
Fury was the most expensive
Plymouth model for that year.
Its production of 5,303 was down from
the 7,438 for 1957, but up from the
short 1956 run of 4,485.
After 1958, the Fury name would be put
on Plymouths of all types ranging
from station wagons to police
the humor Dept:
Flintstone's Car -
Yabba Dabba Doo!
The Flintstone's RockWagon Footmobile
from Bedrock, is 100 % manual,
powered by foot.
This Bedrock vehicle has
No power steering, No heater,
No air conditioning, No engine,
and No floor.
It is built from wood and stone,
and the two wheels (rollers) were
built with granite.