The Simpsons is one of the longest-running animated sitcoms to ever air on television, and the series has spawned a million-dollar theatrical release and spawned thousands of licensed products over its almost thirty-year run. The series shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. When it comes to The Simpsons, one of the hallmarks of the series has always been the vehicles that are displayed on the show, many of which are based on real-life vehicles. Homer Simpson, for example, has driven the same pink Cadillac for over three decades, and this is just one of the regular vehicles that have stayed consistent on the show.
With superstars such as Mike Tyson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and many others appearing on the series, it can be hard to see why the series wouldn’t try to incorporate some of the most modern and well-known vehicles on the road. The Simpsons as a series is constantly evolving, and the show just continues to increase in popularity with a whole new generation of fans turning in every Sunday to see what's going to happen next. While we might never see the end of The Simpsons, it's very interesting to see just how many different real-life vehicles have been featured on the show. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the real-life cars that made their way onto the series in one form or another and just what kind of interesting facts there are about them.
20 Mr. Burns's 1912 Stutz Bearcat
One of the running jokes on the show is Mr. Burns’s age, and his car of choice happens to be an equally old offering known as the "1912 Stutz Bearcat."
This one-of-a-kind car was, in fact, a real automobile for sale, and the car was a post-war sports car for many.
The 1912 Stutz Bearcat is a one-of-a-kind vehicle that's held its value to this day, and if you can get one, you'll be a really lucky buyer because those who know this car know its distinct value very well. (DuPont)
19 1919-1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8
When it comes to including real-life interesting cars, The Simpsons knows how to include them on the show, and one such example is the 1919-1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8. This one-of-a-kind car was another vehicle driven by Mr. Burns, and the car is a real vehicle. Made by the defunct Italian sports carmaker Isotta Fraschini, the Tipo 8 was able to achieve a top speed of 80 MPH— true feat at a time when most cars were still barely able to keep running. (DuPont)
18 1950 Mercury Woody Wagon
The Simpsons are just your average domestic family, and sometimes, when they go on an adventure, Homer’s pink Cadillac just isn’t up to the task any longer.
The 1950 Mercury Woody Wagon was featured in a few episodes, most notably where the Simpsons took a vacation to the beach.
The 1950 Mercury Woody Wagon is a classic staple of an early surfer wagon, and with the value on these models going up, it's hard to resist trying to purchase one just for the nostalgia. (DuPont)
17 1957 Chevy Bel-Air Sport Coupe
The 1957 Chevy Bel-Air Sports Coupe is such an iconic car that there's no wonder it would be featured on The Simpsons. The 1957 Chevy Bel-Air Sports Coupe is one of the more expensive classic cars that you can get, and it's with good reason. Being one of the domestic pastimes for the Chevrolet brand isn't an easy thing, and with all of the other bold domestic sedans that were released during this time period, it's pretty cool that The Simpsons chose the 1957 Chevy Bel-Air Sports Coupe. (DuPont)
16 1960 Cadillac Eldorado
There have been quite a few different Cadillac models to be featured on The Simpsons, with the main model being Homer Simpsons's pink Cadillac. Naturally, one of the most historic models would make its debut on the popular television show at some point, and that's the 1960 Cadillac Eldorado.
The 1960 Cadillac Eldorado is a standout car that's known for an elegant style that commands your attention when it takes off down the road.
And who could forget that the cars appeared in the popular movie “Casino” with Robert De Niro? (DuPont)
15 1961 Chevy Impala
Featured on another notable episode is the 1961 Chevy Impala, a car that needs no introduction. The 1961 Chevy Impala has been driven by quite a few characters on the show, including the famous Moe Szyslak. The 1961 Chevy Impala is, of course, one of the most notable models in the Impala timeline because it introduced the world to the big-block engine, and this was just one of the many enhancements that the 1961 Chevy Impala added to an already impressive array of options. (DuPont)
14 1968 Chevy Nova
Who can forget one of the most notable muscle cars around, the 1968 Chevy Nova?
Featured on a Simpsons episode with Snake Jailbird, the classic muscle car has an unmistakable style that's even noticeable in a cartoon.
The 1968 Chevy Nova is one of the most notable models in the Nova line because this was the model that combined a lightweight design with a big-block engine, giving a historic amount of power and resulting in a car that was both fun to drive and a lot more practical than the Camaro. (DuPont)
13 1970 Dodge Coronet
Mopar muscle cars have traditionally been some of the most notable cars on the road, and of course, there were a few notable Dodge models that were featured in The Simpsons series as well. The 1970 Dodge Coronet is a car that you really don’t hear a lot about these days, and that's exactly why the car made an appearance on The Simpsons. The car is realistic although highly unmemorable, and that's just how the creators of The Simpsons liked it to be. (DuPont)
12 1970-1973 Chevy Camaro Z28 with RS front (2nd gen)
When it comes to The Simpsons, there have been hundreds of different real-life vehicles that have been animated into the series.
One of the most common models to make its way into the series is the 1970-1973 Chevy Camaro Z28 with RS front (2nd gen), a car that exemplifies the GM muscle car like no other.
