There were many great television series during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, but for those people who love American Muscle cars, certain shows stood out. Here, we are going to take a look at 4 of the most famous cars from television series.
4. 1966 Chrysler Imperial – Green Hornet “Black Beauty” (1967)
“Black Beauty’s” 440 cubic-inch V8 that cranked out 350hp and had 480 pounds/ft of torque was built by Hollywood car builder Dean Jeffries. He built the vehicle to resemble to Imperial but with specific modifications for the show, such as: the green house sail was extended 14 inches, which gave the vehicle a more “limo-looking” back end, the door latches were replaced with electronic switches, the rear lights were re-designed to run up the trunk, and the gas tank hole was moved to the rear of the vehicle since it was replaced by a “gun” for the show.
3. 1974-76 Ford Torino – Starsky & Hutch (1975-1979)
Officers, Starsky and Hutch were most well-known for driving around in Starsky’s “Viper Red” with white stripes Ford Torino. While the actor, Paul Michael Glaser, who played Starsky, actually gave the car the nickname “Striped Tomato” when he first saw it, it was David Soul’s character, Hutch, who introduced the nickname in the “Snowstorm” episode of the show. A number of Torino’s were used during the production of the show with engines ranging from a 351 to a 400ci, to a 385 series V8 to a 460. They also had 4 barrel carburetors and XPL Type C-6 Automatic transmissions.
2. 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am – Knight Rider “KITT” (1982-1986)
KITT, which stood for Knight Industries Two Thousand) was the famous talking car with artificial intelligence and all of the gadgets from the television series Knight Rider. Michael Knight, played by David Hasselhoff, was given a second chance at fighting crime after a near-fatal shot to the face. He has help from the Firebird Trans Am that sported a V8 engine, 3rd generation F-body, “T-tops” and that famous black color with tan interior. Many people raced to Pontiac in hopes of purchasing a replica of KITT after the premiere of the show in the 1980’s.
1. 1969 Dodge Challenger – Dukes of Hazard “General Lee” (1979-1985)
While the show Dukes of Hazard is supposed to be about two cousins, Bo and Luke Duke, foiling the plots of corrupt politician, Boss Hogg, and skimming the lines of their probation terms for illegally transporting moonshine, the vehicle they do it all in, “General Lee”, stands out as the star of the show. With its 440 cubic inch Magnum V8 engine, 375 hp, and its ability to reach top speeds of 135mph and go from 0-60 in 5.4 seconds, this Dodge Challenger takes top honors for best muscle car in a television series. Over 300 Chargers were used in the production of the television series and only 17 of those originals remain today.