Epic Showdowns: Show Cars semi finals

Thank you to everyone who chimed in last round. We are down to the final four in our Best Show Car tournament.  Here are the semi final results and Best Show Car Finalists

Matchup 1

Bat Mobile -VS- DeLorean

This is a pretty even match. Both cars look great. Both have great enhancements. Here are the Classic Bat Mobile gadgets:

The extra-large bat-trunk in the Batmobile holds various crime-fighting equipment and has plenty of space to fit eight people comfortably. The windshield is bulletproof. And of course, the Batmobile is not without its helpful gadgets:
Bat-glove Compartment

Infrared Bat-dust (glows in light and in dark, but only visible when viewed through the Batmobile’s specially tinted windshield)

Emergency Bat-turn Lever (releases the Batmobile’s parachute that enables quick turns)

Bat-deflector (diverts a criminal tracking signal, leading them to a miniature Batcave in the middle of nowhere)

Bat-ray (can do many things, such as open van doors)

Super-powered Bat-magnet (for opening steel doors from a distance)

Odor Sensitometer Radar Circuit (puts a certain scent on the radar screen)

Ultrasonic Recorder (also records regular sounds)

Batmobile Parachute Pickup Service Signal (calls forementioned service to pick the Batmobile’s parachute off the city street)

Emergency Bat-trunk Lock

Bat-zooka (can fire explosive blasts, or is used to fire bat-ropes to tops of very tall buildings)

Anti Mechanical Bat-ray (renders mechanical apparati useless)

Bat-tering Ram (also known as the Bat-ram, used for knocking down reinforced doors)

Library Paste Bat-dissolving Switch

Bat-safety Belt

Bat-radarscope

Bat-alert Buzzer (in all Bruce’s cars, indicates when the Batphone in the Batcave is ringing)

Bat-scope (TV screen that can be used to monitor someone’s movements)

Anti-theft Activator (can be disguised as the Start button, fires fireworks from the car)

Anti-fire Activator (fills Batmobile with extinguishing foam)

Bat-ray Projector (fires Blu-ray from headlights that shut down a car’s ignition)

Hidden Bat-laser Beam

Homing Receiver Scope

Inflatable Batmobile (kept in Batmobile for use as a decoy)

Batphone

This Batmobile’s original gadgets included the nose-mounted chain slicer, lasers, rockets, an on-board telephone, radar, dash monitor, on-board computer, and police beacon. If needed, the Batmobile is capable of a quick 180° “bat-turn” thanks to two rear-mounted 10′ parachutes, and it is equipped with a smoke emitter and a nail spreader to discourage pursuit. Some changes were made during the run of the series, including different license plates, a change in steering wheel, and the addition of extra gadgets such as the rear-facing camera and battering ram. That’s a lot of stuff. 

The DeLorean had just one gadget, The Flux Capacitor. It required a 1.21 gigawatt power input to the plutonium reactor to activate time travel. 

The control of the time machine is the same in all three films. The operator is seated inside the DeLorean and turns on the time circuits, activating a unit containing multiple fourteen- and seven-segment displays that show the destination (red), present (green), and last-departed (yellow) dates and times. After entering a target date, the operator accelerates the car to 88 miles per hour (141.6 km/h), which activates the flux capacitor. As it accelerates, several coils around the body glow blue/white while a burst of light appears in front of it. Surrounded by electrical current similar to a Tesla coil, the whole car vanishes in a flash of white/blue light seconds later, leaving a pair of fiery tire tracks. A digital speedometer is attached to the dashboard so that the operator can accurately gauge the car’s speed. 

Both rides are stacked to the gills with technology. The Batmobile has morphed into modern times with each new movie, cementing its place in pop culture. The DeLorean, with its bat-wing doors and flux capacitor are one of the most iconic movie vehicles of all time. 

The Verdict 

It’s hard to beat time travel. The winner and advancing to the finals

Matchup 2- 

The General Lee -VS- Christine

Another even matchup between two classic horsepower machines. There were three versions of The General Lee used in filming. 

