#10. Doc Brown’s DeLorean
For a certain generation of Americans, this is what a time machine looks like. It has roof-hinged doors that open vertically. It runs on plutonium (or a bolt of lightning extending from a clock tower) and it travels via a flux capacitor. “The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?” Doc Brown couldn’t have been more right on. Everything about the DeLorean time machine was on the border of nuts and totally bat-shit crazy. Hell, that’s exactly how I would describe Doc Brown, so the two couldn’t be more of a perfect match. I mean really, only a crazy person would steal plutonium from Libyan nationalists and continue about their day as if they hadn’t just signed their own death warrant. Craziness aside, Doc Brown managed to make the uncool Delorean absolutely f-ing cool. So much so in fact, sales of DeLorean’s skyrocketed after Back to the Future hit theaters. The frenzy was short-lived; though, and wasn’t enough to save the fledgling car company from going out of business a short time after the film premiered. One thing is for certain, should time travel ever become possible, we hope the inventors create their first machine out of a DeLorean.
#9. The Ecto-1
“If there’s something strange in your neighborhood… Who you gonna call? If there’s something weird and it don’t look good… Who you gonna call?” Anyone who was around in the ’80s knows the answer to that question is, “GHOSTBUSTERS!” This classic movie from 1984 centers around three former parapsychology professors who decide they are in need of a career change and since acting like children and building crazy gadgets didn’t pay so well they did the next best thing. They set up shop in an old NYC firehouse and became Ghostbusters, trapping pesky ghosts, spirits, haunts and poltergeists for money. They had the building. They had the equipment. What they needed now was the car and no ordinary car was gonna do — oh no — they got themselves a freaking hearse and called it the Ecto-1. Once the guys fixed the engine, added on some state-of-the-art ghost wrangling gadgets, then slapped their company’s logo on the doors, the Ecto-1 was ready to hit the streets. The rest — they say — is history. Thanks to the success of the movie and its sequel, the Ecto-1 will forever hold a place in pop culture history.
#8. The Mystery Machine
The Mystery Machine doesn’t have any cool features or fancy gadgets like some of the other cars on this list. It doesn’t do any tricks or transform into something else, nor does it have any special powers. What it does have is a groovy psychedelic paint job and four mystery-solving kids and their dog who love nothing more than to foil the plans of any evil-doers who just so happen to be at the same place they are — coincidence, I think not! The Hanna-Barbera cartoon first aired in 1969 and has had many different incarnations since then, with Shaggy, Scooby-Doo, Velma, Daphne, Fred and the Mystery Machine always a part of each new spin-off that was created. The Mystery Machine is one of the most recognizable cartoon cars and although at first glance it doesn’t look like something a manly guy would ever admit to owning, but when you look closer you can see the potential this communally owned mid-size van has to offer. I mean, it’s roomy enough to accommodate a full-size bed, need I say more gentlemen. But if for some strange reason you can’t seem to convince any ladies to get in your van (go figure!) it’s still an awesome place for you and your buddies to chill and think dirty thoughts about Daphne and Velma — if you’re a good boy she just might give you a Scooby Snack!