Happy Halloween! For the month of October, we ranked our favorite Ghastly Gas Guzzlers. All the suspense has paid off – today, we are announcing our favorite ghastly automobile. To qualify, vehicles had to be featured in either Film or Television and have roots in ghoulishness. But first, let’s recap which vehicles made the list:
#10: Christine, Christine (1983)
The twisted love story between a nerdy young man and his 1958 Plymouth Fury, Christine.
She was born bad. Plain and simple. Somewhere deep on a darkened assembly line. Christine. A ’58 Plymouth Fury possessed by Hell. She’s taken control of her teenage owner, Arnie. Her previous owner is not alive to warn him. And now she’s steering straight for the one person in her way. Arnie’s girlfriend, Leigh. The other woman. -Columbia Pictures
#9: Grandpa’s Dragula, The Munsters
After Herman Munster loses his beloved Munsters Koach to ‘Leadfoot Baylor’ on a drag strip bet, Grandpa constructs his own dragster, the Drag-u-la, to win it back in a rematch. Built with a 350 HP, 289 cubic-inch Ford Mustang V8, Drag-u-la edges past the Koach for the win.
The Munsters. Universal Television, 1964-1966
Check out our drag racer breakdown of Herman’s Munster Koach Vs Grandpa’s Dragula.
#8: The Car, The Car (1977)
The Car tells the story of a 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III that terrorizes the residents of a small town. Remember the movie Jaws? The Car is the vehicle equivalent, with rhythmic engine revs replacing the stalking theme and a custom front end replacing the dorsal fin. There is also less water. Nonetheless, the bloodthirsty sedan has a 460 cubic inch, 7.5 L heart and a soul as dark and menacing as its exterior.
#7: Death Proof, Death Proof (2007)
Quentin Tarantino has a knack for perfecting cliché movie genres. Death Proof is no exception. The film pays homage to 1970s slasher and muscle car films, perfectly blending the two. A scarred stuntman goes on a murderous rampage in his “death proof” 1971 Nova SS, bringing us a delightfully frightful feature when once again the car steals the show.
#6: The Batmobile, Batman Franchise
Matching the Caped Crusader’s versatility and menacing appearance, the Batmobile delivers justice to the streets of Gotham – striking fear into the hearts of criminals. One of the greatest weapons in Batman’s arsenal, it has undergone several upgrades throughout the lore of Batman. Here’s a look at its crime fighting evolution:
#5: Pursuit Special, Mad Max Franchise
Equipped with a one of a kind supercharger, the Pursuit Special (also known as the V8 Interceptor), is a modified Ford Falcon XB GT 351. Stolen so that Mad Max can enact revenge on the vicious motorcycle gang that murdered his family, the ominous interceptor is Max’s best weapon against villainy in a dystopian future.
#4: The Green Goblin, Maximum Overdrive (1986)
Extraterrestrial radiation from a passing comet causes Earth’s machines to come to life and turn on their human creators, giving ‘vehicular homicide’ all new meaning. Led by a White Western Star 4800 with the face of the Green Goblin, several murderous trucks antagonize and enslave a group of survivors trapped at a North Carolina truck stop.
#3: The Deathcoaster, Army of Darkness (1992)
Trapped in time. Surrounded by evil. Low on gas – Ash’s heavily modified 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 is the ultimate weapon against evil… at least by 1300 AD standards. Fitted with wooden armor, a hybrid steam engine, and giant rotating wooden blades on the hood, the ‘Deathcoaster’ charges into battle to take on the noxious Deadite army. Groovy.
#2: The Ecto-1, Ghostbusters (1984)
Originally purchased in the 1984 Ghostbusters movie for ‘only’ $4,800 ($11,000 in 2016 to adjust for inflation), Ray’s 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance just needed a little spit shine and some suspension work… shocks, brakes, brake pads, lining, a steering box, transmission, read end, new rings, muffler, and (a little) wiring. Throw in an array of ghostbusting equipment, a paint job, and a no-ghost logo, and you’ve got yourself the perfect car to answer the call.
Here is our favorite version of the Ecto-1, courtesy of our friend Jeremy:
#1: The Mystery Machine, Scooby Doo
Mystery Inc.’s main mode of transportation, the Mystery Machine, has gotten Scooby Doo’s crew into and out of plenty of shenanigans. Each episode of the original television series run (CBS, 1969 – 1975) features Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and of course Scooby, arriving in the Mystery Machine to investigate the latest report of ghosts or ghouls terrorizing the local populace. We all know how the episode ends, with the “meddling” teenage paranormal investigators foiling an unmasked villain’s foolish scheme.
Inspired by the panel vans of the 1960’s, the Mystery Machine is painted with a distinctive blue and green pattern and adorned with orange flowers. While the exact make and model is not certain, the Mystery Machine is likely a Ford Econoline or Chevy Sportvan. Interested in purchasing your own Mystery Machine? We have a fantastic one on Carsforsale.com.
The interior features disco lights, a couch, a table and even a ghost finder! It is powered by a 302CI V8 mated to an automatic transmission and features air conditioning and an AM-FM-CD player.
One of your favorites not make the list? Let us know in the comments, and have a fun and safe Halloween!