“I believe it’s time for a strategic withdrawal!” So says the famous computerized voice of a black sports car that’s better known as KITT, or Knight Industries Three Thousand, the smart, chatty car in “Knight Rider.”
Most Hollywood cars don’t speak, but there are plenty of other examples that are equally famous. There’s that blaze of orange that the Duke boys used to blast along the backroads of the Deep South. There are the countless sleek beasts that 007 – James Bond – drove in order to dazzle foes and females alike. Do you remember the one car model that’s nearly as famous as the man himself? You can prove it by steering yourself through our famous car quiz!
Not all TV and movie cars are fancy … or even cool. Or maybe you don’t remember that rust bucket that The Dude clunked around in during “The Big Lebowski.” And although Garth and his little blue car were equally adorable in “Wayne’s World,” they weren’t exactly cool. Do you remember the hilarious paint job on Garth’s car?
From “Speed Racer” to “Ghostbusters,” and a whole lot more, Hollywood leans heavily on vehicles to grab an audience’s attention. Can you burn rubber through this car quiz ... or will the wheels fall off once the light turns green?
Luke rode shotgun, Bo was behind the wheel. But no matter who was driving the orange General Lee -- from "The Dukes of Hazzard" -- it is easily one of the most recognizable cars in Hollywood history.
In "Bullitt," Lt. Frank Bullitt is harried on the streets of San Francisco in one of the most famous car chase scenes in movie history. The bad guys drove Dodge Chargers … but our hero cop drove a 1968 390 V8 Ford Mustang GT Fastback.
How else would a private eye cruise around in Hawaii? In the TV show "Magnum P.I." Tom Selleck made the 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS a true cultural icon.
Rarely has a movie so closely linked a fictional character to a real-world car. In "Goldfinger," James Bond has an Aston Martin DB5, and with the film's amazing box office success, the company basked in the nonstop worldwide exposure.
In "National Lampoon's Vacation," Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) reluctantly packs his family into an eyesore of a car called the Wagon Queen Family Truckster. No wood-paneled station wagon has ever looked quite the same.
In "Knight Rider," Michael Knight is a hero who burns rubber chasing criminals in KITT, an incredibly advanced supercar. The first incarnation of KITT was based on a 1982 Pontiac Firebird.
In "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," the title character twists his friend's arm, and they go cruising in his father's "borrowed" 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California. At the end of the movie, they attempt to roll back the odometer … and accidentally destroy the red beauty.
When they start their otherworldy business, the Ghostbusters are broke, so they settle on a dilapidated 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor as the company vehicle. They transform the rusting hulk into the epic Ecto-1.
In the 1970s, two California TV detectives named Starsky & Hutch chase criminals in their Ford Gran Torino. The car was famously gaudy, featuring bright red paint and a bold white slash.
If you're going to turn a car into a time machine, it needs to look at least a little bit cool. In "Back to the Future," the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 fit the bill, and Marty McFly uses the car on his frantic quest. In real life, the DeLorean is known as a clunker.
Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise) is a NASCAR driver who takes the wheel of a racy version of a Chevy Lumina. In his gaudy Lumina, Trickle scorches the track and wins the biggest race of his life.
Actor Burt Reynolds was Bo in "Smokey and The Bandit," and he zips around in his 1977 Pontiac Trans Am, purposely drawing the attention of cops … so that a semi can sneak its illegal cargo across state lines.
Fred Jones is the blond star of "Scooby-Doo," and he's the proud owner of the Mystery Machine, a blocky, colorful van with big orange flowers for decoration.
In "The Blues Brothers," Elwood Blues buys a 1974 Dodge Monaco (with a "cop motor") and it becomes the legendary Bluesmobile, which engages in a plethora of high-speed chases and somehow flies through the air without any real explanation.
In "The Graduate," Ben Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) is fresh out of college and can't make up his mind between a hot young woman and her equally beautiful mom. Along the way, he drives around in his bright red Alfa Romeo Spider 1600.
Given the number of White Russians he's guzzled, he probably shouldn't even be behind the wheel, but there you have it -- in "The Big Lebowski," The Dude creeps along the streets of Southern California in his rusted Ford Gran Torino.
James Bond has been spotted driving a lot of famous cars, but in 1971's "Diamonds Are Forever," he spins around in a 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1.
Near the end of "American Grafitti," Bob Falfa (Harrison Ford) picks up Laurie in his black 1955 Chevrolet One-Fifty Coupe and then sets off on an ill-advised drag race. He wrecks the car and he and Laurie barely escape with their lives.
Jill Rivers and Marcie Thatcher are two gorgeous women who blaze across America in their black Lamborghini Countach in "Cannonball Run." When the cops pull them over, they flash their flesh to make sure they don't receive citations for speeding.
In "The A-Team" TV series, grumpy B.A. Baracus loved his black-and-red GMC Vandura. It was big enough to haul a team of mercenaries and their heaping pile of automatic weapons.
As the outcast of "Christine," Arnie Cunningham gets more and more attached to his 1958 Plymouth Fury. The car becomes possessed by an evil spirit … and it goes on a bloody rampage.
As the original "Mad Max" reaches its bloody climax, Max zooms recklessly through the apocalyptic landscape in his V8 Interceptor. The car was a heavily-modified 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT Hardtop.
In the first "Austin Powers" movie, the title character picks up lovely ladies in his "Shaguar," a 1961 Jaguar E-Type roadster. In real life, the car is an iconic, fast, sleek coupe that's coveted by collectors around the world.
In "Thelma & Louise," our two heroines decide to take an adventurous road trip in a 1966 Ford Thunderbird. Their crazy joyride ends with them careening into the Grand Canyon.
In "Wayne's World," Wayne's friend Garth has the wheels, and are they ever hot -- the car is an AMC Pacer, painted bright blue and with flames arcing along the doors.
In "Little Miss Sunshine," Richard Hoover hauls his family on a disjointed road trip in a yellow Volkswagen Type 2 van. The van is in shambles and won't start until the family manually pushes it to a speed of more than 20 MPH.
In "The Muppet Movie," Fozzie Bear's uncle is nice enough to give him an old two-door Studebaker. The car had an unmistakable bullet-shaped nose.
In the original "Iron Man" film, rich guy Tony Stark cruises in style thanks to his Audi R8. The German car maker liberally sprinkles its vehicles in the popular movie series.
In the early days of "Miami Vice," detective Sonny Crockett drove a black Ferrari Daytona Spyder. Sadly, the bad guys blew up the car with a Stinger missile.
In "Get Shorty," John Travolta is Chili Palmer, who cruises around in his Oldsmobile Silhouette. He calls it "the Cadillac of minivans" with a straight face and then triggers the sliding rear door with a remote control.