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* An aerial variant in ''Series/TheATeam'' episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS2E15TheBattleOfBelAir The Battle of Bel Air]]". The helicopter Face scams for Murdock to fly is clearly falling apart. One door is barely hanging in there; there are holes in the floor and its innards are badly functioning. With Murdock at the helm, they still make it, but it's clearly not something anyone could have done.
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-> '''Dr. Ray Stantz:''' ''[getting out of a hearse that has definitely seen better days]'' Everybody can relax, I found the car. Needs some suspension work and shocks. Brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end.\\
'''Dr. Peter Venkman:''' How much?\\
'''Dr. Ray Stantz:''' Only $4800. ''[continuing while Venkman registers a look of total shock]'' Also new rings, mufflers, a little wiring...

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-> '''Dr. Ray Stantz:''' ''[getting out of a hearse that has definitely seen better days]'' '''Ray:''' Everybody can relax, I found the car. Needs some suspension work and shocks. Brakes, shocks and brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end.rear-end...\\
'''Dr. Peter Venkman:''' '''Peter:''' How much?\\
'''Dr. Ray Stantz:''' '''Ray:''' Only $4800. ''[continuing while Venkman registers a look of total shock]'' Also $4800.\\
''(Venkman looks shocked)''\\
'''Ray:''' Maybe
new rings, also mufflers, a little wiring...



It was cheap, it was easy to buy, or the only thing affordable. Charitably, it could be called a car. Unfortunately, it tops out at about 40 miles per hour (45 going downhill). [[PlotDrivenBreakdown It breaks down a lot]], and gets parking tickets ''while in motion''. It needs to have special-order replacement parts since the dealer, manufacturer, and ''[[BalkanizeMe country]]'' it came from are no longer in business.

The only parts that aren't about to fall off are the ones firmly rusted in place. A car like this is sometimes referred to as a "Rolls-Canardley": rolls down one hill, can 'ardly get up the next. It has been ticketed for "attempted speeding."

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It was cheap, it was easy to buy, or the only thing affordable. Charitably, it could be called a car. Unfortunately, it tops out at about 40 miles per hour (45 going downhill). [[PlotDrivenBreakdown It breaks down a lot]], and gets parking tickets ''while in motion''. It needs to have special-order replacement parts since the dealer, manufacturer, and ''[[BalkanizeMe country]]'' it came from are no longer in business. \n\n The only parts that aren't about to fall off are the ones firmly rusted in place. A car like this is sometimes referred to as a "Rolls-Canardley": rolls down one hill, It can 'ardly get up the next. It has been ticketed for "attempted speeding."
only be called "the alleged car".



While this can be TruthInTelevision, it's largely the [[TropeBreaker ghost of tropes past]]: it plays off old pre-1980s notions of notoriously unreliable used cars and low-quality imports that tend not to be true today; ironically, older domestics have largely taken their place, as American carmakers became infamous for egregious corner-cutting and shoddy worksmanship that persisted up into the late 2000s. Back then owning a car [[MadeInCountryX built in a foreign country]] could be a joke in and of itself and anyone buying a used car was understood to either be barely above poverty or a major cheapskate. Lemon Laws and lawsuits have since [[IncrediblyLamePun driven]] most of the truly decrepit jalopies out of the market. Also worth noting, cars that degrade to the state of disrepair often depicted in an Alleged Car would simply not be street-legal in any modern industrial country with an established vehicle safety code[[note]]In the US, however, states are free to choose whether to have mandatory safety and emissions inspections; states that lack mandatory inspections are far more likely to have some truly terrifying shitboxes on the road[[/note]]. Of course, that doesn't mean [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough there aren't people who still drive them anyway]], and, as anyone who has owned one can tell you, there are plenty of shady garages that will happily slap an inspection sticker on any old piece of junk or even just sell you the sticker outright, "twenty dollars with an inspection or fifty dollars without one" as the old joke goes. Yes, "easy sticker" garages will usually get audited and lose their license to conduct inspections if misconduct is found, but for every one that gets shut down, there are usually at least three or four to fill in the void.

Paradoxically, in both fiction and sometimes in real life, a person who operates any such alleged vehicle for any length of time can often become quite emotionally attached to it. Sometimes a person gets in touch with all the car's little quirks, such that [[OnlyICanMakeItGo only s/he can keep the heap running]]. Other times, it's just StockholmSyndrome. But hey, anybody can drive a new car: keeping one of these babies running requires talent!

Ironically, this trope was codified by none other than the Ford Model T. Yes, the very car that put the world on wheels was considered obsolete and faintly ridiculous by the height of the silent film era and quickly became ''the'' Alleged Car in the hands of comedians like the Keystone Kops, HaroldLloyd, and Creator/LaurelAndHardy. They were cheap, disposable, intrinsically funny, and ironically enough the quirky brake, throttle, and transmission controls that made them seem so obsolete just happened to make them excellent stunt cars. [[note]]In reverse order: the pedal shift transmission had no levers to get in the way and only two speeds, the hand-lever throttle would stay where it was set and was easily rigged in any number of ways, and the brakes worked on the rear wheels only, ideal for skids and bootleg turns, which the tall, skinny tires allowed at relatively low speeds.[[/note]]

If it's a horse or a computer that gets this treatment, then you're respectively dealing with either TheAllegedSteed or TheAllegedComputer. The subversion of this trope, where a car looks like this but is secretly a CoolCar, is called WhatAPieceOfJunk. A ChronicallyCrashedCar may become one of these if it gets repaired one too many times. Either this or a bicycle will be part of a RealVehicleReveal. It may have been purchased at HonestJohnsDealership.

'''RealLife examples have [[TheAllegedCar/RealLife their own page.]]'''

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Sometimes, though, the owner of the alleged vehicle will become quite emotionally attached to it. Sometimes it's because [[OnlyICanMakeItGo only the owner knows the car's little quirks]] and can keep the thing running. Sometimes it's StockholmSyndrome. Sometimes they've been through so much together, it's hard to let go.

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While this can be TruthInTelevision, it's largely the [[TropeBreaker ghost of tropes past]]: it plays off old pre-1980s notions of notoriously unreliable used cars and low-quality imports that tend not to be true today; ironically, older domestics have largely taken their place, as American carmakers became infamous for egregious corner-cutting and shoddy worksmanship that persisted up into the late 2000s. Back then owning a car [[MadeInCountryX built in a foreign country]] could be a joke in and of itself and anyone buying a used car was understood to either be barely above poverty or a major cheapskate. Lemon Laws and lawsuits have since [[IncrediblyLamePun driven]] most of the truly decrepit jalopies out of the market. Also worth noting, cars that degrade to the state of disrepair often depicted in an Alleged Car would simply not be street-legal in any modern industrial country with an established vehicle safety code[[note]]In the US, however, states are free to choose whether to have mandatory safety and emissions inspections; states that lack mandatory inspections are far more likely to have some truly terrifying shitboxes on the road[[/note]]. Of course, that doesn't mean [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough there aren't people who still drive them anyway]], and, as anyone who has owned one can tell you, there are plenty of shady garages that will happily slap an inspection sticker on any old piece of junk or even just sell you the sticker outright, "twenty dollars with an inspection or fifty dollars without one" as the old joke goes. Yes, "easy sticker" garages will usually get audited and lose their license to conduct inspections if misconduct is found, but for every one that gets shut down, there are usually at least three or four to fill in the void.

Paradoxically, in both fiction and sometimes in real life, a person who operates any such alleged vehicle for any length of time can often become quite emotionally attached to it. Sometimes a person gets in touch with all the car's little quirks, such that [[OnlyICanMakeItGo only s/he can keep the heap running]]. Other times, it's just StockholmSyndrome. But hey, anybody can drive a new car: keeping one of these babies running requires talent!

%% Ironically, this trope was codified by none other than the Ford Model T. Yes, the very car that put the world on wheels was considered obsolete and faintly ridiculous by the height of the silent film era and quickly became ''the'' Alleged Car in the hands of comedians like the Keystone Kops, HaroldLloyd, and Creator/LaurelAndHardy. They were cheap, disposable, intrinsically funny, and ironically enough the quirky brake, throttle, and transmission controls that made them seem so obsolete just happened to make them excellent stunt cars. [[note]]In reverse order: the pedal shift transmission had no levers to get in the way and only two speeds, the hand-lever throttle would stay where it was set and was easily rigged in any number of ways, and the brakes worked on the rear wheels only, ideal for skids and bootleg turns, which the tall, skinny tires allowed at relatively low speeds.[[/note]]

If it's a horse or a computer that gets this treatment, then you're respectively dealing with either TheAllegedSteed or and TheAllegedComputer. The subversion of this trope, where a car looks like this but is secretly a CoolCar, is called WhatAPieceOfJunk. A ChronicallyCrashedCar may become one of these if it gets repaired one too many times. Either this or a bicycle will be part of a RealVehicleReveal. It may have been purchased at HonestJohnsDealership.

'''RealLife examples have [[TheAllegedCar/RealLife their own page.]]'''
]]''' Many, many real-life cars have become inspirations for what you see below; any such real-life cars should be placed on that page. There is a depressing number of them.



* The infamous "[[{{Thememobile}} Yukarimobile]]" from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', which is actually owned by her parents and presumably owes the shape it's in to her driving. Hell, it's a miracle Yukari ''can'' [[DrivesLikeCrazy drive the damn thing]] in the shape it's in. The way that thing gets camera treatment, it is the closest thing the series has to an outright villain. Not even [[DirtyOldMan Kimura-sensei]] is quite as traumatizing.

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* The ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' gives us the infamous "[[{{Thememobile}} Yukarimobile]]" from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', which is actually owned by her parents Yukarimobile]]". Yukari DrivesLikeCrazy, and presumably owes this is why the shape car is in the state it's in to her driving. Hell, in; it's a miracle Yukari ''can'' [[DrivesLikeCrazy drive the damn thing]] in the shape it's in.that it can even still be driven. The way that thing gets camera treatment, it is the closest thing the series has to an outright villain. Not even [[DirtyOldMan Kimura-sensei]] is quite as traumatizing.



* In the manga of ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'', Natsumi ends up with one of these after getting her auto license - the car had been assembled out of discarded parts from numerous stolen vehicles. Then it gets customized by Miyuki...

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* In the manga of ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'', Natsumi ends up with one of these after getting her auto license - the license. The car had been assembled out of discarded parts from numerous stolen vehicles. Then it gets customized by Miyuki...Miyuki.



** One of the viewpoint team's tanks is a Type 89 I-Go, an interwar Japanese tank intended to fight in China against infantry that was underarmed even by the standards of infantry at the time. It's regularly pitted against vehicles ten or more years younger and an order of magnitude more capable. Its go-to option when it encounters an enemy vehicle is trying to run away.
** There was also the team's later acquisition, a Tiger(P), which could be considered a downplayed example by virtue of being AwesomeButImpractical. While it outweighs and outguns the rest of the team's vehicle park on its own, its engine, suspension or fuel system ''will'' conk out at the least opportune moment. In its first appearance, it gets stuck in the mud, breaks down and ''spontaneously catches fire'' before even getting into firing range. It's later track record is better, due to hard work from the Automotive Club, but it still has a much higher mechanical failure rate that the team's other panzers.

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** One of the viewpoint team's tanks is a Type 89 I-Go, an interwar Japanese tank intended to fight in China against infantry that was underarmed even by the standards of infantry at the time. It's regularly pitted against vehicles ten or more years younger and an order of magnitude more capable. Its go-to option when it encounters an enemy vehicle is [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere trying to run away.
away]].
** There was also the The team's later acquisition, a Tiger(P), which could most charitably be considered a downplayed example by virtue of being described as AwesomeButImpractical. While it It outweighs and outguns the rest of the team's vehicle park on its own, but its engine, suspension suspension, or fuel system ''will'' will conk out at the least opportune moment. In its first appearance, it gets stuck in the mud, breaks down down, and ''spontaneously catches fire'' before even getting into firing range. It's Its later track record is better, due to hard work from the Automotive Club, but it still has a much higher mechanical failure rate that the team's other panzers.



--> "I said, 'You know, I don't think you're listening, asshole. The car is a ''Plymouth Horizon''. It is not a ''joy to RIDE!''' This is a car that goes 45 miles per hour with the wind; if you turn the air conditioning off you can supercharge the little fucker to 48."
:: He also mentioned "never [having] driven a car that's aqua."
* Creator/BillCosby's bit from his ''Why is There Air?'' album about his first car, a 1942 Dodge he bought for $75, which wouldn't go over 50 mph. It came with four bald tires, and he bought one snow tire for the rear end (all he could afford) and loaded the trunk full of sandbags to get traction. He painted "CAPTAIN AMERICA" down the side. He tried to drive it after a blizzard and wound up skidding sideways down the road at 50 mph before crashing into a tree.
** On another occasion, he talked about how his father's '52 Chevy was the uncoolest car ever because it didn't make any noise when you revved the engine. Doesn't help that he was comparing it to Fat Albert's car, a '41 Mercury modified to use a Cessna airplane engine.

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--> "I I said, 'You "You know, I don't think you're listening, asshole. The car is a ''Plymouth Horizon''. It is not a ''joy to RIDE!''' RIDE!''" This is a car that goes 45 miles per hour with the wind; if you turn the air conditioning off you can supercharge the little fucker to 48."
:: He also mentioned "never [having]
48.
* Creator/BillCosby has
driven a car that's aqua."
* Creator/BillCosby's bit from his
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**
''Why is Is There Air?'' album includes a bit about his first car, a 1942 Dodge he bought for $75, which $75. It wouldn't go over 50 mph. It came with four bald tires, and tires; he bought one could only afford a single snow tire for the rear end (all he could afford) and loaded end. He had to load the trunk full of with sandbags to get any traction. He painted "CAPTAIN AMERICA" down the side. He tried to drive it after a blizzard and wound up skidding sideways down the road at 50 mph before crashing into a tree.
tree. At least he tried to make it cooler by painting "CAPTAIN AMERICA" down the side.
** On another occasion, he talked about how He had a bit on his father's '52 Chevy was the uncoolest car ever because it car, a 1952 Chevy. It didn't make any noise when you revved revving the engine. Doesn't engine -- which immediately made it the uncoolest car ever. It also didn't help that he was comparing it to Fat Albert's car, a '41 1941 Mercury modified to use a Cessna airplane engine.



* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'':
** Archie Andrews' jalopy. Witness what happens when Archie tries to get it insured:

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* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'':
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''Franchise/ArchieComics'': Archie Andrews' jalopy has evolved over time as the series became a LongRunner, but it was never anything better than an old piece of junk. His first appearance in 1941 had him driving a 1916 Ford Model T. Then he started driving a generic 1930s jalopy. Witness what happens when Archie tries These days, it's usually an old Ford Mustang. But some of the things he's driven have really been held together by spit and prayers.
** He tried
to get it one particularly old car insured:



'''Archie:''' Uh, let's see... It's a Ford, Chevy, Plymouth, Pierce Arrow, Packard, De Soto, Hudson-\\

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'''Archie:''' Uh, let's see... It's a Ford, Chevy, Plymouth, Pierce Arrow, Packard, De Soto, Hudson-\\Hudson--\\



** Originally, Archie's car was a 1916 Ford Model T (which, when Archie first appeared in 1941, would have made it a believable 25 years old). Later, it was depicted as a generic thirties-looking jalopy but by 1983 the idea of a teenager having such a museum piece of a car was judged too hard to believe and it was destroyed and replaced with a newer hot-rod. Today, Archie usually drives an old Ford Mustang.
** In ''ComicBooks/ArchieComics2015'', while the style has been updated to a 1980's style hatchback with a mismatched door, Archie still is stuck with one of these. Betty is the only one who can keep it in working order; Archie is stuck walking at one point because it's broken down again and he and Betty aren't on speaking terms.
* ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse:
** Donald Duck's famous 313. In one comic Donald manages to get the car to do 40 mph downhill, gets a ticket, and the cop remarks it's the first time he's ever given a speeding ticket to someone in a Belchfire Runabout (the make of car). In the story [[http://disneycomics.free.fr/Ducks/Rosa/show.php?s=date&loc=AR105 Recalled Wreck]], Donald tells that he actually built the car himself from parts that by now are all out of production and can't be replaced. It's not hard to guess what happens to the parts next...
** In ''Paperinik'' stories [[WhatAPieceOfJunk it's actually formidable]], as [[GadgeteerGenius Gyro]] tricked her out. Among other things it's faster and tougher, has a spring ejection seat, extendible bumper, an oil spread system, can change licence plate by pushing a button and colour by applying a special gas to it, and can ''fly''.

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** Originally, Archie's car was a 1916 Ford Model T (which, when Archie first appeared in 1941, would have made it a believable 25 years old). Later, it was depicted as a generic thirties-looking jalopy but by 1983 the idea of a teenager having such a museum piece of a car was judged too hard to believe and it was destroyed and replaced with a newer hot-rod. Today, Archie usually drives an old Ford Mustang.
** In ''ComicBooks/ArchieComics2015'', while the style has been updated to he drives a 1980's style 1980s-style hatchback with a mismatched door, Archie still is stuck with one of these. which only Betty is the only one who can keep it in working order; Archie is stuck walking at one point because it's broken down again and order (meaning he and Betty aren't always has to be on speaking terms.
good terms with her if he wants to drive somewhere).
* ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse:
**
ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse gives us Donald Duck's famous Belchfire Roundabout 313. In one comic Donald manages He did manage to get the car it to do 40 mph downhill, gets a ticket, and the cop remarks it's downhill (and became the first time he's ever given 313 driver to get a speeding ticket to someone ticket). He reveals in a Belchfire Runabout (the make of car). In the story [[http://disneycomics.''[[http://disneycomics.free.fr/Ducks/Rosa/show.php?s=date&loc=AR105 Recalled Wreck]], Donald tells Wreck]]'' that he actually built the car it himself from parts that by now are all out of production and can't be replaced. It's not hard to guess what happens to In the parts next...
** In
''Paperinik'' stories [[WhatAPieceOfJunk it's actually formidable]], as stories, though, [[GadgeteerGenius Gyro]] tricked her out. Among other things it's faster and tougher, has a spring ejection seat, extendible bumper, an oil spread system, can change licence plate by pushing a button and colour by applying a special gas managed to it, and can ''fly''.make it [[WhatAPieceOfJunk quite formidable]].



