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 six we love, with video clips:
A Christmas Story (1983)
A Christmas Story came out of 1983 with hardly any attention at the box office, but when it started appearing on television a year or so later, it turned into 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.”
Die Hard (1988)
No movie outside of the Blues Brothers ever wrecked more cop cars than Die Hard. Since the movie came out in 1988, the police car of choice at the time was either the pre-1986 Chevrolet Impala, or the post-1986 Chevrolet Caprice, the same car equipped with the 9C1 police package.
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 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.
There are some classic car scenes involving a 1974 Ford Thunderbird in “Ivory Gold Mist.”
From all of us here at BestRide.com, we hope you have a great Christmas with your families.