When we talk about a car in a terrible state, the first thing that comes to mind is the remains of the Peugeot 403 Cabriolet de Columbo. Everything is collapsing, from the bored thresholds to the devastated cockpit, including the blue smoking engine. Apparently, the model was chosen by Peter Falk himself.
Believing that a policeman was underpaid, he had to drive a dilapidated car, and found one in the parking lot of the studios: the famous 403, which would have belonged to Roger Pierre. The production bought it, then a few, apparently, as the car changes state from one episode to another.
Another hero of the American series of the 70’s shot on a rotten machine: Hutch, the partner of Starsky played by David Soul. As much as Starsky burst onto the screen with his Ford Gran Torino, the livery of which many fans have copied from his Renault 12, Hutch’s Ford Galaxie is literally falling into ruin, which we see in one of the episodes. But why so much difference?
There is another Ford Gran Torino that impressed, but this one is almost a wreck. This is the mount of the greatest hero in history, The Big Lebowski. The Dude, as he is nicknamed VO, doesn’t have a penny in his pocket, so he can’t drive a good car. But he doesn’t care! That said, he clings to his remains, even though the thieves have defecated there. This is cold!
To stay with Uncle Sam, we jump into the 2000s to find one of the best series of all time: Breaking Bad. Master without money and sick, the hero Walter White has no choice but to transport his family to opt for one of the ugliest cars out there: the Pontiac Aztek, and his is quite worn out. You will find a disastrous destination, but it is the ideal cover for the “blue metaphetamine” producer who will become!
We can remember the immense star who was Eddie Murphy in the 80’s. He was able to connect Detroit with Los Angeles behind the wheel. However, he managed to make it desirable by installing a large refrigerator full of drinks in his trunk!
Nor will we forget his amazing performance at 48 Hours, which made him profitable in film when he was only 21 years old. He spends his time bumping into Nick Nolte, who drives a 1964 Cadillac Eldorado in a sky blue color, not rotten, but close.
Another cult movie from the 80’s, The Blues Brothers. These two dark individuals (dressed in black) are driving in an old Dodge Monaco 1974, a refurbished police car that they will adorn with a large roof speaker. It will end up in pieces, as will the Ford Limited of the Police which will then be stolen. But that’s nothing compared to the 80 Pandora’s mounts that will be crushed mercilessly! A record at the time.
We return to Europe, to find a brilliant cop but with at least shady methods: Luther, played by the inevitable Idriss Elba. Robust, even unbreakable, imposing and dented, he needed a car a bit like him. It will start with an almost decent Volvo 740, which will be replaced by a slightly more worn 240. These cars complete the character as rarely!
A remake of Luther was made in France, broadcast on TF1. We can’t say it’s a real success, but the writers have wanted to give their hero a slightly special mount, in reference to the English origin of the real Luther: a Rover 825i, also faded. We will still trust him less than the indestructible Volvo …
In Luther’s home country. We can not ignore Mister Bean’s polychrome Mini, which suffers a lot of insults. A padlock is grafted on it like a lock, an armchair is installed on the roof and rope controls to be maneuvered from that armchair, and when it does not chase a poor Reliant, it ends up crushed by an assault tank. That brings tears to the eyes of poor Bean!
Last car to pass the mill, the Alfa Romeo 1750 Sedan by Pierre Richard at Le Coup du Parapluie. Grégoire Lecomte, the character played by the immense Pierre Richard, who was fitted with bed seats and removable cushions to take care of the their conquests. In fact, he is a compulsive seducer! Lecomte’s awkwardness will save his life, as, as he gets out of control, he collides with the Mercedes W116 of the assassin (Gordon Mitchell) who has come to settle his account. The latter will be stunned during the maneuver.
I hope this little anthology of rotten cars has made you want to watch or re-watch these series and movies, which are anything but boring.