4 Jaw-Dropping Fictional Cars You Wish You Owned

Today's new cars come with all manner of whiz-bang features that were once the realm of science fiction writers' imaginations, such as 4G wireless hotspots and even autonomous self-driving technology. Car designers likely would never have come up with some of these ideas without the crazy inventions found on fictional cars from the movies and television.




Today, Anchorage Auto Electric & Classic Muffler presents some of the wildest fictional cars of all time, any of which we would love to park in our own personal garages.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The real star of the Dick Van Dyke family film by the same name, the car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang got its name from the trademark huffing and puffing sounds its engine makes. With the ability to sprout flotation devices and turn into a boat as well as deploy wings for impromptu airplane flights, the sentient race car made an otherwise ordinary comedy film into one of the top car movies of all time.

The car was created specifically for the movie, and only one of the examples built was full-size and road-legal. That car sold at auction for $805,000 in 2011 to film director Peter Jackson, who had plans to use it for charity fundraising events.

KITT

Those who grew up watching television in the 1980s are sure to be familiar with the Knight Industries Two Thousand, better known as KITT. This heavily retrofitted 1982 Pontiac Trans Am was portrayed to contain a crime-fighting artificial intelligence unit along with several outlandish upgrades not commonly found on real production cars such as a Turbo Boost feature for jumping over roadblocks, a molecular bonded shell that allowed it to be impervious to gunfire and even explosions, and a sophisticated sensor system that allowed it to "see" the road ahead. The talking, wisecracking KITT was as much a star as the series' lead actor David Hasselhoff.

James Bond's Aston Martin DB5

James Bond has driven some very cool cars throughout the super spy film series' illustrious run, but none were more impressive than the classic Aston Martin DB5 that made its debut in 1964's Goldfinger. The real DB5 came with a 272-horsepower 4.0-liter V-8 engine and five-speed manual transmission, allowing drivers to take best advantage of its sinuous good looks.

Bond's version, of course, got some special upgrades: a smokescreen, a retractable rear license plate, an oil dispenser to foil the attempts of would-be pursuers, and even an ejector seat. The DB5 set the stage for a decades-long product placement relationship between Aston and the Bond film series producers, one that continues to this day.

Back to the Future DeLorean

Even the 1,200-horsepower Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, although it is the fastest car in the world, does not have the ability to travel through time. That has left gearheads and film buffs coveting the oddball DeLorean more than any other fictional car. The story of the actual DeLorean Motor Company and its cocaine-dealing founder John DeLorean is an odd one. The unpainted, stainless steel-bodied sports car came with vertically rising "gullwing" doors and a design unlike anything that had come before it.

Real-world drivers would need to get their hands on a flux capacitor to make time travel possible, if one existed, but movie replica DeLorean time machine cars show up from time to time on the streets of Hollywood with Doc Brown impersonators behind the wheel.



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