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The Best Cartoon Cars of All Time – Revisited

What are the best cartoon cars of all time?

The kind of machine you’d want to pilot if you were an animated character on an old-school Saturday morning cartoon?

We teamed up with our friends at Summit Racing to ask that very question, and you delivered the answers.

You voted for cabs from live action-animated hybrid films. You voted for multiple vehicles with eyes and mouths. You voted for armed Gen. 3 Camaros that fly. You voted for police cars that transform. And you voted for more than one foot-powered vehicle driven by prehistoric cavemen. Imagine.

What are the best cartoon cars of all time?

Per the opinions of OnAllCylinders readers and Summit Racing Facebook fans, these are. (In no particular order.)

Tom Slick’s Thunderbolt Grease-Slapper

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Launched in 1967, and re-aired countless times for many years after, Tom Slick’s Thunderbolt Grease-Slapper could be modified to whatever racing conditions Tom Slick required in order to win the race.

The Gadgetmobile

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The Gadgetmobile. Sometimes a van. Often a DeLorean- or Lotus Esprit-looking police cruiser depending on Inspector Gadget’s needs of the moment.

The Mach Five

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First there was the original 1967 version, and then there was an American remake in the early 1990s. In all of the versions, the Mach Five was a bad machine, and the automotive star of Speed Racer would be top-ranked cartoon car of all time if we were measuring it by the number of votes. Go Speed Racer, go.

The Flintstone’s Car


There’s much to like about this eco-friendly foot-powered vehicle made of wood and stone.

But nothing was more amazing than how it would magically transform to a four-seater whenever the animators wanted it to. We’re not mad about it.

The 11 Cars of Wacky Races

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This feels a little bit like cheating, but so many people co-signed that we can’t leave them off the list. The 11 cars from Wacky Races were nominated, and scores of people collectively nodded “Yes.”

To be fair, Saturday morning Wacky Races were pretty awesome, and ultimately spawned another crowd-favorite: Captain Caveman.

The Animated ’67 Supernatural Impala from the Scooby-Doo Episode

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This one was the stretchiest of stretches in our opinion, but since we also agree that it’s totally awesome, we’re not going to argue with it.

Brothers Sam and Dean drive an awesome black 1967 Chevy Impala as professional ghost and demon hunters on the show Supernatural. The car is American muscle perfection.

But this one time, Supernatural writers went nuts and had Sam and Dean magically get sucked into a Scooby-Doo episode on TV where they have to help everyone’s favorite teenage sleuth team solve a mystery.

Somehow, the black Impala was also available for them in this strange new animated world they found themselves in. This happened in precisely one episode in show that is otherwise entirely live-action.

But we’ll allow it. Largely because it’s not wrong.

Strip Weathers “The King”

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While Lightning McQueen was the star of the movie Cars, and Chick Hicks (voiced by Michael Keaton) was the funniest, the Richard Petty-inspired Strip Weathers, or “The King,” received several votes to appear on this list.

We’re not sure whether it’s an affinity for Petty and NASCAR racing, a love for the high-winged Plymouth Superbird/Dodge Charger Daytona, or something else entirely.

No wrong answers.

Tow Mater

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People unironically voted for a second vehicle from Cars. Mater.

Git ‘er done, we guess.

Speed Buggy

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Speed Buggy is another popular animated series despite only one season. It re-aired as a rerun on all of the major networks for years, featuring some crossover with Josie and the Pussycats, and Scooby-Doo.

Three teenagers cruised around in Speed Buggy and solved mysteries like the gang from Scooby-Doo. People liked it. Especially you. Speed Buggy was second to the Speed Racer Mach 5 in voting.

Benny the Cab

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While we continue our streak of cars with faces. Say hi to Benny the Cab from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? which was the first time many of us ever saw live-action and animated actors co-exist on the same screen.

Some people remember Roger. Some people remember Jessica.

But you guys remembered Benny.

The Camaro from M.A.S.K.

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Remember M.A.S.K.? Mobile Armored Strike Kommand?

1985-86 cartoon. Sort of G.I. Joe meets Transformers.

Anyway, some awesome person nominated the gull-wing Gen. 3 Camaro from M.A.S.K. and we were delighted.

Maybe not the most practical vehicle for daily driving, but if those miscreants at V.E.N.O.M. are up to no good, she’s the right machine for the job.

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  2. I remember the Whacky Racers as a kid. Tom Slick also Speed Racer.

  3. Larry Morris says:

    You forgot the best of all … “Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth”!!!!!!! ;0))

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