Most Iconic TV Cars of the 1960s and 1970s

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1957 Ford Thunderbird “Vega$” (1978–1981)
Another detective show of the late Seventies, “Vega$” starred Robert Urich as Dan Tanna, a Sin City PI who cruises the strip in his red 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible. Tanna’s clients included casino owners, friends, families, private business associates and other characters trying to eke out a life in the Nevada desert oasis of neon and grit. The stubby red 1957 T-Bird is unmistakably Dan Tanna thanks to the vanity license plates, and Urich is often seen running and jumping into the vehicle after some “Aha!” moment that propels the plot forward. The car became such a part of the show’s identity that British toy manufacturer Corgi made a diecast reproduction of the car complete with a plastic figurine of Urich as Dan Tanna behind the wheel.

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