Hooniverse Asks- What's the Greatest Celebrity-Related Car, Truck or Bike?

James Dean called his Porsche 550 Spider Lil’ Bastard, and That concevably could have been the last words to escape his lips as his silver sportscar plowed into Donald Turnupseed’s Ford Tudor on a lonely stretch of desert highway. That accident cut short Dean’s career, and sealed the fate of the little Porsche in the annals of celebrity lore. Many years later, a more minor celebrity –  going by the name of Vanilla Ice – liked to be rollin’ in my five point oh, with my rag-top down so my hair can blow. . . forever placing the fox-platform Mustang in the pantheon of cult of personality cars. Elvis loved him some Cadillac Broughams, Burt Reynolds – through the character of the Bandit – will inexorably be forever linked with a T-topped and screaming chicken-emblazoned black Pontiac Trans-Am. Pee-Wee Herman has his bike, and his police record.
So many celebrities, so many vehicles, but which is the best? Do you jones for McQueen’s green Mustang from Bullitt? How about Larry David’s Prius? That’s a pair of contrasts. Maybe you dream of rocking the cigar, trench coat and Peugeot 403 of TV’s Columbo?
So, which celebrity rocked the best wheels? Was it something fast and furious, or just something quirky and wicked cool? And which one would you like to have starring in your garage?
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42 responses to “Hooniverse Asks- What's the Greatest Celebrity-Related Car, Truck or Bike?”

  1. Alff Avatar
    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      All right, then. We can just end the thread here.

    2. engineerd Avatar

      1. That's hilariously cool.
      2. Did those have wing vents in the back?

      1. Alff Avatar

        Sure looks like it. Makes sense, too. You wouldn't want your kids to be overwhelmed by the stench of failure.

  2. Slow Joe Crow Avatar
    Slow Joe Crow

    How about Steve McQueen's Brown Ferrari 250 GT Lusso. Proving that a Ferrari doesn't have to be Red to be cool, at least if you're Steve McQueen.

    1. acarr260 Avatar

      Steve McQueen could make a Cavalier look cool.

      1. TheOnlyCannoli Avatar

        No one could make a Cavalier look cool. No one.

        1. acarr260 Avatar

          I beg to differ. McQueen could make a tricycle look badass.

      1. Clashtastic Avatar

        The world needs more Brown cars. Cars look good in brown. Brown Ferrari>Red Ferrari.

      2. Balestra Avatar

        You know, that is exactly the car I thought of when I read the question. I looove Lussos and this is McQueen's so, that's like100 hp more, just for that. Better than hood scoops. His XKSS was also oh so very cool. But I think I'd still keep the GTL.

  3. engineerd Avatar

    There are many that come to mind:
    Nick Mason and "The Wall" Lola-Cosworth he co-drove at the Silverstone 6 Hours.
    <img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3635/3695410827_718f84f351.jpg"&gt;
    Eric Bana and his Ford Falcon.
    <img src="http://www.lovethebeast.com.au/site/wp-content/themes/beast/images/gr_about1.jpg"&gt;
    Steve McQueen and a green Mustang
    <img src="http://www.americancarimports.com/bullitt_mustang.jpg"&gt;
    Or a 917K from "Le Mans"
    <img src="http://www.khulsey.com/stockphotography/porsche_917k_le-mans.jpeg"&gt;
    Jeremy Clarkson and the Ford GT
    [youtube 0UAnlMNvK8Y http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UAnlMNvK8Y youtube]
    Actually, I think I like that last one the best.

    1. skay¢og Avatar

      I like your last one best too. Imagine that.
      And, since I'm very predictable, I'll post this:
      <img src="http://www.weblogsinc.com/common/images/3116781690277657.JPG?0.9707142576951614"&gt;

      1. engineerd Avatar

        There's a chin blocking my view of that beautiful ass.

  4. thomasmac Avatar

    <img src="http://www.autoloandaily.com/images/stories/conan%20obriens%20taurus%20sho.jpg&quot; style="width: 500px; height: 373px; border: 0" alt="imgTag" />
    I`m with Coco!

    1. dculberson Avatar

      I love that second picture; Johnson looks like a kid in a candy store!

    2. Balestra Avatar

      And by top gear standars it's now, cool. Even though he is not vomiting out of it. I don't remember when Hammond said it though

    3. Peter_Dushenski Avatar

      I remember the days when Conan had more than a Twitter account. I remember them fondly…

  5. TheOnlyCannoli Avatar

    Unfortunately, I think that O.J. and his white Ford Bronco have become the most recognized pairing as of late. At least to most of the public.

