POP QUIZ: CAR 54, WHAT ARE YOU? (answers)

You all watch way too much television.

We had a grand total of six perfect scores this week. Wow. Congratulations to Todd McG, Tim P, Tom A, Dee Dee T (again!), Craig M and Angela M for putting the pedal to the metal and revving up to a perfect 10/10. Nice work, everyone!

1) A red 1957 Ford Thunderbird, parked in the living room
2) A black 1967 Chevy Impala, often referred to as ‘baby’, with a trunk full of weapons
3) A 1957 Chevrolet School Bus, painted in the style of Mondrian’s Composizione 1921
4) A 1955 Ford concept car called the “Lincoln Futura”, with a custom detailing
5) A ‘cut-down’ 1921 Oldsmobile Model 46 Roadster, packed high with an entire family’s belongings in the opening credits
6) A 1974 Gran Torino, red with a white ‘vector’ stripe
7) A 1969 Dodge Charger, orange, with an ’01’ painted on each door (and another distinctive marking, omitted in a commercial for ‘AutoTrader’ shot in 2015)
8) A heavily customized 1965 Chrysler Imperial Crown sedan, called ‘Black Beauty’
9) A black 1982 Firebird with an oscillating red light on the front, and the voice of William Daniels
10) A 1964 Peugot convertible, almost as worn-out looking as it’s driver’s trenchcoat

1) VEGA$
2) SUPERNATURAL
3) THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY
4) BATMAN (1966 TV SERIES)
5) THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES
6) STARSKY & HUTCH
7) THE DUKES OF HAZZARD (AUTOTRADER OPTED NOT TO USE THE CONFEDERATE FLAG IN THEIR ADS)
8) THE GREEN HORNET (SHOW ALSO KNOWN AS ‘BRUCE LEE AND SOME OTHER GUY’)
9) KNIGHT RIDER
10) COLUMBO

The Lincoln Futura that became the Batmobile was actually built in Italy in 1955 as a prototype for a model that never went into production. George Barris, a custom car designer, bought it from Ford for the tidy sum of a single dollar. He held onto it for ten years, occasionally renting it out for film use, until the Batman producers asked him to design the Batmobile. Other than the custom paint-job and a few prop items designed to look like Batman’s high-tech gizmos, the car design is unchanged from Ford’s original prototype.

Thanks,
QM Bill

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