LEE 1 was a second unit car with a full roll cage. It is a 383 V8-powered 1969 Charger equipped with air-conditioning, an AM/FM stereo, power steering, and power drum brakes. It was originally painted in code T3 “Light Bronze Metallic” with a tan interior, a black vinyl top and chrome rocker trim. The rocker trim was left on due to previously poor body work on the left quarter panel, the gas cap trim, and wheel well trim were missing so the trim was removed on LEE 2 and 3 to match. It should also be noted that the chrome vinyl top trim was supposed to be removed but since the left quarter panel had been replaced and was very poorly installed the trim had to be left on to hide the body work and as a result most General Lees throughout the series had vinyl top trim. After the now-famous jump over Rosco P. Coltrane’s police cruiser by stuntman Craig Baxley, it was stripped of its front seats and 1969-specific grill and taillight panel. LEE 1 was used once more as the “Richard Petty” tire test car in the fourth episode “Repo Men”.
LEE 2, like LEE 1, was a second unit car with a full roll cage, a 383 V-8, a floor shifted automatic transmission and A/C. Originally painted B5 Blue with a black interior, the interior was repainted tan to match LEE 1 and 3 though its steering wheel remained black. It was used for the opening scene in “One Armed Bandits”. In this scene, Bo and Luke were chasing Rosco’s police cruiser with the General after Cooter stole it.
LEE 3 was the first unit 1 close-up car and the first General Lee built by Warner Brothers; it is seen in the first publicity photos. It was originally a F5 Medium Green Metallic R/T SE (Special Edition) model with a tan vinyl top. It was powered by a 440 Magnum engine with 375 HP, the car weighed 3,671-pound (1,665 kg). LEE 3 was equipped with A/C, power windows, a wood grain dash, and an AM radio. It also had a factory tachometer (which can be seen on “Repo Men”). This car had a tan leather interior and a removable roll bar that allowed installation of a camera for in-car shots. This car was painted 1975 Corvette Flame Red with a special base coat; the base coat was used after they found LEE 1’s paint appeared to be blotchy due to the direct application over factory paint, they had first been painted Chrysler code EV2 or “Hemi Orange”. Eventually, the first three General Lees started to show visible damage, so the crew had to start making more. The first General Lee built in Georgia was a 1968 Charger converted to look like a 1969; the tail light panel, front grill, and front seats taken from LEE 1 were used. Interiors not originally tan were sprayed with SEM brand “Saddle tan” vinyl dye. The first three Georgia Lees had a set of crossed flags (a Confederate flag and checkered flag) on the panel between the rear window and trunk lid. Although four sets were created, only three were used. They were discontinued due to the continuity of the General Lee graphics, making it one less thing to be used. The three surviving cars went back to California and had the crossed flags removed upon reconditioning. The wheels were generally 14-by-7-inch (36 cm × 18 cm) American Racing brand “Vectors” throughout the show (with Carroll Shelby center caps) and were mainly mounted on P235/70R14 B. F. Goodrich Radial T/A tires with the blackwall side facing out.

Here are the facts about Christine:

Although the car in the film is identified as a 1958 Plymouth Fury and in 1983 radio ads promoting the film, voiceover artists announced, “she’s a ’57 Fury”—two other Plymouth models, the Belvedere and the Savoy, were also used to portray the malevolent automobile onscreen. John Carpenter placed ads throughout Southern California searching for models of the car, and was able to purchase twenty-four of them in various states of disrepair, which were used to build a total of seventeen models of the Fury.
Total production for the 1958 Plymouth Fury was only 5,303, and they were difficult to find and expensive to buy at the time. In addition, the real-life Furys only came in one color, “Buckskin Beige”, seen on the other Furys on the assembly line during the initial scenes of the movie. The Fury also got anodized gold trim on the body and Fury script on the rear fender. In order to bypass the problem of obtaining the rare trim, the cars featured the more common Belvedere “Dartline” trim. Several vehicles were destroyed during filming, but most of the cars were Savoy and Belvedere models dressed to look like the Fury. At least one ’57 Savoy was used, its front end modified to look like a ’58.
Originally, Carpenter had not planned to film the car’s regeneration scenes, but decided after the shoot had finished to include them. The shots of the car regenerating itself were shot in post-production and done using hydraulics.
Of the twenty cars used in the film, only two still exist. One is a stunt vehicle with a manual transmission and now resides in the hands of a private California collector. The other vehicle was rescued from a junkyard and restored by collector Bill Gibson of Pensacola, Florida.Total production for the 1958 Plymouth Fury was only 5,303, and they were difficult to find and expensive to buy at the time. In addition, the real-life Furys only came in one color, “Buckskin Beige”, seen on the other Furys on the assembly line during the initial scenes of the movie. The Fury also got anodized gold trim on the body and Fury script on the rear fender. In order to bypass the problem of obtaining the rare trim, the cars featured the more common Belvedere “Dartline” trim. Several vehicles were destroyed during filming, but most of the cars were Savoy and Belvedere models dressed to look like the Fury. At least one ’57 Savoy was used, its front end modified to look like a ’58.Originally, Carpenter had not planned to film the car’s regeneration scenes, but decided after the shoot had finished to include them. The shots of the car regenerating itself were shot in post-production and done using hydraulics.Of the twenty cars used in the film, only two still exist. One is a stunt vehicle with a manual transmission and now resides in the hands of a private California collector. The other vehicle was rescued from a junkyard and restored by collector Bill Gibson of Pensacola, Florida.

The Verdict 

On the cars alone, this is a very even matchup. The General Lee onscreen was super tough, built for speed to out run the law, had an iconic paint job and horn, and made sliding across the hood and climbing in through the window cool. Pure American muscle. Christine also represents American power and beauty of design. In the end it comes down to one thing. Power. The General Lee is gas powered. Christine is Devil powered. The winner and our second finalist

DeLorean -VS- Christine to determine who is the Best Show Car ever. 

Leave your vote below and help solve this riddle that has plaques mankind for centuries 

  • PQG 1991

    DeLorean for the win!!!

  • Delorean vs Christine.

  • One Mat Gang

    My vote is Christine for the win

  • mikezippy

    This post is seriously lacking in pictures….I need pictures god damn it. I have a very limited imagination. I can’t recall how these cars look on my own. If you can find some coloring book pictures that would be perfect because that way I can interact with my pictures. If you can do that everything will be swell and all this will all make more sense to my limited imagination.

    • One Mat Gang

      I’m sorry Mike. Any assumptions that I made about viewer literacy were wrong. More rock, less talk. I’ll do better next time

      • mikezippy

        I appreciate it. Disabilities are not a business to invest in. I’m trying to get out of the business but I’m having a hard time understanding how to do it.