Most Iconic TV Cars of the 1960s and 1970s

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1966 Chrysler Imperial Crown Limousine “The Green Hornet” (1966–1967)
Although it aired for only one season in the mid Sixties, “The Green Hornet” became a cult classic. Two primary reasons for that status were the casting of up-and-coming martial arts star Bruce Lee, and the Green Hornet’s ride while fighting crime: a highly customized 1966 Chrysler Imperial Crown limousine. The prolific George Barris and Dean Jefferies designed and built the car, dubbed “Black Beauty.” At 19 feet long, this menacing vehicle was called a rolling arsenal in the show’s opening title sequence. At the Green Hornet’s disposal for fighting crime were Black Beauty’s rocket launchers and a gas gun in the grille, rocket launchers at the rear, as well as a surveillance satellite that launches out of the trunk — a prescient bit of tech similar to drones of today. Retractable quad green headlights cemented the Black Beauty’s hornetlike looks.

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