When we published a slideshow about movie cars last June, readers politely pointed to our obvious inadequacies in the area of pop culture. How, they asked, could we have left out all of Batman’s cars? How could we have forgotten the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard? Or the Sunbeam Alpine from the television show Get Smart? Or numerous Pontiac GTOs from scores of different movies?
It was, in short, inexcusable. By way of apology, we now offer a second such slideshow. Here, we include three Batmobiles, two GTOs, two Sunbeams, a 1914 Model T, a ’48 Tucker, and others. Still, we know we’ve missed a few more, so we’ll brace ourselves for the next round of "suggestions."
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The television series Magnum PI used multiple Ferrari 308 GTS’s during its run, including models from 1978, 1980, and 1984. The Ferraris used in the show had to be specially modified to accommodate six-ft-four-inch actor Tom Selleck. Padding was removed from the seats so he could sit lower in the car, and the seats were bolted as far away from the steering wheel as possible to maximize leg room, according to the website magnum-mania.com. (Source: Wikipedia)
I did sometimes wonder about how that car jumped so perfectly. It would take an adjustment of the CG to do that. The only stunt that I have duplicated, sort of, is the driving on two wheels. But that was on a three-wheel plant vehicle, not a regular car. It is a challenge no matter what one does it in.
There was at least one scene where you can hear the passenger door, which was off camera, of the General Lee slam shut. The actors didn't climb through the windows when they were off camera- they simply opened the doors.
About 300 cars were destroyed making the series. The cars often didn't survive the jumps. They placed up to 600 lbs of weight in the trunk for the jumps, to prevent the car from nose diving.
I think we will find many of the cars in the next show will have come from George Barris. He did the TV Batmobile you included in this one. When he originally did the Batmobile it had an black electrostaticly applied fibre paint. It was fuzzy, because the fibers stuck straight out. They weren't long, but like the stuff you see drawers lined with in jewelry boxes. The idea was that at night it had no reflections. But the show gave up trying to fix Robbin's footprints in the fuzzy paint, and re-painted it glossy. I look forward to a 3rd show.
Several of my friends were always catching those little inconsistencies, which there were a few of them. It seems that one version of the General Lee had a rolll cage but the rest of them did not. At least that was what my friends claimed at the time.
Probably the very most impressive thing was once when the car did quite a jump, and it folded a bit when it landed, and then immediately was shown driving away. That would have been a super-car type of thing.
You desreve a Sharp Eye award for picking up on the AC compressor, William K. I certainly believe you (back then, Hollywood wasn't into realism), but you're the first I've ever heard who has said that.
The assertion was that they were driving a race car. At least that is what the narrator would often say. But seeing the AC compressor whenever the hood was opened made that rather hard to believe. Also, not using the doors gave them plenty of chances to do all sorts of acrobatic window stunts. The show was about as realistic as roadrunner and coyotey.
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