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Amateur Barbarian
01-29-2014, 03:08 PM
I'm looking for a list of fake car makers and models used in film and television. In the days before product placement of Ford and Chrysler cars was common, and especially if there was any bad aspect to it, a fictional maker or model would be created. The only example that comes to mind is the fictional car maker in the novel and film The Betsy, and the whimsically fictional cars, guns and other products from the Nero Wolfe novels.

Anyone recall any notable film and TV car fakes?

conway
01-29-2014, 03:23 PM
The 6000 SUX from RoboCop.

engineer_comp_geek
01-29-2014, 03:23 PM
The Wagon Queen Family Truckster from National Lampoon's Vacation.
The Pursuit Special from Mad Max.
The Hirondel from The Saint.

I don't think you can count the Homer from the Simpsons since someone actually made one. :p

Labdad
01-29-2014, 03:25 PM
There was a "Durango" in A Clockwork Orange.

Czarcasm
01-29-2014, 03:31 PM
I don't think you can count the Homer from the Simpsons since someone actually made one. :pNo, but you can include the Canyonero.

Dewey Finn
01-29-2014, 03:32 PM
I don't think you can count the Homer from the Simpsons since someone actually made one. :p
They also had a Canyonero SUV.

gnoitall
01-29-2014, 03:40 PM
The Simpsons had the Canyonero (http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Canyonero) SUV.

You didn't mention video games, so disregard this if you wish, but the Fallout franchise had the Chryslus Motors (http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Chryslus_Motors) brand (with such models as the Highwayman and the Corvega).

All of which, if found in the post-apocalyptic wastelands of 200 years after the global nuclear war that ended civilization, may still have an intact but amazingly fragile nuclear power plant that will explode spectacularly if you shoot or strike the car. As a corollary, these make terrible cover if sheltering from enemy gunfire. Because, you know, NUCLEAR EXPLOSION. :smack:


ETA: Aaaaand ninja'd because of my excursion into video game land.

ftg
01-29-2014, 04:01 PM
I don't think you can count the Homer from the Simpsons since someone actually made one. :p

Bob's RV Roundup sold the Ultimate Behemoth, the one Homer bought I don't think had a brand. Flanders had the Land Behemoth model which appeared in 2 episodes and mentioned in another. Homer bought a no-name RV again in "Mobile Homer".

The Mr. Plow vehicle is made by Kumatsu Motors but doesn't seem to have model name.

Most cars shown in the Simpsons don't have a brand name. E.g., I don't think the electric car in "Beyond Blunderdome" had a brand. Several cars are ~based on real cars or actually are real, e.g., Mr. Burns' Stutz Bearcat.

Then there's the Malibu Stacy car.

On SNL in olden times, they had a car ad parody for The Adobe.

Ethilrist
01-29-2014, 04:02 PM
There's the Tumbler line of urban assault vehicles from the Batman movies... might well have a Wayne Enterprises brand on it, which would also be fictional.

picker
01-29-2014, 04:03 PM
The Takuro Spirit from Stephen King's Dark Tower series.

Morbo
01-29-2014, 04:10 PM
The Hannibal Twin-8 (http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/t_original/18w6v3way68zfjpg.jpg) and the Leslie Special (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_IQ6Ph3oTQfo/S7LhQUiIiXI/AAAAAAAAAYA/_ig4PMooCeU/s1600/Leslie63.jpg), both from The Great Race

Gatopescado
01-29-2014, 05:19 PM
Tesla :D

Ethilrist
01-29-2014, 05:19 PM
Knight Industries had a year 2000 model, known as KITT...

Iggy
01-29-2014, 05:29 PM
How I Met Your Mother has the character Marshall driving from the Twin Cities to New York in a Monstrosity Sport.