  6. P161911 Avatar

    As a child of the 70s and 80s it would be hard to deny The Bandit/Burt Reynolds and the Pontiac Trans-Am. For the non-gearhead general public, probably the most recognizable movie car of all time.
    <img src="http://www.allmusclecars.com/pontiac/77tapfgleam.jpg"&gt;

    1. soo΄pәr-bādd75 Avatar

      Another child of the '80s pairing would be Magnum P.I. and his Ferrari 308.

  7. muthalovin Avatar

    <img src="http://www.saabhistory.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/seinfeld_dealership.jpg"&gt;
    Going with Jerry's Saab 900. Seinfeld is a Porschephile also, but for me, that Black Saab makes me smile.
    [youtube O55ldCFZxz8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O55ldCFZxz8 youtube]
    Sorry for the quality of the photo AND the vidja.

    1. engineerd Avatar

      What about John Voight and the LeBaron?
      [youtube fm2iNNqj2fQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm2iNNqj2fQ youtube]

  8. soo΄pәr-bādd75 Avatar

    Arnold and his HMMWV?

  9. dculberson Avatar

    In sticking to the terms of the post, which is, a car associated with a specific person, I don't see how you can get much better than James Dean and the Porsche. But broadening the scope to include cars that are celebrities in their own right, cars that are more famous than some of the actors that rode in them, then I think there's only one choice:
    <img src=http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2262/2419574293_5d609d034d.jpg>
    That's right, the Ecto-mobiles from the Ghostbuster movies. The movie may be over 20 years old now, but drive a clone down the street and you're guaranteed to have people shouting "Who you gonna call??" Mine doesn't even remotely look like the real thing but people are convinced that it's a perfect replica. (I guess because it's an old, white, ambulance with Ghostbuster's logos on the door?)

  10. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    Can't believe no one's posted this yet:
    <img src="http://www.pistonheads.com/pics/news/13027/james_bond_aston_db5-L.jpg&quot; width="400">

      1. Tim Odell Avatar
        Tim Odell

        Ha! almost posted that one, too.
        I like the new Bond and the new Astons.

        1. muthalovin Avatar

          I had completely forgot about Bond/Aston Martin. I just hope that we don't work down to Halle Berry and the Thunderbird.

    1. CptSevere Avatar

      Yeah, I was thinking the same thing this morning, but had to run to go to work. Once again, I'll proudly state that i have the Corgi version of this car. That's about as close as I'll ever get to being as cool as Sean Connery, but there you have it.

  11. citroen67 Avatar

    My top five vehicles along with the celebs associated with them:
    -John Schneider and Tom Wopat's 69 Charger from The Dukes of Hazzard
    -Lee Majors' GMC from The Fall Guy
    -H.B. Halicki's Mustang from the original Gone in 60 Seconds
    -Burt Reynolds' Trans Am from the first Smokey and The Bandit
    -The blue Chevy stepside from the original Red Dawn that Patrick Swayze drove.

  12. engineerd Avatar

    One more:
    Steve Urkel and his Isetta:
    <img src="http://onscreencars.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/isetta2.jpg"&gt;
    I dig Isettas, but every time I see one I think of that annoying little dude in floods.

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      Yea, the reference ruins the car. There's a guy here in KC that has a pretty cool custom Isetta (with a Honda ATV engine) he takes to all the car shows. He sticks an Urkel mannequin through the sunroof. PU-LEASE!

      1. P161911 Avatar

        That could be another question. Either: "What is the worst celebrity-related car?" or "What celebrity relation ruins a good car?"

      2. Balestra Avatar

        Here in Brasil I read a test that 4Rodas (our equivalent to Car and Driver or Motor Trend I suppose,though more sedated these days) where they tested a custom Isetta with a Fireblade 900 cc engine in the back. Wider rear track (not by much,though) and everything. Very yellow and very cool.

  13. soo΄pәr-bādd75 Avatar

    DeLorean DMC-12/Michael J. Fox, or 1974 Dodge Monaco and Jim Belushi.

  14. scroggzilla Avatar

    I don't know if this is cooler than Steve McQueen and his Lusso, but it's definately stylin'…
    <img src="http://www.elvisforever.de/bmw_507_bad_nauheim.jpg"&gt;

  15. CptSevere Avatar

    How about Jim Rockford (James Garner, for you children) and his Trans Am that he was always wrecking in chases, it was in the shop all the time, and his Dad's shortbed Chevy four wheel drive that he had to borrow during most episodes?

  16. BPR Avatar

    What, no mention of Ricardo Montalban and his Cordoba with rich Corinthian leather?

  17. Victoria Sinclair Avatar

    This news have been shocking this week about the brazil flood, what do you think about it?