Most Iconic TV Cars of the 1960s and 1970s

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1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 Scrambler “Happy Days” (1974–1984)
A show that likely gained popularity due a nostalgic longing for a simpler time in post-Vietnam and Watergate America, “Happy Days” ran for 11 seasons. Achieving No. 1 in Nielsen ratings in its third season, the character-driven comedy grew immensely popular with a demographic that could identify with the 1950s time period portrayed. One of the show’s most popular characters was Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli, a leather-jacket-clad tough who beneath a brash exterior had a heart of gold, played brilliantly by actor Henry Winkler. And one of the coolest things about the Fonz — beyond his hair and signature thumbs-up accompanied by an “Ayyyyyyyyy!” — was his Triumph motorcycle, which gained a cult following from kids of all ages when The Fonz jumped 14 garbage cans in a two-part episode called “Fearless Fonzarelli,” the title likely being a nod to legendary motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel.

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