- The mischievous VW Beetle Herbie had a heart of gold
- The original Transformer Bumblebee would transform into a yellow VW Beetle
- The Flinstones' family car was sophisticated for Stone Age transportation
Movie and TV producers have long-known that children go crazy for merchandise from their favourite films and shows. That's why a distinctive car is an easy way to build up some 'pester power' from the kids – wanting to get a scale replica of their gadget-laden four-wheeled heroes. From loveable Bug Herbie to Scooby Doo's Mystery Machine, these fantasy cars have fuelled our childhoods. Our customers love the cars we insure for them, but secretly, how much would they have preferred one of these?
Always up for a great adventure, Brum would sneak out of the motoring museum to explore the area, have a little fun and interact with humans. He'd express himself by bobbing up and down, blinking his headlamp eyes, opening his doors and using his horn. Fans can visit Brum and see where he was filmed at the Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection in Gloucestershire.
The charming Bumblebee is one of the most popular Transformers characters ever and most die-hard fans will best remember him transforming into a yellow Volkswagen Beetle when in disguise. In the recent movie versions however, his camouflage vehicle of choice is a 1977 Camaro, which he later upgrades to a punchier 2000 concept range.
Slightly mischievous with a heart of gold, the pearly-white, Volkswagen Beetle Herbie was first introduced to us in the 1969 movie The Love Bug. With unforgettable red, white and blue racing stripes and its signature number 53, Herbie was as cool in looks as he was charming in personality. Find out where the various versions are of Herbie today!
The Flintstones' family car
Not the most practical of cars by any means, the Flintstones' mode of transport is nevertheless an endearing vehicle. Powered by Fred's feet – Stone Age technology at its best – its wheels were made out of rock, the chassis out of wood and the roof out of animal skin. Hard to believe it, but someone has made a real version of it.
Voiced by Owen Wilson, Lightning McQueen is the protagonist of the hit Pixar flick Cars. It is based on a generic NASCAR design with a hint of the Chevrolet Corvette C1 to give it a bit of an edge. He starts off as an arrogant, full of himself car, but eventually, through the kindness and wisdom of other cars, learns the error of his ways.
Created by none other than Enid Blyton, author of the Famous Five and Secret Seven, Noddy is a good-natured member of Toyland, who does his best to keep the peace. He can often be found in his brightly coloured yellow and red car – with its distinct 'parp, parp' horn – getting in and out of trouble. An actual driveable model of the car went for £29,000 last year.
Postman Pat's Van
Thanks to his trusty box type red van – and his black and white cat, of course –Postman Pat is able to navigate the scenic country roads of Greendale in an unhurried fashion, getting essential mail to all the residents in a timely manner. Check out this real-life version, dubbed the 'fastest Postman Pat Van' in the world.
The Mystery Machine
Scooby Doo and his crew used the vividly painted lime green, aquamarine blue (with flower prints) Mystery Machine to transport them to various places to solve whatever mystery they have chanced upon. Although many people mistake it for a Volkswagen Camper Van, it was actually based on a Chevrolet Sport van 108 from the 60s.
Luke Skywalker's X-34 Landspeeder
Not necessarily a car in the strictest sense, Luke Skywalker's X-34 landspeeder is one of the most memorable transportation vehicles in sci-fi. The open-top craft was speedy, it hovered over the ground. While battered and somewhat rusty in Star Wars: A New Hope, it's memorable for the fact it marks a decided shift in the destiny of the main character.
We at LV= have fond memories of Wacky Races and there were no shortage of exceptional vehicles dazzling us (in both terms of style and names). You had, for example, Dick Dastardly and Muttley in the Mean Machine, Penelope Pitstop in the Compact Pussycat, Lazy Luke and Blubber Bear in the Arkansas Chuggabug and The Gruesome Twosome in the Creepy Coupe. It was simply the best.