What Is The Most Iconic Car On Our Screens?

Mon 16th May 2022

When the car’s the star, be that on TV or in the movies, it is very often the car of our dreams, one in which we would speed off into the sunset with our foot to the proverbial floor.

But a new poll has found that rather than Michael Knight’s K.I.T.T. James Bond’s Aston Martin or Marty McFly’s DeLorean, the greatest on-screen vehicles of all time is rusty old, three-wheeled Reliant Robin, driven by one of the dodgiest geezers in TV history.

According to the analysis from Carmoola, Del Boy’s iconic van, which played a starring role in the sit-com Only Fools and Horses, is the the greatest on-screen vehicle of all-time.

Derek Trotter might not be the most obvious dream car owner, but his Robin Reliant certainly has a special place in the heart of the nation and he leaves the likes of Paul Walker and his Orange Toyota Supra trailing in his wake.

Alongside Trotters Independent Traders van, the Fiat Cinquecento from the Inbetweeners also made the list, with British representation also from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Silver Aston DB5 from James Bond’s Goldfinger.

“As far back as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on-screen cars have stolen our hearts as much as the characters, and that is still the case today,” said Aidan Rusby, CEO of Carmoola, a new car financing service.

“But having the heart rule the head when making a car purchase isn't a good thing. Our research shows nearly a quarter of (24%) Brits have bought a car without a clear idea about what they could spend or afford.

“And over a quarter (27 per cent) have searched for cars in the past with the intention of buying, without knowing if they could afford the finance or loan.

“It's easy to get carried away when you set eyes on a gleaming piece of metal, but most of us don't have the film-star salaries to make the payments.”

World’s Most Iconic On-Screen Vehicles - Top 10

Del Boy and Rodney’s yellow three-wheeler from Only Fools and Horses (42 per cent)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (31 per cent)

Doc-Brown’s time-travelling DeLorean from Back to the Future (31 per cent)

Silver Aston DB5, driven by James Bond in Goldfinger (29 per cent)

K.I.T.T from Knight Rider (28 per cent)

‘Herbie’ – the 1963 Volkswagen Beetle (23 per cent)

Ghostbusters Car (The Ectomobile) – from 1984 movie Ghostbusters (22 per cent)

Original 1960s Batmobile (20 per cent)

The Inbetweeners yellow Fiat Cinquecento (11 per cent)

Orange Toyota Supra driven by the late Paul Walker in Fast & Furious (9 per cent)