** Gail has an unfortunate tendency to saddle Dwight with crappy cars when he's helping her. Once, during ''The Big Fat Kill'' she gave him a clapped out, abused and neglected [[CoolCar 1957 Thunderbird]] on its last legs (Dwight mentions it was once a CoolCar, but had been abused so much it was now a junkyard wreck) which didn't even have enough gas to get him to the tar pits. She gives him a Beetle in similar condition (but with a full tank of gas).
** And then there's Nancy's car, which is so broken-down and idiosyncratic that [[OnlyICanMakeItGo no-one but her can keep it running]].
* ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe'': Gaston's car (the picture for this page) is an old jalopy, a Fiat 509 from 1923 or '25 that goes so slow, pedestrians can outrace it. It leaks so much oil that one strip shows someone water-skiing in the car's oily wake.
* The title character of ''ComicBook/AchilleTalon'' drives a car that rolled off the assembly line in 1903 (the British-made Achilles, obviously chosen for its name). And it looks every year of its age.

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** Gail has an unfortunate tendency to saddle Dwight with crappy cars when he's helping her. Once, during During ''The Big Fat Kill'' she gave him a clapped out, abused abused, and neglected [[CoolCar 1957 Thunderbird]] on its last legs (Dwight mentions it was once a CoolCar, but had been abused so much it was now a junkyard wreck) which legs. It didn't even have enough gas to get him to the tar pits. She later gives him a Beetle in similar condition (but with a full tank of gas).
** And then there's Nancy's car, which car is so broken-down and idiosyncratic that [[OnlyICanMakeItGo no-one no one but her can keep it running]].
* ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe'': Gaston's car (the picture for this page) is an old jalopy, a Fiat 509 from 1923 or '25 1925. It's so slow that goes so slow, pedestrians can outrace it. It leaks so much oil that one strip shows someone water-skiing in the car's oily wake.
* The title character of ''ComicBook/AchilleTalon'' drives a car that the British-made Achilles, largely chosen for its name. Too bad it rolled off the assembly line in 1903 (the British-made Achilles, obviously chosen for its name). And it and looks every year of bit its age.



* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'': The original Spider-Mobile. Unlike most examples on this page, it was actually pretty pimped out... just really uncool in being pointless (Spider-Man neither needs nor -- as the arc in which the thing appeared showed -- has the ability to drive a car) and corny looking. [[DorkAge The butt of many jokes in hindsight]]. The modern day one introduced in the ''ComicBook/AllNewAllDifferentMarvel'' reboot averts this majorly.
* Harold Harold's car in ''ComicBook/TheTombOfDracula''.
* In the German comic ''ComicBook/{{Werner}}'': Andi's Ford Taunus 17m in "Besser is das!" (''Normal ja!'') and ''Gekotzt wird später!'' %% This entry was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like, remove this comment and tell this troper.
* The car belonging to [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Teacher]] in [[WackyHomeroom The Bash Street Kids]] in ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' fits this trope. Whenever it is shown it always has smoke coming out of it and it often falls apart.
* ''ComicBook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'' went through a succession of old clunkers - Franklin needs a car and borrows Fat Freddy's '58 Ford, asking "Is your car working all right?" He replies "Hunh? Oh yeah, except the turn signals don't turn off by themselves. ...and there's no spare tire...and the speedometer's way off...and the windshield wipers don't work...(continues talking out the window)...and it pops out of gear, and you have to pump on the brakes two or three times before they start to work, and..."

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* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'': The original Spider-Mobile. Unlike most examples on this page, it was actually pretty pimped out... just really uncool in being pointless (Spider-Man neither needs nor -- as the arc in which the thing appeared showed -- has the ability to drive a car) and corny looking. [[DorkAge The butt of many jokes in hindsight]]. The modern day one introduced in the ''ComicBook/AllNewAllDifferentMarvel'' reboot averts this majorly.
*
%%* Harold Harold's car in ''ComicBook/TheTombOfDracula''.
* %%* In the German comic ''ComicBook/{{Werner}}'': ''ComicBook/{{Werner}}'', Andi's Ford Taunus 17m in "Besser is das!" (''Normal ja!'') and ''Gekotzt wird später!'' %% This entry was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like, remove this comment and tell this troper.
* The car belonging to [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Teacher]] in [[WackyHomeroom The Bash Street Kids]] in ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' fits this trope. Whenever it is shown shown, it always has smoke coming out of it it, and it often falls apart.
* ''ComicBook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'' went through a succession of old clunkers - Franklin needs a car and borrows clunkers, including Fat Freddy's '58 Ford, asking "Is 1958 Ford:
-->'''Franklin:''' Is
your car working all right?" He replies "Hunh? right?\\
'''Fat Freddy:''' Hunh?
Oh yeah, except the turn signals don't turn off by themselves. ...and And there's no spare tire...and the speedometer's way off...and the windshield wipers don't work...(continues talking out the window)...and it pops out of gear, and you have to pump on the brakes two or three times before they start to work, and..."



* ''ComicBook/TheBoys'' features an Alleged Plane: the V.A.C. F7U Grizzly. Rushed into service to sell as many units as possible before the war ended, the Grizzly was a mess of quality control issues and bad design choices. On top of regular weapon and engine malfunctions, its main stated advantage was a good range... which it got by putting fuel tanks everywhere. [[MadeOfExplodium Including right under the pilot's chair.]] Which would work fine, if they made the cockpit self-sealing, which they did... on the Mark 2.



* ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'s Chevette, which he refers to as his 'Vette and claims doubles in value when he puts his bike on the rack. Though given what a serious biker Frazz is, that could be a hella expensive bike to begin with.

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* ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'s Chevette, which he refers to as his 'Vette "'Vette" and claims doubles in value when he puts his (admittedly probably expensive) bike on the rack. Though given what a serious biker Frazz is, that could be a hella expensive bike to begin with.rack.



* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10588283/51/Came-Out-of-the-Darkness Came Out of the Darkness]]'' one of Dudley's friends from Smeltings has a beat-up vehicle on which he comments "Car's a piece of shit, but it runs and it's mine."
* [[Series/TeenWolf Stiles']] blue Jeep shows some tendencies to be TheAllegedCar in canon, but it's often played up even more in fanfic. Quite often, the car used to belong to Stiles' [[MissingMom mother]], leaving Stiles heartbroken if supernatural shenanigans causes it to be irreparably damaged.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10588283/51/Came-Out-of-the-Darkness Came Out of the Darkness]]'' Darkness]]'', one of Dudley's friends from Smeltings has a beat-up vehicle on which he comments "Car's a piece of shit, but it runs and it's mine."
* [[Series/TeenWolf Stiles']] ''Series/TeenWolf'''s Stiles' blue Jeep shows some tendencies to be TheAllegedCar in canon, but it's often played up even more in fanfic. Quite often, the car used to belong to Stiles' [[MissingMom mother]], leaving Stiles heartbroken if supernatural shenanigans causes it to be irreparably damaged.



* In ''[[WesternAnimation/BonVoyageCharlieBrown Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!)]]'', the gang drives around France in a run-down blue Citroen 2CV. It doesn't help that they get rear-ended twice in the film. Nevermind the fact that Snoopy is the one doing the driving.
* The last song heard in ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' brutally [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructs]] the attitudes of materialism and abandonment behind this trope, and is actually sung by thousands of personified Alleged Cars, all of them are constantly waiting for them to be picked up one by one by the junkyard magnet and be crushed to death by the car crusher at the end of a ConveyorBeltODoom.

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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/BonVoyageCharlieBrown Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!)]]'', the gang drives around France in a run-down blue Citroen 2CV. It doesn't help that they get rear-ended twice in the film. Nevermind the fact that And Snoopy is the one doing the driving.
* The last song heard in ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' brutally [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructs]] deconstructs]] the attitudes of materialism and abandonment behind this trope, and is actually trope. It's sung by thousands of personified Alleged Cars, all of them are constantly waiting for them to be picked up one by one by the junkyard magnet and be crushed to death by the car crusher at the end of a ConveyorBeltODoom.



** The Rusteze Bumper Ointment (Lightning [=McQueen=]'s sponsor) tent is full of rusty, beaten-up cars, much to [=McQueen=]'s dismay. Ironically, his best friend is Mater, a similarly rusty, beaten-up tow truck.
** The villains of the sequel are all notorious "lemons", such as Gremlins or Pacers. In fact, two baddies from this film are even known as Grem and Acer! TheDragon is based on a German microcar in which passengers always face the back.
* Both vehicles in ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' probably qualify for this. The widow's is a really old truck, and Slade's is temperamental after the engine gets shot full of holes by the widow.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}} 2'' the state of the plane the Penguin Commandos and the Zoo animals attempt to fly back to New York in is so bad that one of the signs it is not working is that its engine is ''no longer on fire''. It also comes with several skeletons on board.
-->'''Kowalski:''' We've lost engine one... and engine two is ''no longer on fire''...
* The Toyota "Yo" driven by the pizza delivery guy in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Vanellope's initial car "The Lickety-Split" is a pedal-powered piece of crap made out of graham crackers that pales in comparison to other vehicles in her game. Later on, she and Ralph build another car that while [[WhatAPieceOfJunk functionally better is still pretty hideous]]. Nonetheless, Vanellope's still overjoyed at having a kart of her own.

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** The Rusteze Bumper Ointment (Lightning [=McQueen=]'s sponsor) tent is full of rusty, beaten-up cars, much to [=McQueen=]'s dismay. Ironically, his best friend is Mater, a similarly rusty, beaten-up tow truck.
** The villains of the sequel are all notorious "lemons", such as Gremlins or Pacers. In fact, two baddies from this film are even known as Grem and Acer! Acer. TheDragon is based on a German microcar in which passengers always face the back.
* Both vehicles in ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' probably qualify for this. The ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound''; the widow's is a really old truck, and Slade's is temperamental after the engine gets shot full of holes by the widow.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}} 2'' 2'', the state of the plane the Penguin Commandos and the Zoo animals attempt to fly back to New York in is so bad that one of the signs it is not working is that its engine is ''no no longer on fire''.fire. It also comes with several skeletons on board.
-->'''Kowalski:''' We've lost engine one... and engine two is ''no longer on fire''...
*
%%* The Toyota "Yo" driven by the pizza delivery guy in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Vanellope's initial car car, "The Lickety-Split" Lickety-Split", is a pedal-powered piece of crap made out of graham crackers that pales in comparison to other vehicles in her game. Later on, she and Ralph build another car that that, while [[WhatAPieceOfJunk functionally better better]], is still pretty hideous]]. Nonetheless, Vanellope's still overjoyed at having a kart of her own.hideous.



** Finnick's van. Driver's door is silver, the rest of the van is some kind of rusty red, and has the most awesome mural on the side panels. It backfires a lot, too.

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** Finnick's van. Driver's The driver's door is silver, the rest of the van is some kind of rusty red, and it has the most awesome mural on the side panels. It backfires a lot, too.



** The ''Millennium Falcon'' manages to be both this and a CoolShip; it's reputed to be the fastest ship in the galaxy, but there's always something wrong with it.
--->'''Leia:''' They're getting closer.\\
'''Han:''' Oh yeah? Watch ''this!''\\
''[hyperdrive groans, stutters, and fails to engage]''\\
'''Leia:''' Watch what?\\
'''Han:''' I think we're in trouble.\\
''[later]''\\
'''Lando:''' They told me they fixed it! It's not my fault!
** The Falcon's engine is usually plot-reliant despite the constant knocks at it. In ''A New Hope'' and ''Return of the Jedi'' it works flawlessly: the Death Star tractor beam serves the purpose of keeping it grounded instead in the former, and it's only part of the Cavalry in the latter. In ''Empire'' is has constant trouble to force Han and Leia to go to Cloud City and Luke having to come save them. In ''The Force Awakens'' it breaks down only for one scene to allow an important plot point to happen but otherwise works fine for the whole movie.
** Podracing seems to be made up of almost nothing but these. While no pod is slow, since each one consists entirely of TWO JET ENGINES (and in one case, ''four'') strapped to a cockpit, none of them meet even the most basic level of safety, since the only thing holding the engines together is a magnet grid and rubber tubes. In the ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', many crash, break apart, or ''explode'' after even small hits, or if any of the numerous exposed parts are broken/knocked off. One pod explodes on the ''starting line''. It seems the galaxy loves podracing mostly because of how recklessly dangerous the sport is.

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** The ''Millennium Falcon'' manages to be both this and a CoolShip; it's CoolShip. It's reputed to be the fastest ship in the galaxy, but and it can do [[WhatAPieceOfJunk some amazing things despite its condition]]. But there's always something wrong with it.
--->'''Leia:''' They're getting closer.\\
'''Han:''' Oh yeah? Watch ''this!''\\
''[hyperdrive groans, stutters,
it, and fails to engage]''\\
'''Leia:''' Watch what?\\
'''Han:''' I think we're in trouble.\\
''[later]''\\
'''Lando:''' They told me they fixed it! It's not my fault!
** The Falcon's engine is usually plot-reliant despite the constant knocks at it. In ''A New Hope''
it can easily become non-functional and ''Return of the Jedi'' it works flawlessly: the Death Star tractor beam serves the purpose of keeping it grounded instead turn its occupants into sitting ducks (usually [[PlotDrivenBreakdown for plot reasons]]). This is most famously used in the former, and it's only part of the Cavalry in the latter. In ''Empire'' is has constant trouble to force ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', where Han and Leia Chewie spend much of the Hoth sequence trying (and failing) to get it into condition to escape from the planet.
** ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' gives us podracing, which appears to consist solely of Alleged Vehicles. They all
go to Cloud City insanely fast, but a billion things could go wrong (often explosively), and Luke having to come save them. In ''The Force Awakens'' it breaks down only for one scene to allow an important plot point to happen but otherwise works fine there is practically no protection for the whole movie.
** Podracing seems
driver or other components. The film itself shows that podracing is obscenely dangerous (hence why there must be something different about Anakin for him to be made up of almost nothing but these. While no so good at it), and at least one pod is slow, since each one consists entirely of TWO JET ENGINES (and in one case, ''four'') strapped to a cockpit, none of them meet even the most basic level of safety, since the only thing holding the engines together is a magnet grid and rubber tubes. In the ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', many crash, break apart, or ''explode'' after even small hits, or if any of the numerous exposed parts are broken/knocked off. One pod just explodes on the ''starting line''. It seems the galaxy loves podracing mostly because of how recklessly dangerous the sport is.starting line.



* Inspector Clouseau's car in ''Film/RevengeOfThePinkPanther''. It looks like a pimped-up Batmobile, but falls apart in the driveway.

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* Inspector Clouseau's car in ''Film/RevengeOfThePinkPanther''. It ''Film/RevengeOfThePinkPanther'' looks like a pimped-up pimped-out Batmobile, but it falls apart in the driveway.



* "The Loaner" from ''Film/TheMask'', given to Stanley as a replacement for his Honda Civic by some unscrupulous mechanics while the latter is being repaired.

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* "The Loaner" from ''Film/TheMask'', ''Film/TheMask'' is given to Stanley as a replacement for his Honda Civic by some unscrupulous mechanics while the latter is being repaired.



** The film's 2015 sequel/reboot, ''Film/{{Vacation}}'', has the next-generation Griswolds rent a Tartan Prancer, a minivan made in Albania. Another rare case of a then-new (if fictitious) vehicle qualifying for this trope.

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** The film's 2015 sequel/reboot, ''Film/{{Vacation}}'', has the next-generation Griswolds rent a Tartan Prancer, a minivan made in Albania. Another It's another rare case of a then-new (if fictitious) vehicle qualifying for this trope.alleged vehicle.



* The ''Film/JamesBond'' movies have a few examples.
** Jack Wade's Zaporozhec in ''Film/GoldenEye''. He starts it by [[PercussiveMaintenance rapping the engine with a sledgehammer]].[[note]]This is a semi-legitimate technique when the starter motor gets stopped at exactly the wrong point in relation its worn electric contacts. Whacking the starter motor shifts the motor armature enough to make a contact, allowing current to flow and spin the motor.[[/note]]
** Subverted in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''. ''Film/JamesBond'' has to flee along with ActionGirl Melina after his [[CoolCar Lotus Esprit]] gets blown up and she kills the man who killed her parents with a crossbow. He discovers that her car is a 2CV. It proves surprisingly effective.

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* The ''Film/JamesBond'' movies have a few examples.
''Film/JamesBond'':
** Jack Wade's Zaporozhec Zaporozhets in ''Film/GoldenEye''. He starts it by [[PercussiveMaintenance rapping the engine with a sledgehammer]].[[note]]This is sledgehammer]], a semi-legitimate technique when the starter motor gets stopped at exactly the wrong point in relation its worn electric contacts. Whacking the starter motor shifts the motor armature enough to make for fixing a contact, allowing current to flow and spin the motor.[[/note]]
** Subverted in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''. ''Film/JamesBond'' has to flee along with ActionGirl Melina after his [[CoolCar Lotus Esprit]] gets blown up and she kills the man who killed her parents with a crossbow. He discovers that her car is a 2CV. It proves surprisingly effective.
real-life model.



* The Citroën 2CV driven by Sister Clotilde in ''Film/LeGendarmeDeSaintTropez'' is broken apart by the ride's end, losing its doors, wings, windscreen and the rear axle. Though it's mostly because the nun DrivesLikeCrazy.

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* The Citroën 2CV driven by Sister Clotilde in ''Film/LeGendarmeDeSaintTropez'' is broken apart by the ride's end, losing its doors, wings, windscreen windscreen, and the rear axle. Though it's It's mostly because the nun DrivesLikeCrazy.



