We are counting down the Top 50 hot rods and street cars of all time that have made an appearance in a television series, or a memorable television episode. Starting from #50, and counting down to our #1 pick, follow along with our memories, and see where your favorite show lands.
33. The New Avengers: 1941 Plymouth De Luxe
The super-spy remake adventure series, “The New Avengers,” aired in U.S. for one season from 1976 to 1977. It was based on the original series “The Avengers” that aired in Great Britain between 1961 and 1969.
There was no shortage of cars in either series, which became just as famous to viewers as the actors who drove them in high-speed television chases. Nearly all of them were British, and included such marques as Austin, Citroen, Bentley, Land Rover, Morris, and others. Bentley’s, in particular, were signature vehicles for character John Steed (played by Patrick Macnee) in the original.
A blend of espionage, mystery, danger, and killer assignments, a trio of spies was led by Steed and two new partners in the remake, Mike Gambit (Gareth Hunt) and Purdey (Joanna Lumley of “Absolutely Fabulous” fame), who sought to nab evil doers in exotic locales using fantastic modes of transportation.
In the updated ‘70s version, not much time was afforded on the television screen to make an impression on audiences, but there was enough time once again showcase a slew of remarkable automobiles from around the world. Although the British staples were still very much present and accounted for, episode 26 featured an American-made 1941 Plymouth De Luxe, and that is where our countdown stops for No. 33.
In the final episode, “Emily,” a gold ’41 Plymouth is confiscated from its owner, who refers to the car by this name. The crack team believes they can use it to prove the identity of a double-agent known as “The Fox, “whose handprint was left on the top of the car. To protect the print, and preserve it as evidence, Steed’s black bowler hat is affixed with Scotch tape to cover it … high tech, folks! The car catches fire during the cross-country trek to headquarters. What is the logical thing to do to save the handprint? Why, pry the piece of roof off its burning carcass before it explodes, of course!