Instead of buying your favorite movie or a season of your favorite TV show, wouldn’t it be cooler to make your own version of a famous car? Some people have actually attempted — and succeeded — in making awesome replicas, and in some cases, you can purchase mod kits and do them yourself! If you decide to revamp or mod your car, just be aware that modifications can result in a change in insurance rates. Whatever you decide to do, it’s always fun to check out what others have accomplished. Here are some awesome TV/movie car replicas!
Starting with the simplest modification, this is one people can do at home pretty easily. If you’re the proud owner of a Volkswagen Beetle that happens to be white, you have one obvious car mod available to you. Sure, it won’t look exactly like the famous racing bug, but you can definitely make it look like the classic movie car in a few simple steps.
All you need is a few decals, and you’ve got yourself an iconic mode of transportation! In fact, there’s an entire website dedicated to making Herbies. If you’re going for that authentic look, just do a little research and you’ll have a fun project on your hands. On the down side, your car still won’t have a mind of its own.
The A-Team Van
This is a prime example of an awesome and probably relatively simple modification. The replica pictured here is a Chevrolet Cargo Van, and while the original was a GMC Vandura, the cars have similar structures, so it works! If your van has a boxy shape, you could give this mod a try, too. Someone with a mini even pulled it off.
This model goes the extra mile in that it has the gray color at the top (a lot of mods are all black),hand-painted turbine wheels, and features a pretty accurate interior. Wouldn’t it be awesome to cruise around with a few of your buddies and burst out of your car to help people? Yes. Yes it would. People in the UK don’t even have to build one themselves — you can rent the A-Team van for fun occasions!
The Starsky & Hutch Gran Torino
Due to the popularity of the show, Ford made about 1,000 replicas of the cool Gran Tornio used in the Starsky & Hutch series accodring to The New York Times. The replica viewed here takes it up a notch, though, because it started out as a general replica, but it was spruced up with a police siren, police radio, California license plate on the front, and more.
Of course, it’s not legal to drive around in something like this pretending to be a cop, but any hardcore Starsky & Hutch fan or pop culture car collector would most likely love to add this to his or her collection.
According to IMDb, 7 Eleanor replicas were made for the 2000 version of Gone in 60 Seconds, but only two of them made it out unscathed from the movie shooting. Jerry Bruckheimer and Nicolas Cage got to keep the remaining cars!
This has to be one of the hardest cars to mod, simply because it requires a DeLorean with doors that open upward like the movie version’s doors do. Someone managed to get this car and add a Flux Capacitor, “plutonium reactor,” and various details that were super accurate based on the movie.
This particular car was listed on eBay back in 2008, and people were bidding thousands of dollars to bring the perfect duplicate of Back to the Future awesomeness home. Well, “perfect” might not be the right word as it can’t travel in time, but you can’t have everything, right?
If you manage to buy or create one of these babies, you’ll be the something strange in the neighborhood…strange in a good way, of course. It’s a decent possibility that it would make all of your neighbors’ day to see you cruising around in the Ghostbusters car on the way to work.
According to the CarDomain Blog, companies like Mongoose Motorsports specialize in making replicas of movie vehicles. It’s safe to assume that ghosts will have no involvement with the final product, but at the least the car probably won’t need as much fixing up as the movie version did.
Who said movies couldn’t be made into reality? All kinds of famous vehicles from movies and television have been recreated by fans and car enthusiasts around the world. Even if people can’t replicate time travel or other supernatural abilities, they can sure make the cars look accurate and stylish.