Want to Become a Mechanic? Check out These Cars Made Famous by Movies
October 26, 2016
Actors aren’t the only ones who get famous in Hollywood. Once in a while, a vehicle with a distinct look or personality can capture an audience and stick around in the public consciousness for a good long time.
All kinds of vehicles have done this throughout the history of movies and television, from cute little subcompacts to ferocious muscle cars with deliciously loud roars. If you love everything cars, it might be a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the most famous of the bunch.
Here are three famous cars to know about if you’re looking to become a mechanic.
If You Want To Become a Mechanic, You Might Know the 1962 Volkswagen Beetle
The year 1969 saw the release of the children’s movie The Love Bug, in which a friendly, living, 1962 Volkswagen Beetle named “Herbie” helped a man named Jim win a bunch of road races. A series sprang up around the character of Herbie, with four films, a TV show, and a made-for-TV movie all released between 1974 and 2005.
As a result of all that screen time and fame, 1962 Beetles in excellent to concours (very best) condition are currently worth $22,800-$34,100. By comparison, a 2016 Beetle starts at $19,900.
Mechanics Might Know the 1974 Customized Ford Falcon Interceptor, A.K.A. the Mad Max Car
After you become a mechanic, you might be lucky enough to work on some really special cars. Something like, for instance, a Ford Falcon XB GT. As some students might know, this car was made famous by the Mad Max series, where a heavily customized version took on the name of the “Pursuit Special.”
From the original Mad Max from 1979 through to 2015’s Mad Max Fury Road, this car was Max’s signature companion, tearing up Australia’s deserts as Max ran from and toward danger, engine roaring all the way.
Because it is a custom vehicle, you can’t buy Max’s car outright, and even the base model is incredibly rare. If ever you encounter a customized ’74 Ford Falcon Interceptor during your career, know that you are in the presence of a legend.
Students Looking to Become a Mechanic Might Know the 1969 Dodge Charger
The 1979 TV series The Dukes of Hazzard brought southern mischief to popular attention, led to the moniker “Daisy Dukes,” and introduced the world to a special car known as “The General Lee.”
An orange 1969 Dodge Charger with a confederate flag painted on the roof, General Lee was the getaway vehicle of choice for the titular Duke brothers, and became an icon among fans of the show. Now the ’69 Dodge Charger is a popular collector’s item, with specimens in pristine condition sometimes going for $75,000 or more.
The chance to work on classic cars like this has certainly inspired more than a few people to investigate how to become a mechanic. If you’re lucky enough, you just might get to work on one at some point.
For one reason or another, famous car models struck a nerve with audiences, leading to popularity that has endured to today. If you ever get to work on one of these cars throughout your career, you’ll certainly get major bragging rights!
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