Cinematic Cars

Musical Motors

What's in a name?

Automotive Firsts

Evolving Autos


In the 2007, Bumblebee transforms into a Camaro, but in the original 1986 Transformers movie, this Autobot was capable of transforming into this instead. 

What is a Beetle?


When Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper died, Don McClean drove to this to the levy.

What is a Chevy?


This SUV derives its name from wild or untrained horses that behaves unpredictably, often kicking or bucking. 

What is a Bronco?


In 1908, Ford opened its first international branch in this city, which is also known as the City of Light.

What is Paris?


Since it was released in 1999 to US markets, it beat the Prius by six months, making this was the first hybrid sold commercially in the United States.

What is the Honda Insight?


In this road movie, a bootlegger in a Pontiac Trans AM, runs interference for a trucker trying to smuggle beer from Texarkana to Atlanta while they pursued by a corrupt Texas sheriff.

What is Smokey & the Bandit?


This Rob Zombie song is about Grampa Muster's coffin shaped dragster. 

What is - Dragula


This Honda minivan is named for an ancient Homeric epic.

What is an Odyssey?


Also called Monroney stickers, named for Senator Mike Monroney, from Oklahoma who spearheaded the Automobile Information Disclosure Act of 1958, these labels are placed on cars to ensure dealers are properly disclosing information related to pricing, fuel economy, etcetera.

What is a Window Sticker?


In 1955, when legendary actor James Dean was tragically killed when he collided with an oncoming vehicle, his Spyder wasn't equipped these safety devices, which optional at the time, became by US law mandatory in 1968.

What are seatbelts?


This car is described in as a Randall Raines Unicorn because every time he tries to steel one, something goes horribly wrong.

What is the ’69 Shelby GT?


Eagles songwriter Jackson Browne was standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona, when a girl driving this, slowed down to take a look at him.

What is a flatbed Ford?


This cars namesake is a mythical creature from WWI legends, which battled both William Shatner & John Lithgow on board air flights passing through the Twilight Zone.

What is a Gremlin?


In 1885 he received the very first patent on what is considered to be the first practical automobile, and the first car put into mass production.

Who is Karl Benz?


They're intended to reduce vehicle exhaust, when Congress enacted the Clean Air act of 1970, they became required by US law to be installed in new vehicles. Unfortunately they are frequently targeted by thieves because they contain valuable metals such as platinum, and palladium.

What is a catalytic converter?


This road movie is about two brothers who drove across the country in a 1974 Dodge Monaco, on a mission from god.

What is the Blues Bros?


After it was completed in 1926 his highway is where Nat King Cole got his kicks.

What is Route 66?


The VW Beetle was designed by the founder of this Stuttgart company that bears his name.

Who is Porsche?

Frederick Porsche founded Porsche in April of 1931.


Considered by many to be the oldest of the supercar manufacturers, this French company was founded in 1909, making it predate Ferrari by thirty-eight years, Porsche by twenty-two years, and Aston Martin by four.

Who is Bugatti?


In 1973 the Oldsmobile Tornado was the first car mass produced with these safety devices.

What are passenger side airbags?


This 1963 comedy film is about a temperamental, self aware VW Bug racecar that can operate without a driver.

The Love Bug

Alternatively, Herbie the Love Bug


This song by Canadian band Rush, depicts a dystopian future where cars are outlawed and tells the tale of a boy taking an old Ferrari his uncle keeps hidden barn out for a spin when he gets chased by the police.

What is Red Red Barchetta?


This OEM is named after the worlds oldest monotheist deity, that dates back to 2000 BCE.

Who is Mazda?

Is named after Ahura Mazda, the Zoroastrianism Lord of Wisdom.


In 1958, Toyota exported the first 268, of these to a new market in the US.

What is the Toyota, Toyopet Crown?


After urging the manufacturer for years to develop a car that runs on an alternative fuel, in 1970, Aston Martin developed a car for Prince Charles that runs on this.

What is bioethanol?


The title of this 1968 Steve McQueen neo-noir action  thriller, is both McQueen’s titular characters last name, and this high performance Mustang.

What is (a Mustang) Bullitt?


This song is a father to son warning from the singers father, that driving around in his Modal A Lincoln hotrod, behavior which threatens his fathers sobriety.

What is Hot Rod Lincoln?

My pappy said, "Son, you're gonna' drive me to drinkin'
If you don't stop drivin' that Hot Rod Lincoln."


This is luxury OEM is named for an ancestor of Ford executive Henry Leland, whose ancestor was a French explorer, the founder of Detroit, and former governor of Louisiana, and .

What is Cadillac?

Cadillac is named for Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac 


In 1904 this Frenchman was the first recorded person to driven over 100 MPH.  He set the land speed record of 103.561 mph in Ostend Belgium on July 21, 1904.

His record stood for three months.

Who was Louis Rigolly?


During a visit to NYC the winter of 1902 Mary Anderson of Alabama, became irritated at traffic delays due to the street car driver frequently stopping to leave the vehicle to clear his view.  When she return home to Birmingham she invented these.

What are windshield wipers?