* The VW bus in ''Film/LittleMissSunshine'' has to be push started because it needed a new clutch, but the family would have missed Olive's contest if they had waited for it to be fixed. Also, the horn had a loose connection and beeped intermittently.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheFastAndTheFuriousTokyoDrift''. Sean's car is a rusty Monte Carlo that seems to be falling apart... until you realize it's a "[[WhatAPieceOfJunk sleeper car]]", that is, a car that looks bland at best, beaten-up at worst, but tricked out under the hood so much it can beat a brand-new Dodge Viper.

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* The VW bus in ''Film/LittleMissSunshine'' has to be push started because it needed a new clutch, is in dire need of repair, but doing so would cause the family would have missed to miss Olive's contest if they had waited for contest. As such, it needs to be fixed. Also, push started, and the horn had has a loose connection and beeped causing it to beep intermittently.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheFastAndTheFuriousTokyoDrift''. Sean's car is a rusty Monte Carlo that seems to be falling apart... apart -- until you realize it's a "[[WhatAPieceOfJunk sleeper car]]", that is, a car that looks bland at best, which is designed to look beaten-up at worst, but so as to surprise opponents when they realized that it's so tricked out under the hood so much hood, it can beat a brand-new Dodge Viper.



* In ''Film/EasyLiving'', J. B. Ball Jr. spends $11,000 on a foreign jalopy of a car. His dad chews him out for this.
* Andrew Steyn's car in ''Film/TheGodsMustBeCrazy!'' is nicknamed "The Antichrist" (for multiple reasons) or "Son Of A Mlakka" depending on who you ask.

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* In ''Film/EasyLiving'', J. B. Ball Ball, Jr. spends $11,000 on a foreign jalopy of a car. His dad chews him out for this.
* %%* Andrew Steyn's car in ''Film/TheGodsMustBeCrazy!'' is nicknamed "The Antichrist" (for multiple reasons) or "Son Of A Mlakka" Mlakka", depending on who whom you ask.



* The car in ''Film/DudeWheresMyCar'', which makes its appearance in the last minute of the movie. It's a Renault that's about half the size of any other car on the road and ugly as all get out.

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* The car in ''Film/DudeWheresMyCar'', which ''Film/DudeWheresMyCar'' makes its appearance in the last minute of the movie. It's a Renault that's about half the size of any other car on the road and ugly as all get out.



* Troy's truck in ''[[HighSchoolMusical High School Musical 3: Senior Year]]''.
* Inverted in ''Film/{{Wanted}}''. The Lada driven by [[ActionGirl Fox]] in the train hunt scene is the quintessencial crappy car in (ex-)Soviet culture. Only she does some [[CarFu really crazy shit]] with this alleged vehicle: unbelievable stunts, ridiculous speed, aerobatics, you name it.
* Denzel Washington's introductory movie, ''Film/CarbonCopy'', has one of these. Denzel's character purchased it for 14 dollars and a record player, leading his (white) father to reply, "you were overcharged." It has no horn, no brakes, a nonexistent paint job, coughs black smoke everywhere it goes, and becomes a permanently-converted convertible by the end of the film.

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* %%* Troy's truck in ''[[HighSchoolMusical High School Musical 3: Senior Year]]''.
* Inverted in ''Film/{{Wanted}}''. The Lada driven by [[ActionGirl Fox]] in the train hunt scene is the quintessencial crappy car in (ex-)Soviet culture. Only she does some [[CarFu really crazy shit]] with this alleged vehicle: unbelievable stunts, ridiculous speed, aerobatics, you name it.
vehicle.
* Denzel Washington's introductory movie, ''Film/CarbonCopy'', has one of these. Denzel's character purchased it for 14 dollars and a record player, leading his (white) father to reply, "you were overcharged." It has no horn, no brakes, a nonexistent no paint job, coughs black smoke everywhere it goes, and becomes a permanently-converted convertible an InstantConvertible by the end of the film.



* Buford T. Justice's police cruiser in ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'' usually becomes one of these by the end of every movie, in one case being reduced to nothing but a chassis, engine, and wheels, ''[[TheDeterminator but it still keeps going]]''. The emergency lightbar also survives, but with no roof to put it on, he just has his son hold it over their heads from the passengers seat while he drives.

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* Buford T. Justice's police cruiser in ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'' usually becomes one of these by the end of every movie, in one case being reduced to nothing but a chassis, engine, and wheels, ''[[TheDeterminator wheels -- [[TheDeterminator but it still keeps going]]''. going]]. The emergency lightbar also survives, but with no roof to put it on, he just has his son hold it over their heads from the passengers passenger seat while he drives.



-->Well, they finally did it... They killed my fucking car.
* The bobsled in ''Film/CoolRunnings''. It is incredibly old by standards of Olympic equipment, yet the Jamaicans use it out of necessity and because they feel it brings them luck... and then their final race on the movie turns into a hair-raising wreck because one of the pieces used for maneuvering tears itself apart right in the middle of a turn.

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-->Well, -->''Well, they finally did it... They killed my fucking car.
car.''
* The bobsled in ''Film/CoolRunnings''. It ''Film/CoolRunnings'' is incredibly old by standards of Olympic equipment, yet the equipment standards. The Jamaicans use it out of necessity and because (and they feel it brings them luck... and then their luck). Their final race on in the movie turns into a hair-raising wreck because one of the pieces used for maneuvering tears itself apart right in the middle of a turn.



* In the Hallmark movie ''Ice Dreams'' the main character has one of these.
-->'''Amy''': What's wrong with my car?\\
'''Amy's Mom''': It's not a car, dear, it's a casualty.

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* In the Hallmark movie ''Ice Dreams'' ''Film/IceDreams'' the main character has one of these.
-->'''Amy''': -->'''Amy:''' What's wrong with my car?\\
'''Amy's Mom''': Mom:''' It's not a car, dear, it's a casualty.



--->"That son of a bitch would freeze up in the middle of summer on the equator!"
* Turned completely on its head in Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Film/{{Sleeper}}''. While on the run from (future dystopian) authorities, Woody's and Diane Keaton's characters discover what appears to be a dust covered, 200 year old, mid-Sixties vintage Volkswagen Beetle. When Woody turns the key in the ignition the car starts without a millisecond's hesitation and purrs happily. Woody observes, "Wow, they just don't make 'em like they used to."
* Polish Communist film ''{{Mis}}'' (''Teddy Bear''), which generally sent up life in the Polish People's Republic, had a sequence in the opening credits where the hero sneezed and his Polish Fiat car fell apart in the middle of traffic.

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--->"That -->''That son of a bitch would freeze up in the middle of summer on the equator!"
equator!''
* Turned completely on its head in Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Film/{{Sleeper}}''. While on the run from (future dystopian) future dystopian authorities, Woody's and Diane Keaton's characters discover what appears to be a dust covered, 200 year old, dust-covered, 200-year-old, mid-Sixties vintage Volkswagen Beetle. When Woody turns the key in the ignition the car starts without a millisecond's hesitation and purrs happily. Woody observes, "Wow, they just don't make 'em like they used to."
* Polish Communist film ''{{Mis}}'' (''Teddy Bear''), which generally sent up life in the Polish People's Republic, had a sequence in the opening credits where the hero sneezed sneezes and his Polish Fiat car fell falls apart in the middle of traffic.



* ''Film/SinCity'', Nancy Callahan says she is the only person who can keep her car running. The villain tries to kidnap her in it, it doesn't work out well for him. As in the books, it is a 1957 Chevy Nomad, which started life a CoolCar right from the factory.
* ''Film/DrowningMona'' begins with a title card stating that the town where the movie takes place was a testbed for Yugo's American rollout ages ago. Once the film begins, every car in the film is a Yugo. The film climaxes in a low-speed Yugo car chase - with one Yugo requiring a push-start.
* The minivan at the end of ''Film/ProjectX'', which is missing two doors and has had most of its paint scorched off. Thomas' parents force him to drive it to school as punishment, though his friends think it looks {{badass}}.

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* In ''Film/SinCity'', Nancy Callahan says she is [[OnlyICanMakeItGo the only person who can keep her car running.running]]. The villain tries to kidnap her in it, it doesn't work out well for him. As in the books, it is a 1957 Chevy Nomad, which started life a CoolCar right from the factory.
* ''Film/DrowningMona'' begins with a title card stating that the town where the movie takes place was a testbed for Yugo's American rollout ages ago. Once the film begins, every car in the film is a Yugo. The film climaxes in a low-speed Yugo car chase - -- with one Yugo requiring a push-start.
* The minivan at the end of ''Film/ProjectX'', which ''Film/ProjectX'' is missing two doors and has had most of its paint scorched off. Thomas' parents force him to drive it to school as punishment, though his friends think it looks {{badass}}.



-->'''Ray:''' Everybody can relax, I found the car. Needs some suspension work and shocks and brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end...
-->'''Peter:''' How much?
-->'''Ray:''' Only $4800.
-->''(Venkman looks shocked)''
-->'''Ray:''' Maybe new rings, also mufflers, a little wiring...
** Meanwhile, Egon's a bit preoccupied by the Alleged Building they're considering renting:
-->'''Egon:''' I think this building should be condemned. There's serious metal fatigue in all the load-bearing members, the wiring is substandard, it's completely inadequate for our power needs, and the neighborhood is like a demilitarized zone.
* Dean Higgins' car from the 1975 Disney film ''Film/TheStrongestManInTheWorld'', to the point that in the climax that Dexter powers it up with his strength formula in order to return to the weight-lifting competition.

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-->'''Ray:''' Everybody can relax, I found the car. Needs some suspension work and shocks and brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end...
-->'''Peter:''' How much?
-->'''Ray:''' Only $4800.
-->''(Venkman looks shocked)''
-->'''Ray:''' Maybe new rings, also mufflers, a little wiring...
** Meanwhile, Egon's a bit preoccupied by the Alleged Building they're considering renting:
-->'''Egon:''' I think this building should be condemned. There's serious metal fatigue in all the load-bearing members, the wiring is substandard, it's completely inadequate for our power needs, and the neighborhood is like a demilitarized zone.
* Dean Higgins' car from the 1975 Disney film ''Film/TheStrongestManInTheWorld'', to ''Film/TheStrongestManInTheWorld''. In the point that in the climax that climax, Dexter powers has to power it up with his strength formula in order to return to the weight-lifting competition.



* The U.S.S. Stingray from ''Film/DownPeriscope'' - an ailing, diesel-powered rust bucket of a submarine. It's assigned to LCDR Dodge for the wargames because it's the exactly the kind of obsolete, held together with spit and prayer sub a terrorist group (which Dodge and his crew will be emulating) is most likely to get their hands on.
** It's spiritual ancestor, the U.S.S Sea Tiger for ''Film/OperationPetticoat''. Prior to the film, it had been badly damaged in battle and most of the film involves them trying to get a safe port and parts for repair. Halfway through, it ends up being painted pink. Even years later after, presumably, years of additional service and repairs, one of its engines is still prone to backfire.
* The bus in ''Film/WhosSingingOverThere'' starts out pretty beaten up, but over the course of the movie, it loses a tire that gets stabbed to become completely flat, and a hole in the roof courtesy of a very careless passenger with a gun.
* ''Film/BlueRuin'': the title of the film refers to the battered and rusted out blue Pontiac that the main character is living out of at the beginning of the film. The car serves as a plot device several times.

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* The U.''U.S.S. Stingray Stingray'' from ''Film/DownPeriscope'' - is an ailing, diesel-powered rust bucket of a submarine. It's assigned to LCDR Dodge for the wargames because they're supposed to be simulating a terrorist group, and it's the exactly the kind of obsolete, held together with spit and prayer crappy, obsolete sub a terrorist group (which Dodge and his crew will be emulating) is most likely to would get their its hands on.
** It's ''Film/OperationPetticoat'' features its spiritual ancestor, the U.''U.S.S S. Sea Tiger for ''Film/OperationPetticoat''. Prior to the film, it Tiger''. It had been badly damaged in battle prior to the film, and most of the film involves them the crew trying to get it to a safe port and parts for repair. Halfway through, it ends up being painted pink. Even years later after, presumably, years of additional service and repairs, later, they still couldn't fix one of its engines the engines, which is still prone to backfire.
backfiring.
* The bus in ''Film/WhosSingingOverThere'' starts out pretty beaten up, but over the course of the movie, it loses a tire that gets stabbed to become completely flat, and it gets a hole in the roof courtesy of a very careless passenger with a gun.
* ''Film/BlueRuin'': the The title of the film refers to the battered and rusted out blue Pontiac that the main character is living out of at the beginning of the film. The car serves as a plot device several times.



* Cassandra Delaney's old Ford Falcon truck in ''{{Film/Fair Game}}''
* The cannibal bogans' Holden ute in ''Film/DyingBreed''.
* ''Film/TommyBoy'' - Richard's pride-and-joy vintage Plymouth becomes one in the course of a sales trip.
* ''Film/TheArrival'': the main character starts the film driving a junked-up 1968 Saab V4 station wagon. He uses it to ram the gate of a radio station and discards it without a second glance.
* ''Film/K2SirenOfTheHimalayas'': Before the team gets to K2 there's a part where they're watching for the vehicles that will take them there to start.

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* %%* Cassandra Delaney's old Ford Falcon truck in ''{{Film/Fair Game}}''
* %%* The cannibal bogans' Holden ute in ''Film/DyingBreed''.
* ''Film/TommyBoy'' - ''Film/TommyBoy'': Richard's pride-and-joy vintage Plymouth becomes one in the course of a sales trip.
* ''Film/TheArrival'': the The main character starts the film driving a junked-up 1968 Saab V4 station wagon. He uses it to ram the gate of a radio station and discards it without a second glance.
* ''Film/K2SirenOfTheHimalayas'': Before the team gets to K2 K2, there's a part scene where they're watching waiting for the vehicles that will take them there to start.



[[folder:Jokes]]
* A common [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texan joke]] involves a Texan bragging about the size of his ranch by explaining that it takes him all day to drive from his house to the end of his property, getting the reply "Yeah, I've had a car like that too..."
* "Once you start driving a Toyota, you won't be able to stop." [[FunnyAneurysmMoment It certainly doesn't help]] that their motto is "moving ''forward''".
* "At least my Toyota has a [[DrivingStick manual transmission]] so if it runs away I can hit the brake and clutch, leaving both hands free for the wheel. Or the [[ChristianityIsCatholic Rosary]]."
* Many jokes about Yugos exist:
** How do you get a Yugo up to 60 mph? Push it off a cliff.
** Why do Yugos come with rear window defrosters? So the people pushing it can keep their hands warm.
** How do you double the value of a Yugo? Fill the gas tank.
** Overheard at a crime scene:
--->'''Policeman:''' What car were the suspects driving?\\
'''Witness:''' They were in a Yugo 45.\\
'''Policeman:''' So that makes it a push-by shooting.
* [[GermanHumour Trabi jokes]]. See the RealLife section.
--> '''Customer:''' Can I have a spare wheel for my Trabi?\\
'''Shop owner:''' Yeah, that's a fair swap.
* What's the difference between an Austin Allegro and a Jehovah's Witness? You can shut the door on a Jehovah's Witness.
* Why do they call them Buick Centurys? Because only people over 100 years old drive them.
* What do you call a Lada doing 30? A miracle.
** What do you call a Lada doing 60? A mirage.
*** What do you call a Lada doing 90? Lunacy.
* What's the difference between a Lada and a tampon? The tampon comes with its own tow rope
* What do you call a Lada with a sunroof? A greenhouse
** What do you call a Lada with an open sunroof? A skip[[note]]Dumpster[[/note]]
* Why do they call it a Ford? Because it stands for "Found On Roadside Dead".
** Or "Fix or Repair Daily".
** Or "Fucker Only Runs Downhill".
** Or "Found On Rubbish Dump".
** Or "Four Old Rusted Doors".
** Or the inverse, "Driver Returns on Foot".
* What does FIAT stand for?
** Fix it again, Tony!
** Futile Italian Attempt at Technology.
** Failure In Automotive Technology.
* Dodge: Drips Oil, Drops Grease, Everywhere
* SAAB
** Swedish Autos Always Break
** >sob<
* KIA= Kill it, already!
* Pontiac (cleaned-up for public consumption): Poor Old Nitwit[[note]]or "People on Narcotics/Nyquil"[[/note]] Think(s) It's A Cadillac.
* Lotus: Lots Of Trouble, Usually Serious
* A popular German rhyme: ''BMW - steig ab und geh'' (BMW - get out and walk).
* Chevrolet: Constant Haranguing Engine Valve Rattle On Long, Extended Trips
* In Film/TheAwfulTruth, the incident between Lucy and her music teacher which led to the leads' divorce involved one of these breaking down. Lampshaded by Lucy, saying that the car was very old to begin with, but Jerry doesn't believe her story.
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[[folder:Jokes]]
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* A common [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texan joke]] involves a Texan bragging about the size of his ranch by explaining that it takes him all day to drive from his house to the end of his property, getting the reply reply, "Yeah, I've had a car like that too..."
%% * "Once you start driving a Toyota, you won't be able to stop." [[FunnyAneurysmMoment It certainly doesn't help]] that their motto is "moving ''forward''".
* %%* "At least my Toyota has a [[DrivingStick manual transmission]] so if it runs away I can hit the brake and clutch, leaving both hands free for the wheel. Or the [[ChristianityIsCatholic Rosary]]."
* %%* Many jokes about Yugos exist:
** %%** How do you get a Yugo up to 60 mph? Push it off a cliff.
** %%** Why do Yugos come with rear window defrosters? So the people pushing it can keep their hands warm.
** %%** How do you double the value of a Yugo? Fill the gas tank.
** %%** Overheard at a crime scene:
--->'''Policeman:''' %%--->'''Policeman:''' What car were the suspects driving?\\
'''Witness:''' %%'''Witness:''' They were in a Yugo 45.\\
'''Policeman:''' %%'''Policeman:''' So that makes it a push-by shooting.
* %%* [[GermanHumour Trabi jokes]]. See the RealLife section.
--> %%--> '''Customer:''' Can I have a spare wheel for my Trabi?\\
'''Shop %%'''Shop owner:''' Yeah, that's a fair swap.
* %%* What's the difference between an Austin Allegro and a Jehovah's Witness? You can shut the door on a Jehovah's Witness.
* %%* Why do they call them Buick Centurys? Because only people over 100 years old drive them.
* %%* What do you call a Lada doing 30? A miracle.
** %%** What do you call a Lada doing 60? A mirage.
*** %%*** What do you call a Lada doing 90? Lunacy.
* %%* What's the difference between a Lada and a tampon? The tampon comes with its own tow rope
* %%* What do you call a Lada with a sunroof? A greenhouse
** %%** What do you call a Lada with an open sunroof? A skip[[note]]Dumpster[[/note]]
* %%* Why do they call it a Ford? Because it stands for "Found On Roadside Dead".
** %%** Or "Fix or Repair Daily".
** %%** Or "Fucker Only Runs Downhill".
** %%** Or "Found On Rubbish Dump".
** %%** Or "Four Old Rusted Doors".
** %%** Or the inverse, "Driver Returns on Foot".
* %%* What does FIAT stand for?
** %%** Fix it again, Tony!
** %%** Futile Italian Attempt at Technology.
** %%** Failure In Automotive Technology.
* %%* Dodge: Drips Oil, Drops Grease, Everywhere
* %%* SAAB
** %%** Swedish Autos Always Break
** %%** >sob<
* %%* KIA= Kill it, already!
* %%* Pontiac (cleaned-up for public consumption): Poor Old Nitwit[[note]]or "People on Narcotics/Nyquil"[[/note]] Think(s) It's A Cadillac.
* %%* Lotus: Lots Of Trouble, Usually Serious
* %%* A popular German rhyme: ''BMW - steig ab und geh'' (BMW - get out and walk).
* %%* Chevrolet: Constant Haranguing Engine Valve Rattle On Long, Extended Trips
* %%* In Film/TheAwfulTruth, the incident between Lucy and her music teacher which led to the leads' divorce involved one of these breaking down. Lampshaded by Lucy, saying that the car was very old to begin with, but Jerry doesn't believe her story.
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* The Junk Bucket and The Pink Clinker in ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub''. (The Pink Clinker actually works well ó Nannie just likes to call it that.)

