Most Iconic TV Cars of the 1960s and 1970s

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1978 Checker Taxi Cab “Taxi” (1978–1982)
From the opening sequence of a taxicab cruising across New York’s Queensboro Bridge — accompanied by the show’s dulcet theme music composed by jazz great Bob James — the 1980s series “Taxi” went on to elevate more than a few careers into the pantheon of TV stardom: Judd Hirsch, Andy Kaufman, Danny DeVito, Tony Danza, Marilu Henner, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Conaway. Beyond these stars, an unsung hero of the show had to be the Checker cabs so often in the background (and sometimes foreground) of most shots throughout the four-year series. Always shown with typical NYC wear and tear, never getting the attention they deserved from garage mechanic Latka Gravas (played by brilliant comedian Andy Kaufman), the yellow cabs never the less left an indelible mark in the collective conscious of those who loved the show.

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