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?
Bumblebee in the "Transformers" film series is a yellow Chevrolet Camaro, though the car's styling changes slightly from movie to movie.
Bumblebee is a Transformer -- one of the good guys; however, he accidentally gets his human companion, Sam Witwicky (played by Shia LaBeouf), into a lot of trouble with his smart mouth.
Even though Lindsay Lohan took over driving duties in Disney's 2005 remake of the "Herbie" film, the original Beetle featured in the TV series was from 1963.
While Herbie was indeed personified in the series, the personification of cars is a common characteristic of many TV shows and films -- even in 1963. However, Dean Jones was a standout for performing much of his own driving throughout the series, instead of using stunt drivers.
The General Lee is one of those cases in which the car was probably more significant than the people behind the wheel. During the course of "The Dukes of Hazzard" on-air run, the General Lee (a 1968/1969 Dodge Charger) claimed plenty of screen time and is still pretty well known -- even if the actors have faded into relative obscurity.
Only a handful of the stunt cars used in the filming were known to survive the rigors of the action-packed episodes, so an actual surviving example of the General Lee tends to cause quite a stir in certain car-collecting circles.
Two cousins sharing a car might not be totally unheard of (but it is a little weird). How'd they decide who got to drive? And did they have a joint bank account to repair the constant crash damage?
Mercedes-Benz actually used gull-wing doors several decades before DeLorean. However, the timelessness of the design didn't help the DeLorean DMC-12 achieve strong sales, and the short-lived company shut down, even before the first "Back to the Future" film was released in 1985. Then, in 2008, an investor acquired the DeLorean Motor Company's aging inventory, which had been sitting around in a warehouse for about 25 years, and began building "new" cars out of the unused parts.
The flux capacitor is the key component that enables Doc Brown's time-travel machine to work.
False. Matthew Broderick has gone on record as saying that the replica car used for filming wasn't so "choice" -- it was actually quite unreliable.
A modified MG was used to film the scenes when the Ferrari was on the road (and later, when it was destroyed), but the Ferrari shown in the garage scene close-ups was the real deal.
Al Cowlings was driving O.J.'s Bronco through the streets of Los Angeles while O.J. Simpson sat in the back seat. Although Simpson himself wasn't at the wheel, his white Ford Bronco instantly gained notoriety.
The slow-speed chase, at just 35 miles per hour, made for perfect, extended live-coverage and prime-time viewing.
"The Merry Pranksters'" travels took place in a 1934 International Harvester (named "Further") that had been psychedelically painted -- and saw more than its fair share of adventures. Although Deadheads might be quick to point out that the first answer could also be true … well, that's got nothing to do with cars (other than the band's name -- which was inspired by the Pranksters' bus).
The movie "Bullitt" was great promotion for Ford and its (relatively new) Mustang. The chase scene featuring the 1968 Mustang GT 390 and the 1968 Dodge Charger was almost like the Detroit muscle-car wars coming to life.
Unlike many actors, Steve McQueen actually had the skills to drive on-camera himself -- and even that wasn't enough for him. He took his driving skills to the streets and to the race tracks in his free time, too, both in cars and on motorcycles.
Elvis had quite the time with his ever-changing collection of Cadillacs -- it seemed like most of them didn't last very long. The pink ones were his favorites.
The Elvis Rose-painted Cadillac was originally blue, but of course, Elvis couldn't be seen in that for too long.
The first two answers could also be true; however, a lot of Porsche cars owned by the rich and famous are highly modified. The truth is, "Little Bastard" certainly earned its nickname. Even after James Dean died in his beloved Porsche, it was rumored to be cursed, leaving a string of incidents (some documented, others less so) in its wake.
When James Dean was showing off the Porsche 550 Spyder to friends and family, Alec Guinness stated that he believed the young actor would die in the car within a week -- a prophecy that, unfortunately, came true. Dean's fatal crash happened exactly one week after that conversation.