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* The Junk Bucket and The Pink Clinker in ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub''. (The The Pink Clinker actually works well ó Nannie just likes to call it that.)



** Kate's Citroën 2CV is like this, and is the TropeNamer -- at one point she's in court for a traffic mishap (her car threw a wheel and nearly caused an accident) and a police officer refers to it as "the alleged car", and the name sticks. This is TruthInTelevision at least to some extent for the 2CV -- see the RealLife section.
** Dirk's car is not much better, especially after he rear-ends another car and busts the right-side indicator. The main concession he makes to repairing it is to conclude that it's fine since he rarely turns right anyway, and at one point, he has to steal a tow truck just to force the repairman to get it running.
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'' loves this trope.
** Newton Pulsifer has a Wasabi. He praises its incredible gas mileage, but tends to gloss over the amount of time it spends being repaired; he also calls it Dick Turpin (after the British highwayman), because "wherever I go, I hold up traffic." At one point it's described as having been designed on that confused day when Japan stopped copying Western designs and began coming up with their own, during the brief period of paradigm shift, and ended up with not only all the flaws of Western cars, but also some brand new surprises that only the Japanese would devise. Aside from the repair time, it has a voice recorded by someone "who spoke neither Japanese nor English" that recites "prease to frasten sleat-bert" regardless of whether the seat-belt is fastened, and an airbag system that deploys on dangerous occasions like when you're travelling slowly on a dry straight road but are about to crash because an airbag just deployed into your face. Newton's attempts to convince others to buy one are motivated by the idea that misery loves company.

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** Kate's Citroën 2CV is like this, and is the TropeNamer -- at one point she's TropeNamer. It gets her in court for a traffic mishap (her car threw by throwing a wheel and nearly caused causing an accident) and accident; a police officer refers would refer to it as "the alleged car", and the name sticks. This is TruthInTelevision at least to some extent for the car". The 2CV -- see the has this reputation in RealLife section.
as well.
** Dirk's Dirks' car is not much better, especially after better; it's a beat-up Jaguar described as needing to go for maintenance more frequently than for petrol. He also DrivesLikeCrazy (and has [[NoSenseOfDirection very spotty navigation techniques]]); when he rear-ends another car and busts the right-side indicator. The main concession indicator, he makes to repairing rationalizes it is to conclude that it's fine since by saying he rarely turns right anyway, and at anyway. At one point, he has to steal a tow truck just to force the repairman to get it running.
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'' loves this trope.
trope. Interestingly, strange events lead to all of them improving over the course of the book.
** Newton Pulsifer has a Wasabi. He praises its incredible gas mileage, but tends to gloss over the amount of time named it spends being repaired; he also calls it Dick Turpin (after the after famous British highwayman), highwayman Dick Turpin, because "wherever I go, I hold up traffic." At one point it's traffic". It's described as having been designed on that confused day when being made in Japan during an awkward interim period; they had stopped copying ripping off Western designs and began coming up with designs, but had yet to perfect their own, during the brief period of paradigm shift, and ended up leading to a car with not only all the flaws of Western cars, but also cars and some brand new surprises that ones only the Japanese would could devise. Aside from It has incredible gas mileage, but it spends an inordinate amount of time in the repair time, it shop. It has a voice recorded (recorded by someone "who spoke neither Japanese nor English" English") that recites would randomly recite "prease to frasten sleat-bert" regardless of whether the seat-belt is fastened, and an airbag system that deploys sleat-bert". It would deploy airbags on dangerous occasions like when you're travelling slowly on a dry straight road but are about to crash because an airbag just deployed into your face.occasions. Newton's attempts to convince others to buy one are motivated by the idea that misery loves company.



** A third main character, Anathema Device, has an Alleged ''Bicycle'' possibly made of drainpipes. All three vehicles get better over the course of the book. Anathema's bicycle and Newton's Wasabi get ''better than new'', with the Wasabi gaining ridiculous gas mileage and its warning system changing to pleasant-voiced haikus.

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** A third main character, Anathema Device, Device has an Alleged ''Bicycle'' Bicycle, possibly made of drainpipes. All three vehicles get better over the course of the book. Anathema's bicycle and Newton's Wasabi get ''better than new'', with the Wasabi gaining ridiculous gas mileage and its warning system changing to pleasant-voiced haikus.drainpipes.



** Shadow buys a "Pee-Oh-Ess" '83 Chevy Nova for $450 which "had almost a quarter of a million miles on the clock, and smelled faintly of bourbon, tobacco, and more strongly of something that reminded Shadow of bananas." It goes, and that's about all you can say for it.
** There's also "a lumbering and ancient Winnebago, which smelled non-specifically but pervasively and unmistakably of male cat".
** An a 1970 VW bus that "smelled of patchouli, of old incense and of rolling tobacco."

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** Shadow buys a "Pee-Oh-Ess" '83 1983 Chevy Nova for $450 which $450. It "had almost a quarter of a million miles on the clock, and smelled faintly of bourbon, tobacco, and more strongly of something that reminded Shadow of bananas." It goes, and that's about all you can say for it.
** There's also "a lumbering and ancient Winnebago, which smelled non-specifically but pervasively and unmistakably of male cat".
cat."
** An a A 1970 VW bus that "smelled of patchouli, of old incense and of rolling tobacco."



** Shadow also ends up buying another vehicle that is painted (poorly) a very ugly shade of purple. It's described as a color that a person would only choose while under the influence of many drugs.

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** Shadow also ends up buying another vehicle that is badly painted (poorly) a very ugly shade of purple. It's described as a color that a person would only choose while under the influence of many drugs.



** Played with in ''[[Literature/NurseryCrime The Big Over-Easy]]'', where the protagonist drives a 1970s Austin Allegro that should fit this trope. He replaces it with another one, in showroom condition, in ''[[Literature/NurseryCrime The Fourth Bear]]'' -- it turns out it's only still running because he bought it from Dorian Gray and there's a picture of the car that suffers all the damage and breakdowns the car would otherwise be subject to. Over the course of the book, the damage sustained reaches such an extent that the picture collapses into an inter-dimensional portal, dragging the car and anyone in it to hell.
** ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' - Thursday's car is old, makes funny noises, came very cheap from a questionable second-hand car lot, and caught her attention because of a time loop in which she saw herself driving it. But she falls in love with it ''anyway'' because it's loudly colored and goes fast.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has Harry Dresden's Beetle, complete with a cute nickname: [[ShoutOut The Blue Beetle]]. He can't drive anything else because magic screws up modern technology. Although this is never explicitly stated, it's [[FridgeLogic possible]] that one of the reasons he's driving a Volkswagen instead of any other random older car is that the engine is farther away from him. Plus, Harry has stated that his mechanic can keep the Beetle running eight or nine days out of ten, which, as far as Harry's WalkingTechbane status goes, makes the mechanic a miracle worker. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, miracles have limits, and being compacted into a small ball is the Beetle's limit...]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Granny Weatherwax has the Alleged FlyingBroomstick.
-->''Its lifting spells had worn so thin that it wouldn't even begin to operate until it was already moving at a fair lick. It was, in fact, the only broomstick ever to need bump-starting.''
:: This turns out to be a series-long BrickJoke; it was a second-hand gift when she got it in ''Discworld/EqualRites'', and she only ever had it maintained with quick bodge jobs. This gains it a notorious reputation among Dwarf broomstick mechanics, since the stick and bristles have both been replaced many times but it still has the same problems. When it finally gets properly worked on in ''Discworld/TheShepherdsCrown'' they have it working perfectly in a few hours.

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** Played with in ''[[Literature/NurseryCrime The Big Over-Easy]]'', where the protagonist drives a 1970s Austin Allegro that should fit this trope. He replaces it with another one, in showroom condition, in ''[[Literature/NurseryCrime The Fourth Bear]]'' -- it turns out it's only still running because he bought it from [[Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray Dorian Gray Gray]] and there's a picture of the car that suffers all the damage and breakdowns the car would otherwise be subject to. Over the course of the book, the damage sustained reaches such an extent that the picture collapses into an inter-dimensional portal, dragging the car and anyone in it to hell.
** ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' - ''Literature/ThursdayNext'': Thursday's car is old, makes funny noises, came very cheap from a questionable second-hand car lot, and caught her attention because of a time loop in which she saw herself driving it. But she falls in love with it ''anyway'' anyway, because it's loudly colored and goes fast.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has Harry Dresden's Beetle, complete with a cute nickname: [[ShoutOut The Blue Beetle]]. He can't drive anything else because magic screws up modern technology. Although this is never explicitly stated, it's [[FridgeLogic possible]] that one of the reasons he's driving a Volkswagen instead of any other random older car is that the engine is farther away from him. Plus, Harry has stated that his mechanic can keep the Beetle running eight or nine days out of ten, which, as far as Harry's WalkingTechbane status goes, makes the mechanic a miracle worker. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, miracles have limits, and being compacted into a small ball is the Beetle's limit...limit.]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Granny Weatherwax has the Alleged FlyingBroomstick.
-->''Its lifting spells had worn so thin that it wouldn't even begin to operate until it was already moving at a fair lick. It was, in fact, the
FlyingBroomstick, described as "the only broomstick ever to need bump-starting.''
:: This turns out to be a series-long BrickJoke; it
" It was a second-hand gift when she got it in ''Discworld/EqualRites'', and she only ever had it maintained with quick bodge jobs. This gains it a notorious reputation among Dwarf broomstick mechanics, since the stick and bristles have both been replaced many times but it still has the same problems. When it finally gets properly worked on in ''Discworld/TheShepherdsCrown'' ''Discworld/TheShepherdsCrown'', they have it working perfectly in a few hours.



** In ''Dave Barry Does Japan", he mentions that his own first new car was a Chevrolet Vega, which was "made of compressed rust".

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** In ''Dave Barry Does Japan", Japan'', he mentions that his own first new car was a Chevrolet Vega, which was "made of compressed rust".



* In Markus Zusak's ''[[Literature/IAmTheMessenger The Messenger]]'', one of the narrator's friends owns a "shitbox blue Ford" of which he is intensely proud and protective - he goes berserk if anyone brings up its shortcomings within his earshot, even at a police officer who told him it wasn't roadworthy. He ''claims'' it's an antique, it appears to made from rust, it has a 0.5 percent chance of starting the first time you turn the key, it's often propped by bricks because the handbrake is broken, any replacement part would be worth more than the rest of the car itself put together, and it foils a bank robbery in the opening chapter because [[TooDumbToLive the robber chose it as his getaway vehicle]] and couldn't get it to start before the police arrived.

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* In Markus Zusak's ''[[Literature/IAmTheMessenger The Messenger]]'', one of the narrator's friends owns a "shitbox blue Ford" Ford", of which he is intensely proud and protective - -- he goes berserk if anyone brings up its shortcomings within his earshot, even at a police officer who told him it wasn't roadworthy. He ''claims'' it's an antique, but it appears to made from rust, it has a 0.5 percent chance of starting the first time you turn the key, it's often propped by bricks because the handbrake is broken, any replacement part would be worth more than the rest of the car itself put together, and it foils a bank robbery in the opening chapter because [[TooDumbToLive the robber chose it as his getaway vehicle]] and couldn't get it to start before the police arrived.



** ''Literature/{{Cujo}}'' has a woman and her son trapped in one of these by a rabid Saint Bernard dog.
** The evil, sentient title car in ''Literature/{{Christine}}'' is a sort of twisted horror version of this trope. It completely takes over a geeky young car-lover's life with its constant demand for repairs and replacement parts, all while making him love it beyond reason.
*** ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' does a ShoutOut: "And then... Honk honk! The car honked its own horn!"
** In [[Movie/{{Christine}} The Movie]], it's very much an Alleged Car when the protagonist first sees it, but gets ''much'' better (to the point of being a CoolCar) by around the middle of the show.

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** ''Literature/{{Cujo}}'' has a woman and her son trapped in one of these by a rabid Saint Bernard dog.
Bernard.
** The evil, sentient title car in ''Literature/{{Christine}}'' is a sort of twisted horror version of this trope. It completely takes over a geeky young car-lover's life with its constant demand for repairs and replacement parts, all while making him love it beyond reason. \n*** ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' does a ShoutOut: "And then... Honk honk! The car honked its own horn!"\n** In [[Movie/{{Christine}} The Movie]], the movie]], it's very much an Alleged Car when the protagonist first sees it, but gets ''much'' better (to the point of being a CoolCar) by around the middle of the show.



* In Ilya Ilf and Eugene Petrov's ''Literature/TheLittleGoldenCalf'', the Antelope Gnu was essentially what was considered The Alleged Car in the early 1930s Soviet Union. Unknown origins (allegedly Loren-Dietrich), but obviously heavily modified and jury-rigged, working unstably and [[spoiler: finally exploding into small pieces of debris (and being rebuilt)]].
* One set of ''Beachcomber'' columns describes the saga of the Alleged Ship ''Saucy Mrs Flobster'', flagship of the Lots Road Power Station, and an attempt by the Government to sell her to Afghanistan. The ship is too waterlogged to burn, is missing vital components such as masts, sails, rudders and most of the hull, and the previous purchasers (Lichtenstein) offered sevenpence but pulled out when they saw what they'd be buying. It's only at the very end that anyone wonders why the Lots Road Power Station ever needed a navy in the first place.
* Literature/StephaniePlum frequently has one of these, due to her financial constraints and how frequently her cars get destroyed. Though this is also somewhat subverted by her Uncle Sandor's powder blue '53 Buick Roadmaster (aka Big Blue). This is the car she drives when her usual one is inevitably destroyed. The Buick is indestructible, though Stephanie absolutely hates it (mostly cause it's ugly and large). Women, especially Lula, share her disdain, while men unanimously love Big Blue.
* The early installments of ''[[Literature/TheHardyBoys The Hardy Boys]]'' feature sporadic appearances from "The Queen," [[FatBestFriend Chet Morton's]] unreliable yellow jalopy.
* In the short story "Tobermory" by Creator/{{Saki}}, one of the secrets that the eponymous talking cat elects to share is that one of the guests was only invited to the party because the hosts think that she is stupid enough to buy their alleged car, dubbed "The Envy of Sisyphus" because it goes quite nicely uphill, if you push it...
* In ''Literature/ShoeflyPie'', the Alleged car is a Dodge Dart, with the most valued component being the half pizza in the back. t didn't have problems driving (until they took it into a field and the driveshaft fell out), the floor was flintstones style, and the original color might possibly have been blue.
* In William Gaddis's ''A Frolic of His Own'', the protagonist's troublesome Japanese car, which runs over him, engendering a lawsuit, is called the Sosumi.
* A subplot in the ''[[Literature/SpiderManTheDarkestHours The Darkest Hours]]'', a SpiderMan novel written by Creator/JimButcher, involves Mary Jane Watson-Parker having to take her driving test so she can play Lady Macbeth for a theater company in Atlantic City. She surprises Peter by announcing that she had purchased a rusty, lime-green Gremlin. [[spoiler:The Gremlin also turns out to be a ChekhovsGun; when Spider-Man is almost killed by Mortia the Ancient, MJ ends up ramming into her with the Gremlin while quoting Lady Macbeth!]]

