A mechanical ode to Comic Con
Comic Con in San Diego this weekend is the world’s premier comic book, pop culture, and entertainment convention. Picture cars and fictional whips are great fun to see outside the context of their stories, and even better when you can drive them yourself.
We thought we’d join in on the Comic Con fun and compile a bunch of our favorite cars from comic books, TV, and movies. What follows is a list of these vehicles, all of which are available to drive right here on Turo!
MAD MAX (1979) — PURSUIT SPECIAL V8 INTERCEPTOR
Leslie’s Pursuit Special V8 Interceptor (Howell, MI)
Mel Gibson’s Pursuit Special V8 Interceptor in the original Mad Max was based on a 1972 Ford Falcon, just as this right-hand drive, fan-made replica is.
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (PRESENT) — LOLA
Cameron’s 1959 Chevrolet Corvette (Redondo Beach, CA)
In Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Phil Coulsen drives a beloved 1962 cherry red Corvette named Lola (Levitating Over Land Automobile). This first-generation Corvette also looks the business, but is a few years older and does no levitating over land, as far as we are aware.
BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) — DELOREAN TIME MACHINE
Cameron’s 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 (Redondo Beach, CA)
I think we all know what this is from as soon as we see it. If you’re going to build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?
THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT (2006) — MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX
Michael’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (Marquette, MI)
In Tokyo Drift, American high school student Sean Boswell learns and eventually masters drifting after Han loans him his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX. This Evo IX is also heavily modified with body kit, new turbo, wheels, and much, much more.
IRON MAN 2 (2010) — AUDI R8 SPYDER
Sungjin’s 2011 Audi R8 Spyder (Chicago, IL)
Iron Man made the R8 famous before the supercar was even released. In the second Iron Man installment, Tony Stark used an R8 Spyder to haul his father’s business park map/element blueprint up the PCH. Not a common use-case, but still a cool car.
KNIGHT RIDER (1982-86) — KNIGHT INDUSTRIES TWO THOUSAND (KITT)
Jon’s KITT (Los Angeles, CA)
The self-driving, bulletproof, turbo-boosted Pontiac Firebird driven by the Hoff in Knight Rider is one of television’s most lovable mechanical characters. Fight crime and take names with this KITT replica whenever you’re in LA.
THE AVENGERS (2012) — ACURA NSX
City Center Exotics’ 2017 Acura NSX (Houston, TX)
For The Avengers, Tony’s daily driver was upgraded to the Acura NSX, and this sleek supercar turns just as many heads as its German counterpart.
THE ITALIAN JOB (1969) — MINI COOPER
Simply Rent a Car’s 1969 Mini Cooper (Inglewood, CA)
The original The Italian Job has an excellent chase scene that featuring over seven minutes of 1968 Mini Coopers scampering through malls and sewage tunnels with only three lines of dialogue. This 1969 Mini Cooper packs 134 horsepower from its 1.8L engine and makes 40 mpg. And it’s right-hand drive like in the movie, so there’s also that.
TRANSFORMERS (2007) — BUMBLEBEE
Andrey’s 2012 Chevrolet Camaro (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
We could go on and on about the vehicles in Transformers, but the Bumblebee Camaro in the first Transformers film is the classic modern movie car. Even though Bumblebee was a Volkswagen Bug in the original cartoon, he helped make Chevy’s new Camaro generation a hit when Transformers came out back in 2007.