The Alfa Romeo Spider from The Graduate
Dustin Hoffman’s character Benjamin drives this sleek convertible throughout the movie The Graduate. The red, Italian sports car is a 1966 Alfa Romeo Spider 1600, which was also known as the Duetto. At the time the movie was filmed, the car was brand new.
Sexy design and quality Italian engineering make the Spider a very popular car. The film details a grad student’s affair with an older woman.
The car became an instant icon of being cool, young, and sleeping with hot older women. Sales of Alfa Romeos jumped dramatically after The Graduate was released to popular acclaim. Luckily for enthusiasts, the Spider’s look barely changed over the years, allowing many future fans a chance to own a classic looking convertible.
The Alfa Romeo Spider (105/115 series) is a roadster produced by the Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo from 1966 to 1993—with small run of 1994 models for the North American market.
The successor to the Giulia Spider, it remained in production for almost three decades with only minor aesthetic and mechanical changes.
The first three series were assembled by Pininfarina in Grugliasco and the fourth series in San Giorgio Canavese. The last Spider was produced in April 1993—the last rear wheel drive Alfa Romeo before the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione of 2007.
The Batmobile from Tim Burton’s Movies
Tim Burton’s live-action films Batman and Batman Returns presented a different version of the Batmobile, which reflected those films’ Art Deco version of Gotham City, both of which were designed by Anton Furst.
Built upon a Chevrolet Impala chassis with a Chevy V8 engine, combined with a modified 1970’s Corvette body, the Batmobile is one serious ride. The front end has a freaking jet engine turbine, it has various armored features and lethal capabilities.
Throughout Burton’s Batman movies the cape crusader uses this ride as his primary means of travel. The killer looking supercar was first introduced when Bruce Wayne told Alfred to ready “the car.”
That’s no car—it’s a freaking tank! Fans have nicknamed the car the Keaton-Mobile, after Michael Keaton, the first actor to play Batman in the Burton films.
Spherical bombs could be deployed from its sides. An afterburner was housed in the back. Two M1919 Browning machine guns were hidden behind flaps in each fender.
Its grappling hook, once hooked on a structure, serves as an anchor to allow the batmobile to make an extremely sharp turn at high speed that its pursuers typically cannot duplicate.
It had superhydraulics for course changes, and a batdisc ejector (side-mounted) that could fire precisely 15 Batdiscs in the 1-second pulse. Other gadgets included chassis-mounted shinbreakers, oil slick dispensers and smoke emitters.
The Green Hornet’s Black Beauty
The Black Beauty was a 1966 Imperial Crown sedan which the hero the Green Hornet would drive around in. The one remaining Black Beauty is on display in a private collection in South Carolina.
The car could fire explosive charges from tubes hidden behind retractable panels below the headlights, had a concealed-when-not-in-use drop-down knock-out gas nozzle in the center of the front grill, and was able to launch to small surveillance devices.
The new film starring Seth Rogan received terrible reviews, however, the Black Beauty was decked out with two machine guns protruding from the hood. While the movie was terrible, it reminded everyone that the best part of Green Hornet was undoubtedly his car.
The Black Beauty, which carried rear license plate number V194, could fire explosive charges from tubes hidden behind retractable panels below the headlights which were said to be rockets with explosive warheads; had a concealed-when-not-in-use, drop-down knock-out gas nozzle in the center of the front grille and the vehicle could launch a small flying video/audio surveillance device (referred to as the scanner) through a small rectangular panel in the middle of the trunk lid.
It was a foreshadowing of today’s small helicopter-like drones. Working rockets and gas nozzles were incorporated into the trunk lid as well.