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* In Ilya Ilf and Eugene Petrov's ''Literature/TheLittleGoldenCalf'', the Antelope Gnu was essentially what was considered The the Alleged Car in the early 1930s Soviet Union. Unknown origins (allegedly Loren-Dietrich), but obviously heavily modified and jury-rigged, working unstably and [[spoiler: finally exploding into small pieces of debris (and being rebuilt)]].
* One set of ''Beachcomber'' columns describes the saga of the Alleged Ship ''Saucy Mrs Mrs. Flobster'', flagship of the Lots Road Power Station, and an attempt by the Government to sell her to Afghanistan. The ship is too waterlogged to burn, is missing vital components such as masts, sails, rudders and most of the hull, and the previous purchasers (Lichtenstein) offered sevenpence but pulled out when they saw what they'd be buying. It's only at the very end that anyone wonders why the Lots Road Power Station ever needed a navy in the first place.
* Literature/StephaniePlum frequently has one of these, due to her financial constraints and how frequently her cars get destroyed. Though this is also somewhat subverted by When she doesn't have a car of her own, she's forced to drive her Uncle Sandor's powder blue '53 1953 Buick Roadmaster (aka Big Blue). This is the car she drives when her usual one is inevitably destroyed. The Buick is indestructible, though "Big Blue". It's large, it's ugly, and Stephanie absolutely hates it (mostly cause it's ugly and large). Women, especially Lula, share her disdain, while it, but most men unanimously love Big Blue.
it, and it is practically indestructible.
* The early installments of ''[[Literature/TheHardyBoys The Hardy Boys]]'' feature sporadic appearances from "The Queen," Queen", [[FatBestFriend Chet Morton's]] unreliable yellow jalopy.
* In the short story "Tobermory" by Creator/{{Saki}}, one of the secrets that the eponymous talking cat elects to share is that one of the guests was only invited to the party because the hosts think that she is stupid enough to buy their alleged car, Alleged Car, dubbed "The Envy of Sisyphus" because it goes quite nicely uphill, if you push it...
it.
* In ''Literature/ShoeflyPie'', the Alleged car Car is a Dodge Dart, with the most valued component being the half a pizza in the back. t It didn't have problems driving (until they took it into a field and the driveshaft fell out), the floor was flintstones style, but it had almost no floor, and the original color might possibly have been blue.
* In William Gaddis's ''A Frolic of His Own'', ''Literature/AFrolicOfHisOwn'', the protagonist's troublesome Japanese car, which runs him over him, engendering and engenders a lawsuit, is called the Sosumi.
* A subplot in the ''[[Literature/SpiderManTheDarkestHours The Darkest Hours]]'', a SpiderMan novel written by Creator/JimButcher, involves Mary Jane Watson-Parker having to take her driving test so she can play Lady Macbeth [[Theater/{{Macbeth}}]] for a theater company in Atlantic City. She surprises Peter by announcing that she had purchased a rusty, lime-green Gremlin. [[spoiler:The Gremlin also turns out to be a ChekhovsGun; when Spider-Man is almost killed by Mortia the Ancient, MJ ends up ramming into her with the Gremlin while quoting Lady Macbeth!]]Macbeth.]]



* The Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho'' apparently has a particular affection for this trope. In the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novels, he has a Trabant, as featured in the RealLife subpage. Even better: he drives it during his stint as a single father and wealthy business consultant, working with the kind of people who drive "Porsches and [=BMWs=]", next to which the Trabant looks like "an old drunk uncle at a wedding". He keeps a ton of books in it and it often stalls (in one scene, his would-be-love interest is foiled by his [[ObliviousToLove generally oblivious personality]] and the fact he's preoccupied by trying to get the car to start), but at the end it comes through when the Doctor needs to go rescue [[spoiler:his daughter from being whisked off the planet]]:
-->The Doctor smiled, and slammed his foot on the Trabantís accelerator, astonishing the owners of the Audi he cruised past.
* [[BadassNormal Genevive Robles]] from ''Literature/{{Bystander}}'' by Luke Green has her [[http://thrythlind.deviantart.com/art/Genevive-Roble-s-Termite-194378072 Termite]], which is a discontinued model from 2011 in a story set in 2035. No parts are made for it so it consumes a lot of cash and paperwork to keep operational, especially given that over the course of the book it's in an earthquake and a blizzard, and narrowly misses being crushed by a flying hydraulic arm from a garbage truck. It is also stated to have an air conditioner that smells like ozone; at least once, Lucretia took a ride in it after being drunk and stuck in garbage truck, which couldn't have helped the smell.

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* The Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho'' apparently has a particular affection for this trope. In the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novels, he has a Trabant, as featured in the RealLife subpage. Even better: he He drives it during his stint as a single father and wealthy business consultant, working with the kind of people who drive "Porsches and [=BMWs=]", next to which the Trabant looks like "an old drunk uncle at a wedding". He keeps a ton of books in it it, and it often stalls (in one scene, his would-be-love interest is foiled by his [[ObliviousToLove generally oblivious personality]] and the fact he's preoccupied by trying to get the car to start), stalls, but at the end it comes through when the Doctor needs to go rescue [[spoiler:his daughter from being whisked off the planet]]:
-->The -->''The Doctor smiled, and slammed his foot on the Trabantís accelerator, astonishing the owners of the Audi he cruised past.
past.''
* [[BadassNormal Genevive Robles]] from ''Literature/{{Bystander}}'' by Luke Green has her [[http://thrythlind.deviantart.com/art/Genevive-Roble-s-Termite-194378072 Termite]], which is a discontinued model from 2011 in a story set in 2035. No parts are made for it it, so it consumes a lot of cash and paperwork to keep operational, especially given that over the course of the book it's in an earthquake and a blizzard, and it narrowly misses being crushed by a flying hydraulic arm from a garbage truck. It is also stated to have an air conditioner that smells like ozone; at least once, Lucretia took a ride in it after being drunk and stuck in garbage truck, which couldn't have helped the smell.



** Carried over to the TV series; in one instance, Spenser complains that his car was nearly totaled, and Hawke [[DeadpanSnarker quips]], "that would be redundant."
* Earlier in the ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' series, the twins drove their mom's old Fiat Spider which was constantly breaking down. According to Jessica, she was driving up a hill one day and pedestrians were walking faster than the car.
* In ''Literature/WiseBlood'', Hazel Motes buys an old car for $200[[note]]accounting for inflation, about $1500 in 2011 money[[/note]]. He's quite proud of it, but no one else is impressed, and it's missing several seats.
* Creator/EphraimKishon had one, from France BTW. [[ICallItVera He called it "Madeleine".]]

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** Carried over to the TV series; in one instance, Spenser complains that his car was nearly totaled, and Hawke [[DeadpanSnarker quips]], "that would be redundant."
* Earlier in the ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' series, the twins drove their mom's old Fiat Spider which was constantly breaking down. According to Jessica, she was driving up a hill one day day, and pedestrians were walking faster than the car.
* In ''Literature/WiseBlood'', Hazel Motes buys an old car for $200[[note]]accounting for inflation, about $200 (about $1500 in 2011 money[[/note]].2011). He's quite proud of it, but no one else is impressed, and it's missing several seats.
* %%* Creator/EphraimKishon had one, from France BTW. [[ICallItVera He called it "Madeleine".]]



* The March 1980 edition of Australian car magazine ''Wheels'' [[http://archive.is/wXaMO controversially declared]] "No Car of the Year" for 1979, with the [[https://web.archive.org/web/20130721043909/http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTAwMFg2NjU=/$%28KGrHqFHJEgFCjbZOSD1BQsFChJIkg~~60_32.JPG front cover]] featuring a giant lemon on four wheels. This prompted Ford Australia to hit back with an advertisement for its then-latest model Falcon, depicting a page full of literal lemons with popular car brands printed on them and declaring, "[[WhenLifeGivesYouLemons There are times when being a lemon is not a bitter experience at all]]". ''Wheels'' also declared "No Car of the Year" in 1972 and 1986.
* The Jetlag parody travel guide for Molvania makes mention of the national car, the Skumpta. The car is described as having a single headlight, a three cylinder engine, and a candlelit interior. The car is also said to have performed best out of four leading European car models in a crash test involving being driven into a wall at 60 kph, but that's because the car broke down repeatedly and never reached the wall.
* FarleyMowat's book ''Literature/TheBoatWhoWouldntFloat''. (ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.)
* The Joads' truck in ''Literature/TheGrapesOfWrath'', a boxy one-ton flatbed from the 1920s. [[TruthInTelevision Typical for]] the 1930's Dust Bowl migrations; vehicles of that era required a total engine rebuild every 20,000 miles or so[[note]]This was before motor oil manufacturers started adding detergents to the oil that allowed it to clean the engine as it flowed, thus starting the practice of the oil change every 3,000 miles to get the accumulated crud out[[/note]] and a new paint job every other year[[note]]similarly, paint wasn't nearly as tough as it is now; nitrocellulose laquer and alkyd paints were only now being introduced[[/note]]; and by the mid '30s it would've been operating on five or more years of deferred maintenance.

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* The March 1980 edition of Australian car magazine ''Wheels'' [[http://archive.is/wXaMO controversially declared]] "No Car of the Year" for 1979, with the [[https://web.archive.org/web/20130721043909/http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTAwMFg2NjU=/$%28KGrHqFHJEgFCjbZOSD1BQsFChJIkg~~60_32.JPG front cover]] featuring a giant lemon on four wheels. This prompted Ford Australia to hit back with an advertisement for its then-latest model Falcon, depicting a page full of literal lemons with popular car brands printed on them and declaring, "[[WhenLifeGivesYouLemons There are times when being a lemon is not a bitter experience at all]]". ''Wheels'' also declared "No Car of the Year" in 1972 and 1986.
* The Jetlag
''Jetlag'' parody travel guide for Molvania makes mention of the national car, the Skumpta. The car is described as having a single headlight, a three cylinder engine, and a candlelit interior. The car is also said to have performed best out of four leading European car models in a crash test involving being driven into a wall at 60 kph, but that's because the car broke down repeatedly and never reached the wall.
* %%* FarleyMowat's book ''Literature/TheBoatWhoWouldntFloat''. (ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.)
* The Joads' truck in ''Literature/TheGrapesOfWrath'', a boxy one-ton flatbed from the 1920s. 1920s, was [[TruthInTelevision Typical typical for]] the 1930's 1930s Dust Bowl migrations; vehicles migrants. Vehicles of that era required a total engine rebuild every 20,000 miles or so[[note]]This was before motor oil manufacturers started adding detergents to the oil that allowed it to clean the engine as it flowed, thus starting the practice of the oil change every 3,000 miles to get the accumulated crud out[[/note]] and a new paint job every other year[[note]]similarly, paint wasn't nearly as tough as it is now; nitrocellulose laquer and alkyd paints were only now being introduced[[/note]]; and year; by the mid '30s mid-1930s, it would've would have been operating on five or more years of deferred maintenance.



* In Creator/KevinJAnderson's ''Literature/DanShambleZombiePI'' novels, Chambeaux & Dyer uses a barely-functional Ford Maverick that's held together mostly by rust as a company car. Sheyenne nicknames it "the Pro Bono Mobile" because they'd be able to afford something better if not for Robin Dyer's continual willingness to offer free legal aid to those who can't pay.
* Paul's first car in Literature/TheUnexpectedWitness - described at one point as a 1978 Classic Rusty.
* The ''Literature/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' introduced the concept of "[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Ugly Uglies]]" to the franchise. In short, these are starfighters cobbled together from the salvaged pieces of ''other'' starfighters. Things like [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/X-ceptor X-wings with TIE Interceptor panels replacing its wings]] or [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Corellian/B-wing_Ugly a B-wing with a Millenium Falcon-style cockpit glued on]] are not unheard of. They are little more than flying junkheaps and barely airworthy let alone spaceworthy, and usually used by desperate bandits who can't find or steal anything better. The most ignominious of the lot is probably the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/TYE-wing TIE fighter cockpit with Y-wing engines]] which was slow, unshielded, weak-hulled, lightly armed, and essentially a flying death trap with a reputation even worse than the basic TIE fighter--crew survival rates for this particular make of Ugly ship fell even below the Empire's TIE fighter pilots, doubly damning considering that when it came to fighter pilots, the Empire fully believed that WeHaveReserves. That last one was often referred to as a "[[MeaningfulName Die-Wing]]". On the other hand, some Ugly builds proved [[WhatAPieceOfJunk surprisingly effective]], and the sheer unpredictability of their builds was [[ConfusionFu by far the biggest threat they posed]].
* ''Literature/ThisBookIsFullOfSpiders'': Dave's car is pretty pathetic, but John's is the real example. He drives an old Cadillac that he inherited from a deceased relative. Its tape deck is stuck blasting a tape of ''Creedance Clearwater Revival'' at maximum volume, and John can't find any way to stop it. He's stuffed pillows into every speaker.

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* In Creator/KevinJAnderson's ''Literature/DanShambleZombiePI'' novels, Chambeaux & Dyer uses Dyer's company car is a barely-functional Ford Maverick that's held together mostly by rust as a company car. rust. Sheyenne nicknames it "the Pro Bono Mobile" Mobile", because they'd be able to afford something better if not for Robin Dyer's continual willingness to offer free legal aid to those who can't pay.
* Paul's first car in Literature/TheUnexpectedWitness - ''Literature/TheUnexpectedWitness'' is described at one point as a 1978 Classic Rusty.
* The ''Literature/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' introduced the concept of "[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Ugly Uglies]]" to the franchise. In short, these are franchise -- starfighters cobbled together from the salvaged with pieces of ''other'' other starfighters. Things like They were usually barely airworthy, let alone spaceworthy, and only used by desperate bandits. The most infamous was the "[[MeaningfulName Die-Wing]]", a [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/X-ceptor X-wings with TIE Interceptor panels replacing its wings]] or [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Corellian/B-wing_Ugly a B-wing with a Millenium Falcon-style cockpit glued on]] are not unheard of. They are little more than flying junkheaps and barely airworthy let alone spaceworthy, and usually used by desperate bandits who can't find or steal anything better. The most ignominious of the lot is probably the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/TYE-wing TIE fighter cockpit with Y-wing engines]] which was engines]], a slow, unshielded, weak-hulled, lightly armed, and essentially a lightly-armed, flying death trap with a reputation trap. It was even worse less reliable than the basic TIE fighter--crew survival rates for this particular make of Ugly Imperial ship fell even below the Empire's TIE fighter pilots, doubly damning considering it was based on, which was designed for [[WeHaveReserves expendable pilots]]. The worst Uglies' main advantage was that when it came to fighter pilots, the Empire fully believed that WeHaveReserves. That last one was often referred to as a "[[MeaningfulName Die-Wing]]". On the other hand, some Ugly builds proved [[WhatAPieceOfJunk surprisingly effective]], and the sheer unpredictability of their builds was [[ConfusionFu by far the biggest threat they posed]].
were notoriously unpredictable to trace]].
* ''Literature/ThisBookIsFullOfSpiders'': Dave's car is pretty pathetic, but John's is the real example. He drives an old Cadillac that he inherited from a deceased relative. Its tape deck is stuck blasting a tape of ''Creedance Clearwater Revival'' Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival at maximum volume, and John can't find any way to stop it. He's stuffed pillows into every speaker.



* Newspaper columnist D. L. Stewart recounts, via his book ''Father Knows Best - Sometimes'', the considerable trouble he has with his MG Midget, which a salesman refers to at one point as "the English Edsel". When told it's in average shape for a Midget, the same salesman's response is "That bad, huh?" In six years, it gains 42,000 miles on its odometer, 20,000 of which come while it's attached to the back of a tow truck.
** Later on, some of the cars that his oldest son looks at (and in one case, actually buys) also qualify.

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* Newspaper columnist D. L. Stewart recounts, via his book ''Father Knows Best - -- Sometimes'', the considerable trouble he has with his MG Midget, which a salesman refers to at one point as "the English Edsel". When told it's in average shape for a Midget, the same salesman's response is "That bad, huh?" In six years, it gains 42,000 miles on its odometer, 20,000 of which come while it's attached to the back of a tow truck. \n** Later on, some of the cars that his oldest son looks at (and in one case, actually buys) also qualify.



* Conversant with [[MetallicarSyndrome Metallicar Syndrome]] as [[Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant Skulduggery]] is, he has to have multiple cars stashed around Ireland in order to avoid being spotted in seconds by suspects. One car Valkyrie really disapproves of is the yellow hatchback she dubs "the Canary Car".
* Witkacy's ride in ''Literature/ShamanBlues'', as noted by everyone who rides in it with him. Among others, it lacks the hand brake, two windows, the inside light, sits' coverings (Witkacy uses blankets) and working ventillation system, and it's considered too dangerous for any company to insure it. He defends it vehemently, though, and appears to be right, as it never fails (though sometimes takes several times to start up).

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* Conversant with [[MetallicarSyndrome Metallicar Syndrome]] as [[Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant Skulduggery]] Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant is, he has to have multiple cars stashed around Ireland in order to avoid being spotted in seconds by suspects. One car Valkyrie really disapproves of is the yellow hatchback she dubs "the Canary Car".
* Witkacy's ride in ''Literature/ShamanBlues'', as noted by everyone who rides in it with him. Among others, it lacks the a hand brake, two windows, the inside light, sits' coverings seat covers (Witkacy uses blankets) blankets), and a working ventillation system, and it's considered too dangerous for any company to insure it. He defends it vehemently, though, and appears to be right, as it never fails (though sometimes takes several times to start up).



** Miss Brooks' car, when she has one. It's almost always in the shop. In fact, the number of episodes (on either radio and television) where she gets to drive her car can be counted on one hand; namely "Game At Clay City", "Who's Going Where", "Four Leaf Clover", "Brooks' New Car" and "Head of the State Board of Education".
** Walter Denton's junky jalopy also definitely qualifies;, although it, at least, is usually in working order. However, Walter often drives it ''sans'' top or even sides.

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** Miss Brooks' car, when she has one. It's almost always in the shop. In fact, the number of episodes (on either radio and television) where she gets to drive her car can be counted on one hand; namely hand: "Game At Clay City", "Who's Going Where", "Four Leaf Clover", "Brooks' New Car" and "Head of the State Board of Education".
** Walter Denton's junky jalopy also definitely qualifies;, although it, at least, is usually in working order. However, order, but Walter often drives it ''sans'' sans top -- or even sides.