Airman Doors, USAF
01-29-2014, 05:33 PM
The Toyonda Pious. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smug_Alert!)

running coach
01-29-2014, 05:44 PM
The Paragaon Panther. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang)

RealityChuck
01-29-2014, 05:53 PM
The Dick van Dyke Show (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_J._Wilson) had Rob buying a 1964 Tarantula -- nicknamed "a T-Bug."

thelurkinghorror
01-29-2014, 06:17 PM
If games are okay, then the Grand Theft Auto has tons of these. Some persist throughout games, and you can sometimes tell who they're ripping off. E.g. list for GTAIV (http://gta.wikia.com/Vehicles_in_GTA_IV). The makes are shown if you click on each car. One that stands out in my mind, and hasn't actually appeared in the games, is the Maibatsu Monstrosity (a SUV of course).

I wonder what brand it is that gets 40 rods to the hogshead.

Accidental Martyr
01-30-2014, 12:48 AM
The Dandy Lion SX from Pushing Daisies.
http://pushing-daisies.wikia.com/wiki/Dandy_Lion_SX

commasense
01-30-2014, 01:18 AM
The British Zeus (www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO9pMt0RDxQ) (pronounced Zee-us), an absurdly large car, shown only in an animated test commercial, in The Magic Christian (1969), starring Peter Sellers.

Boberoo
01-30-2014, 01:18 AM
Hardcastle and McCormick Coyote x (http://hooniverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Hardcastle-and-McCormick-Coyote-700x393.jpg)

zwede
01-30-2014, 08:27 AM
Always wanted the Jupiter 8 from planet 892-IV:

http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Jupiter_8

CalMeacham
01-30-2014, 08:44 AM
In Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series (and Robert Goldsborough's sequels), Archie drives Wolfe's Heron sedan. He drives more than one model through the years.

Stout liked making up brands for his books -- Heron sedan, Marley pistols, the names of the locks. Goldborough kept up the tradition, inventing "Cherokee" sodas, instead of using, say, Coke or Pepsi.

Really Not All That Bright
01-30-2014, 09:16 AM
The Thorndyke Special (http://beforeitsnews.com/motor-junkies/2013/01/the-thorndyke-special-a-64-apollo-3500-gt-prepped-for-the-disney-movie-the-love-bug-by-max-balchowsky-2455678.html) from Herbie: The Love Bug. I'd always assumed it was a rebodied Jaguar E-Type but apparently it was an Apollo GT (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_(1962_automobile)).

GM produced a bunch of "fake" cars for Demolition Man, and Rover Group did the same for the 1995 version of Judge Dredd like the City Cab 1 (http://onlycarsandcars.blogspot.com/2010/04/land-rover-city-cab-101-judge-dredd.html). Not sure if those fit the OP's criteria since they come from real companies.

Leaffan
01-30-2014, 09:28 AM
In the Mr. Plow episode of The Simpsons, Homer test drives a car apparently called the "Harper Invacar" from Crazy Vaclav's Place of Automobiles.


"Put it in H!"

Dewey Finn
01-30-2014, 09:41 AM
GM produced a bunch of "fake" cars for Demolition Man, and Rover Group did the same for the 1995 version of Judge Dredd like the City Cab 1 (http://onlycarsandcars.blogspot.com/2010/04/land-rover-city-cab-101-judge-dredd.html). Not sure if those fit the OP's criteria since they come from real companies.
As I remember, the cars used in Demolition Man were real GM concept cars, so the model and brand names (if any were specified in the movie) might have been fake, but the cars were sort of real.

Really Not All That Bright
01-30-2014, 09:49 AM
A few were, such as the Ultralite, which was used as the SAPD police cruiser, but most were built specifically for the film.

nearwildheaven
01-30-2014, 10:19 AM
The early 90s movie "Class Action" was about a car called the Meridian.

The comic strip "For Better or For Worse" had a character who sold a car called the Crevasse.

Colibri
01-30-2014, 10:36 AM
Since this is about brands in movies and TV, let's move it to Cafe Society. Title edited to better indicate subject.

Stealth_Bragg
01-30-2014, 10:47 AM
How about the Turbo Interceptor from 1986's The Wraith.

According to IMDB it was in reality the Dodge M4S. A joint effort of the Dodge Division of Chrysler Motors and PPG Industries, one of the pace cars for the PPG-CART Indy Car World Series.

