Film and television are great sources of entertainment. Whether you are watching a film with your family or spending some time by yourself. Our passion for motors in evident and there are many films and TV shows that understand that. They use vehicles as props to enhance comedy or maybe even to go time travelling. Our favourite thing about fictional stories is that they can create any concept and make it real in their world. We are going to share some of our favourite vehicles from iconic films and TV shows.
The first one on the list is Herbie. Herbie is a special vehicle because it has been used by Disney in six of their films. He’s a car that is known for having a 53 sticker on his bonnet. His blue, white and red racing stripes down the side are also an iconic feature. Herbie was used in films between 1968 and 2005 and featured in The Love Bug, Herbie Rides Again, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, Herbie Goes Bananas, The Love Bug (sequel/remake) and Herbie Fully Loaded. The loveliest thing about the character/prop of Herbie is that he’s been used throughout different generations, so people of all ages will be able to reminisce. Parents might remember the original The Love Bug film and their kids might be familiar with the remake – but the one thing that stays the same is the car (Herbie).
Another vehicle that has had commercial success is the Back to The Future car. It’s a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 that was first used by the classic family film in 1985. This prop demonstrates how vehicles are used in the film to exaggerate reality. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) manages to travel back in time with this vehicle to 1955 – this film was ambitious as it’s 2018 and cars still can’t double up as time machines (yet)!
Fun fact: The DeLorean DMC-12 was produced in Northern Ireland between 1981 and 1983. It quickly became the face of this film franchise and was used throughout the trilogy!
One of the most famous British comedy TV shows is Mr Bean. This comes to no surprise as it is very funny. Mr Bean drives an iconic 1977 British Leyland Mini Cooper 1000 Mark 4 that’s bright green and features a matte black bonnet. The green Mini was part of Mr Bean’s identity and really did contribute to the quirkiness of his character. Mr Bean would often use his car to as part of his physical comedy as the show has very little speech featured on it. Mr Bean was known for getting into some antics with his car including getting changed in the car while driving. Another one was when he locked it with a padlock. However, one of his finest moments was avoiding paying car park fees by trying to leave the car park through the entrance!
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