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

  • Ford Mustang
  • Chevy Camaro
  • Mack truck

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

  • Bumblebee hangs out with the Decepticons -- the bad guys.
  • Bumblebee is one of the Transformers -- the good guys.
  • Bumblebee is one of the Transformers -- the bad guys.

What model year Volkswagen Beetle was the original Herbie?

  • 1963
  • 1979
  • 2005

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?"

  • The car was personified, or treated as if it was its own character.
  • Herbie never appeared in cartoon form.
  • The lead actor in the series, Dean Jones, performed most of his own high-speed driving on camera.

Who or what is the General Lee?

  • a 1968 or 1969 Dodge Charger
  • a Civil War hero
  • the commissioner of Hazzard County

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?

  • Just a few -- the show was an early pioneer of CGI technology to make stunts look more realistic, which helped them save money on cars.
  • Just a few -- instead, they used dummy cars dressed up to look like real Dodge Chargers.
  • Several cars were destroyed during the filming of each episode, so … a lot.

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:

  • The Duke Cousins shared the General Lee.
  • The General Lee never ran out of gas.
  • The car was a different shade of orange in nearly every scene, which was apparently enough to confuse the Hazzard townsfolk -- that's how the Duke Cousins always escaped.

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?

  • It was purchased by Mercedes-Benz so they could use and license the gull-wing door design.
  • Nothing, because the car was never real. The DeLorean was made just for the movie, and the car company's history was an elaborate marketing scheme dreamed up by studio executives.
  • The company was bankrupt by 1982, yet the demand for the quirky cars remained high enough that there's still a way to buy a "new" 1982 DeLorean.

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

  • gull-wing doors
  • the flux capacitor
  • a lightning strike

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.

  • True
  • False
  • Who knows? Only the stunt drivers and the scruffy garage attendants actually got wheel time.

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

  • a modified MG
  • a modified Aston Martin
  • Cameron Frye's Alfa Romeo

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

  • O.J. Simpson
  • Al Cowlings, Simpson's friend and former NLF teammate
  • Robert Kardashian, Simpson's defense attorney

And how fast were they traveling during that chase?

  • about 35 miles per hour
  • about 100 miles per hour
  • So fast the news helicopters could barely keep up.

What was Further?

  • A band made up of former members of the Grateful Dead.
  • A Volkswagen Westfalia camper van.
  • An old International Harvester school 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?

  • a Chevy Camaro
  • a police car
  • a Dodge Charger

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

  • Steve McQueen
  • Evel Knievel
  • The Most Interesting Man in the World (on loan from Dos Equis)

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

  • a pink Cadillac
  • a blue suede Shoemaker
  • a white limousine

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

  • Mary Kay Pink
  • Crimson Crooner
  • Elvis Rose

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

  • It was a Porsche.
  • It was highly modified.
  • It seemed to cause death or bodily harm to anyone who came near it.

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?

  • Because James Dean was known for being extremely cautious -- he rarely took risks.
  • Because another actor predicted the crash and his death.
  • Because his death was foreshadowed in a scene in one of his earlier films.