Merry Motoring! Our Top 10 Favorite Holiday Show & Movie Vehicles

Christmas has inspired some of the best movies and TV specials in motion picture history. So after binge-watching all the holiday flicks we could get our cocoa-covered hands on, we came up with a list of some of the coolest vehicles we saw. Did we miss any big ones? Let us know in the comments section below.

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“Some men are Baptist, others Catholic; my father was an Oldsmobile man.” (Image/Commons.Wikimedia)

Any car that would freeze up in the middle of the summer on the equator deserves a spot on the list. And, since it was the catalyst for the “Ohhhhh Fudddggge” scene, its appearance here is mandatory.

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An air-cooled Volkswagen like this one propels Billy to safety—once he gets it started, of course. (Image/Commons.Wimimedia)

We’ve mentioned this one before, but it’s worth reminding folks that, yes, Gremlins is indeed a Christmas movie—and an underappreciated one at that.

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This humble RV is being meticulously cared for and occasionally appears at car shows. (Image/Atlanta Motor Speedway)

Sure, we could have picked the tree-toting family truckster station wagon, but Cousin Eddie’s “tenement on wheels” is far more memorable.

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The actual van from the movie wears “Oh-Kay” Plumbing livery, which some say is a nod to Pesci’s character Leo Getz from Lethal Weapon. (Image/Commons.Wikimedia)

There’s something about Marv’s collection of stolen snow globes stuck to the dash that makes us smile every time. We also appreciate the irony of the Wet Bandits posing as plumbers.

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The once-ubiquitous Checker Cab is now a rare sight on New York City streets. Cue the Niagara Falls. (Image/Commons.Wikimedia)

Perhaps the second-best time-traveling car ever, this one gets bonus points for having Buster Poindexter behind the wheel. And it’s the only cab that delivers to the floor of your choice.

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From Transformers to Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the Chevy Camaro is no stranger to the silver screen. (Image/Summit Racing)

Another under-the-radar Christmas movie, this film’s got some memorable holiday scenes. But the drag races are still the best, particularly the final one involving a freshly-tuned F-body.

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The actual car from the movie wears metallic pea green paint, perhaps as an homage to the wagon from Vacation—an earlier John Hughes film. (Image/Commons.Wikimedia)

We can think of maybe one other Hollywood vehicle that met such an ignominious fate. While it’s more a Thanksgiving movie, this noble K-car definitely deserves a spot on the holiday list.

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While it’s tough to determine which precise bike model the Snowman rides, it appears to be an amalgam of classic British makes from Triumph, BSA, Royal Enfield, and Norton. (Image/Commons.Wikimedia.)

What do you do if you’re a Snowman that’s magically come to life? Well, you kickstart a classic Brit bike and scramble through the serene English countryside—with a helmet on, of course.

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The actual Dodge from the movie has been restored and is still being driven. Check out this article. (Image/Commons.Wikimedia.)

Another mandatory vehicle for this list. George’s venerable Dodge plays a pivotal role in the iconic film and, in many ways, echoes Mr. Bailey’s honest, humble nature.

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This is the Nickel Plate Road Class S-2 Berkshire locomotive #765, similar to the Class N-1 Berkshire that inspired the Polar Express. (Image/Alan Sakalas)

While it may not be a car or truck, we just figured you’d be on board (pun intended) with putting a 3,000 horsepower, 400 ton Berkshire steam locomotive on the list.

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What’d we miss? Is there some favorite holiday movie or special that we’ve just got to see? Let us know in the comments below!

Author:
Paul is the editor of OnAllCylinders. When he’s not writing, you’ll probably find him hurling tools at his ill-fated daily driver or tinkering on an old Jeep CJ-5. An avid motorcyclist, he spends the rest of his time synchronizing carburetors and cleaning grease off of his left pant leg.
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