Five celebrity cars from the New York auto show

The Dezer Collection shows off five of its movie and TV cars at the New York auto show.

Mach 5
Speed Racer's Mach 5 is on display at the New York auto show. Sarah Tew/CNET

NEW YORK--Some cars become stars in their own right, appearing in movies or television and gaining as much a place in the public imagination as any human celebrity. A display by Miami's Dezer Collection at the 2010 New York auto show catapulted us right back to childhood as we lovingly gazed at Speed Racer's Mach 5 and the Monkee Mobile.

More-recent celebrities in this mix included K.I.T.T. from "Knight Rider," and the Batmobile from Tim Burton's "Batman" and "Batman Returns."

Most of these cars are the originals, built for their respective movies or television series on production car platforms. As such, they are all drivable, although they may lack some of the special features shown on the screen.

About the author

Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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