It’s Christmas week here at BestRide.com HQ, so we’re fishing through our Netflix queue and YouTube to watch all the great Christmas movies we can find. There are a ton that have great cars and great car scenes. Here are five we love, with video clips.
A Christmas Story (1983)
A Christmas Story didn’t do much box office when was released in 1983, but when it started appearing on television a year or so later, it became the Christmas classic it was destined to be.
Key to the movie’s success was the great Darrin McGavin, who plays Ralphie Parker’s old man. “Some men are Baptists, others Catholics. My father was an Oldsmobile man,” Ralphie says about his dad, who blows out a tire in his 1937 Oldsmobile Six Touring Sedan.
“My old man’s spare tires were actully only tires in the acedemic sense: They were round, they had once been made of rubber.”
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
It’s the quintessential Christmas movie, and we’ve seen it twice so far this season. There are tons of cool cars in the movie, including George Bailey’s 1917 Dodge Brothers Touring (which was offered at auction in May last year), Sam Wainwright’s Rollston-bodied 1931 Dusenberg Model J, and Bert the Cop’s 1941 Ford Fordor police car.
Christmas Vacation (1989)
Like the original movie National Lampoon’s Vacation, Christmas Vacation has Clark Griswold driving a wood-paneled wagon, this time an updated Wagon Queen Family Truckster MkII, which was based on a Ford Taurus wagon.
Cousin Eddie shows up in front of the Griswold residence with a 1972 Condor II motor home.
Wagon Queen Family Truckster MkII
“Eat my rubber!”
Bill Murray’s Scrooged is an underappreciated take on the Charles Dickens Christmas classic A Christmas Carol. Instead of the Ghost of Christmas Past showing up in a flimsy nightgown, David Johansen — from the New York Dolls, who was then experiencing a musical resurgence under the pseudonym “Buster Poindexter” — is the New York cabbie from Hell in a 1975 Checker Taxi.
29th Street (1991)
Speaking of underappreciated movies, 29th Street is the best Christmas movie hardly anyone saw. It takes place in a flashback on Christmas Eve, telling the marginally true story of Frank Pesce, the first winner of the New York State Lottery. It’s a mashup of It’s a Wonderful Life and GoodFellas, with the first movie’s heart, and the second movie’s amazing attention to cars and music. The story spans years from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, and the cars are just perfect.
This clip’s NSFW for language, but it’s still too funny not to share. “YOU! COP! DRIVE THE CAR!”
From all of us here at BestRide.com, we hope you have a great holiday with your families.