The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style? — Dr. Emmett Brown
Much to their relief, the Hollywood Hillbillies are finally rid of their van, and thanks to Uncle Johnny they now have a sweet new ride. Mema and her brood will now cruise around “Hollyweird” in an old ambulance, and Johnny has plans to “pimp it out.” We’re sure whatever he comes up with will be amazing, but we thought we’d point out some of our favorite outrageous cars from the movies that he might want to use as inspiration. To find out exactly what they decide to do with their new ride, be sure to keep watching all-new episodes of Hollywood Hillbillies Tuesdays at 9p ET/ PT. The highfalutin' better watch out!
With their research grants terminated, parapsychology researchers Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) decide to take a stab at catching ghosts after encountering a full-bodied apparition in the New York Public Library. Outfitted with unlicensed nuclear accelerators and the catchy moniker "Ghostbusters," the team is almost ready to bust some heads — "in a spiritual sense, of course" — but they need a ride. Enter: Ecto-1, a 1959 Cadillac ambulance/hearse built by the Miller-Meteor company and purchased by Stantz for a paltry $4,800. "Who you gonna call?"
Frustrated scientist Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) finally invents something truly remarkable when he turns a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 into a time machine by outfitting it with a plutonium-powered flux capacitor that requires 1.21 gigawatts of electric power to operate and acceleration of 88 miles per hour. Doc Brown intends to explore history, but ends up spending three movies trying to fix history after time-tripping Marty (Michael J. Fox) proves too irresistible to his own mother. Too bad John DeLorean never outfitted any of his own cars with a flux capacitor…
When Britt Reid (Seth Rogen), the irresponsible heir to a publishing empire, decides to take a bite out of crime, realizes he’s going to need a little help, since he has no fighting, detective or other skills worth mentioning. Enter: Kato (Jay Chou), Reid’s mechanic/bodyguard, who takes a 1965 Chrysler Imperial and turns it into a crime-fighting supercar dubbed "Black Beauty" by adding a grill-mounted M2 flamethrower, front bumper FIM-92 Stinger missiles, six AR-15 Carbines, two hood-mounted .30 cal M1919 Browning machine guns and loads of other gadgets. James Bond would be soooo jealous.
When dimwitted and unemployed friends Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) discover a briefcase full of money, the pair of knuckleheads decide to drive cross-country to return it to its rightful owner...in a 1984 Ford Econoline customized to look like a dog for the Mutt Cutts dog grooming business.
Herbie may be small and cute, but he’s fast, powerful and actually has a mind of his own, thanks to the crazy alchemy that occurred when a photo of the deceased wife of the German engineer who built him fell into the molten metal used to fabricate his chassis. A petite 1963 Volkswagen Beetle on the outside, Herbie is all heart and soul under his hood, er, trunk, frequently coming to the rescue when his friends are in need and capable of earning the victory lap at NASCAR.
Ford Falcon XB Interceptor
Mad Max (1979)
In the not-too-distant future, there will only be madmen and the police, and the police will drive sick rides. When a gang of degenerate bikers run down and kill the family of disillusioned Main Force Patrol officer Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson), Max goes "Mad" and tracks down, tortures and, ultimately, kills most of the gang members in his fat-tired, supercharged Ford Falcon XB Interceptor.
When you’re a superhero with no real powers to speak of in a city overrun with goofball villains like the Joker, the Penguin, Egghead, King Tut and Louie the Lilac, you’ve simply got to have some pretty impressive gadgets. Bruce Wayne (Adam West) doesn’t have a fancy suit of flying armor like that other billionaire hero, but he does have the ridiculously awesome Batmobile, complete with Batscope, Bat-Ray Projector, Batcomputer, Bat-Smoke, Detect-a-Scope and dozens of other Bat-tacular features. "Atomic batteries to power, turbines to speed!"
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