Chevrolet was founded November 3, 1911. This week, the brand turns 103 years old, which is giving us an excuse to check off some of our favorite Chevys from film and TV. (We’re excluding Chevys in songs, because there are at least 100 – everyone from Don McLean to the Beastie Boys has sang, rapped or riffed about a Chevy at some point.)
1959 Corvette Convertible, Route 66 (1960)
Fact: There is literally nothing more American than driving across the country in a Chevy.
El Camino, Harold and Maude (1971)
Though viewers may link a hearse to the film, it’s important to remember that the film’s oddball pair used an El Camino to, ah, “liberate” the tree they replant.
1958 Impala, American Graffiti (1973)
Maybe the coolest car in a movie full of them, the film’s Impala was sold for a few hundred dollars after shooting wrapped. Not that Ron Howard needs the money, but he probably wishes he’d held onto it.
1979 Van, Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie (1980)
Sadly, it’s not the van made of marijuana from their first film, but this one does know how to jump.
1967 Camaro, Better Off Dead (1980)
Nothing says “youthful rebellion” like driving away in a Camaro.
1990 Lumina, Days of Thunder (1990)
Calling this movie Top Gun but with cars is both fairly accurate and obviously a big compliment for the Lumina driven by Tom Cruise.
1966 Suburban, Almost Famous (2000)
Like with Harold and Maude, a tour bus is probably the first thing people think of when dealing with this movie, but plenty of people were also crossing the country in Suburbans during the ’60s and ’70s.
1970 Chevelle SS, The Fast and the Furious (2001)
We’re sure we weren’t alone when Vin Diesel‘s beautiful SS gets totaled at the end of the original Furious.
’64 Chevrolet Impala, Batman Begins (2005)
The Batmobile from Tim Burton’s Batman films was based on the chassis of an Impala, while Christopher Nolan’s Batmobile (referred to in the film as “the Tumbler”) was still a Chevy at heart, powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine.
’76 Camaro Transformers (2007)
Though the Transformer Bumblebee swiftly assumes a more modern Camaro form in this film, he starts out as a vintage Camaro in a scene that famously spends about as much time focused on [CELEBRITY_LINK” “” “” “0” ] as it does on the car.