Gary Numan said it best: “It’s the only way to live: In cars.”  When I was in college, I had a much-maligned hunkajunk Dodge from the 1970s with questionable electrical and combustion systems, which eventually just sort of fell apart, and I still miss it.  If I learned only one thing growing up in the 1970s, it’s that everybody needs a cool car: Jim Rockford, Michael Knight, the guy from ‘Stingray’…  Heck, Hot Wheels even did a series of superhero toy cars when I was a child, including a panel truck for The Hulk, a Winnebago for Captain America and a Ford Pinto station wagon for The Thing.  (Yeah, The Thing got the short end of that stick.)  Still, those memories of monogrammed toys past bring us around full circle to today’s automotivational query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”), apropos of nothing, really hates it when the Batmobile (most famously seen as a sporty bubble-top roadster) is somehow turned into a tank, asking: What fictional character most needs their own ‘Me-Mobile’ car?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. Daniel Langsdale
    April 18, 2016 at 12:44 pm — Reply

    Frodo Baggins sure could have used one to speed through Middle Earth.

  2. April 18, 2016 at 3:12 pm — Reply

    I totally agree with Bat-tank, not a fan. I see two 80’s detectives and their rides inseparable: Michael Knight & K.I.T.T. and Sonny Crockett & white Ferrari Testarossa.

    Out of those wo never had their own signature ride, I’m surprised we’ve never seen Captain America’s ‘Muricamobile. Even Superman had one in an old comic, it was a plane-car-thing with telescopic arms to punch bad guys while driving.

  3. April 18, 2016 at 9:44 pm — Reply

    Aquaman sure could have used a land vehicle since he needed to get to water every hour.

  4. Frank
    April 19, 2016 at 8:09 am — Reply

    @Scott. A pick up truck with the bed converted to giant fish tank.

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