5 Favorite Personified Cars on Television

The auto show is full of tricks and treats to excite and entice the audience- and while there’s plenty of new car technologies out there, nothing compares to seeing these in person. (Some of the most expensive cars in the world can be found here.)

From concept cars, to famous car models and the latest and greatest in technology, there is literally something there for everyone.

However, there might not be anything that entices and excites the auto show patron more than a real live car seen on TV- why is this? Because it shows that the technology may possibly be possible- and gives fans the dream that one day they can either touch, sit in, drive or possibly own a car to this caliber. Everyone wants a car that talks to them like KIT, right?

These iconic cars have been a hit on television and cause quite a stir when on display, so here are some of the most popular cars to ever grace the auto show and the small screen.

1. K.I.T (Knight Rider)

There isn’t a more iconic car in the history of television than the car from the classic TV show Knight Rider. This talking car debuted in 1982 as a Pontiac Trans Am. The slick looking, hairy chested Hasselhoff rode this super-smart computer for the entirety of the show. Knight Rider reappeared in 2008 as a Ford Shelby. While both cars have been big hits at the auto show, nothing quite tops that old 1982 Trans Am.

We may actually be taking steps towards having this become a reality. OnStar, as annoying as it might be, kind of talks to you, right? There’s also the ability to talk TO your car and have it dial or change the station for you. Not to mention, OnStar has abilities to read you your Facebook status out loud… like we really need that.

2. Starsky and Hutch – 1975 Ford Gran Torino

The show might have been a little too slick for the taste of many viewers, but while it was on the air, all anyone could really talk about was that great car they got to drive. The Ford Gran Torino was one of the best cars made in that decade and was the perfect car for looking cool and keeping the peace. There is no wonder why these two detectives never had trouble with the ladies.

Though I’m sure the car compliments their lady skills.

3. Batmobile – Modified 1955 Lincoln Futura Concept


There is nobody a kid wanted to be more than Batman. Not because of the tights he wore, but mostly for the fact that he got to drive the coolest car of all time. Since the original 1960s Batman, the Batmobile has seen significant changes, but to most auto show junkies, nothing gets the heart racing more than seeing the Caped Crusader’s ride roll in.

4. Dukes of Hazzard – 1969 Dodge Charger

The Dukes of Hazzard made the south famous for two things: the short shorts and the coolest car two good ole’ boys could ever drive. Painted with the confederate flag on the hood, this car signified the recklessness that made the Dukes of Hazzard a special show, and that this car was at the top of its class.

Seeing this car at a car show will definitely bring in the south- thought I’m not sure that particular demographic will be there. This could help.

5. The Green Hornet – 1966 Chrysler Crown Imperial

There is something about staring into those green tinted headlights that makes you feel safe in the world. For the Green Hornet, it was his transportation. For the rest of us, it’s the kind of car we want to own. It’s big, mean, and imposing.

Everything a car should be.

It makes you wonder why he ever fought crime at all. When it’s brought out for auto shows, it’s a question that never comes up.
These cars are not just stars of television, but rather symbols of the craftsmanship of American auto makers. They’ve taken a step out there to make a name for themselves that lasts long past the show or movie it was on.

The only thing that’s missing here is the batmobile. I’m not sure why this hasn’t made it into car shows (that I know of) but it certainly has made its way onto the Saratoga, NY strip during Americade. Awesome.

These cars are definitely worth displaying at the show.

What’s your favorite TV car? Post a comment and discuss.

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One Response to 5 Favorite Personified Cars on Television

  1. I’d add Nash Bridges ‘Cuda, Jim Rockford’s Firebird, & the RT66 Corvette. Too bad it’s only TV or I’d nominate McQueen’s Bullitt Mustang and Smokey Burt Reynold’s Firebird. That’s about it for great Detroit iron.