I’d Drive That: Fictional Vehicles We Wish Were Real

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The big and small screens have given us some truly iconic vehicles. Some have magical powers, some have amazing gadgetry, and others are just plain fun. We’ve made a list of what we think are the coolest fictional vehicles that we wish we could drive.

Fred Flintstone’s Flintmobile

Car from “The Flintstones” TV show/Image Credit: Fandom

Modern life involves a lot of sitting, whether at a desk or while driving. But if we all had Fred Flintstone’s Flintmobile, which requires the driver to pedal to move the car, we’d get a nice workout every time we got behind the wheel. It’s also incredibly eco-friendly, with no fuel and no emissions. Truly ahead of its time!


The Batmobile from the 1960s “Batman” TV show/Image Credit: Hollywood Reporter

Batman doesn’t have any superpowers, but he does have the best gadgets and a sweet ride. The Batmobile, which has taken many forms since the 1960s live-action TV show, is completely decked out with all the technology Bruce Wayne could buy. Does Superman have a car with rockets, lasers, and a battering ram? We think not.

Doc Brown’s DeLorean

Modified DeLorean DMC-12 from movie “Back to the Future”/Image Credit: Motor Authority

The real-life DeLorean DMC-12 was a short-lived car that didn’t sell many units, but it will forever live on as an icon because of “Back to the Future.” While you can still buy a DeLorean, it likely won’t have a flux capacitor installed, so time travel may be a bit difficult. But you can still travel in style, just like Doc Brown.

The Mystery Machine

The Mystery Machine from “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?” TV show/Image Credit: Autoweek

Let’s be honest: who hasn’t dreamt of solving mysteries with their best friends? We bet that dream also includes a groovy van like the Mystery Machine from “Scooby-Doo.” This van, complete with a psychedelic paint job, is the perfect vehicle for adventure and crime-fighting, often involving unmasking a ghost to reveal a disgruntled groundskeeper. We may not have a talking dog, but we can still have some adventures like the gang.

Ghostbusters’ Ecto-1

Ecto-1 from movie “Ghostbusters”/Image Credit: The Drive

If you need a new car, who you gonna call? BestRide! (Note: we can’t guarantee that any of our vehicles will help you catch ghosts.) The Ecto-1, on the other hand, was the perfect ride for the Ghostbusters crew, transporting them and their equipment throughout New York City. This modified Cadillac, previously used as an ambulance, even has gadgets of its own, though we’re not sure what they do.

Herbie the Love Bug

Herbie, the VW Beetle from movie “The Love Bug”/Image Credit: Autoblog

Self-driving cars are closer and closer to becoming a reality, but those vehicles won’t have a personality like Herbie. First introduced to this world in the movie, “The Love Bug,” Herbie is a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle that can beat almost any car he meets in a race. Owning Herbie, not only would you have an illustrious racing career ahead of you, but you’ll also always have a trusted friend with you along the way.

Cartoons, TV shows, and movies have spawned some incredibly creative vehicle concepts that have us begging for at least a test drive. But until time travel and sentient Volkswagens become possible, we’ll just have to settle for the vast variety of production cars available. If you’re looking for a vehicle you’ll love as much as Fred loves the Mystery Machine, BestRide is here to help!

Kasey McNerney

Kasey McNerney

Kasey McNerney is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, and inherited her interest in cars from her dad. She previously worked at Phoenix Raceway, where she assisted with communications for NASCAR events. Currently, Kasey writes automotive content for BestRide and works with auto and auto-adjacent businesses to strengthen their social media presence.