Ask the Best and Brightest: What Muscle Car Did Major Nelson Drive in "I Dream of Jeannie"?

Charles Dagastino
by Charles Dagastino

Easy (Warm-Up for TTAC’s Best and Brightest)

1. Major Anthony Nelson on I Dream of Jeannie drove a convertible of what 1960s muscle car?

A. Chevrolet Chevelle SS396

B. Buick Skylark GTX

C. Pontiac G.T.O.

D. Oldsmobile 442

2. Starsky and Hutch patrolled the streets in Starsky’s?

A. 1974 Ford Grand Torino

B. 1975 Ford Grand Torino

C. 1969 Mercury Cyclone

D. 1975 Ford Thunderbird

3. In Vegas what car did Robert Urich repeatedly drive into his living room?

A. 1957 Ford Skyline Convertible

B. 1957 Ford Thunderbird

C. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette convertible

D. 1957 Cadillac convertible

4. Larry on Bewitched, Steve from 90210 and Sam from Cheers all sported which make and model?

A. Chevrolet Corvette

B. Chevrolet Camaro

C. Pontiac Firebird

D. Ford Mustang

5. Max on Get Smart drove a/an?


B. Jaguar convertible

C. Alpine Sunbeam

D. Alfa Romeo Spider

6. Mindy of Mork and Mindy fame and Daisy Duke from the Dukes of Hazzard drove what vehicle on TV?

A. Ford Thunderbird Convertible

B. Dodge Charger

C. Ford F100

D. Jeep CJ

7. Both Mike Seaver on Growing Pains and Tommy from Eight is Enough chose this brand of automobile as their first.


B. Ford

C. Chevrolet

D. Honda

8. For the majority of its run the Brady family drove vehicles manufactured by one of Detroit’s big three but switched to this other American icon for its last season; name them?

A. Ford then Oldsmobile

B. Ford then Chevrolet

C. Chrysler then Chevrolet

D. Chrysler then Ford

9. In what hot rod beauty did Jill proudly cruise around in on Home Improvement?

A. Cadillac Hearse

B. Chevrolet Nomad

C. Chevrolet El Camino

D. Ford Ranchero

10. Which car is featured in the opening credits as well as in episodes of That ’70s Show?

A. 1969 Ford Station Wagon

B. 1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

C. 1969 Ford Galaxie 500

D. 1969 Chevrolet Impala

Medium (You might know it, you might not)

11. On what make was the original Batmobile made from for the 1960s TV show?

A. Cadillac

B. Packard

C. Dusenberg

D. Lincoln

12. Columbo chased criminals in what smoking, dilapidated jalopy?

A. Fiat Topolino

B. Citroen 2CV

C. Peugot 403

D. Morris Mini

13. Ponch on CHiPS, James Rockford of The Rockford Files and Michael on Knight Rider all drove a derivative of what pony car?

A. the Pontiac Firebird

B. the Chevrolet Camaro

C. the Ford Mustang

D. the AMC Javelin

14. Sheriff Lobo chased criminals in style by turning what luxury car into a police cruiser?

A. Cadillac Seville

B. Cadillac Sedan DeVille

C. Lincoln Mark V

D. Lincoln Town Car

15. Dillon on Beverly Hills, 90210 and Monica on Friends were lucky enough drive what brand of sports car?

A. Ferrari

B. Lotus

C. Porsche

D. Lamborghini

16. On Charlie’s Angels Farrah Fawcet turned heads in her white and blue Mustang II but what was Kate Jackson stuck driving?

A. Metallic Green Chevrolet Vega

B. Dark Gray Ford Granada

C. Purple AMC Pacer

D. Orange Ford Pinto

17. This luxury marque was featured in The Equalizer and Who’s the Boss and lusted after by Alex on an episode of Family Ties.


B. Mercedes

C. Jaguar

D. Audi

18. What car was featured in the opening sequence of the Mary Tyler Moore Show?

A. Dodge Challenger

B. Chevrolet Monte Carlo

C. Oldsmobile Cutlass

D. Ford Mustang

19. What car was featured in the opening sequence of Chico and the Man?

A. Buick Regal

B. Chevrolet Monte Carlo

C. Oldsmobile Cutlass

D. Pontiac Grandprix

20. The Simon brothers of Simon and Simon started out the show with one model of Chevrolet but finished the show with a different one; name them.

