The holiday season has just wrapped up, and for many families, that means the annual viewing of a few favorite Christmas movies occurred. Maybe you love “White Christmas” for the music, or you identify with the Griswold’s disastrous efforts at being merry together. It’s always good to sneak in a couple of old-fashioned tear-jerkers, like “Miracle on 34th Street” or “It’s a Wonderful Life,” to get you through an afternoon gift-wrapping marathon. In this industry, it’s likely the cars that dictate which Christmas movie makes your favorites list.
Here are a few of the best cars that starred in a Christmas movie:
1937 Oldsmobile Six in 1983’s “A Christmas Story”: Sure, you’ll shoot your eye out with that Red Ryder BB gun, but at least you’ll still ride in style. This iconic car would have been a steal in its day, but the Old Man isn’t too charmed by his Six. He complains about the car’s tendency to freeze up, and who could forget one of the most famous scenes in the movie that involved the car?
When Ralphie helps his father change the tire and lets the lug nuts scatter, the expletive that escapes his mouth was watched with horror by every kid watching that movie for the first time. You knew what Ralphie was in for, and sure enough, that soap wasn’t far behind.
Clark W. Griswold’s Family Truckster in 1989’s “Christmas Vacation”: It’s not as memorable as the car from “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” but the Truckster in the Christmas holiday classic is one of those cars that seems to become a character in the movie. The Taurus gets a daredevil role when the family heads out to cut their Christmas tree and Clark launches it quite memorably into Christmas movie legend.
The 1919 Dodge Brothers’ Touring Car from 1946’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”: While Burt’s police car and Ernie’s cab make some memorable appearances, it’s George’s Touring Car that takes on a role as one of the best cars from holiday movies. George plows it into a tree before heading to the bridge to jump, and who could forget the scene where George and Mary are helping a family move and there’s room for the kids, plus a goat? That Touring Car was a crossover before its time!
Maybe you have favorite cars from holiday movies that didn’t make this list, but it’s probably safe to say that those of us in the automotive industry are always a little attached to the cars that help make our favorite Christmas movies unforgettable.