When Crazy Cars Gain Cult Status
It’s hard to believe that Wayne’s World came out 20 years ago. That movie defined a generation and cemented the phrase “Party on” into pop culture. Teens in the ’90s ate up the Mike Meyers/Dana Carvey comedy, and today the movie could be regarded as a cult classic.
Oddly enough, the film featured a once-laughable car and turned it into a cult favorite in its own right: the AMC Pacer.
Remember the “Bohemian Rhapsody” scene in the old Pacer? Truly a moment of cinematic history.
The Pacer is just one example of cars, some with less-than-glorious-pasts, that have achieved the level of cult favorite. Keep reading for more, and feel free to add any car you think I’ve missed. I know there are plenty.
Yes, they exploded if hit in just the right way, but the car represented one of America’s first efforts at fuel conservation. Ironically enough, hot rodders now love to stick big V8s in them.
Volkswagen Microbus (VW Type 2)
I saw one of these straight out of the ’60s at a Walmart recently, spray-painted with peace signs and everything. I wondered who it belonged to when, a few aisles down, I saw a Rastafarian-type girl sauntering in the van’s general direction. Yep.
Perhaps the most modern of the cult cars, the Wrangler has a devout following that could challenge some religions in the number of people who call themselves faithful.
Not the Tacoma, but the Pickup. Specifically, from the 1980s. I once belonged to this cult, and to this day still wish I did. I have only Marty McFly to thank for this.
What would you add to the list of cars that are cult favorites?