Cars & Drivers: Match Famous Rides to the People Who Drove Them

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Cars can sometimes take on personalities of their own, both in entertainment and in real life. But how well do you know these iconic cars and the people who appeared behind the wheel?

In the "Transformers" film series, what kind of vehicle is Bumblebee?

Bumblebee in the "Transformers" film series is a yellow Chevrolet Camaro, though the car's styling changes slightly from movie to movie.

And as far as the "Transformers" mythology goes, is Bumblebee one of the good guys or is he one of the bad guys?

Bumblebee is a Transformer -- one of the good guys; however, he accidentally gets his human companion, Sam Witwicky (played by Shia LaBeouf), into a lot of trouble with his smart mouth.

What model year Volkswagen Beetle was the original Herbie?

Even though Lindsay Lohan took over driving duties in Disney's 2005 remake of the "Herbie" film, the original Beetle featured in the TV series was from 1963.

In what way was the "Herbie" television series somewhat unique among the other shows and movies discussed in the HowStuffWorks article "10 Famous Cars and the Drivers who Drove Them?"

While Herbie was indeed personified in the series, the personification of cars is a common characteristic of many TV shows and films -- even in 1963. However, Dean Jones was a standout for performing much of his own driving throughout the series, instead of using stunt drivers.

Who or what is the General Lee?

The General Lee is one of those cases in which the car was probably more significant than the people behind the wheel. During the course of "The Dukes of Hazzard" on-air run, the General Lee (a 1968/1969 Dodge Charger) claimed plenty of screen time and is still pretty well known -- even if the actors have faded into relative obscurity.

The Duke boys seemed to rush from one dangerous stunt to the next. How many Dodge Chargers were used to film all 145 television episodes?

Only a handful of the stunt cars used in the filming were known to survive the rigors of the action-packed episodes, so an actual surviving example of the General Lee tends to cause quite a stir in certain car-collecting circles.

Like a lot of action shows, "The Dukes of Hazzard" wasn't too concerned about the plot -- it served just to lead the Duke Cousins from one driving stunt to the next. So there were a few odd plot points. Among them:

Two cousins sharing a car might not be totally unheard of (but it is a little weird). How'd they decide who got to drive? And did they have a joint bank account to repair the constant crash damage?

The 1985 movie "Back to the Future" helped the ill-fated DeLorean DMC-12 earn a spot in pop culture history. But what happened to the DeLorean Motor Company?

Mercedes-Benz actually used gull-wing doors several decades before DeLorean. However, the timelessness of the design didn't help the DeLorean DMC-12 achieve strong sales, and the short-lived company shut down, even before the first "Back to the Future" film was released in 1985. Then, in 2008, an investor acquired the DeLorean Motor Company's aging inventory, which had been sitting around in a warehouse for about 25 years, and began building "new" cars out of the unused parts.

What was the key element of Doc Brown's DeLorean-based creation?

The flux capacitor is the key component that enables Doc Brown's time-travel machine to work.

True or false: Ever since Matthew Broderick starred in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" he's been dreaming of owning a 1961 Ferrari 250GT California Spyder.

False. Matthew Broderick has gone on record as saying that the replica car used for filming wasn't so "choice" -- it was actually quite unreliable.

So, in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," what kind of car was actually used to film the Ferrari scenes?

A modified MG was used to film the scenes when the Ferrari was on the road (and later, when it was destroyed), but the Ferrari shown in the garage scene close-ups was the real deal.

Who was driving O.J. Simpson's Ford Bronco during the famous televised police chase?

Al Cowlings was driving O.J.'s Bronco through the streets of Los Angeles while O.J. Simpson sat in the back seat. Although Simpson himself wasn't at the wheel, his white Ford Bronco instantly gained notoriety.

And how fast were they traveling during that chase?

The slow-speed chase, at just 35 miles per hour, made for perfect, extended live-coverage and prime-time viewing.

What was Further?

"The Merry Pranksters'" travels took place in a 1934 International Harvester (named "Further") that had been psychedelically painted -- and saw more than its fair share of adventures. Although Deadheads might be quick to point out that the first answer could also be true … well, that's got nothing to do with cars (other than the band's name -- which was inspired by the Pranksters' bus).

Steve McQueen was famous for driving the "Bullitt" Mustang during its well-known seven-minute chase scene. What was the other car involved in that chase?

The movie "Bullitt" was great promotion for Ford and its (relatively new) Mustang. The chase scene featuring the 1968 Mustang GT 390 and the 1968 Dodge Charger was almost like the Detroit muscle-car wars coming to life.

In the movie "Bullitt," what famous stunt driver did nearly all of Steve McQueen's on-screen stunts?

Unlike many actors, Steve McQueen actually had the skills to drive on-camera himself -- and even that wasn't enough for him. He took his driving skills to the streets and to the race tracks in his free time, too, both in cars and on motorcycles.

Elvis Presley was a car collector. But what kind of car was he most well-known for owning?

Elvis had quite the time with his ever-changing collection of Cadillacs -- it seemed like most of them didn't last very long. The pink ones were his favorites.

The best-known of Elvis' Cadillac cars was painted a custom color. What was the custom shade called?

The Elvis Rose-painted Cadillac was originally blue, but of course, Elvis couldn't be seen in that for too long.

What was so interesting about James Dean's car "Little Bastard," other than the fact that it belonged to James Dean?

The first two answers could also be true; however, a lot of Porsche cars owned by the rich and famous are highly modified. The truth is, "Little Bastard" certainly earned its nickname. Even after James Dean died in his beloved Porsche, it was rumored to be cursed, leaving a string of incidents (some documented, others less so) in its wake.

It's not unheard of for a famous actor to die in a car crash, although fans always have a hard time with the news. The James Dean situation was a little different, though. Why?

When James Dean was showing off the Porsche 550 Spyder to friends and family, Alec Guinness stated that he believed the young actor would die in the car within a week -- a prophecy that, unfortunately, came true. Dean's fatal crash happened exactly one week after that conversation.

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