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Iconic cars from movies and TV shows (Part 3)

By FaezClutchless on 06 Dec 2011

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This will be the third and last instalment of iconic cars from movies and TV shows. In the first instalment, I did mention two of my favourite movie cars which were the Ford Gran Torino from Starsky and Hutch and the Mini 1000 from the show Mr. Bean. I will talk about these two cars in this final part of the article.

Let us continue with this last instalment.

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British Leyland Mini 1000 from Mr. Bean

The Mini is a part of the British automotive heritage and it even came in second place in an international award ceremony, Car of the Century (the winner was Ford’s Model T, if anyone’s asking). In the comedy TV series Mr. Bean, it essentially revolves around the daily life of the show’s leading character Mr. Bean who is played by Rowan Atkinson.

My favourite scene where he used the Mini was when Mr. Bean tried to leave a multi-storey carpark through the entrance barrier and he forced a blue Reliant Regal van to back-up and the Regal eventually toppled. Mr. Bean would perform all sorts of crazy acts with his car and my favourite feature on the car is the padlocked driver’s door.

Originally the original car was an orange 1969 British Motor Corporation Mini Mk. II. It suffered a crash after the first episode’s film shoot. From then onwards, the British Leyland Mini 1000 was extensively used in the Mr. Bean franchise.

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Ford Gran Torino from Starsky and Hutch

Starsky and Hutch was a crime thriller series in the 1970s. The two main police characters in the show were David Michael Starsky (played by Paul Michael Glaser) and Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchison (played by David Soul). The car that they used as their official police run-about was a 1974 Ford Gran Torino. One of the main reasons why I liked this show is the camaraderie between the two main characters. At times they can get at each others throats but level-headedness calms them down and they would eventually get the bad guys.

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Originally, the show’s creator wanted to use a Chevrolet Camaro convertible but that idea had to be scrapped due to Ford Motors being the production house’s vehicle lease supplier. The Gran Torinos used for stunt acts were fixed with higher gear ratios for better acceleration during the stunt scenes and they had to fix a sticker on the dashboard which read “DO NOT EXCEED 50MPH”. Actor Paul Michael Glaser who acted as Starsky hated the car and even called it a “striped tomato”

Almost everyone would have a favourite car from the movies or TV shows. And what is your favourite?

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