5 Fictional Cars We Wish Were Real
They're cool to look at, blazingly fast, loaded with gadgets — and we wish we could have one. We're talking about the cars you read about in comics or watched on television and in the movies. There are literally dozens of four-wheeled (or more) fictional vehicles that have established themselves in popular culture. Hold onto your hats, folks, the ride is just about to get interesting. We've made a list of the top five cars we would like to see in our garage.
- KITT — Knight Rider: The quintessential do-it-all vehicle, KITT appears to be a person — albeit, a smart aleck of a person — trapped inside a car's body. Programmed with a straitlaced, sardonic personality and a level of intelligence that far surpassed that of its driver, Michael Knight, KITT's sole mission was to protect Michael with everything it had at its disposal — which happened to be more gadgetry than the average Space Shuttle. The original series' KITT was designed around a 1982 Trans Am, which was extremely cool at the time. The new KITT from the 2008 movie and subsequent series was built on a 2008-2009 Shelby Mustang GT500KR. Can KITT get any more awesome than that? We don't think so.
- Herbie the Love Bug — The Love Bug: Who doesn't love a VW Bug, especially one that's more faithful than your own dog? Based on the book, Car, Boy, Girl published in 1961 and written by Gordon Buford, Herbie took to the big screen in the 1968 Disney production, The Love Bug. Several full-length features followed, turning a loveable Volkswagen into a film icon. More like a headstrong pet than an actual mode of transportation, Herbie could choose his passengers, win races, and play matchmaker for his person. Herbie boasted no gadgets to speak of, but he sure was cuddly and a whole lot of fun.
- The Batmobile — Batman: No matter which incarnation you like or grew up with, the Batmobile endures as a legend of comic books, television, and movies. Black and sleek, the Batmobile had power, versatility and a mind-boggling array of weaponry. The Batmobile's collection of technological wizardry was financed by the seemingly unlimited resources of ultra-billionaire Bruce Wayne, who apparently liked to occupy his time by dressing up in a black bat costume to fight crime in Gotham City. How did he make his money? We don't care — we came to see the car.
- Mach 5 — Speed Racer: Speed Racer, whose Japanese name is Go Mifune, drives this sleek and sexy racecar, built by Speed's dad, "Pops" Racer. With a steering wheel crammed full of lettered switches, which deployed features for jumping, swimming, cutting, flying, and dealing with evil racecar drivers, the Mach Five became every kid's dream car when it first aired as an anime cartoon in 1967. Trixie and Chim Chim were a couple of lucky ducks.
- Doc Brown’s DeLorean — Back to the Future: For those who grew up in the 1980s, the "time machine" wasn't an invention of H.G. Wells' character in a book published at the turn of the 19th century. It was a stainless steel 1982 DeLorean DMC 12, retrofitted with a flux capacitor and charged with a little plutonium snatched from a group of Libyan terrorists. In order to travel in time, 1.21 gigawatts of electricity was necessary, which, after the plutonium was depleted, was generated by a bolt of lightning, and later, a Mr. Fusion fusion generator. Time travel has never been the same.