Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Top 4 Convertibles from Television

Over the past several decades, many convertibles have cruised across the silver screen. While some go unnoticed, a few have become almost as famous as the stars of their shows.
1. The Mod Squad Challenger
This 1971 Challenger featured on the hip Mod Squad show may have more options than any other 1971 Challenger in existence. Its unique look was built through its gold exterior and black sport stripes. The car featured chrome exhaust, a V8 engine, an automatic transmission, power disc brakes, a white interior and special wheels and tires. This beauty was recently sold at auction for $49,500.
"Columbo's Car 1959 Peugeot 403 convertible" by Source (WP:NFCC#4). Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia -
2. Columbo's Peugeot
The Peugeot 403 Cabriolet featured in the Columbo series was an alter ego that emanated eccentricity. Although the vehicle seemed worn down, it gained plenty of fame. In no time at all, this shabby convertible became just as emblematic of the show as its bumbling lead actor. Columbo took his Peugeot to investigate the murders of the rich and famous, often landing it in settings that made its worn down quality stand out even more.
3. Magnum P.I.'s Ferrari
There were actually several Ferraris made for Magnum P.I. and used during the course of the show, and they all had to be specially crafted to accommodate Tom Selleck's 6'4” height. Because of his height, most scenes filmed in the car had to be with the top down. The first season's vehicle was a 1978 308 GTS with no front hood vents or spoiler. In the second season, a 1980 308 GTSi with black headlight vents was used. The remainder of the series was filmed with a 1984 308 GTSi Quattrovalvole featuring hood vents and a spoiler on the back of the roof panel.
By Espsko (Own work) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
4. The Monkeemobile
The Monkees were known for their quirky uniqueness and popular music. Their touring convertible was a modified Pontiac GTO made by Dean Jeffries. In the area where the trunk was, a third row of seats was installed along with the original four bucket seats. There was also a parachute mounted on the rear, a split windshield, exaggerated tail lamps and modified fenders, giving the Monkees a GTO as unique as they were.
That’s just a few of our favorite convertibles from television shows. What’s your favorite convertible of the silver screen? Let us know in the comments below!

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