A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

The Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020. Included on display were some vehicles from the Steven Spielberg film “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.”

This Cricket vehicle removes David, played by Haley Joel Osment, from his family and delivers him to the woods, where unwanted mechas (robots) are taken.

ai4

LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

While in the woods, David begins his quest to become a real boy.  He and a group of stray mechas are captured by Lord Johnson-Johnson and his biker hounds, who aim to destroy them.  Here is one of the bikes seen in the film.

ai3

Late in the film, this police amphibocopter carries David through Manhattan, which has been submerged underwater, as he nears the end of his journey to try to become a real boy.

ai1

Here is a closer look inside the amphibocopter.

ai2

 

Knight Rider

In the original “Knight Rider” TV series, running from 1982 – 1986, Michael Knight, played by David Hasselhoff, famously drives the Knight Industries Two Thousand, known as K.I.T.T. for short.  K.I.T.T. was an artificially intelligent, fully autonomous vehicle equipped with a hydrogen-powered turbojet engine, advanced construction and a variety of custom tools and weapons.

knightrider1

LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The vehicle chosen to portray K.I.T.T. was a 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.  This particular vehicle was used in the pilot of the TV series.  It could be seen at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, which ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020.

knightrider2

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

The Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020.  Included on display were some vehicles from the George Miller modern classic “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Max, played by Tom Hardy, drives this recognizable 1973 Main Force Patrol V-8 Interceptor.

madmaxfuryroad1

LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Here is the car Nux, played by Nicholas Hoult, drives in the film, chasing after Furiousa, played by Charlize Theron.  The vehicle features a front-mounted crucifix to hold blood bags.

madmaxfuryroad2

madmaxfuryroad5

madmaxfuryroad3

madmaxfuryroad4

Here is some concept art, which was also part of the exhibit.

madmaxfuryroad6

madmaxfuryroad7

madmaxfuryroad8

Batman (1966)

The classic 1966 “Batman” TV series, starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin, remains as popular now as ever.  Even decades later, some of the locations can still be seen.

Bronson Cave, also known as the “Bat Cave,” can be found in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California.  A very popular hiking spot, simply take the Bronson Cave Trail for about a quarter of a mile and the caves are on the left.  Although the walk is uphill, it’s so short that anyone without medical issues should be able to handle it with ease.  The cave is a bit larger than it appears here.  Those who walk through it will also be treated to a nice view of the Hollywood sign on the other side.

batman1966-1

LOCATION: 3200 Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (the trailhead can be found at 2950 Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068)

The Gotham City Police Headquarters was a set and still stands on the Warner Bros. backlot.  It can be seen as part of their studio tour.

batman1966-2

LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505

This “Batcycle,” a 1966 Yamaha, was seen in the 1966 “Batman” feature film based on the TV series.  It can be seen at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

batman1966-3

LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

In 2019, the same museum held a limited exhibition called “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy,” which featured some additional vehicles from the show.  Here is the Catmobile, which appeared in the third season of the show.

batman1966-4

Here is the Jokermobile from the show, a 1966 Mongrel T.

batman1966-5

Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)

The Peyton house from the 2005 remake “Herbie: Fully Loaded,” starring Lindsday Lohan, can be found in South Pasadena, California.

herbiefullyloaded2

LOCATION: 1120 Buena Vista St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

The iconic Herbie, the Love Bug was also revived for the film.  One of several 1963 Volkswagen Beetles built for the production, this particular model was seen being driven by Lindsay Lohan during the racing sequences.  The car can be found at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.

herbiefullyloaded1

LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Great Gatsby (2013)

For 2013 adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel “The Great Gatsby,” director Baz Luhrmann strayed a bit from the book.  While Fitgerald described Gatsby as driving a 1922 Rolls-Royce, Luhrmann elected to go with a 1934 Duesenberg.  The car is actually a Duesenberg II, a modern reproduction of the original.  The reproduction was used for financial and practical reasons.  This model can be seen being driven by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film.  The car can be found on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.

thrgreatgatsby1

LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Magnum P.I.

This 1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi was the actual car driven by Tom Selleck during the 1982 – 1983 season of the hit television series, “Magnum P.I.”  Set around the adventures of a Hawaii based detective, the car was typically filmed without the roof panel, in order to allow the cameras to film the action inside the car.  The car was also modified to fit Tom Selleck’s large, 6’4″ frame, by relocating the seat rails and removing the filler from the bottom seat cushion.

The car can be found on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, alongside several other iconic movie and television vehicles.

magnumpi1

LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Christine (1983)

In the 1983 John Carpenter adaption of the Stephen King novel, “Christine,” the director returned to his old South Pasadena stomping grounds, where he famously shot “Halloween.”  Those locations can be found in the same proximity as the exterior of the house where Arnie lives in “Christine.”

christine2

LOCATION: 1037 Buena Vista St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

However, when people think of the film “Christine,” the first thing that comes to mind is of course the killer car.  The film follows a possessed Plymouth Fury as it wreaks havoc on it’s owner and those around him.  24 total Plymouth Fury vehicles were acquired for use in the film.  This was one of two stunt cars, which can be found at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.  At the end of the production, the vehicle was set to be destroyed.  However, a buyer stepped in and rescued the car, using parts from other screen-used “Christine” vehicles and restored it back to it’s original condition.

christine

LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Thelma & Louise (1991)

Ridley Scott’s 1991 film about two women on the run from the law, “Thelma & Louise,” is set all across the country.  In reality, however, the film shot mostly in Southern California and Utah, with a few shots in Colorado.  The film features one of the most famous endings of the 1990s.

The girls set off on their adventure when Louise, played by Susan Sarandon, picks up Thelma, played by Geena Davis, at her house, supposedly located in Arkansas.  The actual house can be found in Tarzana, California.

thelmaandlouise1

LOCATION: 18633 Palomino Dr, Tarzana, CA 91356

The girls make their way to the the Silver Bullet Saloon for a night of drinking and dancing, before things take a dark turn, as a man tries to rape Thelma in the parking lot.  Louise intervenes and things take a violent turn, as the women’s would-be getaway trip becomes a run from the law.  The Silver Bullet Saloon really is a country-western themed night club, located in Long Beach, California.  However, it is now known as the Cowboy Country Saloon.

thelmaandlouise2

LOCATION: 3321 E South St, Long Beach, CA 90805

Louise’s vintage Thunderbird convertible is another central character in the film, as it carries them through their outlaw road adventure, into the film’s famous ending.  Several identical Thunderbirds were used throughout the production.  Located at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, this particular one was featured extensively, primarily being used for close-up shots in the film.

thelmaandlouise3

LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036