Junk Cars in Popular Culture: Iconic Movie and TV Cars

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Let's drive down memory lane of some of the crustiest yet coolest cars to live on the silver screen. We can ride in this sunbeat yellow 1992 Geo Metro. Here, use this bungee cord since the seatbelt doesn't work. And we're off! Hurry, jump in! There's lots to see.

First up is a 1983 Ford Wagon Queen Family Truckster. This bulky, avocado-green, wood-paneled grocery getter took the Griswolds from Chicago to California's Wally World in National Lampoon's Vacation. Even today, it's hard not to hear "Holiday Roads" playing in your head after seeing a station wagon.

Next is a powder blue 1976 AMC Pacer with flames painted on the side. Christened the Mirthmobile by Wayne and Garth in Wayne's World, it came with a host of custom features, like a CD player mounted on the dash, a water hose, a stash of disposable cups, a red licorice dispenser in the ceiling, and plenty of room for headbanging to "Bohemian Rhapsody"—Party on!

On the left is an '84 Sheepdog. In the movie Dumb and Dumber, Harry spent his life savings turning a Ford Econoline Van into the Shaggin' Wagon while working for a dog-grooming service. But after he and his roommate Lloyd lost their jobs and their pets' heads started falling off, they decided to track down Lloyd's love interest, Mary, and return the briefcase she left at the airport. Unfortunately, they traded their van "straight up" for a scooter about halfway through the trip, or according to the map, they'd only gone 4 inches. What an icon of popular culture!

Last but not least is a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Sentinel ambulance. If you saw this car parked across the street from your house, you'd think something's strange in your neighborhood. Don't trip—it's just Ecto 1, the gas guzzler of the Ghostbusters. According to Ray, it’s not junk - it just needs some suspension work and shocks. Brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end. Also, new rings, mufflers, and a little wiring. But hey, the old ambulance was only a few bucks.

While these iconic jalopies made it in Hollywood and still live on today, the fact of the matter is that most cars don't. But there is one place to cash in on your junker's dream. That's with us. Tell us about your old car and get a no-pressure offer in minutes.