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The original 1966
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,
The Batmobile was
completed in just
3 weeks, at a reported cost of $30,000.
They used the primer-painted, white-striped
car in October, 1965, for a network
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 the series.
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
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
The engine is a 440 c.i. Magnum V-8 rated
at 375hp with a top speed
of 135 MPH, 0-60
in 5.4 sec.
225 c.i., 383 c.i. and 426 c.i. Hemis were
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
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
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 for $192,500.
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 compartment door.
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
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 end.
The brass radiator and fenders were
In 1964, the cost to build the first one
It had "blood red" velvet interior.
It took 500 hours to hand form the ornate
rolled steel scrollwork.
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 headers.
1963 Volkswagen Beetle (
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" car.
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 engine
with an automatic transmission.
rear-wheel drive two-door coupe.
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" (drive 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 - ( Starsky and Hutch )
Starsky & Hutch was a TV series that
from 1975 to 1979 on ABC.
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
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 & Hutch
limited edition of 1,000 Starsky
and Hutch replicas of the Gran Torino.
were actually based on real life officers
named Lou Telano and John Sepe.
Telano and Sepe operated on the streets
of New York City in the 1960s and 1970s,
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 January 2015.
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 inwards.
Footage of the inward crumpling body
was then reversed, giving the appearance
of the car spontaneously retaking form.
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 cars.
Flintstone's Car -
The Flintstone's RockWagon Footmobile
from Bedrock, is 100 % manual,
powered by foot.
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.