The 3 Best Holiday Movie Cars (and Sleighs) for Students in Auto Mechanic Courses

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The holidays are an excellent time to catch up on rest while watching old favourite films. Whether you prefer to marathon your top picks or slowly work your way through the classics in the weeks rounding out the year, holiday movies hold a special place in our hearts and memories. These flicks feature charming families, inimitable characters, memorable quotes and often some very special vehicles.

While Santa’s sleigh may be the most famous vehicle of the holidays, there are plenty of others from the movies that also play a part in the magic of the season. Read on for the 3 best movie vehicles, just in time for the holidays!

1. You Won’t Work on This Green Guy’s Sleigh in an Auto Mechanic Course

This Seuss sleigh appears in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a holiday classic that has experienced a few remakes since the TV movie cartoon premiered in 1966, based on the Dr. Seuss children’s book. Everything from Dr. Seuss follows a colourful, bendy, bouncy style that paints a perfect fantasy world, and this sleigh is no exception. Starting as a humble toboggan with a sack, the sleigh becomes filled with (spoiler alert) stolen Christmas items, sending it bulging out over the tiny base in perfect Dr. Seuss fashion.

The greatest detail is not the massive size of the sac magically remaining tied to the sled, but the horsepower that the contraption runs on. Powering the sleigh is the Grinch’s loyal companion, Max the dog. With a single antler strapped to his head, Max scrambles to obey his master’s evil orders and pulls him clumsily over the snow. An auto mechanic training program is a great way to learn some better ways to ensure customers get their vehicles running this holiday season.

A simple wooden toboggan formed the base for the Grinch’s sleigh in the grouchy family classic
A simple wooden toboggan formed the base for the Grinch’s sleigh in the grouchy family classic

2. Pray You Don’t Encounter Griswold After an Auto Mechanic Training Program

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation featured this clunky family car. The Wagon Queen Family Truckster didn’t just appear in the Christmas edition of the Griswold family adventures, but shuttled Clark, Ellen, Rusty and Audrey to Walley World and Vegas as well in the sequels. The colour of the paint is “metallic pea” and wooden panelling runs along the exterior that is quite intense. The car was created specifically for the films and does not truly exist, except as fan-created replicas. It poked fun at popular late 70s cars and mimicked their style.

The movie begins  with an exciting scene involving the Truckster. As the family heads to a Christmas tree farm, there is an encounter with another driver. Clark gets into a race with a couple in a pickup truck, accidentally getting stuck underneath a log-hauler. The family escapes certain death, only to careen off the road and land in the lot at the Christmas tree farm. Not exactly the type of driver you want to have as a customer—or maybe they’d keep things interesting!

A Christmas tree lot served as a landing pad for the Family Truckster
A Christmas tree lot served as a landing pad for the Family Truckster

3. An Auto Mechanic Course Might Have Made Ralphie Less Clumsy with This Car

In A Christmas Story, Ralphie is playing assistant to his father as they work on Old Man Parker’s 1937 Oldsmobile Six. The Old Man, or Ralphie’s father, finds the car to be a large source of stress throughout the story, as it freezes up quite frequently, sending him into expletives. In the film, the family picks up a Christmas tree and gets a flat tire on the way home. For the first time ever, little Ralphie is told to help his father out with the spare tire. 

When Ralphie helps, he spills the lug nuts and utters the famous line, “Oh fuuuuuuuudge…only I didn’t say fudge,” getting him into a load of trouble. Ralphie’s mouth is washed out with soap as a punishment, terrible but much better than the fates he imagined as only a child can. Perhaps if he’d taken an auto mechanic course, Ralphie would have had a better handle on those lug nuts.

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