** Giles' first car, a potentially very cool but dreadfully run-down Citroën DS, is one of these until it gets crashed by Spike in the Season 4 episode "A New Man." He replaces it with a MidlifeCrisisCar, a BMW 3-series convertible (still used, but much more contemporary). The Citroën is also mocked in the Buffy tie-in novels. Oddly, it's actually totaled in one of them.
** The entire series seems to revel in this trope. Xander and Oz have both confessed their own personal off-screen road-trip-gone-wrong stories that begin with their vehicles breaking down.
* Zap Rowsdower's truck in the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''Film/TheFinalSacrifice'' does this. Mike and the bots waste no time in bashing the Rowsdower-mobile.
** Crow apparently has a beater version of himself to loan out the the SOL crew while he gets repairs done. He shudders and constantly emits smoke, but hey; he's got a killer radio!
-->'''Servo:''' "Hey, it's that old AMC Crow Gypsy's been tinkering with for years!"
-->'''Junk!Crow:''' "HEY, GUYS! Are there [=THINGs=] that are [=HAPpenING=]!"
-->'''Servo:''' *coughs* "Ugh, he must be runnin' rich!"
* The Reliant Regal three-wheeled van owned by the main characters of ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' is a famous example, the SoBadItsGood of the car world. It's popular enough that more than one RealLife Reliant Regal owner has painted his vehicle to look like it, and it came second only to the [[TheDukesOfHazzard General Lee]] in a poll of the best-ever TV cars. Also the Ford Capri driven by Del in later seasons, known to Rodney as "the Pratmobile". The vast majority of cars that Boycie sells also qualify.
* Series/MrBean's 1977 Mini, complete with latch and padlock door system and non-working handbrake, is constantly "The Alleged Car" in its repeated collisions with a certain Reliant Supervan.
* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' drives a beat-up [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peugeot_403 Peugot 403]] convertible. He seems pleased to own a foreign car. In one episode, he drives it to a junkyard where a body has been found. A policeman tells him he'll have to dump his car there another day. Columbo is shocked at the idea that anyone could think his car was junk. Peter Falk allegedly picked it out himself one day after having been picked as Columbo. He saw the car in a mechanic's shop where they were apparently using it as a test-bed/oversized paperweight, and thought that given Columbo's otherwise disheveled appearance, the car would be perfect. He bought it from the mechanics and drove it to the lot that day.

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** Giles' first car, a potentially very cool but dreadfully run-down Citroën DS, is one of these until it gets crashed by Spike crashes it in the Season 4 episode 4's "A New Man." He replaces it with a MidlifeCrisisCar, a BMW 3-series convertible (still used, but much more contemporary). The Citroën is also mocked in the Buffy tie-in novels. Oddly, it's actually totaled in one of them.
** The entire series seems to revel in this trope. Xander and Oz have both confessed their own personal off-screen road-trip-gone-wrong stories that begin with their vehicles breaking down.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'':
** Mike and the bots wasted no time in bashing the [[ThemeMobile "Rowsdower-mobile"]],
Zap Rowsdower's truck in the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''Film/TheFinalSacrifice'' does this. Mike and the bots waste no time in bashing the Rowsdower-mobile.
from ''Film/TheFinalSacrifice''.
** Crow apparently has a beater version of himself to loan out the the SOL crew while he gets repairs done. He shudders and constantly emits smoke, but hey; hey -- he's got a killer radio!
-->'''Servo:''' "Hey, it's that old AMC Crow Gypsy's been tinkering with for years!"
-->'''Junk!Crow:'''
years!"\\
'''Junk!Crow:'''
"HEY, GUYS! Are there [=THINGs=] that are [=HAPpenING=]!"
-->'''Servo:''' *coughs*
[=HAPpenING=]!"\\
'''Servo:''' ''(coughs)''
"Ugh, he must be runnin' rich!"
* ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'':
**
The Reliant Regal three-wheeled van owned by the main characters of ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' is a famous example, the SoBadItsGood of the car world. It's popular enough that more than one RealLife Reliant Regal owner has painted his vehicle to look like it, and it came second only to the [[TheDukesOfHazzard General Lee]] in a poll of the best-ever TV cars. Also the
* The
Ford Capri driven by Del in later seasons, known to Rodney as "the Pratmobile". Pratmobile".
*
The vast majority of cars that Boycie sells also qualify.
are Alleged Cars.
* Series/MrBean's 1977 Mini, complete with latch and padlock door system and non-working handbrake, is constantly "The the Alleged Car" Car in its repeated collisions with a certain Reliant Supervan.
* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' drives a beat-up beaten-up [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peugeot_403 Peugot Peugeot 403]] convertible. He seems pleased to own a foreign car. In one episode, car, and he drives it to a junkyard where a body has been found. A policeman tells doesn't appreciate others telling him he'll have to dump his car there another day. Columbo is shocked at the idea that anyone could think his car was it's a piece of junk. Columbo's actor Peter Falk allegedly picked it out himself one day after having been picked seeing it used as Columbo. He saw the car in essentially a test bed and oversized paperweight at a mechanic's shop where they were apparently using it as a test-bed/oversized paperweight, and thought that given Columbo's otherwise disheveled appearance, the car would be perfect. He bought it from the mechanics and drove it to the lot that day.shop.



** Not a car per se, but Oliver's Hoyt-Clagwell tractor should count.
** Oliver's car breaking down was the subject of at least one episode, in which Mrs. Douglas used her pancake batter to fix a blown head gasket, something of a great feat, considering her knowledge of cars was limited to referring to the gear shifter as a "pernundel" (because of the order of gears: P R N D L).
* Steve Urkel's Isetta "microcar" on ''Series/FamilyMatters''

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** Not a car per se, but Oliver's Hoyt-Clagwell tractor should count.
has an Alleged Tractor.
** Oliver's car breaking down was the subject of at least one episode, in which Mrs. Douglas used her pancake batter to fix a blown head gasket, something of a great feat, feat considering her knowledge of cars was limited to referring to the gear shifter as a "pernundel" (because of the order of gears: P R N D L).
* Steve Urkel's Isetta "microcar" on ''Series/FamilyMatters''''Series/FamilyMatters'':



* ''Series/TopGear'' naturally has a ton of these:
** One episode features Jeremy Clarkson driving an FSO Polonez, a Polish-built Fiat 125 derivative that he was so unimpressed with that he decreed it be used to play conkers with the aid of an electromagnetic crane. It remains one of his least favourite cars, but later models (produced after TheGreatPoliticsMessUp) are significantly improved.
** Another episode has a segment revolving around the question "Did the Communists ever produce a good car?", with said vehicles being tested, for maximum UsefulNotes/ColdWar irony, around [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Greenham_Common the former site of US nuclear missiles, the now closed RAF Greenham Common]]. The first two cars tested, a Lada Riva and a Moscvitch 408, lose a quarter-mile drag race to a ''dog.'' Other highlights included a car in which the door couldn't be closed (forcing Clarkson to drive with the front door open) and a tri-wheeled car covered in canvas. When all was said and done, they found the answer to the original question to be resounding no.
*** Later expanded upon with May and Clarkson trying out Chinese cars. The early attempts played the trope straight, the latest models were much better and thus averted the trope.
** Among the cars they tested was the notorious Reliant Robin, a three-wheeled rear-wheel-drive subcompact car. The challenge? To drive 15 Km. While the car succeeded, it turned over at least ten times along the way. Almost definitely staged, but definitely hilarious.
*** Jeremy Clarkson now claims [[http://www.9news.com.au/entertainment/2016/01/13/02/41/clarkson-reveals-legendary-rolling-robin-test-drive-was-a-setup it was falsified]], via modifying the differential to the point where it automatically rolled whenever the steering wheel was turned.
** The presenters built their own alleged car in one episode: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfNfwNWWphI Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust]], an electric vehicle that, despite being a death trap, is fully street legal. It had a top speed of ten miles an hour, the aluminum body could blind the driver, the seats were plastic lawn chairs, it couldn't go in reverse, it was insanely noisy, and it took 7 hours to recharge the ONE battery used to power the thing. Even then the range was so bad they converted it to a 'hybrid' by putting a portable generator in the back, which filled the cabin with fumes. It even got a proper review in ''Autocar''; which noted that there were two ways it could take a corner: sliding out of control, or sliding out of control backwards, and that it could get in horrible accidents [[EpicFail when going in a straight line.]] Hilariously, the ''Autocar'' review actually rated it half a star ''higher'' than the real-life electric car the presenters were trying to beat, the Reva G-Wiz (which gets its own listing in the Real Life section). Presumably they did this because the ''Top Gear'' car made no pretense that it was actually any ''good''.
** Many of the show's legendary challenges center around the three hosts being given a very small amount of money to buy a car. They then have to to drive somewhere, completing challenges on the way:
*** The Toyota Land Cruiser aka "Donkey" from the Bolivia special. The engine hardly ever started, its prop shaft fell out, its differential exploded, and the list goes on. Just proves that age and wear without decent maintenance can kill any car.
*** One episode features the creations of the British Leyland company. James May's actually does fairly well, but Clarkson's loses a door. Twice. ''And not even the same door''.
*** All three vehicles in the Budget Supercar special. Clarkson's Maserati Merak lost when its engine disintegrated into a fine cloud of metal bits. Richard Hammond's Ferrari Dino[[note]]'''Jeremy:''' It's not a Ferrari![[/note]] from the same episode had all the engine electronics fail; May's Lamborghini Urraco kept running out of electricity, though it was the only car that actually ran out of fuel rather than fail. However, following the episode, the Lamborghini was bought by a supercar enthusiast who restored it to working condition, and Hammond restored the Ferrari himself; meanwhile, Clarkson's Maserati was so far gone that it had to be broken up for scrap, so it definitely wins the Alleged Car crown for the episode.
*** The challenge with the Mallorca Rally had them buying their cars at an auction. Richard bought an early fifties Lanchester which ran into a number of issues during the test drive. In the first host segment after the purchase, he presented a list of repairs he had to make. The list tumbled from his hand to the floor. Basically, the only real reason he held onto the car was because his grandfather worked for the coachbuilder who built it [[spoiler: and at episode's end, it was revealed that his grandfather worked at a different coachbuilder than the one that built the car.]]
** Played with in the Albania episode, where the trio were asked to see which of three premium luxury cars (a Rolls-Royce, a Mercedes, and a Bentley) was best for a ''Leading Light'' in the Albanian Mafia. Bentley pulled-out due to not wanting to be associated with organized crime and a suffering a sudden sense-of-humor deficiency. Undeterred by this, Clarkson purchased a none-too-gently-used Yugo and for the rest of the episode they pretended this car was the example of the Bentley Mulsanne they were originally scheduled to test as a TakeThat for chickening-out.
** And in a complete subversion of this (and the jokes against Toyota above in the Jokes folder) we have the Toyota Hilux. The first one certainly looked like this trope when Jeremy got it. However it was proven that it can't die no matter what you put it through. The little {{Determinator}} was driven down stairs, against rock walls, into a tree, lost to the tide, dropped from a crane, had a caravan dropped on it from a crane, hit by a wrecking ball, driven through a shed, set on fire, and dropped from a controlled demolition site. It still drives. Sure it has seawater in a headlight, the dash was destroyed, and there are dents and scrapes everywhere... but it runs. Later they used (new, fresh, and modified) Hilux to drive to the North Pole, ''and to an active volcano'' (...after that one ''also'' drove to the north pole).
** Also subverted by the car Hammond bought in the Botswana episode, a 1963 Opel Kadett A. [[ICallItVera Dubbed "Oliver"]]. He became attached to it and eventually took it with him back home to England. While dirt cheap, it survived unmodified, unlike the other two cars, and only had one major breakdown because Hammond accidentally sank it in a river. It eventually appeared on TV again in kid's TV show ''Richard Hammond's Blast Lab''.
** One challenge had them buy cars for under £100, as that was noticably less than the cost of a long-journey train ticket. Hammond's Rover 416 was alleged, May's Audi was. Clarkson's late 70s large Volvo (bought for ''one pound'') averted the trope, running surprisingly well (mechanically, almost none of the electronics worked) until it was crashed at 40mph.
** For the Series 19 premiere, Jeremy builds one of his own, designed to be smaller than the Peel P50. As such, he calls it the P45. The [[UnfortunateNames unfortunate name]] [[note]] P45 is the UK's designation for their termination of employment notice. Jeremy essentially called his car the "pink slip". [[/note]] (and eventual FunnyAneurysmMoment) are the least of the car's problems. It has no suspension to speak of so the driver feels every bump he hits. It's ridiculously underpowered and not capable of highway speeds. The fuel tank is so small, it's unable to take the minimum required fuel purchase. It's also a hybrid, but conversion to electric power takes nearly two hours. Finally, the body covers the driver's chest and head, but his arms are fully exposed to the elements. Is it any wonder the investors on ''Series/DragonsDen'' rejected it?
* The [[Series/TopGearUS American version]] of ''Top Gear'' has had its fair share of alleged cars.
** In the Alaska Special, Tanner's Chevy allegedly had a diesel engine. The fuel gauge even said "diesel fuel only". It turned out to be a Chevy Small Block V8 (A petrol/gasoline engine, if you missed the hint). [[spoiler:He still won, and it was the only truck to finish.]]
** The show has had some variation on "get a car for cheap/really cheap/obscenely cheap" as the central premise of an episode several times.
*** Rutledge got a Fiero/Ferrari mash-up kitcar for a "$5000 luxury car" challenge that had a leaking problem and struggled to reach 55 mph in the speed test.
*** The "obscenely cheap" version saw the hosts buying cars for just $500. Adam's puke-and-blood stained taxi cab (Tanner and Rutledge's cars had their fair shares of bodily fluids as well) had what he described as "a several minute delay between steering input and actual turning."
** Episodes have been devoted to both "Worst Cars"[[note]]featuring the underpowered Mustang II, the homely Aztek, and the notorious Yugo[[/note]] and "Dangerous Drives"[[note]]featuring the rollover-prone Samurai, the flammable Pinto, and the unstable Corvair[[/note]]. In the former, the presenters bought the cars for each other and culminated in them trying to sell them at auction. In the latter, the flaws of each were played for maximum effect (and laughs) in a test drive, then each presenter was challenged to modify the car to eliminate the deficiency. Naturally, HilarityEnsues.
** "What Can it Take?" is a durability contest for reliable, older cars, which means that each challenge involves removing parts from the vehicles to hinder their performance, gradually turning them into Alleged Cars. By the final challenge, they're all stripped to their frames with various engine parts missing, and Tanner's Honda Civic has been ''cut in half'' horizontally.

