ACTOR JAMES GARNER OF "THE ROCKFORD FILES" FAME ( AND MANY OTHERS ), HAD PASSED AWAY AT AGE 86. AN ACCOMPLISHED ACTOR, HE WAS ALSO A RACE CAR DRIVER AS WELL AS A STUNT DRIVER, DOING MANY OF HIS OWN DRINING STUNTS ON HIS TV DETECTIVE SERIES.....WITH THAT, WE PRESENT THE:
TOP 10: TV CARS...EVER !
1. 1966 Batmobile (aka 1955 Lincoln Futura Concept) from “Batman”- This iconic machine began life as the 1955 Lincoln Futura Concept, which was handcrafted in Italy and cost a blistering $250,000 to create. In 1965 the producers of "Batman" asked George Barris to create the very first Batmobile, and he instinctively looked to the Futura.
2. 1975 Pontiac Firebird Esprit from “The Rockford Files”- It's still one of the most memorable rides to come over the airwaves. Clips of the Coppermine Gold Poncho chasing down or running away from hoodlums and the occasional hero are some the best ever captured on video
3. 1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser from “That 70’s Show”- If that massive station wagon's single-piece skylight isn't enough to convince you this is one of the coolest rides on the airwaves, the stout 350 ci V8 engine under the hood should be.
4. 1969 Dodge Charger from “The Dukes of Hazzard” - It's hard to find an exact figure for the number of cars the show's stunt crew wrecked while the series was on the air, but estimates range from 301 to 329. The car was as central to "The Dukes of Hazzard" as any main character, and the production crew broke a number of jump records during filming.
5. 1983 Ferrari 308 GTS from “Magnum P.I.”- More than 12,000 copies of the 308 GTS were made by Ferrari, making it one of the most popular models the Italian automaker has ever produced. This Ferrari remains one of the coolest rides on TV.
6. 1983 GMC G15 Van from “The A-Team”- While still not quite cool enough to overcome the creepiness of four grown men rolling around in a windowless van, we pity the fool who thinks this van is anything less than awesome.
7. 1975 Ford Gran Torino from “Starsky and Hutch”- Powered by a stout 351 ci V8 with a healthy 250 horsepower, "Starsky and Hutch" was a kick in the pants for Torino sales. Ford even produced 1,000 special-edition models of the car with the iconic red-and-white paint scheme to commemorate the show.
8. 1951 Ford F1 from “Sanford and Son”- While not as centrally important to the plot of the show as some of the other vehicles on our list, the truck on "Sanford and Son" was nearly a permanent part of the set.
9. 1986 Ferrari Testarossa from “Miami Vice” - Ferrari offered to supply the show with not one, but two 1986 Ferrari Testarossas. The white one became the symbol of the "Why, yes, I do have more money than you" generation. **
10. 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am from “Knight Rider” - With an arsenal of crime-fighting technology on board and a super-cool "Turbo Boost" option, the car could vault over obstacles, drive through a hail of bullets and generally thwart the bad guys at every turn.