When it comes to villains, whether you call them bad guys, meanies, thugs, or evil-doers, the best of the best black hat wearing villains are the ones that have a vehicle that allows for a great escape. Even better, a vehicle that is just as capable of evil as the driver. We sat down for lunch one day and pondered the greatest villains of all time and the best villainous vehicles. By a general consensus, we came up with the top three villain cars to date. These cars represent the stuff that evil greatness comes from.
#3: 1934-1939 Mercedes-Benz W31 G4
Ever since the end of WWII, anything associated with Hitler and the Nazi third reich has represented pure evil. The Nazi party seized power in 1933, Hitler established a fully offensive armed forces branch that he called the Wehrmacht, and appointed himself as the commander-in-chief of the Wehrmacht.
Adolf Hitler in a Mercedes-Benz W31 on parade, 4 October 1938. Photo from wikipedia.org.
Early in 1934, Mercedes-Benz began producing several W31 type G4 three-axle off-road vehicles as staff and command vehicles for the Wehrmacht. These seven-seat touring cars were used by the top military brass in parades and special occasions after they were deemed too valuable for general use. Only 57 of these cars were produced. Of those, only 3 exist in their original form today. One is preserved at the Sinsheim Auto & Technik Museum in Germany. Another, which was originally a gift to Generalissimo Francisco Franco from Hitler, is in the Spanish Army car collection. The third and last known original vehicle resides in Hollywood and has been featured in TV shows and full length movies.
These Benz’s are highly recognizable and conjure up feelings of pure evil to everyone that sees them. Whenever Hitler was photographed in a parade vehicle, it was almost always a Mercedes-Benz G4. That alone makes it worthy of a top three ranking.
These uber-expensive vehicles weighed nearly 8,000 pounds. The engine was designated as the M24, which debuted as a 5 liter inline eight in 1934, progressed to a 5.3 liter in 1937, and finally as a 5.4 liter for the final two years in 1938 and 1939. The M21-II was rated near 100 horsepower in 1939 but the vehicle was speed limited around 50 mph by the unidirectional off-road tires.
Chick Hicks, the most evil and hated car at Pixar. Chick Hicks’ photos from pixar.com.
#2: Chick Hicks From The Movie Cars
Many of our readers may not agree, but the 1979 Shyster Cremlin, a car that does not exist in real life but bears a strong resemblance to a 1987 Buick Grand National, is a real villain by anyone’s measure of true evil. The antagonist from the Disney Pixar movie Cars, Chick Hicks has the reputation of not racing fairly.
Chick’s facial expressions show his personality.
According to the folks at Walt Disney Home Entertainment, “Chick Hicks is a racing veteran with a chip on his shoulder, a ruthless competitor who has cheated his way into more second-place finishes than any other car. He’s been counting down the seasons to The King’s retirement so that he can take over the coveted Dinoco sponsorship, but he never expected such fierce competition from hot shot rookie Lightning McQueen.”
Chick, tired of always following The King, finally spins the legend and causes him to crash.
The #86 Chick Hicks’ car primary sponsor is the Hostile Takeover Bank (htB) which explains where Chick’s win-at-all-cost mentality comes from. In the final race of the season, Chick attempts to take Lightning McQueen out of the race, only to have Lightning outrace the perennial runner-up. Chick intentionally crashes The King on the last lap of the race, causing Lightning to stop and check on the legend. When Lightning stops, Chick crosses the finish line and wins the piston cup in dastardly fashion.
The new Piston Cup champion is denounced by race fans as rude, arrogant, sarcastic and intimidating. Because he has raced his entire career in the shadow of The King, Chick became a bitter racer and devoid of any sense of fair-play, making him a shoe-in for the #2 greatest villain car of all time.
#1 Christine. The 1958 Plymouth Fury
Everyone’s favorite villain car of all time, the ultra possessive, very violent, 1958 Plymouth Fury with a mind of its own. Christine became a cult classic movie and the name has become a term that everyone uses to describe any piece of machinery that acts up. The movie’s producer, Richard Kobritz, purchased the movie rights to the Stephen King book because he found a kinship with the novel’s “celebration of America’s obsession with the motorcar.”
Originally the studio wanted Brooke Shields and Scott Baio in the lead roles. Kevin Bacon was also considered after trying out for the role as Arnie. We shudder to think that Chachi or Charles in Charge would be the lead character in a horror movie. The one thing that did stand up to the author’s vision of total terror was the red and white ’58 Plymouth Fury. The car’s appearance was both attractive but terrifying at the same time.
Over 20 cars were used in the film to capture the essence of the title character “Christine.” In addition to the 1958 Plymouth Furys purchased for the role, a few Plymouth Belvederes and Plymouth Savoys were used as well. According to studio sources, director John Carpenter placed newspaper ads looking for cars to purchase for use in the filming. They ended up with over 20 in different conditions and were able to build 17 models of the Fury.
One of the two existing cars used in the movie. Photo from wikipedia.org.
Records show that only the production of the 1958 Plymouth Fury was lower than other models of that era. This led to the use of the Savoy and Belvedere models dressed up as the Fury model. Only two of these vehicles still exist today, both are in the hands of private collectors.
A combination of a kickass theme song (George Thorogood’s Bad To The Bone) and a ruggedly designed Plymouth that captures the 1950’s car designs with a mean-looking mug makes this the perfect blend of evil and beauty. There is probably no other car that could have pulled this role off with such a memorable performance.