Growing up we all used to watch TV shows and dream that we had the life that they did. Part of that dream was to have that cool ride that the protagonist drove in the show. We remember cars like the KITT from Knightrider and the Ferrari from Miami Vice and dream that we would one day be able to afford cars like those.
While it may not be a reality for many, some people have cashed out and bought the cars at auctions from those hit TV shows. Here are 10 times that real-life cars from TV shows were bought at auctions.
10 1969 Chevrolet Suburban from The Sopranos
HBO has some of the most iconic tv shows of all time. From The Wire to Trueblood, HBO has been doing it for years and has consistently put out hit drama after drama. The Sopranos ran from 1999-2007 and was inescapable; consequently, everybody remembers the 1969 Chevrolet Suburban from the show.
Fans at a Las Vegas auction put up $110,000 for the car in January 2013. This proved how popular the show was that an old car like that would sell for so much. A person can buy a used car like that for lower than $10,000 at this point in time.
9 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost from Boardwalk Empire
Boardwalk Empire is another hit HBO drama that ran from 2010-2014. This show took place during the Depression years in Atlantic City, where prohibition and gambling were taking place. In the show, the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was owned by Nucky Thompson, the boss of Atlantic City.
The car was found in a barn. Then it got a paint job and it was revitalized to run for the show. This car sold for $100,000 in Auburn in August 2014. It was sold by Auctions America. This adds to the glory of the hit show.
8 The Panthermobile from the Pink Panther
The Pink Panther is one of the iconic properties of all time, even if the license is primarily known for its movies. That said, the franchise has also spawned a few TV series. The theme song is one of the most recognizable pieces of music and everybody remembers the exploits of Inspector Jacques Clouseau and the animated Pink Panther.
This car was created in 1969 for The Pink Panther show's opening credits, a cartoon that aired on BC. This car is the first on the list that was sold overseas in London. In 2007, the Panthermobile sold for a U.S. price of approximately $143,000. While this car looks unsafe to drive the nostalgia of the Pink Panther show helped it sell.
7 1966 Batmobile & Batcycle Combo from Batman the TV Series
The Batman TV series wasn't as in-depth and graphically advanced as some of the more recent movies starring the Caped Crusader, but the Batmobile is always going to be a car that people want no matter the era. The show's car is not the destructive machine from The Dark Knight, but it is still pretty stylish.
In this Batman, Adam West played Batman and Burt Ward played Robin. A recreation of the car and the original Batcycle were sold by RM Auctions in Palm Beach, Florida for $170,500. While this car is not technically advanced, it still sold for a high price, showing that a lot of love remains for the Batman TV series.
6 1970 Aston Martin DBS Sport from The Persuaders
The Aston Martin brand is one of the most iconic in history. Their cars define luxury. They have featured in 007 movies and songs have been named after them.
The '70s show The Persuaders used an Aston Martin DBS. The show is about a tough American named Danny Wilde (Tony Curtis) and an Englishman named Lord Brett Sinclair (Roger Moore) joining together to fight evil. The car was sold by Bonhams in Newport Pagnell, the United Kingdom for $897,267 in May 2014.
5 1969 Dodge Charger (General Lee) from The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard is about Luke Duke (Tom Wopat) and Cousin Bo Duke (John Schneider), who own an iconic car nicknamed General Lee. On more than one occasion, the Dodge Charger helped the Duke boys in their quest to cause trouble with the authorities in Hazzard County.
The Dodge Charger is a classic American muscle car. The General Lee model built for the show's 1997 reunion sold for $450,000 by Barrett-Jackson in January 2008. This car was able to sell for a high price because of the success of The Dukes of Hazzard franchise.
4 1976 Jaguar XJ12 C from The New Avengers
This show only ran for a bit over one year but the car used - a modified 1976 Jaguar XJ12 C - is just beautiful. In The New Avengers, we follow the adventures of John Steed, Purdey and Gambit as they help rid the world of monsters like giant mutated rats, large flocks of killer birds and monks.
This car sold for almost $100,000 in 2015. It was sold by H&H Classic Car Auctions at the Imperial War Museum in the United Kingdom. While this show only ran for one year, the Jaguar XJ12 C is still a valuable car, so it is no surprise that it sold for that much.
3 1977 Porsche 911S Coupe from The Bridge
The Bridge follows two detectives who are from different countries (Denmark and Sweden) that are pitted together to solve mysteries. Sofia Helin portrays Saga Norén, with the polish detective being tasked with investigating a murder that happened on a bridge that links the two countries.
The Bridge ran from 2011-2018 and the Porsche 911S Coupe was put up for auction in 2018, selling for just over $150,000. It was sold by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom. Porsche is one of the top car companies in the world so it is not a surprise that it would sell so high.
2 1984 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole from Magnum P.I.
Magnum P.I. ran from 1980-1988. It is about a private investigator from Hawaii named Magnum, played by Tom Selleck. In 2018, a remake starring Jay Hernandez as the new Magnum began to air, although this time he is an ex-Navy SEAL from Afghanistan.
The car sold for $181,500 in 2017. A regular Ferrari Quattrovalvole would cost around $55,000, but this car is special and was originally sold from the hit TV show back in the '80s.
1 1986 Ferrari Testarossa from Miami Vice
Miami Vice was an '80s show that exemplified the culture of the decade. The music, fashion, and sun-soaked Miami lifestyle displayed what it was like to live the high life back in the '80s.
The 1986 Ferrari Testarossa sold for $151,800 in 2017. This car was sold by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona. A regular used Ferrari Testarossa would cost you about $80,000 but this one was used on one of the most popular shows in America of all time.