Top 10 Most Famous TV Cars

Top 10 Most Famous TV Cars

From a gravity-defying Dodge Charger to a futuristic Ford Mustang, we take a look at the 10 most memorable cars to appear on the small screen.

K.I.T.T. is back in action.

One of the most memorable television stars from the 1980s, K.I.T.T. was a smart-talking Pontiac Trans Am driven by David Hasselhoff in the series Knight Rider. Now K.I.T.T. returns in a new television movie that premiered to such big ratings NBC executives are hinting a weekly series is likely again.

The original K.I.T.T., or Knight Industries Two Thousand, was remarkable for its sarcastic personality and array of high-tech features. In its four years as a reluctant crime-fighter on a hit show, it became an icon worthy enough to make our list of the top 10 most famous TV cars.

Click through for the list of Top 10 Most Famous TV Cars.

Top 10 Most Famous TV Cars:

The Black Beauty (1966 Chrysler Imperial): The Green Hornet
The Munster Coach (modified Ford Model T’s): The Munsters
K.I.T.T. (Pontiac Trans Am): Knight Rider
Ford Gran Torino: Starsky & Hutch
A-Team Van (GMC G-Series): The A-Team
Miami Vice Ferraris (Ferrari Daytona Spyder and Testarossa): Miami Vice
Volvo P1800: The Saint
Batmobile (1955 Lincoln Futura concept): Batman
General Lee (1969 Dodge Charger): The Dukes of Hazzard
Magnum P.I. Ferrari (Ferrari 308 GTS): Magnum P.I.

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Top 10 Most Famous TV Cars

From a gravity-defying Dodge Charger to a futuristic Ford Mustang, we take a look at the 10 most memorable cars to appear on the small screen.

by Bonnie McGeer
ForbesAutos.com

K.I.T.T. is back in action.

One of the most memorable television stars from the 1980s, K.I.T.T. was a smart-talking Pontiac Trans Am driven by David Hasselhoff in the series Knight Rider.

Now K.I.T.T. returns in a new television movie that premiered to such big ratings NBC executives are hinting a weekly series is likely again.

The original K.I.T.T., or Knight Industries Two Thousand, was remarkable for its sarcastic personality and array of high-tech features. In its four years as a reluctant crime-fighter on a hit show, it became an icon worthy enough to make our list of the top 10 most famous TV cars. (See the full list in the slideshow.)

Some of the cars on the list exude star personality.

Take the bright orange Dodge Charger known as the General Lee, which frequently shows off its speed and athleticism in the wild car chases that typify The Dukes of Hazzard.

Capable of jumping over rivers and smashing through roadblocks, the General Lee never appears to suffer any damage from the ferocious driving that helped make it another 1980s icon.

But other cars on the list are much more unlikely stars.

Consider the Ford Gran Torino from the 1970s series Starsky & Hutch.

In 1975, Ford generally marketed the Gran Torino as a family car, a label that is about as boring as it gets. Then along came this popular show, which captured the essence of hip for its time, bell-bottoms and all.

Wearing a splashy paint job and oversized tires, the Gran Torino is cast against type in the role of a high-performance sports car. And it won a fan following that is still loyal even 30 years later.

These car stars join the Volvo P1800 from The Saint and the flashy Ferraris from Miami Vice and Magnum P.I. among our picks for the most famous ones from television history.

But K.I.T.T. is one on our list that might no longer be relegated to mere history.

The latest incarnation of K.I.T.T., now called the Knight Industries Three Thousand, is a Ford Shelby GT500KR. It makes for a distinctive ride with gray racing stripes, large chrome wheels, and a snarling exhaust.

Like the original, the new model can drive itself and is strong enough to withstand bullets. And it has some updated talents, like changing its looks to evade the bad guys. The car transforms from its usual black with the Shelby Cobra logo on the front grille to a lower-profile Ford Mustang in silver or purple.

Though it now uses the much blander voice of Val Kilmer (the original had William Daniels” voice), K.I.T.T. still trades barbs with its driver.

This time around, Justin Bruening is behind the wheel. He plays Mike Traceur, the estranged son of Michael Knight, Hasselhoff”s character on the original series.

Though Knight Rider helped make a star of Hasselhoff, K.I.T.T. was what turned the show into a cult favorite to this day. And it is only one of the car stars that made its mark on popular culture over the past four and a half decades.

So before you can say “Right away, Michael,” here is our list of the 10 most famous television cars. They are ranked according to show longevity, using the number of episodes that were broadcast.