S m a r t C a r
it's not Click 'N Clack or a fact center for car enthusiasts -it's the most
frequent question I get: What cars did Max drive? That being said and the following
being laid out in a pretty little table... don't ask me about this again!
|What it Looks Like
||Make & Model
||Where it was
|Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet
||This was used only in the black and white pilot episode,
||Used in the opening shots of seasons one and
two. This car was used throughout the series in various episodes -
well symbolically at least. See next entry.
||A Sunbeam Alpine was actually used in lieu of the Tiger in various episodes.
A 4-cylinder, the Alpine was re-badged and striped to look like a Tiger
because there was more room to stow the cannon.
|Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
||This cute Ghia was used only in the opening shots of seasons three and
four as a promo for Volkswagen.
||Used as the Chiefs car, this car appeared in
several fourth season episodes.
||The Opel was used only in season five for the opening credits and driven
in a few episodes.
For what it's worth, Max drove three cars through out the series -but there
were a few exceptions.
His main machine was a red Sunbeam Tiger convertible. For the sake of trivia, Don Adams owned this car -it was part of his
payment. He later gave it to one of his daughters and she wrecked it. He then
spent all kinds of money fixing it and gave it to another daughter, who also
wrecked it. Ouch.
The second Smart car was a blue
Karmann Ghia -which comes out of the
Volkswagen line. It was featured in the opening shots, but not in the episodes.
Apparently showcasing the Ghia was tied in with Volkswagen's advertising. Ghias
were always my dream car -despite the fact that all I can afford is a
The third car was the
gold 1969 Opel GT which was used only during
the last season. This particular Opel was resurrected as junker in the movie
Stripes. The Opel is yet another product of crass consumerism as
it was featured as a part of advertising for the show.
There were a few occasions where Max used a different car
during the episodes. A Sunbeam Alpine (shown above left) was often substituted for the Tiger
because was easier to mount Max's spy do-dads under its hood.
A Citroen was used in "With Love and
Twitches" (shown at right).
Max also drove the Chief's car -a Ford Mustang. In the pilot episode, the opening
scene showed Max driving a Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet.
Another mustang, Z The Zebra Car, (shown at left) was used in
"Satan Place" and "Our Man in Leotards." It was
really the Chief's car but Max won it in a raffle.
According to Smartian Sue, the car was created by George Barris, who's resume includes creating the Munster cars and the
Zebra Car has seen a lot of mileage, appearing in" Marriage on the Rocks" with Dean Martin and Frank
|And to round things out, there's also this red
convertible, which appeared in "Weekend Vampire."
I'm not sure if this was the company car or what, but all we have of
it is this appearance.
Fun bonus: As I mentioned in the Feb. 23, 2016 installment of my blog,
you can see part of the sound stage in one of the shots.
OK folks, considering my vehicle knowledge doesn't extend too far past pumping
gas, that's all the info I can give on this topic. I'm a hack newspaper reporter
-not an Indy driver.
more vehicular info, check out Carl's GS
FAQ and Pete's page
on the cars.
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