• ETC
  • Apr 7th 2014 at 6:00PM
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Hero cars in films need to be sexy. It's why Doc Brown and Marty went back in time in a DeLorean, and why Bo and Luke Duke tore about Hazzard County in a Dodge Charger. The stars of the show need to get about in something cool.

Artist Gerald Bear seems to disagree with this notion, as his latest series of illustrations, Unconventional Heroes, shows. He's taken the look of famous cars from both the big and small screen and applied their appearance to far, ahem, more humble offerings.

Starsky and Hutch's Ford Gran Torino is transformed into a Fiat Panda, while Speed Racer's Mach 5 takes the form of a BMW Isetta bubble car. Niki Lauda's Ferrari Formula One car, though, is subjected to the funniest transformation, although Optimus Prime's latest form is pretty humorous, as well.

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      KaBoomBOX
      • 1 Year Ago
      "What If All Famous Movie Cars Had To Be Cheap And European" There, fixed it for you.
      LenTex Brewery
      • 1 Year Ago
      duh
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        Their shows would have cancelled after about a month. No one wants to see a movie/show staring an economy car. It'd be like watching some homely looking being portrayed as a sex symbol.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris
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      methos1999
      • 1 Year Ago
      No, just no.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Haha these are great!
      sir
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought that the Reliant Robin made a better Starsky & Hutch cheap car, as seen on Top Gear.
      ed_rc
      • 1 Year Ago
      This list was defensively compiled by an European. Funny but wrong car choices.
        Txdesign
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ed_rc
        Unconventional and cheap, as the article states. We eagerly await your list.
      Chris
      • 1 Year Ago
      I could not help but notice how out of place the conderate flag looked on that little European city car. No one would be able to take them ole Duke boys seriously in that thing, and the chase scenes would probably look more like the one OJ was in than anything even remotely exciting. Another name for this article could be 'What Some of the Most Movie Cars Might Look Like With Down Syndrome'.
      Piervittorio
      • 1 Year Ago
      There has never been a BMW Isetta. The Isetta was presented and produced by the Italian Iso Rivolta (Isetta is a diminutive of Isa, the female of Iso), which later sold the license production to BMW. The Isetta built under license by BMW was called BMW 250, the only original Isetta are italian and branded Iso Rivolta.
        Georg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Piervittorio
        BMW called it also Isetta, right at the front door next to the BMW logo were it big named ISETTA... yes BMW bought the licens from Iso Rivolta but they completely redesigned it ... The number 250 and 300 only claimed the engine size build in the BMW Isetta and was no model number The complete name was BMW Isetta 250 or BMW Isetta 300 depending on the engine. The redesigne done by BMW was so deep the not a single part between the BMW Isetta and ISO Isetta were interchangable.
      Harvey Duncan
      • 1 Year Ago
      There needs to be a Yugo with a screamin' chicken for Smokey and the Bandit.
      Gorgenapper
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not sure I can see Kaneda riding a Piaggio Vespa. ALTHOUGH this one time in Saints Row III, I parked my fully customized Audi R8 (Temptress) down a street and proceeded to obliterate a gang operation. Some time between my dual machine pistol / RPG rampage and being chased around by ever increasing amounts of bad guys, someone torched my Temptress. So, when it was time to high tail it out of there... I jumped on the nearest vehicle and made an exit. It happened to be a Widowmaker... aka. a Vespa. I kept that thing and fully upgraded it after I got back to my garage. Good times.
      Gregg Alley
      • 1 Year Ago
      My favorite was the Mach 5 Isetta.
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