The hero may get all the attention, but before we “ooh” over James Bond’s suave moves or “ahh” over the way the Ghostbusters so speedily reach their ghost-infested destination, we should take a moment to consider the essential question: Where would they be without their cars? Also: How cool would it be to drive their cars?
We’ve compiled a list of 15 awesome fictional cars, many of which we’d like to own ourselves:
15. Lightning McQueen
Not only is Lightning McQueen the star of his own movie, but he can also drive himself. And McQueen may look like your typical hotshot racecar; however he’s definitely more than a fancy engine. Undoubtedly, his racing skills will win a few NASCAR trophies, but he’d also be a pretty cool dude to hang out with, especially if he brings along his good friend Mater. We can even forgive him for his subpar sequel and for spinning off Planes if Disney would just promise to leave this world alone for a little while.
14. The Flintstones’ Flintmobile
Considering the Flintstones lived in the Stone Age, it’s pretty impressive that they’d already come up with the concept of a car. Admittedly, it wasn’t the most efficient, being made of stone and powered by feet (although it is definitely eco-friendly). But still, props to Fred Flinstone for dragging that thing to work every morning.
13. The Kart from Mario Kart
Go-karts are the heart and soul of one of Nintendo’s most cutthroat and competitive games. And imagine how convenient it would be if you could power-up your car in real life by simply driving over mushrooms and coins? Just make sure you watch out for those pesky banana peels.
12. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a flying car with pop-out wings that <<a href="http://youtu.be/ZTTzcXSLjhI">i>has its own song. Fantasmagorical! Speaking of flying cars…
11. The Flying Ford Anglia from Harry Potter
The Weasleys’ enchanted Muggle car ended up being pretty nifty in the Potter series when Ron and co. used it to bail Harry out of Privet Drive, and again when Harry and Ron took it for a spin to Hogwarts (minus the whole flying-into-the-Whomping-Willow part). Most importantly though, an enchanted flying car is pretty damn cool.
10. Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine
Where would the gang be without their groovy van? Where would they stash their scooby snacks? How would they get to all the mysteries that need solving? As a plus, the iconic van sports some spectacularly psychedelic lettering and flower-power inspired designs.
9. KITT from Knight Rider
David Hasselhoff’s techie, crime-fighting character was a lone ranger of sorts. Except for the fact that he had a little help from his sweet ride: KITT, an advanced, artificially intelligent and indestructible supercar that could also talk.
8. The Magic Schoolbus
Ms. Frizzle may have been a bit cuckoo (she did have a pet chameleon, after all), but I think we all wished we were in her class. Because, seriously, how cool were her field trips And the only reason they were so awesome was because she drove a bus with the inexplicable ability to transport the class wherever and whenever they please. A trip via magic bus has the potential to be dangerous, but in the words of Ms. Frizz: “Take chances, make mistakes and get messy!”
7. The Ghostbusters’ Ecto-1
Who you gonna call? No one, if the Ectomobile isn’t running. The Ecto-1 carries essential ghost-busting equipment and features a pull-out rack that holds everyone’s proton packs. The mishmash of gadgets on the roof rack was never explained in the films but is believed to include a radar, infrared sensors and satellite uplink. .
6. Speed Racer’s Mach 5
The sleek, specially designed Mach 5 had a set of pretty impressive features, including special grip tires, rotary saws, bullet- and crash-proof deflectors, extra-strength headlights, a periscope (for sub-aquatic adventures) and a homing robot.
5. Optimus Prime/ Peterbilt 379
Those slick blue flames say it all: Optimus Prime means business. And an added bonus: he can also switcheroo into a giant autobot. Luckily, however, Optimus uses his powers for good, righteously leading his fellow autobots and saving the earth from the evil Decepticons.
4. James Bond’s Aston Martin DB4
Sean Connery’s iconic Aston Martin from 1964’s Goldfinger is equipped with an array of snazzy gadgets, including machine guns, a bullet-proof shield and a revolving front number plate. Perfect for all of your Spying needs.
3. Herbie the Love Bug
Everyone’s favorite anthropomorphic VW Bug not only has the ability reach super high speeds and beat out racing competition, but Herbie is also totally willing to be your buddy. And who can ask for more than friendship?
2. The Batmobile
Batman’s badass car is arguably the coolest superhero vehicle out there. Which is why it would be awesome to take out for a spin. The most recent version from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy comes equipped with machine guns, rock-hard armor and remote control capabilities. Oh yeah, and an extra set of propane tanks that fuel a built-in rocket engine.
1. The DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future
Nothing really beats a car that time-travels, now does it? If Marty McFly and Doc Brown’s adventures through time are any indication, the DeLorean is guaranteed to offer all kinds of exciting adventures. Think of the possibilities! You could go back in time and hang out with historical icons like Albert Einstein or Mark Twain. Or zip into the future and check out who will become the next president. Or, maybe you just want to sneak into old Simon and Garfunkel shows.