Movies and television shows have the power to influence not just car buyers, but even car makers. When a company like Audi, for instance, gets their cars exclusively featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sales skyrocket. Everyone suddenly wants an Audi! The same can be said of classic cars from classic shows, like The General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard or the Striped Tomato from Starsky & Hutch.
When those cars were featured on their respective shows, everyone wanted to buy one. A film or TV show can affect everything from politics and fashion to the economy… and if you’re a car person, then it’s easy to see how a particular car was affected by a movie or TV show during a particular year. The General Lee, for instance, caused Dodge to continue making the same generation Charger for two extra years, when they’d planned to discontinue and redesign it much earlier. Such is the power of film and TV's influence.
Since movies and TV shows have such a huge impact on society, it makes sense that people would want to get their hands on some of the coolest cars out there. Many people living in a nostalgic realm have built perfect replicas of their favorite cars, like the Mach 5 from Speed Racer. Other cars are rarer and can only be had at auction, like the Aston Martin DB5 (from the James Bond films).
But many cars can be purchased for relatively cheap, and then transformed into whatever you want it to look like—that’s the beauty of car modifying. So if you want your own General Lee, you can make your own (if you’re committed enough)!
Here are 25 movie and TV cars you can buy in real life.
25 DeLorean DMC-12 (Back To The Future)
Perhaps the most famous movie car of all time, the DeLorean/Flux Capacitor from Back to the Future is indeed a real car, one that was debuted in the 1980s and was definitely not as powerful as it looked. They’re quite rare, seeing as they were only produced for about two years (1981-1983) before DeLorean closed down, and there are only about 8,500 in existence. But you can find them on places like Autotrader, for instance, or at classic car auctions, and they go for relatively cheap: a 1981 DMC-12 is available for under $20,000 on AutoTrader Classics as of this writing.
24 1970 Dodge Charger R/T (Fast And Furious)
Coming out of one of the biggest franchises of all time, and certainly in recent memory, is the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T featured in the Fast and Furious franchise. This car is driven by Dom Torreto, played by Vin Diesel. According to the movies’ lore, the 1970 Charger was kept in the Toretto family garage and was built by Dominic and his father in his youth. It is, of course, a highly modified version of the car, but you can find your own Charger, usually restored or semi-restored, for anywhere from $40,000 to $100,000 and up, depending on the features and condition the car is in.
23 1959 Cadillac Hearse “Ecto-1” (Ghostbusters)
Another highly modified car, at its base level, the Ecto-1 car from Ghostbusters which, stripped down, is really just a 1959 Cadillac Hearse. These cars are a bit rare these days, but you can find them on ClassicCars.com and other auction sites for around the $50,000 range. For the film, the hearse was converted to an ambulance, the same way pickup trucks are often modified into dump trucks, box trucks, cherry pickers, etc. This outdated car has 60-year-old safety standards and equipment, so even if you can afford one, you might be better off getting something a bit newer, unless you plan on making your own Ecto-1!
22 1982 Pontiac Firebird “K.I.T.T.” (Knight Rider)
The autonomous, speaking vehicle known as K.I.T.T. from the David Hasselhoff-starring show, Knight Rider, took many forms throughout the series, but the most popular and frequent form “he” took was as a 1982 Pontiac Firebird. The artificially intelligent Firebird was Michael Knight’s partner in fighting crime, and if you want your own K.I.T.T., the third generation Firebird (1982 to 1991) can be found on Autotrader. Currently, there are two: a red one in poor condition with 135,000 miles on the clock for $7,700, or a highly restored, K.I.T.T.-lookalike for $31,500 (with only 6 miles on the speedometer)!
21 Jeep Wrangler (Jurassic Park)
The most famous car from the first Jurassic Park is probably the Ford Explorer that was nearly destroyed by an angry T. Rex, but the most iconic and enduring car from the franchise is undoubtedly the Jeep Wrangler used by the park's staff. It’s probably endured because it’s easy for movie fans to replicate the paint scheme from the film. It’s not very difficult to find an early-1990s Wrangler these days. Car Gurus has plenty of 1990 Wranglers for around $4,000 to $7,000, or you can get a 1992 YJ Jeep Sahara Wrangler Jurassic Park replica for $10,000 from Roadtrippers.com!
