George Baileys 1919 Dodge in Its A Wonderful Life.( Hagerty)
Lets face it, it just wouldnt be Christmas without Christmas movies. They warmed our hearts. They lift our spirits. They build us chuckle. And if they happen to include a memorable classic automobile or two, well, all the better.
We all have our favorite holiday movies and automobiles, but here is our list of Top 5 Christmas Movie Cars( technically, four cars and a truck ):
Old Man Parkers 1937 Oldsmobile Six in A Christmas Story( 1983 )
The film, set in 1940 s Indiana( but filmed in Cleveland ), may have centered on a 9-year-old boys quest for a Red Ryder BB gun, but the family auto played a starring role.
In real life, Oldsmobile touted its 1937 Six and Eight models as Modern to the Minute! and the Best Looking Cars of the Year! Olds advertising touted the cars sizing, durability, power and economy, and also highlighted the unique attributes of each: Two great new vehicles entirely different from each other. The Old Mans Six, had he purchased it new( and we know he didnt ), started at $685 equal to only about $11,500 in todays economy. Thats a screaming bargain. But in the film the Old boy calls more at the familys demonic furnace than he does at the Olds. Still, the car doesnt escape his disappointed sarcasm.
That hot damn Olds has froze up again! That son of a b #$*& would freeze up in the middle of summertime on the equator!
The 37 Six featured Art Deco styling cues, including a turret top and a large grille with horizontal bar, and it had a 230 -cid, 95 -hp inline-six engine under the hood. But in the movie, the tires one in particular set the stage for a most memorable scene. My old mans spare tires were actually merely tires in the academic sense, Ralphie recollects. They were round they had once been made of rubber
And when one runs flat, Ralphies mother encourages him to give his father a hand changing it a first-time opportunity. When Ralphie accidently spills the lug nuts his father had tossed inside the dog-dish hubcap for safe keeping, Ralphie blurts out the F-dash-dash-dash word! As punishment, he gets a mouthful of soap.
In 2012, the U.S. Library of Congress proclaimed A Christmas Story to be culturally, historically and aesthetically significant, and it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. Lets not forget the Old boy Oldsmobile, either.
Clark W. Griswolds Family Truckster in Christmas Vacation( 1989 )
We know. It isnt nearly as famous as its older sibling, the frighteningly ugly or ridiculously cool, depending on your point of view Wagon Queen Family Truckster from National Lampoons Vacation( a heavily modified 1979 Ford LTD Country Squire ). But the 1988 Ford Taurus wagon that transported the Griswolds on their Christmas adventures is still awesome.
The Taurus takes center stage when its time to cut a Christmas tree and the Griswolds head out for a little F3( Forced Family Fun ). On the style, Clarks competitive nature gets the best of him, and the car launchings itself literally into Christmas movie history.
George Baileys 1919 Dodge Brother touring car in Its A Wonderful Life( 1946 )
One of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time, Its A Wonderful Life is chock full of great automobiles. Some we remember well Ernies taxi cab, Burts police car and Sams Duesenberg, for instance and many that we dont. But the most cherisheds of them all is the 1919 Dodge Brothers touring that Jimmy Stewart crashes into a tree, sending him over the edge as he contemplates what life would be like if hed never been born.
The open-air Dodge might otherwise be forgettable, but its role in Frank Carpras magical story builds it special. The auto, which still has its original movie studio ID badge, was displayed in a museum for years before passing into private ownership. Five years ago, it was purchased by a movie-loving Colorado couple. The Dodge was up for auction in 2014 but didnt change hands, perhaps because like the movie its owners ultimately decided that it was priceless.
Ghost of Christmas Pasts 1970 s Checker taxi cab in Scrooged( 1988 )
In Scrooged, David Johansen frightens the hell out of Bill Murray which is exactly the phase by taking him on a wild ride in a 1970s Checker taxi cab.
Technically, the iconic yellow taxi is a Checker Marathon, which retained the same basic design during its 22 -year production run away from 1961 -8 2. The Marathon, produced in Kalamazoo, Mich ., was built to take a beating, as would be expected of any taxi taxi, particularly those that roam New York City. The Checker is an underappreciated keeper, and so is Scrooged.
Bonus Christmas taxi tidbit: Will Farrell get hit by a yellow taxi while crossing a New York City street in Elf( 2003 ). Dont think about it too much. Its funny.
Martin Riggs 1985 GMC C-3 500 Crew Cab Wideside Dually in Lethal Weapon( 1987 )
Whats that you say? Lethal Weapon isnt a Christmas movie? Au contraire, my friend. It is indeed a Christmas movie; it only doesnt give us the warm fuzzies were used to receiving from vacation fare unless you like action, explosions and kick-ass trucks. And we do. Which means we really dig Mel Gibsons 1985 GMC C-3 500 Wideside Dually. The thing is a brute. Its so tough that it brings down the house an actual home. Hope Santa wasnt inside.
Honorable mention: Argyles 1988 Lincoln limousine in Die Hard( 1988)
The Lethal Weapon GMC reminds us of an automotive hero in another Thats a Christmas movie? movie: the black 1988 Lincoln limousine that devotes Bruce Willis a lift from LAX to Nakatomi Plaza in Die Hard. Who knew that in the end, the limo and its driver, Argyle, would become heroes? Tis the season.
Honorable mention: Willies 1969 Chevy Impala in Bad Santa( 2003)
Forgive us in advance, but theres something about the beat-up 1969 Chevrolet Impala that Billy Bob Thornton drives in Bad Santa that we just cant get out of our heads. Whats that, you ask? Lets just say the cars best feature in the movie, at the least is its generous leg room.
Honorable mention: Plymouth Woodie Wagons in Holiday Inn( 1942) and White Christmas( 1950)
We find it amusing and hopefully interesting that two movies often mistaken for one another both cast similar-looking Plymouth woodie wagons in basically the same roles.
In Holiday Inn( 1942 ), a fresh 1942 Plymouth Special DeLuxe wagon is used to transport guests to the Holiday Inn. In White Christmas( 1954 ), a 1950 Plymouth Special DeLuxe wagon is used to transport guests to the Columbia Inn. Two Plymouth woodies, two country inns, two iconic Christmas musicals.
As far as were concerned, you cant go wrong with either auto or movie.