Top 10 Movie Cars of All Time: Part 2

To recap, our grading system includes 100 possible points and takes into account a car’s customization (40 possible points), its coolness (30 possible points), and its thematic relevance in its respective TV show or movie (30 possible points). If you missed it, you can check out Part 1 of our rankings here. Without further ado, our fab five…

4. General Lee (The Dukes of Hazzard); 1969 Dodge Charger

General Lee

  1. Customization: The General dawns a custom orange and navy paint job that includes a roof mounted Confederate flag. If that’s not Southern enough, it also flaunts a horn that plays ‘Dixie’! True to its racing inspired roots, the Lee also sports welded doors and a glasspack muffler. Hoo ah! (30/40)
  2. Cool Factor: The General’s inoperable racing doors require the Duke Cousins to dive in through the front windows (a move that most children of the 80’s have wounded themselves attempting). And roughly once per episode the Lee soars over a jump that puts Road Runner cartoons (or Michael Bay flicks) to shame. (28/30)
  3. Thematic Relevance: As its military-macho name suggests, General Lee plays a central role throughout the Dukes of Hazzard TV series, since episodes are usually based on the premise that the Cousins Duke are racing from the law, to the law, or across county lines, Curtis Turner be damned. (29/30)

Total Score: 87 Points

4. B.A.’s Van (The A Team); 1983 GMC Vandura G-15

BA Van

  1. Customization: The A Team van sports a custom grey and black paint job with red stripe, and custom red turbine mag wheels. The ride also features quad tip exhaust, a custom rear spoiler, mobile television and radio, heavy duty rear air shocks, front brush guards, fog lights, white bucket seats, and shag carpeting. More exotic options include a gun rack, a mini printing press, and audio surveillance equipment. (32/40)
  2. Cool Factor: B.A. Baracus is the coolest member of the A Team, a fact that’s solidified every time he shot puts a bad guy 30 feet through the air (as if the mohawk and chains aren’t cool enough). As a former military mechanic, B.A.’s responsible for customizing and repairing the van, and he gifts it some serious swagger. (30/30)
  3. Thematic Relevance: B.A.’s van serves as a mobile office for various stake-outs and intelligence missions, and as an offensive assault vehicle for many special operations. If the Team’s taking fire, the van’s not far off. It’s taken more bullets than RoboCop. (25/30)

Total Score: 87 Points

3. The Pursuit Special / The Interceptor (Mad Max); 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT

Pursuit Special

  1. Customization: The Pursuit Special includes a customized fiberglass Arcadipane front nosecone (later marketed as the Concorde option), eight individual side exhaust pipes and a hood extruding supercharger and blower. Max’s ride also includes aggressive roof and hood mounted spoilers. (35/40)
  2. Cool Factor: With ample torque to catch any foe from behind, and with Mad Max at the helm, the Interceptor is not a welcome sight for bad guys. We considered counting how many villains the Pursuit Special runs off the road, but we don’t remember scientific notation. To borrow from the late great King of Pop, this car is bad. (29/30)
  3. Thematic Relevance: Before his wife is killed, Max’s boss tries to use the PS to incentivize him to stay on the force. After his wife is murdered, Max doesn’t hesitate to use the Interceptor to exact revenge on the biker gang that killed her, or to take out other bad guys that cross the Interceptor’s path (remind you of another revenge driven Mel movie?). The Pursuit Special is bad like Max is mad. (27/30)

Total Score: 91 Points

2. Knight Industries Two Thousand (Knight Rider); 1982 Pontiac Trans Am


  1. Customization: KITT possesses Turbo Boost (rear mounted undercarriage rocket motors and a Trajectory Guidance System), an anamorphic equalizer (a front mounted scanner bar that allows it to see), and Tri-Helical Plasteel 1000 MBS (molecular-bonded shell armor that is invulnerable to diamond headed drills, small arms fire, and probably Starbucks coffee). An abridged list of KITT’s coolest features: ski mode (driving on two wheels), silent mode, a money dispenser (Rep. Ron Paul does not approve), laser weaponry, a flame thrower, a tear gas launcher, ultra-magnesium flares and launcher, a front seat ejection system, oil jets, smoke screening jets, and SONAR. (40/40)
  2. Cool Factor: As cool as KITT is, let’s not forget who’s behind the wheel. (29/30)
  3. Thematic Relevance: KITT is an advanced super computer on wheels that possesses self-aware cybernetic logic that allows it to think, learn, interact with humans, and drive itself. Throughout the series KITT displays a sensitive personality and a delicate ego, both of which contrast with its unflappable co-star, The Hoff. (30/30)

Total Score: 99 Points

1. The Time Machine (Back to the Future); 1981 DeLorean DMC-12

Time Machine

  1. Customization: The Time Machine includes a flux capacitor (three flashing Geissler style tubes arranged in Y formation), a rear mounted Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor (a device for converting waste to power), the ability to pass through the space time continuum, and a bevy of interior gauges and exterior devices to support fourth dimension functionality. (40/40)
  2. Cool Factor: Two of the most intriguing characters of the 80’s are John DeLorean and Doc Brown, and the Time Machine is equal parts both dudes. From the stainless steel skin to the gull wing doors, the DeLorean is uniquely gorgeous; add the time travel package, and you have the ultimate marriage of automotive form and function. (30/30)
  3. Relevance: The Time Machine is a seeming curse of science that creates a steady stream of cosmic threats. But ultimately, it’s a vehicle for exploration of fortitude, family and fate that fuses the backbone of the Back to the Future franchise. And, it’s our top customized car of all-time. (30/30)

Total Score: 100 Points

So there you have it, the top ten movie cars of all time. Period. End of story. Do you agree? Did we leave someone out? Let us know, tweet in our general direction @tred.


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