Hero cars: the vehicles of our favorite characters that are almost a character of their own. James Bond’s iconic Aston Martin DB5. Frank Bullitt’s and Memphis Raines’ Mustangs, Herbie the “Love Bug”, Bo “Bandit” Danville’s and Michael Knight’s black Trans Ams, Thelma and Louise’s blue Thunderbird, etc. are instantly recognizable, stirring up feelings of excitement and adventure. Yet there are those that are forgotten and neglected, or, worse, reimagined in modern form with little homage to the original (see modern Knight Rider using the Ford/Shelby Mustang GT500KR instead of - and perhaps reasonably so, given Pontiac’s contemporary lineup at the time - the black Pontiac-based K.I.T.T.).
I think the modern Knight Rider folks had the right gist of the idea in 2008 using a Mustang, but they should have stuck with what looked like a V6 model (or a GT), which would have been as ubiquitous as the Trans Am may have been in the late-’70s and early-’80s, not a rare, top-of-the-line GT500KR, or any GT500 for that matter. However, in the spirit of making the car blend in yet be modern - especially with cameras in nearly every pocket - it should be able to disguise the modern tech within but be popular enough to not stand out much while hunting down baddies. Initially I was thinking a Tesla Model X, but that would still be too unique. The producers of the modern TV show also had the Mustang turn into a preproduction Ford Raptor for off-road use, but a Raptor could be impractical for city chases if that was the only choice.
So with that, I’d nominate either a Dodge Challenger SE (it needs to not attract attention, and the engine would be changed anyway, or an F-150 XLT FX4, probably in white to blend in with many other commercial trucks.
So, Opponauts, what car would you re-release in modern form? Perhaps a Transit made to look like the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine?