Wednesday, November 2, 2011

5 of the Strangest Cars From Pop Culture

Films with fast car chases are a dime a dozen. Films with AMC Pacers, fur covered Econoline vans, and 1950s Cadillac ambulances aren't quite so common. We've put together a list of the top five most bizarre cars in film history.
AMC Pacer

1976 AMC Pacer from "Wayne's World"

The Mirthmobile is a sky-blue AMC Pacer featured in the classic 1992 film "Wayne's World." The Pacer belongs to Garth and it is equipped with a liquorice dispenser, flame decals, a full bar tap, and a CD player with a cassette adaptor! It even has mismatched wheels and tires. Perhaps the best scene in the film takes place in the Mirthmobile: the opening sequence, which features the main characters singing along to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.
Ghostbusters ECTO-1

1959 Cadillac Ambulance from "Ghostbusters"

The Ecto-1 Ghostbusters car was built by Miller-Meteor from the chassis of a 1959 Cadillac. The vehicle held all kinds of ghost busting material including proton packs, ecto goggles, PKE meters, and a number of other ghost traps and supplies. In the second "Ghostbusters" film the car was spewing smoke and backfiring. This was not made by using special effects. The car was actually in poor condition and it ended up dying on the Brooklyn Bridge and was blocking traffic during production.







1973 Ford Falcon from "The Road Warrior"

The most famous vehicle driven by Max in "The Road Warrior" is called the Pursuit Special. It is a black 1973 Ford XB Falcon Hardtop (GT351 version). After the first film was completed, the film's production company put the car up for sale but there were no buyers so it was given to film mechanic Murray Smith. Mad Max director George Miller managed to purchase the car back for "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior." It is currently located at the Cars of the Stars Motor Museum but the museum has recently closed so it is uncertain where the Pursuit Special will go now.
dumb and dumber van

1984 Ford Econoline from "Dumb & Dumber"

The Mutts Cutts van is a 1984 Ford Econoline with a 114 horse power 4.9 litre six-cylinder engine and a three-speed automatic transmission. It was featured in "Dumb & Dumber" and if you've seen the film you won't soon forget the "dog car" as it is often called. To watch the Mockingbird scene from Dumb and Dumber click here. If you're sensitive to terrible singing then you might want to pass on that YouTube clip.
De Lorean DMC-12 @ AKIBA

1981 DeLorean DMC-12 from "Back to the Future"

You don't get any more strange or memorable than the Delorean from "Back to the Future." It was featured in all three films in the popular trilogy and it was a heavily modified version of the DMC-12. Its main modification was its flux capacitor, which was one of the core components in allowing the vehicle to time travel. It has been more than 25 years since the first "Back to the Future" film came out and we're still no closer to time travel! Where is Doc Brown when you need him?

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