Top 5 Luxury Cars Who Were Also Television Stars

The General LeeFrom Kitt to The General Lee, there are some cars that drive lust into the hearts of viewers-living in the minds of fans long after the show is over.  These exotic cars, and David Hasselhoff, have left such an impression on the world that we at Imagine Lifestyles want to showcase them for kicks, these famous cars all left an impact that continues today in the world of luxury cars:

•    Knight Rider’s Kitt-a 1982 Pontiac Trans Am with Personality
•    Magnum PI’s 1978 308 GTS Ferrari
•    Starsky & Hutch’s 1976 Ford Gran Torino, the Striped Tomato
•    Miami Vice’s Ferraris
•    The Dukes of Hazzard’s Famed General Lee-a 1969 Dodge Charger

In the 80s, it was all about Knight Rider.  With a pre-Baywatch David Hasselhoff and a jovial 1982 Pontiac Trans Am named Kitt, a sidekick in the form of a car.  Kitt had the capacity to transform from an 82 Trans Am into an indestructible machine complete with artificial intelligence, hooking car geeks Knight Rider-Hasselhoff & Kittworldwide with the car personality premise.

Magnum PI’s Ferraris were show-stoppers and sales boosters.  The series 3 Ferraris sped their way to the top in this series.  Season one featured a Ferrari 308 GTS, seasons 2-3 a Ferrari 308GTSi, seasons 4-6 a Ferrari 308GTSQv, and seasons 7-8 a Ferrari 308 GTSiQv.  The popularity of Ferrari remains fierce, as do Tom Selleck jabs. 

Starsky & Hutch’s Striped Tomato was a 1976 Ford Gran Torino.  This shiny red bullet became the object of many muscle-car worshippers fascination, and certainly bolstered sales for the cars.  Because hey, when you are a dynamic duo busting bad guys-you need a signature muscle car to be cool!  And cool they were, the series was ultra-popular, and still continues to score-with the likes of Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson starring in the latest version to hit the big screen.

The Dukes of Hazzard was about more than Daisy’s derriere (although that may be up for debate).  The featured car in The Dukes of Hazzard, The General Lee, and that 01 orange paint job will forever live in infamy.  Another classic muscle car, the 1969 Dodge Charger has often been imitated since-but never duplicated (same for Daisy’s Dukes).

Miami Vice ruled the small screen with thick plots and hot cars-Ferraris to be exact.  Detective Sonny Crockett drove viewer numbers up driving a black 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spyder365 GTS/4.  Viewers were unaware, however, that the luxury car was actually a kit replica based on a 1980 Chevrolet Corvette C3 chassis.  The Corvette was fitted with Ferrari-shaped body panels by specialty car manufacturer McBurnie.  As the car became famous, Enzo Ferrari filed suit demanding that McBurnie cease producing and selling Ferrari replicas.  From season 3 forward, Enzo Ferrari donated two new 1986 Testarossas as replacements.  What a nice guy!  The show had made a full transition into success at that point, already popular and featuring authentic Ferraris to continue to captivate its audience.  But you do not have to be a television star to enjoy a luxury rental car in Miami, you can rent a Ferrari and cascade down the famous South Beach strip just the same!

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