The Top Five Comedy Cars
Some of the best cinematic humor comes from roles not played by humans but by cars. Some say the blame goes all the way back to the comic duo of Laurel and Hardy and their destruction of untold numbers of Model T Fords. Fast forward to present times and not much has changed. In the last few decades alone, there have been dozens of cars playing big roles in comedy films. Let’s look at some of the best examples.
Back To The Future (1984)
There were some fabulous comedy performances by the actors in Back to the Future but none was better than that played by a 1981 DeLorean “Time Machine.” That’s right, the central character, scientist Doc Brown, made a DeLorean into a time machine. “The way I see it,” he explains in the film, “if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?” The Back To The Future franchise ended up extending to three films and the DeLorean time machine played a central role in each one.
National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
Flounder messed up bad. He allowed his fraternity brothers to use his brother’s 1964 suicide-door Lincoln for an alcohol-fueled, crazed road trip. The Lincoln ends up trashed, of course, but at the end of the film is transformed into the utterly ridiculous “Deathmobile.” For those who haven’t seen the film, the Deathmobile was decorated as a parade float but at the right moment, sheds its parade float skin and smashes into the parade viewing stand.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Big Lebowski is a 1998 comedy film written, produced and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Jeff Bridges as “The Dude” Lebowski a slacker/bowler who lives in Los Angeles. The Dude drives a beater 1973 Ford Torino that gets more beaten as the movie progresses. You might say that the banged up old car is an extension of the Dude’s marginal existence. Finally, in the end of the film, the Torino gets into an altercation with a dumpster and ends up burned to a crisp.
The Love Bug (1968)
The vehicular star of this Disney movie was a sweet-natured 1962 Volkswagen bug with a passion for winning races. At least in this first Love Bug film, the goofiness is minimal and the racing scenes are a blast to watch. The Love Bug would go on to be one of the top-grossing films of 1969 and according to our contact at https://www.carsonmarket.com/ a used car dealer in Wilmington, NC, it hooked an entire generation of kids on compact cars.
National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
No list of comic movie cars would be complete without Wagon Queen Family Truckster from National Lampoon’s Vacation movie. The Wagon Queen Family Truckster was an outlandish “metallic pea-colored” station wagon designed to incorporate all the chrome styling excesses of the current cars at the time. The Griswold family uses the Truckster for a road trip to visit relatives and the adventures along the way make for one of Hollywood’s true comedy classics.
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