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5 Cult Classic Cars We’d Kill and Die to Own IRL

December 17, 2013

The one thing all cult movies have in common is that they’re obscenely cool. Sometimes it’s because of insane visuals, sometimes their awesome soundtracks, sometimes solely on account of their inherent oddness. But one defining characteristic of most cult classics is the unparalleled merchandising opportunities. Cinema lovers fight tooth and nail for official movie merch, whether it’s the t-shirt that one guy wore or an accurate replica of that thing that other guy used that one time.

But we’ve got our sights set a little higher than tees and props – we’re looking for something with a little more horsepower. So let’s get down to it – commencing 5 incredible cars from the world of cult cinema. Cars we’d pay or do just about anything for a mere stroke of their glorious interiors.

Wayne’s World: the Mirth Mobile

Look at all of that mirth. Even besides the fact that Wayne’s World is probably, definitely the most awesomely feel-good dude movie in the history of times, this car is just spectacular. The humble and effortlessly cool exterior, the unprecedented Bohemian Rhapsody sing-alongs, the dudes contained therein – it’s all wonderful. Sexy sports cars can be nice and performance can definitely be important, but you just can’t hear a car guaranteed to facilitate good times by the bucket. When you’re riding in the Mirth Mobile, it’s always party time and it’s always excellent.

The Big Lebowski: the Dude’s Gran Torino

We abide. This car isn’t sexy and we doubt it’d pass an MOT, but god does it exude coolness. The Gran Torino’s a straight talker – it gets the job done, doesn’t waste time with any nonsense and takes a beating like a man. It also helps that this car often contains Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi at the same time – that’s quite a claim to fame. If your car simply refuses to die, even in the face of a German nihilist attack, you know it’s a keeper.

Kill Bill: the Pussy Wagon

There’s a lot to be said for the idea that a car is only as good as its owner. While our feelings for Buck – the Pussy Wagon’s original driver – are unfavourable at best, Beatrix Kiddo aka ‘Black Mamba’ absolutely owns this metric ton of cobalt yellow misogynistic goodness. This 4×4 beast is integral to the first installation of the Kill Bill saga, housing such pivotal moments as ‘wiggle your big toe’ and the knowledge that those very famous feet have touched the Pussy Wagon’s leather interiors is an easy sell.

The Muppet Movie: Fozzie’s Studebaker

The Muppet Movie is awesome and you know it. Unbelievers preaching that Muppets are for kids don’t know what they’re talking about – this is a movie fit to burst with cheeky shenanigans, mega thrills and characters who are quite simply enchanting. This cinematic masterpiece is made only more spectacular by the beauty that is Fozzie’s good old Studebaker, bequeathed to him by his uncle. Admittedly, we’d do pretty much anything just to have the Electric Mayhem Band give us a cheeky rainbow paint job, but this car has some real history and quite a series of passengers.

Dumb and Dumber: the Shaggin’ Wagon

 

What can we say? The chicks love it. Few men are capable of cruising around in a van resembling a golden retriever and still maintaining the belief that they’ll pull. It is this youthful innocence which makes Harry and Lloyd so totally endearing and, of course, their unimaginable idiocy. As much as this may not be a classically cool choice, the Shaggin’ Wagon is a legend in its own right and a ride we’d be honoured to experience.

 

We can dream.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.