Ever since the invention of the television, petrolheads across the world have been glued to the box when our favourite car show came on. Whether that was the original Top Gear, new Top Gear, Fifth Gear or the whole host of 70s and 80s police shows, the petrolhead has always been well catered for. Most of the time, when we talk about these shows and films, the majority of people just remember the cars involved and not the owners and actors. So with that being said, what are the cars that are more famous then their very famous owners?
Kitt and David Hasslehoff
David Hasslehoff has always been in the public consciousness. He was the main beefcake in the unbelievably popular Baywatch series, but even before the boobs and the muscles; Hasslehoff was the star in Knightrider. This show portrayed Michael Knight, a strong, manly-man who hunted down criminals in his superbly futuristic sports car, Kitt.
But heres the thing, most people remember Kitt more than they remember the Hoff. This isnt too hard to believe when you realise that Kitt was just the best car ever made. It featured so many gadgets even the Delorean couldnt compete. From grenade-launchers to a computer system that allowed it to talk to the Hoff and even give him dating advice, Kitt was just the everything every 14-year-old wanted in their life, and thats why nobody remembers the Hoff.
Lotus Esprit and Roger Moore
Bond films and cars go hand-in-hand. If we ever saw a Bond film without a car, thered be rioting in the streets lets hope the thugs who started the riots across the country a few weeks ago never see such a film. But in all seriousness, whoever plays Bond in a film is one lucky son-of-a-gun, because hes guaranteed to be able to drive some of the best cars in the world.
This was proven when Roger Moore was given the keys to a Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977. Sure, Moore acted his heart out, spoke like your stereotypical English gentlemen and even bagged himself a few babes, but lets be honest, nobody remembers any part of the film or any line Roger Moore spoke, because all we remember is the Esprit going underwater in what was one of the most iconic scenes in British film.
Shelby Mustang GT500 and Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage has starred in some of the most successful and critically acclaimed films of the last twenty years: Nation Treasure, The Rock, Face-Off. But his best film has to be Gone in 60 Seconds. Starring alongside Angelina Jolie and a whole host of other talented actors, Gone in 60 Seconds became a cult hit that appealed to every petrolhead in the western world.
As good as the film was, however, it was the cars that stole the show. Nic Cage did well and all, but the Shelby Mustang GT500 did much better. Nicknamed as Eleanor in the film, the unbelievably appealing GT500 was painted in a hybrid silver and purple colour and it instantly became a much sought after model when the film dropped.
Rolls-Royce Phantom and Lord Sugar
Lord Sugar has become one of Britains most liked and powerful businessmen since his show, The Apprentice, aired on the BBC, and as good as the show is, it would be nothing without those 10 seconds of car porn during each episode. What on Earth are we talking about? Sugs beautiful Rolls-Royce Phantom, obviously!
The car completely overshadows Sugars business knowledge and blunt demeanour thanks to its sheer size and price tag. The 250,000 super-limo has pretty much everything going for it in a game of Top Trumps: a 6.75-litre V8 powers it to 62mph in less than just over 5.0 seconds and theres more leather and wood inside than every Jaguar and BMW put together.
Cadillac Escalade and every rapper from the early 2000s
Whether you like hip-hop or not, theres a good chance youll have heard most rappers from the early 2000s talking about the Cadillac Escalade. This absolutely shocking piece of American car manufacturing became such a hit with the hip-hop elite that it became the most repeated word in hip-hop during the start of the century. If Jay-Z wasnt talking about his 28-inch rims on his Escalade, DMX was showing off his spinning-rims on his blacked-out Caddy.
The problem is, when something becomes popular, everyone gets one, and your moment in the limelight is eradicated. Nobody remembers that you once drove one and Cadillacs reputation becomes legendary just because of the co-signs. And thats why the Cadillac Escalade will always be remembered as a popular car, while the rappers who drove them wont be remembered for owning them.
This was a guest post from Lee Pickering, car journalist who regularly writes over at netcars.