Monday, July 1, 2013

My favorite scifi cars

Lists like this circulate from time to time. They are popular because they appeal both to nerds and car people. Although I think that in all actuality, we can call them card nerds. So this is my list of sci-fi cars that I’d want to drive. I write this in the full realization that I have nerd like tendencies for various things, obviously including sci-fi, comics, and cars.

1966 Batmobile, Batman

There have been a few versions of the Batmobile, each more advanced hten the last, but the 1966 model from the TV series has the muscle car feel that I still prefer. It began its life as a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept.

DeLorean DMC-12 time machine, Back To The Future

Back To The Future made the car iconic. It’s a shame the guy that made the car made some really bad choices and killed any future the car could have had. It was only in production for two years but a new DeLorean company will rebuild you one out of old and new parts.

Mach 5, Speed Racer

Speed Racer, the movie, was a brilliant piece of bubble gum. The Mach 5 manifested into a very sleek and powerful looking machine. It’s a car with enough tech and gadgets that James Bond would find it very appealing.

KITT, Knight Rider

Michael Knight would have been nothing without KITT. Based on a 1982 Pontiac Trans Am, KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand) is a self aware AI program inside of a highly technologically sophisticated car. And for all those curious, KITT’s light bar was a nod to the Cylons of the original Battlestar Galactica series.

M4S, The Wraith

I doubt many people have seen The Wraith. The M4S concept is a real car that is very fast. It was designed by Dodge in 1986. It could go from 0-60 in 4.1 seconds and could hit 194 mph on a 500 hp four cylinder engine.

Pursuit Special, Mad Max

The car in Mad Max and Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior) is a customized 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT. These models were only produced in Australia but for the right money you can have one restored and shipped to you in its original form or even customized to look like the Interceptor.

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