Five notable TV cars
According to Old School 1980s, today marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of "Knight Rider," about a do-gooder and his heroic talking car.
In honor of the anniversary, here are a look at five notable TV cars.
KITT was a customized Pontiac Trans Am. In the show, he served as essentially the sidekick to Michael Knight, played by David Hasselhoff, often providing insight and advice. "Knight Rider" debuted on NBC on Sept 26, 1982. It ran four seasons with 90 episodes.
The Mach Five
The Mach Five is the super-fast supercar in the 1967 anime series "Speed Racer." It features wild adaptations including cutting blades and an underwater mode.
“Speed Racer” is the English adaptation of the Japanese anime “Mach GoGoGo.” Speed Racer is a young hotshot driver who competes in races around the world, and often gets entangled in action-packed adventures. Racer X, Speed’s closest competitor, is secretly Speed’s brother Rex, thought dead. “Speed Racer” was one of the first cartoon series to bring anime to the United States.
The General Lee
The General Lee was a 1969 Dodge Charger featured in the TV show "Dukes of Hazzard." At the time, the General appeared in nearly all of the 147 episodes of the seven seasons from 1979-1985, even sticking around when original cousins Bo and Luke were temporarily replaced by Coy and Vance. The Confederate flag topping the vehicle and the name General Lee engendered controversy years after the show ended. In 2015, Warner Bros.’ consumer division announced it would stop licensing toy cars and models featuring the General Lee with the Confederate flag on its roof.
Batman as played by Adam West had one of the coolest cars of the 1960s, driving the Batmobile in the 1966-1968 TV series based on the comic-book hero.
The Mystery Machine
This 1960s-era panel van owned by Fred is the main mode of transportation for Mystery, Inc., the teen crimesolvers including Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and the canine detective Scooby-Doo. The long-running "Scooby-Doo" cartoons ran in a variety of formats from 1969 to 1986, and has returned in multiple incarnations, including live-action films, since.