Welcome to the Powet Top Five, where we subjectively list the best of the best (or the worst of the worst) from the worlds of movies, games, comics, and toys.
In our first installment, in honor of The Dark Knight, I’m going to show you what I think are the top 5 fictional cars used in movies. If you think I missed one, leave a comment!
When Batman Begins required a realisitc reboot of Bruce Wayne’s alter-ego, they made the drastic move of changing everything about the Batmobile. Previous incarnations, used in the Adam West TV series and in the 1989 Michael Keaton Batman movie, were nothing short of stylish and certainly fit in with the times and style of the movies themselves. What makes the Tumbler cooler than the rest is its an actual working car. Built from scratch with a Chevy 350 V8 engine, this gigantic beast does everything you’d expect from the movie version except use live ammo or jump across buildings. It will tear up a track better than any other Batmobile (top speed of the 89 Batmobile is said to be roughly 30 miles per hour), reaching speeds of 100 MPH on the highway chase scenes.
Is it practical? No way. Just because it works like it should doesn’t mean its a good daily driver, as its massive with limited visibility for the driver. Parallel parking would be a nightmare… of course you could just crush other cars and park where you want.
The Blues Mobile.
In the 1980 film The Blues Brothers, Dan Aykroyd as Elwood Blues picks up his brother Jake from Joliet prison in a de-commissioned police cruiser. Jake is insulted and furious until Elwood shows him what the car can do. Throughout the film, the car travels at top speed evading the Illinois Highway Patrol, Carrie Fisher, and The Nazi Party in style, exhibiting mythical and supernatural powers, as well as keeping the band on the road. The Blues Brothers were on a mission from God, and God gave them a hell of a car.
Is it practical? Sure! Fictional powers aside, the 1974 Dodge Monaco was a reliable vehicle for the day, and though a police cruiser has been put through the paces, its also been well maintained. Certainly something to drive to smokey bars and clubs in search of good music.
There was no shortage of cool cars in the 2007 Transformers movie, and though tooling around in Optimus Prime’s custom Peterbilt cab or cruising the sleek Pontiac Solstice GXP as Jazz would be fun, Bumblebee as the concept for the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro is the perfect balance a muscular sports car, while still having some practical utility. And he’s got satellite radio standard! Add on the fact that the car turns into a giant robot armed for hand to hand combat and gun fights, Bumblebee is the Autobot to beat in Transformers. His rise to fame in the 1984 series as a VW Beetle may hold dear to nostalgic fans, but the Camaro is a lot more car than the old busted Beetle.
Is it practical? Yellow is a startling color and sure to attract some radar guns, and with the LS3 V8 Engine, you’d easily earn those speeding tickets. How does young Sam Witwicky insure this car anyway? Or even register it? Does this alien concept car have a VIN?
Dan Aykroyd knows how to pick them. In Ghostbusters when the team first starts out with their new headquarters Aykroyd as Dr Ray Stantz arrives in a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Ambulance. Though it has many technical issues, its upgraded and painted into the now infamous Ghostbusting ECTO-1. When the siren rings, the Ghostbusters race all across New York taking care of spooks, spectres, and goblins. Dr Peter Venkman famously announces “No job is too big, no fee is too big!” and it would require hefty fees to keep up the aging ECTO-1 with brutal daily New York traffic.
Is it practical? At the time the Cadillac was 25 years old, and now its close to 50 years old! This would be one for autoshows and thats it. Keep intact all the Ghostbuster gear, and you’ll probably end up the subject of a Department Of Homeland Security investigation given the 4 un-licensed nuclear accelorators hiding in the wagon’s cargo area.
The Delorean Time Machine.
In 1955 Dr. Emmett Brown invented the Flux Capacitor, which makes time travel possible. In 1985 he finally successfully tests the device, attaching it to a DMC-12, sending his dog Einstein one minute into the future. The stainless steel body makes it the ideal vehicle to withstand the rigors of time travel, as his protege Marty Mcfly found when he traveled to 1955 himself. In 2015 Doc Brown had a hover conversion applied (allowing the car to fly) and a device called “Mr Fusion” which would turn garbage into fuel for the nuclear powered time circuits, so he’d no longer have to turn to black market sources for plutonium. The engine still runs on premium octane fuel.
Is it practical? If you like 2-door coupes, the DMC-12 is a hell of a car with a 2.7 Liter V6. Built in Ireland for only a little over a year, only 6500 still exist. Stylish and unique, with the 5 speed transmission it probably gets the best fuel economy of any of the vehicles on this list. Add on the time machine components and you’ve got a car worth being seen in the past or future. Only one rub: this baby can’t actually reach 88 miles per hour with all those props attached, so you’ll have to settle for highway speeds.
So what did I leave off? Post your comment below!