20 1966 Batmobile Replica (Batman)
Fiberglass Freaks is a company specializing in custom made replicas, and their most popular model is the 1966 Batmobile Replica, which they’ve built perfectly to the standards of the 1960s Batman TV show, starring Adam West. Since each one is handbuilt, they’re very expensive and they come in multiple models. For instance, you can get the $120,000 replica of George Barris’ original, with a fuzzy finish, or a DC-licensed, 450-hp one for $185,000, or even the “XTREME” LX model with an LS Corvette crate engine, GM transmission, and souped-up Rear Gear for $260,000.
19 Aston Martin DBS (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service)
The Aston Martin DBS is one of the coolest—yet most unappreciated—Aston Martins of all time. It also just so happens to be the James Bond vehicle for one of the lesser-known Bonds of all time: George Lazenby. The 1969 film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, was the only one to feature Lazenby after Sean Connery made the decision to retire from the franchise following the release of the fifth Bond film, You Only Live Twice. The DBS was produced between 1967 to 1972, with only 787 ever made, so it’s an exceedingly rare car. There’s the $130,000 V12 model or there’s a classic, beat-up, late-1960s DBS on JamesEdition.com for $80,000.
18 Lotus Esprit (For Your Eyes Only & The Spy Who Loved Me)
The Lotus Esprit is another car that is considered one of the coolest cars from the franchise, especially in the early goings. It was one of the first deviations from Aston Martin for the franchise. There’s an entire generation of people who grew up loving the Esprit because they saw this car either skating in the Alps or underwater as a submarine in The Spy Who Loved Me. The car was designed in Italy and built in the UK and is surprisingly not that rare because it was built for a long time (1976-2004). You can find a 1980s version for around $30,000, though S1 (generation one) Esprits might run you upwards of $50,000 to $75,000.
17 Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger)
Probably the most recognized early-generation Bond vehicle of all time—and the car that was made famous by James Bond—is the Aston Martin DB5. It was produced only for two years, from 1963-1965, with just a little more than 1,000 out there. A special, modified version of this beautiful car first showed up in the third Bond film, Goldfinger, which is still arguably one of the best Bond films out there. Today, you won’t find a DB5 anywhere besides an auction, most likely, and when you do, expect them to fetch between $1 million and $2 million!
16 Toyota 2000GT (You Only Live Twice)
Sean Connery played James Bond in You Only Live Twice, which featured the Toyota 2000GT. This was during a time when Connery had to pretend to be Asian, so he drove Japan's equivalent of an E-Type Jaguar, so to speak. They made two of these cars for the film, which was the fifth in the franchise, and the last of Connery’s in the role (until he returned in 1971 for Diamonds Are Forever, and 1983 for Never Say Never Again). Classic 1967-1970 GT2000s typically sell at auction for between $500,000 and $1 million. So you might not be able to get one, but they ARE out there to own!
15 Mach 5 (Speed Racer)
One of the coolest cars that ever graced cartoons was the Mach 5 from Speed Racer. When it finally arrived in real life, nostalgic men who grew up in an earlier time rejoiced. And some even went off to make businesses creating their own replicas of the car. Mark Towle, for instance, turned his dream into reality, making road-legal Mach 5s from C4 Corvette bodies. And they look stunning. As Mark Towle told CorvetteOnline.com, “This is the car I wanted to build as a child.” And now he is, after getting the exclusive rights to build the car in the 1990s. The base model from Towle starts at $72,5000.
14 1966 Chrysler Imperial “Black Beauty” (The Green Hornet)
The Green Hornet’s Black Beauty was originally built as an exhibition car to promote the film. It was built with all the weapons tucked away inside its bodywork, electronically controlled via switches on the dash (at least in the film, seeing as that might be a bit illegal on real roads!). But, the car was built from a 1966 Chrysler Imperial, which is totally legal to own, and totally legal to transform into your own Black Beauty (sans rocket launchers and such). You can get any old 1966 Imperial for around $10,000 on AutoTrader, or you could get the George Barris replica (also on AutoTrader) for $125,000.