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* ''Series/TopGear'' naturally has a ton of these:
these. It's particularly prominent in the show's "cheap car challenges", where they try to win a challenge by spending as little as possible.
** One episode features Jeremy The team largely considers the former Eastern Bloc as having produced nothing but these, as highlighted in a segment asking a simple question: "Did the Communists ever produce a good car?" The answer was a resounding ''no''. Highlights included a Lada Riva and a Moskvich 408 losing a quarter-mile drag race to a ''dog'', a car whose door wouldn't close (which Clarkson driving an had to drive in that state), a car controlled mostly by push-buttons which fell back into the panel when May pressed them, and a three-wheeler covered in canvas. May and Clarkson came to the same conclusion with early Chinese models (although later ones were much better).
** The
FSO Polonez, a Polish-built Fiat 125 derivative that he was derivative, so unimpressed with failed to impress Jeremy Clarkson that he decreed it be used to play conkers with the aid of an electromagnetic crane. It remains one of his least favourite cars, but later models (produced after TheGreatPoliticsMessUp) are significantly improved.
** Another episode has a segment revolving around the question "Did the Communists ever produce a good car?", with said vehicles being tested, for maximum UsefulNotes/ColdWar irony, around [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Greenham_Common the former site of US nuclear missiles, the now closed RAF Greenham Common]]. The first two cars tested, a Lada Riva and a Moscvitch 408, lose a quarter-mile drag race to a ''dog.'' Other highlights included a car in which the door couldn't be closed (forcing Clarkson to drive with the front door open) and a tri-wheeled car covered in canvas. When all was said and done, they found the answer to the original question to be resounding no.
*** Later expanded upon with May and Clarkson trying out Chinese cars. The early attempts played the trope straight, the latest models were much better and thus averted the trope.
** Among the cars they tested was the notorious
Reliant Robin, a three-wheeled rear-wheel-drive subcompact car. The challenge? To car, was so notorious for rolling over that Clarkson was challenged to drive one just 15 Km. While the car succeeded, it turned kilometers -- and rolled over at least ten times along the way. Almost definitely staged, but definitely hilarious.
*** Jeremy
times. However, Clarkson now claims would later [[http://www.9news.com.au/entertainment/2016/01/13/02/41/clarkson-reveals-legendary-rolling-robin-test-drive-was-a-setup it admit that this was falsified]], via modifying the differential staged]] to the point where make it automatically rolled whenever the steering wheel was turned.
''look'' like an Alleged Car.
** The presenters built their own alleged car in one episode: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfNfwNWWphI Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust]], i-Thrust]] is an Alleged Car of the presenters' own devising; the crew wanted to see if they could build, on their own, an electric vehicle that, despite being a death trap, is fully street legal. car better than the Reva G-Wiz (featured on the Real Life page). It had a top speed of ten miles an hour, the aluminum per hour. It had a sharp, boxy aluminium body that could blind the driver, the driver. Its seats were plastic lawn chairs, it chairs stuffed into the cabin. It couldn't go in reverse, it reverse. It was insanely noisy, and it noisy. It had a ''single'' battery which took 7 seven hours to recharge the ONE battery used to power the thing. Even then the range was so bad charge; they converted it tried to a 'hybrid' by putting fix this with a portable generator in the back, which filled the cabin with fumes. It even got a proper review in ''Autocar''; which noted that there were two ways it could take a corner: sliding out of control, or sliding out of control backwards, fumes and that it could get in horrible accidents [[EpicFail when going in a straight line.]] Hilariously, defeated the purpose of building an "electric" car. The crew ''claimed'' it was street legal, but they (hilariously) falsified the tests. They gave it to ''Autocar'' review actually magazine to review; it was described as so dangerous it could get into horrible accidents while [[EpicFail driving in a straight line]]. Hilariously, though, ''Autocar'' rated it half a star ''higher'' half-star ''better'' than the real-life electric car the presenters were trying to beat, the Reva G-Wiz (which gets its own listing in the Real Life section). Presumably they did this because the ''Top Gear'' car made no pretense that it was actually any ''good''.
G-Wiz.
** Many The creations of the show's legendary challenges center around the three hosts being given a very small amount of money to buy a car. They then have to to drive somewhere, completing challenges on the way:
*** The
British Leyland company are largely considered crap. One car Clarkson tests loses two different doors at separate points.
** Hammond's
Toyota Land Cruiser aka "Donkey" (''aka'' "Donkey") from the Bolivia special. The engine hardly ever started, its prop shaft fell out, its differential exploded, and the list goes on. Just proves that age and wear without decent maintenance it was a total death trap. It wasn't a poorly designed car; it just shows how bad things can kill any car.
*** One episode features the creations of the British Leyland company. James May's actually does fairly well, but Clarkson's loses a door. Twice. ''And not even the same door''.
***
get with neglectful maintenance.
**
All three vehicles in the Budget Supercar "budget supercar" special. Clarkson's Maserati Merak lost when its engine disintegrated into a fine cloud May's Lamborghini Urraco kept running out of metal bits. Richard electricity and required a supercar enthusiast to restore it to working condition after the episode. Hammond's Ferrari Dino[[note]]'''Jeremy:''' It's not a Ferrari![[/note]] from the same episode had all the of its engine electronics fail; May's Lamborghini Urraco kept running out of electricity, though it fail, although Hammond was able to restore the car himself. Clarkson's, though, was the only car that actually ran out of fuel rather than fail. However, following the episode, the Lamborghini was bought by a supercar enthusiast who restored it to working condition, and Hammond restored the Ferrari himself; meanwhile, Clarkson's worst; his Maserati was so far gone that it Merak's engine disintegrated into a fine cloud of metal bits. He had to be broken up for scrap, so scrap it definitely wins in the Alleged Car crown for the episode.
***
end.
**
The challenge with the Mallorca Rally had them buying challenge saw the team buy their cars at an auction. Richard Hammond bought an early fifties Lanchester which ran into a number 1950s Lanchester, whose list of issues during was so long [[LongList it hit the test drive. In the first host segment after the purchase, floor]]. He admitted that he presented a list of repairs he had to make. The list tumbled from his hand to the floor. Basically, the only real reason he held onto on to the car was because his grandfather worked for the coachbuilder who built it [[spoiler: and at episode's end, it was revealed it. [[spoiler:Then he learned that his grandfather worked at a different coachbuilder than it wasn't the one that built the car.same coachbuilder.]]
** [[PlayingWithATrope Played with with]] in the Albania episode, Albania, where the trio were asked to see tested which of three premium luxury cars (a Rolls-Royce, a Mercedes, and a Bentley) was car would be best for a ''Leading Light'' "leading light in the Albanian Mafia. mafia". Clarkson was originally supposed to drive a Bentley, but Bentley pulled-out due to not wanting to be associated with organized crime and a suffering suffered a sudden sense-of-humor deficiency. Undeterred by this, humor deficiency and pulled out. In retaliation, Clarkson purchased a none-too-gently-used Yugo and for the rest of the episode they pretended this car it was [[TakeThat "really" a Bentley]]. He was quite disappointed with the "Bentley", but bizarrely, it was the example only car of the Bentley Mulsanne they were originally scheduled to test as a TakeThat for chickening-out.
** And in a complete subversion of this (and
three the jokes against Toyota above in the Jokes folder) we have the Toyota Hilux. locals knew how to fix.
**
The first one certainly looked like this trope when Jeremy got it. However it was proven that it can't die no matter what you put it through. The little {{Determinator}} was driven down stairs, against rock walls, into a tree, lost to the tide, dropped from a crane, had a caravan dropped on it from a crane, hit by a wrecking ball, driven through a shed, set on fire, and dropped from a controlled demolition site. It still drives. Sure it has seawater in a headlight, the dash was destroyed, and there are dents and scrapes everywhere... but it runs. Later they used (new, fresh, and modified) Hilux to drive to the North Pole, ''and to an active volcano'' (...after that one ''also'' drove to the north pole).
** Also subverted by the car Hammond bought in the
Botswana episode, a special saw the trio buy dirt-cheap old cars and drive them across Botswana in varying states of repair (including, at one point, removing doors, seats, and other coverings to make them light enough to cross the Magkadikadi salt pan). Except for Hammond, who [[CompanionCube fell in love]] with his 1963 Opel Kadett A. A -- so much so that he [[ICallItVera Dubbed "Oliver"]]. He became attached called it "Oliver"]], refused to modify it, saved it and eventually took from drowning in a river, brought it back with him back home to England. While dirt cheap, it survived unmodified, unlike the other two cars, England, and only had one major breakdown because Hammond accidentally sank fixed it up to appear in a river. It eventually appeared on TV again in kid's TV show ''Richard Hammond's Blast Lab''.
Lab''. Clarkson and May thought he was rather missing the point of the challenge.
** One challenge had them The crew hit this hard when trying to buy cars for under £100, as that was noticably less £100 (less than the cost of a long-journey long-distance train ticket. ticket). May's Audi and Hammond's Rover 416 was alleged, May's Audi was. Clarkson's late 70s large were barely functional. Clarkson had the best car, a 1970s Volvo (bought for ''one pound'') averted the trope, running surprisingly well (mechanically, almost where none of the electronics worked) until it was worked (and which he crashed at 40mph.
40 mph); oddly, he got it for ''one pound''.
** For the Series 19 premiere, Jeremy builds one of Clarkson tried his own, designed to be hand at building an even smaller than the Peel P50. As such, he calls it the P45. The [[UnfortunateNames unfortunate name]] [[note]] P45 is the UK's designation for their termination of employment notice. Jeremy essentially called his car the "pink slip". [[/note]] (and eventual FunnyAneurysmMoment) are the least of the car's problems. It has result had no suspension to speak of so (so the driver feels can feel every bump he hits. It's ridiculously underpowered and not capable of bump), couldn't reach highway speeds. The speeds, had a fuel tank is so small, it's unable too small to take handle the minimum required fuel purchase. It's also purchase, and was a hybrid, hybrid -- but conversion required two hours to convert to electric power takes nearly two hours. Finally, the power. The body covers the driver's chest and head, but not his arms are fully exposed to the elements. Is it any wonder extremities. It was roundly rejected by the investors on ''Series/DragonsDen'' rejected it?
''Series/DragonsDen''. And Clarkson called it the P45, an {{unfortunate name}}s (and eventual FunnyAneurysmMoment) considering that "P45" refers to a standard British termination notice -- ''i.e.'', a "pink slip".
* The [[Series/TopGearUS American version]] of ''Top Gear'' has had its fair share of alleged cars.
cars. Entire episodes can be devoted to finding such cars and fixing, salvaging, or just managing to sell them.
** In the Alaska Special, Tanner's Chevy allegedly had a diesel engine. The fuel gauge even said "diesel fuel only". was barely functional. It turned out to be that although it was labeled as having a diesel engine, it was really a Chevy Small Block V8 (A petrol/gasoline engine, if you missed the hint).(and thus a gasoline engine). [[spoiler:He still won, and it was the only truck to finish.]]
** The show has had some variation on "get a car for cheap/really cheap/obscenely cheap" as the central premise of an episode several times.
***
Rutledge got a Fiero/Ferrari mash-up kitcar for a "$5000 luxury car" challenge that had a leaking problem and struggled to reach 55 mph in the speed test.
*** The "obscenely cheap" version saw the hosts buying cars for just $500. ** Adam's puke-and-blood stained puke-and-blood-stained former taxi cab (Tanner and Rutledge's cars had their fair shares of bodily fluids as well) cab, obtained for less than $500, had what he described as "a several minute several-minute delay between steering input and actual turning."
** Episodes have been devoted to both "Worst Cars"[[note]]featuring the underpowered Mustang II, the homely Aztek, and the notorious Yugo[[/note]] and "Dangerous Drives"[[note]]featuring the rollover-prone Samurai, the flammable Pinto, and the unstable Corvair[[/note]]. In the former, the presenters bought the cars for each other and culminated in them trying to sell them at auction. In the latter, the flaws of each were played for maximum effect (and laughs) in a test drive, then each presenter was challenged to modify the car to eliminate the deficiency. Naturally, HilarityEnsues.
turning".
** "What Can it It Take?" is a durability contest test for reliable, older cars, which means that each challenge involves removing reliable cars whose parts from the vehicles to hinder their performance, are gradually removed, turning them into Alleged Cars. By the final challenge, they're all stripped to their frames with various engine parts missing, and missing; Tanner's Honda Civic has been ''cut in was cut ''in half'' horizontally.



* ''Series/TheDailyShow'': Jon Stewart says this about the Gremlin he had as a kid: "The car that existed only so that [[EveryCarIsAPinto Pinto]] owners could have something to shit on." In his tribute to Music/BruceSpringsteen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jqNXphenus during the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors]], he expanded a little on this: "The Gremlin was a car that was invented for two reasons; one, birth control for young males; and two, it was invented so that the Pinto wouldn't feel so bad about itself."

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* ''Series/TheDailyShow'': Jon Stewart says this about the Gremlin he had as a kid: "The car that existed only so that [[EveryCarIsAPinto Pinto]] owners could have something to shit on." In his tribute to Music/BruceSpringsteen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jqNXphenus during the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors]], he expanded a little on this: "The this:
-->''The
Gremlin was a car that was invented for two reasons; one, birth control for young males; and two, it was invented so that the Pinto wouldn't feel so bad about itself."''



* In one episode of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', Morgan buys a [=DeLorean=] with a stuck passenger door that cannot go over 22 miles per hour. Sort of a subversion in that Morgan considers it to be a CoolCar, and gets a VanityLicensePlate for it.
* The Plymouth Duster (often mistaken for a Dodge) in ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''. According to various antecdotes, it was brought to a stop by an anthill, it wouldn't hit 60 MPH if you threw it out of a plane, the ignition key is a bottle opener, it's a literal one-of-a-kind car as the other models have exploded, been recalled, or dissolved in the rain, it has bullet holes on it from when Kelly tried to outrun the cops, and at one point a car wash "lost" it because the brown color is actually years of dirt accumulated on it.
** In the episode "Take My Wife, Please":
--->'''Cowboy:''' ''(from the VillagePeople)'' Hey, sorry about the Dodge out front.\\

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* In one episode of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', Morgan buys a [=DeLorean=] with a stuck passenger door that cannot go over 22 miles per hour. Sort of a subversion in that Morgan still considers it to be a CoolCar, CoolCar and gets a VanityLicensePlate for it.
* The Plymouth Duster (often mistaken for a Dodge) in ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''. According to various antecdotes, it was brought to a stop by an anthill, it wouldn't hit 60 MPH mph if you threw it out of a plane, the ignition key is a bottle opener, it's a literal one-of-a-kind car as the other models have exploded, been recalled, or dissolved in the rain, it has bullet holes on it from when Kelly tried to outrun the cops, and at one point a car wash "lost" it because the brown color is actually years of dirt accumulated on it.
** In the episode "Take My Wife, Please":
--->'''Cowboy:'''
-->'''Cowboy:''' ''(from the VillagePeople)'' Hey, sorry about the Dodge out front.\\



* Most cars on ''Series/TheRedGreenShow''. Many of these were repurposed on the "Handyman's Corner" segment.
** For instance, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh5XVPSx9Dk in this clip]] two alleged cars were combined to make [[BlatantLies a luxury mid-engine car]]. Red's own Possum Van was a prime example. Numerous references were made to the crappy cars driven by many of the other Lodge members, to the point where one of the books written by the show's creators noted that having an "old car that barely runs" confirms its driver as a member of Possum Lodge.
** Another episode, on the Handyman's Corner, showed Red cutting two cars in half and interconnecting the steering to make a car with front and rear steering. It actually moved several feet.
* {{Satan}} gives Ezekiel Stone one of these in one episode of ''Series/{{Brimstone}}''. At the end of the episode Ezekiel [[spoiler:realises that it's the second damned soul Satan told him to reclaim that week, and shoots its "eyes" (headlights) out to send it back to Hell]]. Gives us this lovely exchange:

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* Most cars on ''Series/TheRedGreenShow''. Many of these were repurposed on the "Handyman's Corner" segment.
** For instance,
segment. The show's creators have even claimed that having "an old car that barely runs" confirms its driver as a member of Possum Lodge. Examples include Red's old Possum Van, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh5XVPSx9Dk in this clip]] of two alleged cars were combined to make [[BlatantLies a luxury mid-engine car]]. Red's own Possum Van was a prime example. Numerous references were made to the crappy cars driven by many of the other Lodge members, to the point where one of the books written by the show's creators noted that having an "old car that barely runs" confirms its driver as a member of Possum Lodge.
** Another episode, on the Handyman's Corner, showed
car]], and Red cutting two cars in half and interconnecting connecting the front ends' steering (it managed to make a car with front and rear steering. It actually moved move several feet.
feet).
* {{Satan}} gives Ezekiel Stone one of these in one episode of ''Series/{{Brimstone}}''. At the end of the episode Ezekiel [[spoiler:realises that it's the second damned soul Satan told him to reclaim that week, and shoots its "eyes" (headlights) out to send it back to Hell]]. Gives It gives us this lovely exchange:



** The "Shitmobile" (1975 Chrysler New Yorker 4 door hardtop). The driver's side front door doesn't open, it's missing the passenger side front door entirely, and it requires a specific method of key turning to start it. It breaks down periodically, but is also shown to be nigh indestructible. The boys have knocked down parking meters and ''walls'' with it, and still been able to drive away.

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** The "Shitmobile" (1975 "Shitmobile", a 1975 Chrysler New Yorker 4 door hardtop).four-door hardtop. The driver's side front door doesn't open, it's missing the passenger side front door entirely, and it requires a specific method of key turning to start it. It breaks down periodically, but is it's also shown to be nigh indestructible. The boys have knocked down parking meters and ''walls'' with it, it and still been able to drive away.



* The ''Series/MythBusters'' seek out Alleged Cars for their experiments. Those that are perfectly fine (such as Earl The Caddy and the Corvette from "Stinky Car" -- the Fiat X1/9 from "Compact Compact" didn't count as "perfectly fine" because it had no engine) are generally ''rendered'' Alleged Cars after being experimented with. Earl at least managed to last an entire season before it was finally destroyed by being dropped from a crane.
** Also fitting in this categories have been alleged snow plows, cranes, cement trucks, motorcycles, airplanes, war machines and every other kind of moving contraption.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv0onXhyLlE famous scene]] in the ''Series/FawltyTowers'' episode "Gourmet Night" where Basil Fawlty's car breaks down in the middle of the road. He then starts shouting at the car, kicks it and runs offscreen... Only to return a few seconds later with a ''tree branch'' to start hitting the car out of frustration.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Time Lords other than the Doctor see the TARDIS as one of these.
-->'''The Master:''' Overweight, underpowered museum piece... Might as well try to fly a second hand gas stove.
** In "The Time Meddler", the First Doctor and fellow rogue Time Lord the Monk gush over the special custom features on the Monk's TARDIS in a petrolhead-like manner, and the Monk brags about its make and model, referring to it as a "Mark IV". He then asks the Doctor which Mark number his TARDIS is, and he visibly bristles, saying "none of your business"[[note]]Later revealed to be a Mark III, Type 40[[/note]].
** Some of the minor problems with the TARDIS
*** It was literally a museum piece when the Doctor [[InsistentTerminology borrowed it]] from the workshop it was being stored in.
*** The navigation is expertly described as "knackered" before the Doctor even gets into it.
*** Not long after the Doctor commandeers it, it suffers its first serious malfunction: The Chameleon Circuit, a cloaking device that lets it blend in with its surroundings perfectly, gets stuck on a 1960s police public call box.
*** The [[ChaosArchitecture variable architecture]] can't keep itself in stable condition, so a given door could open into anything at any time.
*** It makes [[MostWonderfulSound a sound like a large animal dying of a prolonged respiratory disease]] every time it takes off or lands, [[DependingOnTheWriter possibly]] due to a stuck parking brake.
*** The physical interface is a shambles, with important functions labeled with sharpie notes and, on occasion, ''very important'' switches accidentally being stuck in the on position by a busted spring.
*** The TARDIS can, generally, make accurate landings in time and space or comfortable trips in time and space, but never both, and sometimes neither.
*** It [[DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash once]] crashed into [[TimeParadox itself]].
*** [[DoctorWho2011RNDSSpaceAndTime Another time]], it landed [[ClosedCircle inside itself]].
*** A major plot arc hinged on the TARDIS exploding and destroying the universe. While the ''who'' and ''why'' of the explosion were eventually explained, the ''how'' never was.
*** The TARDIS has a mind of its own, [[SapientShip literally]], but it's unable to express itself very clearly and is [[ManicPixieDreamGirl fairly unhinged to begin with.]]
*** For years, it basically could not be navigated by the Doctor at all, though how much was due to his incompetence/inexperience and how much was due to faulty systems/[[LivingShip personal belligerence]]/outside interference is never made clear.
*** Several important functions, either due to the "loss" of the operation manual or a general breakdown of the interface, are a complete mystery to the Doctor, including whether it has a working CloakingDevice and the fact that he can open it with a snap of his fingers.
*** Certain [[FailsafeFailure safety features]] are inadvertently extremely dangerous or terrifying, or [[InsaneTrollLogic simply don't make sense]].
*** It's [[TheLastOfHisKind The Last Of Its Kind]] and the only person who understands the principles by which it works is completely unequipped and unqualified to actually repair, maintain, or upgrade it. Simple maintenance has to be done using extremely ad-hoc methods and resources, and on occasion moderately experienced human engineers have shown more insight and understanding regarding its needs than the Doctor.
*** Because of its Alleged Time Machine status, it's particularly susceptible to PlotDrivenBreakdown.

