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Great Job, Internet!: Watch as pop culture’s iconic rides change with the times

19 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

In TV shows and movies like Cars, Herbie: Fully Loaded, My Mother The Car, Wheelie And The Chopper Bunch, and many more, some vehicles become so famous that they can be thought of as movie and TV stars in their own right. The Internet Movie Car Database even indexes pop culture vehicles the same way that the IMDb indexes human actors. And why not? To some viewers, not to mention some directors, the cars are the stars.

But if certain vehicles acquire quasi-human status, that means that they are also subject to the vicissitudes of fame. They, too, must change in order to keep up with the times. What worked in one film, after all, may not work in a sequel or reboot released decades later. While human actors receive plastic surgery to remain youthful and vital in appearance, their automobiles tend to undergo overhauls and redesigns. The auto news »

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