The 1970-1973 Chevy Camaro Z28 with RS front (2nd gen) is an excellent and powerful muscle car with a great style design and a decently appointed interior for its age. (DuPont)
11 1973 Buick Estate Wagon
Who could think about The Simpsons without thinking about the 1973 Buick Estate Wagon, a one-of-a-kind vehicle like no other? The car is driven by Marge Simpson at the beginning of every Simpsons episode. The 1973 Buick Estate Wagon is a one-of-a-kind vehicle that showed the world that the family station wagon could have style, and as with any Buick, the 1973 Buick Estate Wagon has a big and bold V8 engine that moves the car with authority. (DuPont)
10 1977-1984 Sedan Deville (5th gen)
One of the most notable cars to be featured on The Simpsons is the 1977-1984 Sedan Deville (5th gen), a car that's one of the most common Cadillac models on the road. Featured in quite a few episodes, the Sedan Deville is a domestic classic that's recognizable whether it's in an animated cartoon or on a regular television screen. The 1977-1984 Sedan Deville (5th gen) is an excellent car in every sense of the word and one of the coolest cars to be featured in a Simpsons episode for sure. (DuPont)
9 1987 Buick Skylark
Probably one of the more unique cars to grace a Simpsons episode was the 1987 Buick Skylark, a car that's generally well regarded by Buick aficionados. While The Simpsons has never been the pinnacle of animation, the one-of-a-kind 1987 Buick Skylark in this series looks excellent, to say the least.
In real life, the 1987 Buick Skylark was one of the best compact sellers for Buick.
The car remains popular on the used car market as a reliable mode of transportation. (DuPont)
8 1947 Ford Convertible
Another one-of-a-kind car that was featured in a Simpsons episode is the 1947 Ford Convertible, one of the original convertible models to be sold domestically. There was a time long before power convertible tops and ultra luxurious interiors when owning a convertible was all the rage. The 1947 Ford Convertible is a simple piece of automotive history and a car that, to say the least, definitely deserved its shot in a Simpsons episode, what with a unique style and a one-of-a-kind history behind it. (DuPont)
7 1990-1996 Chevy Caprice Wagon
The 1990-1996 Chevy Caprice Wagon is a one-of-a-kind car that's based on the Chevrolet Impala SS, and of course, this one-of-a-kind car had to be featured in a Simpsons episode.
The 1990-1996 Chevy Caprice Wagon was driven by Abe’s old friend at the nursing home, and you could plainly see what make and model this is.
The 1990-1996 Chevy Caprice Wagon is, by any standards, a great car with its smooth LT1 V8 engine and three rows of seating that gives this wagon more passenger room than a Suburban! (DuPont)
6 1961-1968 Amphicar
There was a time when a car was created that could travel through water and land, making for a revolutionary vehicle. This wasn’t just a Simpsons dream that was thought up for the episode; the 1961-1968 Amphicar was a real vehicle and is, in fact, one of the rarest vehicles that you can find. The 1961-1968 Amphicar has been featured on Jay Leno’s Garage and many other notable television shows and automotive publications, and this is a pretty unique and cool car to drive and explore. (DuPont)
5 1959-1961 Austin Healey 3000 Mark I
One thing about The Simpsons television series is that the creators actually do choose some pretty unique cars to feature in the episodes. The 1959-1961 Austin Healey 3000 Mark I is another pretty unique vehicle that was featured in an episode, and once again, this car actually does exist.
The 1959-1961 Austin Healey 3000 Mark I is a pretty unique car, by many standards, and although very rare, you can find these cars on the used secondary market.
The Austin Healey is definitely worth taking a look at. (DuPont)
4 Mercedes-Benz ML
Yes, you read this heading right. The Mercedes-Benz ML, the little German SUV that has been the hallmark of the Mercedes lineup since the start of the decade, was actually featured in a Simpsons episode. The Mercedes-Benz ML was Mercedes's first real foray into a compact SUV, and the model has been successful ever since. This is one of the many real-life cars that were animated and actually featured in a Simpsons episode, which is a pretty cool thing, to say the least. (DuPont)
3 BMW 7 Series (E23)
Featured in an episode when the series was just starting to get off of the ground, the BMW 7 Series (E23) is one of the most popular and reliable 7-Series models to date. With a huge following on the aftermarket for parts and modifications, it's no wonder that this car was featured on the series, as there's no doubt that one of the writers has owned one at some point. The BMW 7 Series (E23) is a cool car no matter how you slice it, and with the BMW badge behind it, there's no denying it provides a fun driving experience. (DuPont)
2 1930-1934 Bugatti Type 50
There's a running gag on The Simpsons with regard to Mr. Burns's age, and this is evident when you see his collection of vehicles. One of the vehicles that are owned by Mr. Burns is the 1930-1934 Bugatti Type 50.
This rare car is notable for being one of the first mass-produced Bugatti models to hit the market, and even back then, the car was extremely fast.
The 1930-1934 Bugatti Type 50 is a very rare car, and although you might not have seen one for sale, there are variations of this car that do exist although they're quite pricey. (DuPont)
1 1981 Chevy Camaro
Then, you have the notable exception of the 1981 Chevy Camaro, a car that's been featured in more than one Simpsons special. The 1981 Chevy Camaro was the second-generation Camaro that set out to change what the first-generation models had laid the groundwork for, and these are one of the most popular Camaro models on the road. When it comes to choosing a Camaro model, the 1981 Chevy Camaro is notable for having a powerful V8 engine and an easy-to-work-on chassis that make the car a breeze to upgrade. (DuPont)