13 1966 Pontiac GTO (The Monkees)
The Monkeemobile is a modified Pontiac GTO (1966) that was designed and built by Dean Jeffries for The Monkees, a pop-rock band and the television program featuring them. The car features a tilted, split two-piece windshield, a touring car convertible top, modified rear panels, and front fenders, exaggerated tail lamps, four bucket seats, and an extra third-row bench where there was originally a trunk. You can buy this exact version from Michael Dezer’s historic car museum (where he also has some Bond cars), for $250,000, or you could buy your own 1966 Pontiac GTO for between $30,000 and $70,000 on AutoTrader.
12 1969 Dodge Charger “General Lee” (The Dukes Of Hazzard)
A model year younger than the Charger from Fast and Furious, and featured on a show that aired about 30 years before F&F, is the 1969 Dodge Charger—or “General Lee” as he's affectionately known—from The Dukes of Hazzard (which aired from 1979 to 1985). The 147-episode series feature the Duke boys, Bo and Luke, racing around in their customized 1969 Charger, evading the crooked county commissioner, Boss Hogg. The General Lee is one of the most famous cars in television history, and you can get a General Lee from Dezer’s collection for $60,000, or a 383 Magnum V8-powered 1969 Charger for between $50,000 to $150,000 on AutoTrader.
11 1964 Lincoln Continental (Inspector Gadget)
The Inspector Gadget franchise began in 1983, with a DIC animated TV series and with many spin-offs following. The series follows the adventures of the dimwitted cyborg police inspector (this is for those too young to know who he is), as he investigates the criminal schemes of Dr. Claw and his organization. The 1964 Lincoln Continental in Dezer’s collection is only $33,000, and was featured in both the first and second live-action Inspector Gadget films, or you could get one on Car Gurus for $15,000 to $70,000.
10 1963 Volkswagen Beetle (The Love Bug)
One of the most beloved cars in all of cinematic history is Herbie, the Love Bug, an autonomous, artificially intelligent, and (somehow) cute 1963 Volkswagen Beetle with a penchant for racing. The first 1968 film spawned a plethora of sequels (four of them), each featuring #53. Dezer owns a replica of the Beetle from Herbie: Fully Loaded, which is for sale for $32,000 (though the original VW Beetle from The Love Bug sold for $128,700 in 2018 at auction, making it the world’s most valuable Beetle. You can get a 1963 Beetle for around $4,000 to $30,000—the price is highly dependent on condition.
9 1966 Drag-U-La Coffin Car (The Munsters)
The Munsters was a popular sitcom that depicted a family of benign monsters, with a Frankenstein-like head of the household in Herman Munster, his vampire wife, and more. It ran concurrently with the similarly themed The Addams Family and achieved higher ratings in the Nielsen ratings, though it doesn’t have the same cult following as the latter. You can own the Munsters’ 1966 “Drag-U-La” Coffin car replica for around $42,000. It’s a hotrod owned by Butch Patrick, and he's selling it on eBay. It comes with a 400-hp Chevy engine and was built by well-known customizer Rucker Posey.
8 2015 Chevrolet Fast Attack (Furious 7)
Typically speaking, the Fast and Furious franchise uses awesome cars that people see on the road, though you might be hard pressed to remember the last time you saw a 2015 Chevrolet Fast Attack on the road! This unique, apocalyptic-looking car was featured in Furious 7 (arguably the best film of the long series) being driven by Jason Statham’s character, Deckard Shaw. Six of these awesome Hollywood vehicles were built for the movie, though only three survived. But you can have your own for as little as $30,000, complete with a customized, off-road chassis and a 5.3-liter LS1 engine. Currently, one resides in the Volo Auto Museum in Illinois.
