- Some of the most iconic cars in movie and TV history are still around
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is owned by DJ Chris Evans
- The time travelling DeLorean can be found at Universal Studios in the US
Everyone remembers a 'character car' from a TV show or a movie. If someone says to you Knight Rider, you not only think of David Hasselhoff, you think KITT. If someone mentions Bond, you think of the Aston Martin, and so on. These iconic vehicles are, after all, almost as memorable as the characters. At LV= we know our policyholders love their cars, but wouldn't they love these examples even more?
The A-Team's GMC van
Driven with attitude by Mr T's B.A. Baracus, the inimitable black GMC van – red stripe, rooftop spoiler, black and red turbine mag wheels – helped The A-Team get in and out of trouble with skill. While you may struggle to find the original, you can nevertheless hire a duplicate model.
Bond's Aston Martin DB5
Every James Bond movie has a dream car, but the most iconic is surely his Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger. It came with revolving licence plates, machine guns, tyre-slashing hubcaps and an ejector seat for baddies. It event made a return in Skyfall (2012).
A commissioned one-off, 24-carat gold third-scale replica sold for £550,000 in September for charity. One of the originals went for £2.6 million in 2010.
As with the 007 franchise, there have been multiple Batmobiles over the years, each with their own sleek style and heavy artillery.
Favourites include the open-top Lincoln Futura from the 60s TV series (which sold in 2013 for £2.9 million), the Art Deco-inspired version from Tim Burton's 1989 Batman movie and the Tumbler, a realistic, militaristic interpretation from Chris Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
A character in itself, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang gets its name from the noises that come out of the engine.
It's invented by the eccentric Caractacus Potts, who, on his adventures with the family, reveals that not only is it a land-vehicle - it can navigate the oceans and fly. Radio and TV personality Chris Evans owns the £500,000 original.
The Dukes of Hazzard's Dodge Charger
When you think of the Dukes of Hazzard, you probably think of their ever-reliable bright orange Dodge Charger known as The General Lee, impressive for helping cousins Bo and Duke get out of whatever trouble they got themselves into.
It had welded doors, often went on police chases and did the occasional long jump. US golfer Bubba Watson owns the model used in the very first episode of the show.
One of the all-time great fantasy cars, the DeLorean, from Back to the Future, was the inspired time machine invention of Dr Emmett Brown.
Powered by stolen plutonium, the best scene of the first movie has to be when lightning strikes the clock tower, transferring much-needed energy to the literally timeless vehicle. It is now on display at the Universal Experience at Universal Studios.
Helping the Ghostbusters get around the scary streets of New York to rid the city of its spooky inhabitants, the Ecto-1 offered a shrewd reinterpretation of Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance.
The original is said to be in a Sony Pictures prop lot, but two car enthusiasts have built a near replica from scratch. If you want something different for a night out, you can even hire the Ecto-1 to add that extra special touch.
Stylish, gadget rich and superbly intelligent, Michael Knight's trusty buddy car KITT gave the Pontiac Trans Am a futuristic makeover that is adored by car enthusiasts for its dark black colour and red infrared scanner at the front.
A replica of the original, made for David Hasselhoff on his 60th birthday and owned by the man himself, went for £90,000 in early 2014.