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Pierce Brosnan’s Slick Aston Martin December 17, 2008

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Bond, James Bond.

This is of course the famous line delivered so suavely by a number of actors who have played the ever-popular 007.

Sean Connery usually tops the list of favorites to play the role, but many have given Pierce Brosnan props for bringing an air of classiness to Bond’s modern treatment. He began with GoldenEye, and then the successful followups Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.

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Bond is well known for his brushes with danger, his skill with the ladies, his “shaken not stirred” martini, and of course the wacky gadgets which can often be seen on his cars.

But what does Brosnan drive in real life? Perhaps it is not surprising that the actor zooms around in a stylish Aston Martin Vanquish, a vehicle prominantly featured in Die Another Day.  This vehicle surely turns heads with its bold styling, 200mph top speed and abilty to go from 0 to 60mph in 4 seconds.

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George Clooney’s Coffin-mobile December 8, 2008

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George Clooney has been a modern day screen icon throughout the 90’s and into the present day. He made a name for himself on the popular hospital drama ER before an even more successful foray into big screen motion pictures.

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A string of critical and commercial hits followed including “The Perfect Storm”, “Ocean’s Eleven” and culminating in a Best Supporting Actor win for “Syrianna”. These successes solidified his reputaton as a A-list actor as well as a heatthrob to his legion of female admirers.

So what does this suave superstar drive? An Aston Martin? A BMW? Nope. He can actually be seen cruising the mean streets in an electric Tango 600, perhaps one of the most hideous vehicles ever produced.

The Tango resembles an anorexic Smart and is priced at $108,000! It is made by the Washington based Commuter Cars and boasts A width of under 40 inches and a 0-60mph of 4 seconds. Clooney’s association with the vehicle brought the car company some much appreciated PR and it also highlighted the star’s dedication to environmental causes.


Knight Rider: KITT the Talking Car November 18, 2008

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Knight Rider was a smash hit of the 1980’s and starred the now washed up, soulful singer David Hasselhoff, who fought crime with help from a talking car.

Hasselhoff played Michael Knight, and his car KITT was a faithful sidekick in the form of a 1982 Pontiac Trans Am Firebird.

KITT was one badass ride, and was tricked out enough to make James Bond’s cars jealous. Some of its choice features included a turbo boost which would allow it to accelerate rapidly and even fly through the air in short bursts, a flamethrower, and a tear gas launcher!

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Amazingly, this series is being revived in both film and tv in 2008! The new KITT is a burley looking Mustang that will be voiced by Val Kilmer. The vehicle will sport the same distinctive hood light that is KITT’s trademark, but other than that is completely different.

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Christine: The Scariest Car Ever November 14, 2008

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Master suspense/horror writer Stephen King has had a long and rich career spinning dark and disturbing tales which keep readers awake at night.

In his 1983 novel Christine, King applied his talents and brought to life a horrifying character– a car!

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The car, Christine, is possessed, and it occasionally goes on murderous rampages. It gains influence over its new owner, a nerd named Arnie, and wreaks havok through his small town. Those who haven’t read the book may have seen the movie adaption 1983 and felt the malevolence that the car emanated….

Christine is a 1957 red Plymouth Fury, from the first generation of Furies that came out in the mid 1950s. It had a 5.7L V8 and came in sedan, convertible and eventually station wagon designs.

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Allpar.com has a ton of great information on this famous vehicle.

Ferris Bueller and the 1961 Ferrari November 11, 2008

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was a 1986 comedy which celebrated the hijinks of a happy-go-lucky youth who decided to call in sick to class one day…

Ferris (Matthew Broderick) is joined by his beautiful girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) and his goofy sidekick Cameron (Alan Ruck) as they romp through Chicago looking for thrills.

As the movie progresses, it is clear that Cameron harbors parental issues. He especially resents the attention his father lavishes upon a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California. This awesome roadster featured a 280 horsepower 250 V12 and amazingly, only 55 were built.

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At the climax of the movie, Cameron kicks the car in a rage, sending it hurtling out of his dad’s showroom, through a plate glass window and into a ravine.

Thankfully, a specially constructed fake was used for this scene!

Something Strange In the Neighborhood…. November 10, 2008

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There’s somethin’ strange…in the neighborhood…who you gonna call?
Yes, the Stars and Cars Blog!

The 1980’s were a wonderful time that spawned movies that you couldn’t imagine studios giving the green light to today. Among these were the the famed Ghostbusters films which brought together Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, several slimy villains, and of course the ghostbusting mobile, AKA Ecto-1:

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You can be sure that ghosts were busted in style in this 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor which is actually a modified hearse/ambulance– complete with flashing lights and siren! The stretched out monstrosity was piled high with a mountain of ghost-catching equipment.

Ecto-1 was first put up for sale last year for the whopping price of $149,998 and again more recently on eBay for around $50,000! Quite a chunk of change indeed.

Here’s a clip of Ecto-1 in action: