Lifestyle: Vehicles made famous by films

Is there anything better than seeing your favourite movies come to life? If you’re a massive geek like me, then seeing anything from one of your favourite movies or books will really excite you which is exactly what happened when I visited Universal Studios in Orlando last year and the Warner Bros Studio Tour just outside of London in February. I’m a big Harry Potter fangirl (yes, I even love the films although not quite as much as the books) and getting to see things in real life like the Knight Bus and Privet Drive was one of the most exciting things ever!

A lot of motoring enthusiasts and film fans recently got excited over the news that the famous DeLorean car from Back To The Future will be back in production from 2017. I actually got to see one of the cars when I was at Universal Studios (and I even spotted Doc Brown!) and it was great! To celebrate this, one of the UK’s largest used van retailers Van Monster have put together a list of some of the most famous cars from TV and film.

Name of the van: 1986 Fleetwood Bounder RV

Type of van: Motorhome

Movie/TV show where it shot to fame: Breaking Bad

Memorable moment:

One of the most memorable moments of the 1986 Fleetwood Bounder in Breaking Bad also happens to be one of the first that fans saw when watching the series. In the pilot episode of the show, Walter White would proceed to crash his newly acquired RV into a ditch in the New Mexico desert before going through a chain of bad luck that culminated in the protagonist standing under the hot sun in only his underpants.

Essential driving stats: Length — Up to 40 feet long. 

Name of the van: 1963 Ford Econoline Custom Van

Type of van: Multi-purpose vehicle

Movie/TV show where it shot to fame: Scooby Doo

Memorable moment:

In the fifth episode of the first season of the TV show What’s New, Scooby-Doo — the Mystery Machine goes from friend to foe. By the end of the episode though, viewers discovered that the van hadn’t gone rogue but had been under the control of a culprit using wireless controls.

Essential driving stats: Power — 85 horsepower at 4,200 rpm. 

Name of the van: 1973 Volkswagen Transporter (Type 2)

Type of van: Camper van

Movie/TV show where it shot to fame: Little Miss Sunshine

Memorable moment:

The Hoover family had to push start the classic Volkswagen bus when the vehicle showed its age and became increasingly unreliable during the two-day journey to get young Olive to the Little Miss Sunshine junior beauty pageant in California.

Essential driving stats: Power — 72 horsepower. 0-60 mph — 22 seconds. Top speed — 75 mph.


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