Really Not All That Bright
01-30-2014, 10:49 AM
Hey, that's a pretty cool looking thing.

lost4life
01-30-2014, 11:39 AM
King of Queens had a Douchenberger, made in Luxembourg. It's the most popular car over there! I think it was actually a Mini.

RealityChuck
01-30-2014, 12:12 PM
The most infamous TV car: A 1928 Porter . . . ;)

Jophiel
01-30-2014, 12:30 PM
You didn't mention video games, so disregard this if you wish, but the Fallout franchise had the Chryslus Motors (http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Chryslus_Motors) brand (with such models as the Highwayman and the Corvega).
Video games, there's a wealth of fictitious makes/models between the Grand Theft Auto series, the Saints Row series and the Mafia games.

Kimballkid
01-30-2014, 12:53 PM
There was the Assan Motor Company in the movie Gung Ho.

ftg
01-30-2014, 03:27 PM
The most infamous TV car: A 1928 Porter . . . ;)

Porter was a real brand. Hardly any made however and none by 1928. The car used in MMtC was a modified Model T.

Amateur Barbarian
01-30-2014, 03:38 PM
The most infamous TV car: A 1928 Porter . . . ;)
Yeah, yo momma...

Skywatcher
01-30-2014, 03:54 PM
Centauri's Star Car (http://www.imcdb.org/vehicle_171074-Made-for-Movie-Star-Car.html).

gaffa
01-31-2014, 12:41 PM
The 6000 SUX from RoboCop.
Designed by Chip Foose while he was still in high school.

Airman Doors, USAF
01-31-2014, 09:16 PM
Hardcastle and McCormick Coyote x (http://hooniverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Hardcastle-and-McCormick-Coyote-700x393.jpg)

That's actually not a fake car. It's a car manufactured by Manta (http://www.mantacars.com/). You can still get one if you look around and have the money, because while they were looked down on when they were new as junky kit cars they have quite a following now.

toofs
02-01-2014, 02:43 PM
FMC.

On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.

thelurkinghorror
02-01-2014, 03:45 PM
FMC.

On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.
Huh. I never noticed that. I thought it was a veiled you-can't-sue-if-we-don't-say-the-name car company. There's all kinds of easter eggs in that movie. I don't know many car companies based in the unnamed state where that takes place (Delaware).

Dewey Finn
02-01-2014, 03:53 PM
WTF is "that movie" with the "FMC" car brand?

thelurkinghorror
02-01-2014, 05:37 PM
Google toofs's quote, but Fight Club. Probably a GM reference is my guess, especially since they operated FMI overseas.

Dewey Finn
02-01-2014, 05:39 PM
Ah, that was a quote. Sorry, I didn't realize that. The lack of quotation marks didn't help.

Sigmagirl
02-01-2014, 05:46 PM
The most beautiful car ever, the Flying Wombat from the 1938 film "The Young in Heart." YouTube clip available.

Tim R. Mortiss
02-01-2014, 06:21 PM
Not quite what the OP asks, but an interesting bit of trivia I rarely get a chance to share: In the first few seasons of "Get Smart," Max drove a red Sunbeam Tiger, which was a real car. But they didn't use a real Sunbeam Tiger to play the Sunbeam Tiger. They used a Sunbeam Alpine, which is the same body, but with a smaller engine. That left more room under the hood for fake machine guns and whatnot. They rebadged the vehicle by gluing a "Tiger" logo onto the side where the "Alpine" logo had been.

MacTech
02-01-2014, 07:57 PM
Thundercougarfalconbird from Futurama

Project Satan, and the Bender Were-car from Futurama

"The Car" from the low budget horror movie (and which Bender's Were-Car form was inspired by)

The Hammerhead Eagle I-Thrust from Season 14, episode 2 ofTop Gear (may not qualify, as it is an actual car, just not a particularly good one)

N9IWP
02-01-2014, 08:42 PM
FAB1 from Thunderbirds? Course that was meant to be a custom car (ditto Lola from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D )

Brian

RealityChuck
02-01-2014, 09:25 PM
Supercar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercar_(TV_series))

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