A. 1957 Bel Air, 1987 Camaro Z28

B. 1957 Bel Air; 1969 Chevelle SS

C. 1963 Impala SS, 1987 Camaro Z28

D. 1970 Monte Carlo SS, 1988 Impala SS

21. Spencer for Hire drove what popular 1980s sports car?

A. Ford Mustang GT SVO

B. Ford Mustang GT 5.0

C. Chevrolet Camaro Z28

D. Chevrolet Camaro IROC

22. Al Bundy on Married With Children missed a chance at a new Dodge Viper when his _______ turned 1,000,000 miles before the cameras could capture it for a contest?

A. Dodge Aspen

B. Dodge Magnum

C. Dodge Dart

D. Dodge K Car

23. When Robin Master’s red Ferrari was in the shop which of his other cars did Tom Selleck drive in Magnum P.I.?

A. BMW 635

B. Audi 3000

C. Mercedes S Sedan

D. Jaguar XJS

24. Long before Speed Racer drove a GTI in a VW ad he raced around in what fictitious car built by his father?

A. Mach 5

B. Mach 2

C. Shooting Star

D. Spridle Sportster 5000

Difficult (Just step AWAY from Google)

25. What car did the gang purchase from Mr. Roper on an Episode of Three’s Company only to have it fall apart?

A. 1965 Cheverolet Impala

B. 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle

C. 1958 Cheverolet Bel Air

D. 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air

26. What year and make was used for My Mother the Car?

A. 1928 Ford

B. 1928 Tera Car

C. 1928 Nash

D. 1928 Porter

27. What short lived luxury car was featured on Dallas in the 1980s?

A. Chrysler TC

B. Cadillac Allante’

C. Sterling 825

D. Infiniti J20

28. What Japanese sports car did Jamie Summer’s drive as the Bionic Woman?

A. Datsun 280Z

B. Toyota Celica

C. Honda Prelude

D. Mazda RX7

29. Mannix drove a modified version of this somewhat rare American beauty, also a favorite of Jay Leno?

A. Buick Wildcat

B. Chevrolet Corvair

C. Oldsmobile Tornado

D. Pontiac Tempest

30. From what make and model did E trade up to a Maserati in Season 2 of Entourage?

A. Toyota Camry

B. Honda Accord

C. Nissan Altima

D. Ford Taurus

31. While Mr. Cunningham stuck by his DeSoto on TV’s Happy Days what brand did Richie prefer to drive?

A. Nash

B. Studebaker

C. Hudson

D. Rambler

32. What make and model was used in The Saint?

A. Fiat 128

B. Peugot 503

C. BMW 318

D. Volvo 1800 S

33. What was the nickname of Barretta’s beat up 1966 Chevrolet?

A. Blue Ghost

B. Blue Streak

C. Blue Flame

D. Blue Magnum

34. The engine that powered Dobie Gillis’s Hot Rod was made by what division of GM?

A. Buick

B. Chevrolet

C. Oldsmobile

D. Pontiac

25. The Munsters’ bizarre hot rod was powered by what size Ford V8 engine?

A. 289

B. 302

C. 351

D. 428


Danny DeVito as Louie on Taxi had one specific cab that he nicknamed the “widow maker.” He would assign it to any cabby that upset him for revenge. What was the number of this infamous Checker cab?

A. 356

B. 287

C. 413

D. 658

Answers tomorrow (Tuesday)

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  • Nick Nick on Aug 11, 2009

    I know one show I watched as a kid featured a 72 Cuda convertible (specially contructed for the show, obviously). Can't remember which one...

  • Davejay Davejay on Aug 11, 2009

    Have you considered actually putting this in a format where you select the answers with checkboxes or something? Most of the fun is lost when you realize you're going to have to either print it out or scroll up and back and up and back and up...and then you realize that since it's just in the comments, there's never going to be an aggregate result posted with the correct answers and the percentage that guessed what or what not.

  • Wjtinfwb I'd like to see a Ford/Mazda relationship restarted. Both companies have some car guys keeping the flame alive and could develop a sports car slightly bigger than a Miata and pick and choose from each other's parts bin to put together some attractive powertrain combo's. Even a Mazda 3 AWD with the 300HP EcoBoost 2.3L, manual and AWD from the Focus RS would be welcome. Even better, a factory Miata V8 with the 480 HP Coyote (i know it wont fit...) and a manual gearbox. And how about a CX-5 with a 2.7L EcoBoost V6 with AWD and an chassis tuned for sport. Lots of possibilities.
  • Blueice Patient 28, sorry, but it is Oktoberfest. Bring a kegof Kraut beer and we will 50% you.
  • Bd2 Probably Toyota, Hyundai is killing them these days.
  • Bd2 Japan is evil, stop buying their vehicles. I hope TTAC has a holiday for PEARL HARBOR.
  • Wolfwagen If Isuzu could update this truck and keep the cost between $25K - $30K they would sell like ice pops on dollar day in a heat wave.