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The Best Tv Cars and Vehicles of the 80s

Updated on April 9, 2020
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I love the 80s. My CD collection is full of 80s music, my DVD shelf is full of 80s films and TV get the picture.

Television Cars and Vehicles of the 80s

When I think back to great tv programs of the 80s, the vehicle used is often one of the first things that comes to mind. Sometimes this is because the show is based around the vehicle, such as in Knightrider or Airwolf. Other times the vehicle is just there as a means of transport, yet becomes as famous as any of the human stars of the show, sometimes even more so. In this article I have collected together some of my favourites from the decade.


KITT from Knight Rider

The Knight Industries Two Thousand, or as he is better known, KITT, was undoubtedly the star of Knight Rider. Voiced by the brilliant William Daniels, Kitt was an artificially intelligent computer in the body of a 1982 Pontiac Trans Am and is the car I've always wanted to own. I have the Knight Rider theme tune on a cd and sometimes play it when driving. It feels good!

The thing I love best about KITT is the flashing red light at the front with the 'wom-wom' sound effect. You just can't beat it.

Photo of KITT courtesy of Sippel2707 - wikimedia commons

A Team van toy
A Team van toy

The A-Team Van

I love it when a plan comes together! The A-Team van is almost as famous as the stars of the show. Considering they were on the run from the US government, this van was amazingly recognisable. Full of weaponry and Hannibal's many disguises, the A Team van raced from problem to problem, regularly having to make long jumps through the air to escape the pursuing military police. The amount of wheel spin BA cooked up every time the van set off was amazing!

Photo of A-Team van toy courtesy of Buttonfreak- wikimedia commons

Airwolf Vs Blue Thunder

Which was your favourite 80's tv helicopter. Read the articles below and don't forget to add your opinion to the debate.


Airwolf was a high-tech military helicopter piloted by Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent). Airwolf was actually a modified Bell 222 helicopter, but in the program had features such as stealth mode, supersonic speed and an incredible arsenal of weapons.

I always loved the intro music to Airwolf and currently have it as my phone's ringtone.

Blue Thunder
Blue Thunder

Blue Thunder

Blue Thunder was also a helicopter, but this time a police chopper. A modified Aerospatiale Gazelle, Blue Thunder was capable of firing 4000 rounds a minute from its attached Gatling gun, it had all sorts of camera and infra-red capabilities and was also capable of stealth mode. There were only ever 11 episodes of this series (and the one film that the series was based upon) which I find a shame as I enjoyed this one a lot.

Photo Courtesy of Cplbeaudoin - wikimedia commons

Which was your favourite helicopter tv show: Airwolf or Blue Thunder?

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Street Hawk
Street Hawk

Street Hawk

Street Hawk ran for 13 episodes back in 1985 and featured Jesse Mach, a dirt-bike racer turned crime fighter, and the bike of the title. Street Hawk was a modified Honda XR500 capable of speeds in excess of 300 mph and had some serious fire power. A very cool vehicle.

Photo Courtesy of

The General Lee
The General Lee

The Dukes of Hazzard - The General Lee

The Dukes of Hazzard may have started in the late 70s, but most of its run was during the 80s and the General Lee is just too iconic a car to miss off this list.

The General Lee was a customised 1969 Dodge Charger stock car and was often seen careering around while being chased by the local police (run by the villainous Boss Hogg).

Photo Courtesy of Erik814u2 - wikimedia commons

Magnum P.I. - Ferrari 308 GTS

If somebody mentions Magnum P.I. to you, what are the first things that come to mind? Tom Selleck's moustache and the Ferrari, right? No 80's vehicle list would be complete without a nod to this classic. Imagine driving around 1980's Hawaii, wearing a brightly coloured Hawaiian shirt at the wheel of a bright red Ferrari. Awesome!

Favourite 80s tv vehicle

Have your say on your favourite 80s tv vehicle. If your favourite isn't listed, why not mention it in the feedback form at the bottom of the lens?

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© 2013 David


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