7 1976 Ford Gran Torino (Starsky & Hutch)
Starsky & Hutch was another car-centric and excellent show from the 1970s that people remember fondly. So fondly, that plenty still spend time recreating the iconic car! The car in the show, nicknamed the “Striped Tomato,” was a 1976 Ford Gran Torino. Four of these cars were used for filming, and you can own one for $110,000, which isn’t too bad considering its rarity. But you can also get a cheaper model, for just around $5,000 to $20,000, depending on its condition, and then you can make your own customizations!
6 1975 Ford Interceptor (The Road Warrior)
Speaking of Mad Max, we’d be remiss to not include probably the most famous car from the post-apocalyptic series starter, The Road Warrior. The Mel Gibson-starring film was incredibly popular upon release, and it still is, as is the 1975 Ford Interceptor he drove. You can get a movie replica of this car for around $100,000, restored from the ground up, and road-warrior ready. It took over seven years to design and complete. Or you can get your own 1975 Interceptor (which is actually a modified Ford Falcon) for around $50,000 and can do whatever you want to it.
5 1972 Lincoln Continental (American Gangster)
American Gangster was an awesome movie starring the always-awesome Denzel Washington in a role that was perfect for him. As real-life gangster Frank Lucas, alongside Russell Crowe’s Richie Roberts, this film had it all. The car that Denzel drove in this, like the awesome 1979 Monte Carlo from Training Day, was epic. The 1972 Lincoln Continental sold at auction for a low price, after it was supposed to also star in The Green Hornet later, though it didn’t. You can get your own 1972 Continental for around $15,000 today, from places like AutoTrader.
4 1925 Ford Model T (Boardwalk Empire)
Boardwalk Empire was one of those shows that was incredibly well-received when it was first released, winning 20 Primetime Emmy Awards from 57 nominations, and a 2011 Golden Globe for Best Television Series in 2011—but it seems to almost be forgotten now. But we won’t forget Steve Buscemi’s Nucky Thompson or his 1925 Ford Model T. As the first mass-produced automobile, there are plenty of Model Ts on the market (though the 1925 was actually a LATE model because the car ended production in 1927). You can get one on AutoTrader for between $8,000 to $13,000.
3 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback S-Code GT Bullitt (Bullitt)
Bullitt was certainly one of those movies that is remembered less as a greatly plotted film, and more because of two particular reasons: Steve McQueen’s coolness factor and the iconic, groundbreaking, 13-minute car chase scene through the San Francisco streets. At the time, McQueen was driving a forest green 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback, which is now on sale for about $140,000. This isn’t actually the car from the movie, as those versions sold for seven figures. This one was built in 2014 for movie buffs and car collectors that just had to have this car.
2 1955 Chevrolet 150 (Two-Lane Blacktop)
Two-Lane Blacktop was a little-known 1971 road movie starring singer-songwriter James Taylor and Dennis Wilson, the drummer for the Beach Boys, that was named “movie of the year” by Esquire in 1971, though the film was not a commercial success. Since then, it’s become a counterculture cult classic. It’s notable as a “time capsule” film of US Route 66 during the pre-Interstate Highway era. The primer-gray 1955 Chevy is equally iconic and this 1,000-hp, V8-engined version from Fossil Cars is a tribute vehicle that sells for $150,000. A normal 1955 Chevy 150 runs between $70,000 to $100,000 on AutoTrader.
1 1966 Chevrolet G10 “Mystery Machine” (Scooby-Doo)
Probably the most recognizable car from TV of them all—and equally impressive because it was first shown as a cartoon—is the Mystery Machine from Scooby-Doo, which is really (probably) a 1966 Chevrolet G10 van. It’s probably the most replicated car on the planet, with real Mystery Machines spotted all over the place. Car builder Jerry Patrick built one out of a 1967 Dodge van, though others have built them out of Ford Econolines. As long as the color scheme is right, the type of van doesn’t really matter. There’s a $70,000 replica on Cars For Sale, or you can get a G10 for around $10,000.
Sources: Thrillist, Car and Drive, Autotrader, Car Gurus, and Corvette Online.