Ad Radar

Top Six Cars in Costume

Cars can play dress-up too; we pick our six faves from the screen.

By Matthew Askari | October 30, 2012
  • On one day at the end of October every year, Americans go bat-shirts crazy -- sometimes literally wearing bat shirts, masks, or similar -- essentially stymieing every convention and norm of everyday dress. Halloween gives us all an excuse to dress up; grade-school teachers suddenly become naughty nurses; nurses become eager teachers; corporate raiders dress like real raiders; pumpkins get stabbed; kids strategize for sugar highs; the world is fair and decent. But what about our beloved cars? In the spirit of the season, we're picking our six favorite cars in costume. Yes, cars can play dress-up too. And these aren't just any cars, they're notorious and venerated; they're cars you know and recognize from the big and small screen. We realize there are dozens, maybe hundreds of picks that could make this list, so we formulated a few rough parameters. If you're reading this, then you probably grew up frying your eyes in front of a tube or sitting up close in movie theaters (you're in good company, we did too). So we wanted these to be well-known selections. They also can't just be regular, production cars; they have to be in some way different, altered, in "costume." Without further delay, we bring you our six faves.
  • The New Wagon Queen Family Truckster

    National Lampoon's Vacation was the first in the series of Chevy Chase comedy films starting in the 1980s, and may be most remembered for making household names of Christie Brinkley and Beverly D'Angelo, and launching the career of Anthony Michael Hall. But indispensible from the Griswold's road trip to Walley World is more

    Research This Vehicle

    The Batmobile from the Batman TV show

    The Tumbler, driven by the caped crusader in Batman Begins and the Dark Night films, is undeniably cool -- there were even drivable street versions produced. But it's not even the coolest Batmobile. As you'll see in our list, it's not even in the top two. The 1960s was in many ways the personification of those more

    Batman Kia Optima Front Three Quarter
    Research This Vehicle

    The Dude's car from The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski inspired a cult following almost instantaneously and is single-handedly responsible for the endurance of the White Russian cocktail. The film's main character -- the Dude -- is an L.A.-based, low-laying bowling enthusiast. It'd be hard to assess such traits and somehow apply them to a vehicle, but more

    Research This Vehicle

    The Deathmobile

    As far as cars in costumes, none, if any, may have this 1964 Lincoln Continental beat. It's got a costume within a costume, like dreams in the movie Inception -- but perhaps missing yet another costume; that was a confusing film. The Deathmobile plays out most of its role in the movie as Kent "Flounder" Dorfman's car more

    Research This Vehicle

    The Batmobile from Batman and Batman Returns

    Tim Burton is one dark mother's son. The guy knows weird, kooky, and sinister, and has made a handsome living because of it. We loved the 1960s Batmobile, but this one is just commanding, gorgeous, and generally badass. The thing supposedly runs on a turbine engine in the movies; in real life, the engine is more

    Research This Vehicle

    The Mutt Cutts Shaggin' Wagon

    In what is quite possibly the funniest movie Jim Carrey has ever been in and certainly one of our favorite comedies, Dumb and Dumber is a sure classic. Not lost on us were the great lengths designers went to in creating Harry and Lloyd's Shaggin' Wagon. Covered in faux-fur carpeting, inside and out, the Mutt Cutts van more

    Research This Vehicle
View All Pages

More Hot Lists Articles

Want to know the 10 most fuel efficient family haulers? How about the 10 safest cars for less than $20,000? You'll find it all and more here, where we break it down to the basics.
Top 10 Incentives for November 2013

Top 10 Incentives for November 2013

Here are some great deals on cars for November 2013.

November 06, 2013

October 2013 Top 10 Incentives

October 2013 Top 10 Incentives

October brings great deals on the latest models.

October 10, 2013

Hot Incentives Deals for August, 2013

Hot Incentives Deals for August, 2013

Our picks for the best new car incentives for August, 2013.

August 15, 2013