Best Christmas Movie Cars To Look for in Your Holiday Favorites
So, despite your best efforts, you can’t escape a veritable avalanche of Christmas movies. Still, there is a way to find something for your movie car enthusiast side among the Christmas-clad celebrities on screen. Unexpected films like “Ernest Saves Christmas” and “White Christmas” conceal cool cars in holiday favorites.
These timeless movies each feature automotive respite from plentiful yuletide themes. Incidentally, three of them hit the screen in 1988.
|Make and model
|Die Hard (1988)
|White Christmas (1954)
|Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
|R107 Mercedes-Benz SL
Checker Cab- “Scrooged”
In the retelling of Charles Dickens’s classic tale, Bill Murray portrays an Ebenezer Scrooge-esque character of the nastiest sort. As with Scrooge’s path to redemption, Murray’s character, Frank Cross, is visited by three ghosts. Therein lies the automotive surprise.
The Ghost of Christmas Past, played by David Johansen, drives a rowdy 1970s-era Checker Cab. The classic Checker Marathon was once a popular part of New York life, enjoying a 22-year production run from 1961 to 1982, per Hagerty. Still, along with the Ghost’s gruff demeanor, the cab is a pretty cool set piece.
Lincoln limousine- “Die Hard”
There it is, the line in the sand. “Die Hard,” the classic action saga centered around the events at Nakatomi Plaza, is, in fact, a Christmas movie. Still, regardless of where you come down on the “Die Hard” debate, the film hides a fantastic car in plain sight: a black 1988 Lincoln Limousine with one of the most superb chauffeurs in movie history.
Willys MB- “White Christmas”
Admittedly, “White Christmas” isn’t at all about vehicles. However, a brightly remastered classic about WWII is sure to reveal a gem or two. And deliver it did; the Willys MB precursor to the civilian spec Wranglers we love is a charming set piece. That said, the little warfighter might prompt you to think, “The Army wasn’t really bad at all.”
R107 Mercedes-Benz SL- “Ernest Saves Christmas”
Oliver Clark, playing the would-be Santa Claus in “Ernest Saves Christmas,” drives an R107 Mercedes-Benz SL. Admittedly, it’s a far cry from Santa’s sleigh. However, the R107 is just about one of the last words in elegance and sophistication.
Better yet, fans will find that the R107 could make a fitting Christmas gift to themselves; the SL is still relatively affordable, although average values are rising. Further, the R107 is a reliable and sensible prospect among classic cars; the classically styled cars were built like tanks, had standard disc brakes, and V8 engines with Bosch fuel injection.
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