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* The ''Series/MythBusters'' seek out Alleged Cars for their experiments. Those that are perfectly fine (such as Earl The Caddy and the Corvette from "Stinky Car" -- the Fiat X1/9 from "Compact Compact" didn't count as "perfectly fine" because it had no engine) are generally ''rendered'' Alleged Cars after being experimented with. Earl "Earl the Caddy" at least managed to last an entire season before it was finally destroyed by being dropped from a crane.
** Also fitting in this categories have been
crane. The show has also featured alleged snow plows, cranes, cement trucks, motorcycles, airplanes, war machines machines, and every other kind of moving contraption.
* The ''Series/FawltyTowers'' episode "Gourmet Night" has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv0onXhyLlE famous scene]] in the ''Series/FawltyTowers'' episode "Gourmet Night" where Basil Fawlty's car breaks down in the middle of the road. He then starts shouting at the car, kicks it and runs offscreen... Only offscreen, only to return a few seconds later with a ''tree branch'' to start hitting the car out of frustration.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''Series/DoctorWho'' gives us the TARDIS, the Doctor's TimeMachine. To ordinary people, it's a technological marvel; in addition to time travel, it functions as a [[TranslatorMicrobes universal translator]], has a built-in WeirdnessCensor that allows it to disguise itself, and it's BiggerOnTheInside. But other Time Lords other than think it's an absolute piece of junk; the Doctor see the TARDIS as one of these.
-->'''The Master:''' Overweight, underpowered museum piece... Might as well try to fly a second hand gas stove.
** In "The Time Meddler", the First Doctor and fellow rogue Time Lord the Monk gush over the special custom features on the Monk's TARDIS in a petrolhead-like manner, and the Monk brags about its make and model, referring to it as a "Mark IV". He then asks the Doctor which Mark number his TARDIS is, and he visibly bristles, saying "none of your business"[[note]]Later revealed to be a Mark III, Type 40[[/note]].
** Some of the minor problems with the TARDIS
*** It was literally a museum piece when the Doctor
basically [[InsistentTerminology borrowed it]] from the a workshop where it was being stored in.
***
a literal museum piece. Among the things wrong with the TARDIS:
**
The navigation is expertly described as "knackered" before the Doctor even gets into it.
*** Not long after the Doctor commandeers it,
it. It frequently takes him somewhere other than where he wanted to go (although often where he needed to be). It's also liable to keep him where he doesn't want to be, often through PlotDrivenBreakdown.
** It's supposed to have a "chameleon circuit" that allows
it suffers to [[CloakingDevice disguise itself seamlessly among its surroundings]]. The Doctor's first serious malfunction: The Chameleon Circuit, a cloaking device that lets landing is in 1960s Britain, so it blend in with its surroundings perfectly, disguises itself as a police box. It then gets stuck on a 1960s there and hasn't been fixed since. The Doctor has since grown accustomed to this appearance and now ''refuses'' to get it fixed, and out-of-universe, the police public call box.
*** The [[ChaosArchitecture variable architecture]] can't keep itself in stable condition, so a given door could open into anything at any time.
***
box appearance is iconic.
**
It makes [[MostWonderfulSound a sound like a large animal dying of a prolonged respiratory disease]] every time it takes off or lands, [[DependingOnTheWriter possibly]] due to a stuck parking brake.
*** The physical interface is a shambles, with important functions labeled with sharpie notes and, on occasion, ''very important'' switches accidentally being stuck in the on position by a busted spring.
*** The TARDIS can, generally, make accurate landings in time and space or comfortable trips in time and space, but never both, and sometimes neither.
*** It [[DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash once]] crashed into [[TimeParadox itself]].
*** [[DoctorWho2011RNDSSpaceAndTime Another time]], it landed [[ClosedCircle inside itself]].
*** A major plot arc hinged on the TARDIS exploding and destroying the universe. While the ''who'' and ''why'' of the explosion were eventually explained, the ''how'' never was.
*** The TARDIS
has a mind of its own, [[SapientShip literally]], but it's unable to express itself very clearly and is clearly. On the one occasion it could, it proved to be [[ManicPixieDreamGirl fairly unhinged unhinged]]. It's also clearly attracted to begin with.]]
*** For years, it basically could not be navigated by
the Doctor at all, though how much was due to his incompetence/inexperience and how much was due to faulty systems/[[LivingShip personal belligerence]]/outside interference is never made clear.
*** Several important functions, either due to the "loss" of the operation manual or a general breakdown of the interface, are a complete mystery to the Doctor, including whether it has a working CloakingDevice and the fact
lets that he can affect its judgment.
** Although it's BiggerOnTheInside, it's also got extremely [[ChaosArchitecture variable architecture]] which can't keep itself stable; a given door could
open into anything at any time. It's scarily easy to get lost inside it.
** When taking off or landing,
it makes a sound like a large animal dying of a prolonged respiratory disease. It might be because of a stuck parking brake, or the Doctor simply not knowing quite how to drive it. The sound, though, has evolved into MostWonderfulSound both in and out of universe, so it also isn't changing any time soon.
** The physical interface is a shambles. Important functions are labeled
with a snap of his fingers.
*** Certain
Sharpie or sticky notes. On occasion, ''very important'' switches will accidentally be stuck in the wrong position. It's also got missing or unintuitive [[FailsafeFailure safety features]] are inadvertently extremely dangerous or terrifying, or [[InsaneTrollLogic simply don't make sense]].
***
features]].
**
It's [[TheLastOfHisKind The Last Of Its Kind]] the LastOfItsKind, and the only person who understands the principles by which it can understand how it works is completely unequipped and unqualified or how to actually repair, maintain, maintain or upgrade fix it. Simple maintenance The Doctor himself has no idea how to be done using extremely ad-hoc methods and resources, maintain it, and on at least one occasion moderately experienced human engineers have shown more insight and understanding regarding its needs done better with it than the Doctor.
*** Because of its Alleged Time Machine status,
Doctor has.
** It [[DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash once]] crashed into [[TimeParadox itself]], and [[DoctorWho2011RNDSSpaceAndTime another time]] it landed [[ClosedCircle inside itself]].
** When major failure or explosion happens,
it's particularly susceptible been known to PlotDrivenBreakdown.cause catastrophic effects across the space-time continuum. At least once, the entire universe was threatened with [[ApocalypseHow total destruction]] just because it was exploding.
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-> '''Dr. Ray Stantz''': [''getting out of a hearse that has definitely seen better days''] Everybody can relax, I found the car. Needs some suspension work and shocks. Brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end.\\
'''Dr. Peter Venkman''': How much?\\
'''Dr. Ray Stantz''': Only $4800. [''continuing while Venkman registers a look of total shock''] Also new rings, mufflers, a little wiring...
-->-- ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}''

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-> '''Dr. Ray Stantz''': [''getting Stantz:''' ''[getting out of a hearse that has definitely seen better days''] days]'' Everybody can relax, I found the car. Needs some suspension work and shocks. Brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end.\\
'''Dr. Peter Venkman''': Venkman:''' How much?\\
'''Dr. Ray Stantz''': Stantz:''' Only $4800. [''continuing ''[continuing while Venkman registers a look of total shock''] shock]'' Also new rings, mufflers, a little wiring...
-->-- ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}''
''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''



* The Toyota "Yo" driven by the pizza delivery guy in ''Film/ToyStory''.

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* The Toyota "Yo" driven by the pizza delivery guy in ''Film/ToyStory''.''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.
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** Then there were the two drug dealers [[StupidCrooks who hid their twenty-six dime bags of high-grade heroin in their gas tank]]. One of the bags broke, stalling the car.
--->'''Malloy''': So you're telling me this car died of a heroin overdose?
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* Ralphie's Old Man's 1937 Oldsmobile in ''AChristmasStory''.

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* Ralphie's Old Man's 1937 Oldsmobile in ''AChristmasStory''.''Film/AChristmasStory''.
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* {{Subverted}} in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}''. Judy Hopps' meter maid cart looks brand new, and runs perfectly fine, but is probably slower than she can walk on her own feet (initially, moves just fine after that first joke). Nick calls it a "joke-mobile". [[spoiler:In the end, it's {{averted}} when she and Nick get issued a state-of-the-art interceptor -- modeled on the sort of square-styled large 4-doors forming the current American police front line but with inexplicably enormous wheels and ground clearance for the middle of a massive city -- that is most certainly in CoolCar territory.]]

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* {{Subverted}} in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}''. ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'':
**
Judy Hopps' meter maid cart looks brand new, and runs perfectly fine, but is probably slower than she can walk on her own feet (initially, moves just fine after that first joke). Nick calls it a "joke-mobile". [[spoiler:In
** Finnick's van. Driver's door is silver,
the end, it's {{averted}} when she rest of the van is some kind of rusty red, and Nick get issued a state-of-the-art interceptor -- modeled has the most awesome mural on the sort of square-styled large 4-doors forming the current American police front line but with inexplicably enormous wheels and ground clearance for the middle of side panels. It backfires a massive city -- that lot, too.
** Stu Hopps' pickup truck
is most certainly in CoolCar territory.]]a rather stereotypical rural farmer jalopy.
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* ''Film/K2SirenOfTheHimalayas'': Before the team gets to K2 there's a part where they're watching for the vehicles that will take them there to start.
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* Brad's perpetually worked-on Chevy Nova in ''ComicBook/{{Luann}}''.


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* Brad's perpetually worked-on Chevy Nova in ''ComicBook/{{Luann}}''.
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* Archie Andrews' jalopy in ''Franchise/ArchieComics''. Witness what happens when Archie tries to get it insured:
-->'''Insurer''': What model is your car?\\
'''Archie''': Uh, let's see...It's a Ford, Chevy, Plymouth, Pierce Arrow, Packard, De Soto, Hudson-\\
'''Insurer''': Hold it! How many cars do you want to insure?\\
'''Archie''': Oh, it's only one car, but it's a collection of replacement parts from several junkyards.\\
'''Insurer''': Well, what year is it?\\
'''Archie''': Some of it dates back to 1926!

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* Jeremy Hotz's routine about his diesel-powered Chevette with a trailer hitch:
-->What the hell could I possibly tow? Another Chevette in case the first one breaks down?
* Creator/BillHicks also had a few words about the Chevette in ''Sane Man'':
-->Piece of shit car. Turn the air conditioner on in a Chevette while you're driving, it's like hitting the car in the balls. It goes down to 5 all of a sudden. I feel like the Flintstones in that thing. You push the lighter in, the battery light comes on. No wonder I'm fuckin' drunk. I hit a moth one time, it did $400 damage to this piece of shit. The moth was all right; he rolled with it. He took off, I'm waitin' for a tow truck. 'What happened to your car buddy?' Shit, I hit a bug. 'You're lucky to be alive. A man in Tennessee hit a ladybug in one of them things sheered his head clean off.
* Comedian LewisBlack had his rental Plymouth Horizon stolen. When he filed a police report, they suggested the thief took it for a joyride.
--> "I said, 'You know, I don't think you're listening, asshole. The car is a ''Plymouth Horizon''. It is not a ''joy to RIDE!''' This is a car that goes 45 miles per hour with the wind; if you turn the air conditioning off you can supercharge the little fucker to 48."
:: He also mentioned "never [having] driven a car that's aqua."
* Creator/BillCosby's bit from his ''Why is There Air?'' album about his first car, a 1942 Dodge he bought for $75, which wouldn't go over 50 mph. It came with four bald tires, and he bought one snow tire for the rear end (all he could afford) and loaded the trunk full of sandbags to get traction. He painted "CAPTAIN AMERICA" down the side. He tried to drive it after a blizzard and wound up skidding sideways down the road at 50 mph before crashing into a tree.
** On another occasion, he talked about how his father's '52 Chevy was the uncoolest car ever because it didn't make any noise when you revved the engine. Doesn't help that he was comparing it to Fat Albert's car, a '41 Mercury modified to use a Cessna airplane engine.
* Scott Faulconbridge had a routine where he talked about his car. It was worth about twenty bucks. After he filled it with gas.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'':
**
Archie Andrews' jalopy in ''Franchise/ArchieComics''.jalopy. Witness what happens when Archie tries to get it insured:
-->'''Insurer''': --->'''Insurer:''' What model is your car?\\
'''Archie''': '''Archie:''' Uh, let's see...see... It's a Ford, Chevy, Plymouth, Pierce Arrow, Packard, De Soto, Hudson-\\
'''Insurer''': '''Insurer:''' Hold it! How many cars do you want to insure?\\
'''Archie''': '''Archie:''' Oh, it's only one car, but it's a collection of replacement parts from several junkyards.\\
'''Insurer''': '''Insurer:''' Well, what year is it?\\
'''Archie''': '''Archie:''' Some of it dates back to 1926!



* ComicBook/DonaldDuck's famous 313. In one comic Donald manages to get the car to do 40 mph downhill, gets a ticket, and the cop remarks it's the first time he's ever given a speeding ticket to someone in a Belchfire Runabout (the make of car). In the story [[http://disneycomics.free.fr/Ducks/Rosa/show.php?s=date&loc=AR105 Recalled Wreck]], Donald tells that he actually built the car himself from parts that by now are all out of production and can't be replaced. It's not hard to guess what happens to the parts next...
** In Paperinik stories [[WhatAPieceOfJunk it's actually formidable]], as [[GadgeteerGenius Gyro]] tricked her out. Among other things it's faster and tougher, has a spring ejection seat, extendible bumper, an oil spread system, can change licence plate by pushing a button and colour by applying a special gas to it, and can ''fly''.
* In ''ComicBook/SinCity'', Gail has an unfortunate tendency to saddle Dwight with crappy cars when he's helping her. Once, during ''The Big Fat Kill'' she gave him a clapped out, abused and neglected [[CoolCar 1957 Thunderbird]] on its last legs (Dwight mentions it was once a CoolCar, but had been abused so much it was now a junkyard wreck) which didn't even have enough gas to get him to the tar pits. She gives him a Beetle in similar condition (but with a full tank of gas).
** And then there's Nancy's car, which is so broken-down and idiosyncratic that [[OnlyICanMakeItGo no one but her can keep it running]].

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* ComicBook/DonaldDuck's ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse:
** Donald Duck's
famous 313. In one comic Donald manages to get the car to do 40 mph downhill, gets a ticket, and the cop remarks it's the first time he's ever given a speeding ticket to someone in a Belchfire Runabout (the make of car). In the story [[http://disneycomics.free.fr/Ducks/Rosa/show.php?s=date&loc=AR105 Recalled Wreck]], Donald tells that he actually built the car himself from parts that by now are all out of production and can't be replaced. It's not hard to guess what happens to the parts next...
** In Paperinik ''Paperinik'' stories [[WhatAPieceOfJunk it's actually formidable]], as [[GadgeteerGenius Gyro]] tricked her out. Among other things it's faster and tougher, has a spring ejection seat, extendible bumper, an oil spread system, can change licence plate by pushing a button and colour by applying a special gas to it, and can ''fly''.
* In ''ComicBook/SinCity'', ''ComicBook/SinCity'':
**
Gail has an unfortunate tendency to saddle Dwight with crappy cars when he's helping her. Once, during ''The Big Fat Kill'' she gave him a clapped out, abused and neglected [[CoolCar 1957 Thunderbird]] on its last legs (Dwight mentions it was once a CoolCar, but had been abused so much it was now a junkyard wreck) which didn't even have enough gas to get him to the tar pits. She gives him a Beetle in similar condition (but with a full tank of gas).
** And then there's Nancy's car, which is so broken-down and idiosyncratic that [[OnlyICanMakeItGo no one no-one but her can keep it running]].



* The 1962 VW Microbus Jeremy and Hector are "restoring" in ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}''. It has wildlife living in the engine compartment and creates its own smokescreen as it drives.



* Dave's (unseen) AMC Pacer in ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'', mostly due to his refusal to do any maintenance on it. At one point, it was stuck permanently in second gear. It eventually died, forcing him to cadge lifts on Bob's scooter.



[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* The 1962 VW Microbus Jeremy and Hector are "restoring" in ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}''. It has wildlife living in the engine compartment and creates its own smokescreen as it drives.
* Dave's (unseen) AMC Pacer in ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'', mostly due to his refusal to do any maintenance on it. At one point, it is stuck permanently in second gear. It eventually dies, forcing him to cadge lifts on Bob's scooter.
* ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'s Chevette, which he refers to as his 'Vette and claims doubles in value when he puts his bike on the rack. Though given what a serious biker Frazz is, that could be a hella expensive bike to begin with.
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* The [[{{Ruritania}} Transbelvian]] Belv in Creator/EyrieProductionsUnlimited's ''StreetFighter''/[[MegaCrossover whole bunch of other stuff]] fic ''Warrior's Legacy''. The author/narrator describes it quite well:
-->I insist, though, that when in Transbelvia, the truly discriminating tourist is obligated to drive the national automobile, the one and only Belv. The Belv is the quintessential East European car, a tiny tin box with a two-stroke motor that sounds like a mimeograph machine on Self-Destruct and smells like a burning blackwall tire. This particular one had a four-speed manual gearbox that liked to crunch and jitter on shifts, brakes operated by cables, and no gauges that worked.

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* The [[{{Ruritania}} Transbelvian]] Belv in Creator/EyrieProductionsUnlimited's ''StreetFighter''/[[MegaCrossover ''Franchise/StreetFighter''/[[MegaCrossover whole bunch of other stuff]] fic ''Warrior's Legacy''. The author/narrator describes it quite well:
-->I insist, though, that when in Transbelvia, the truly discriminating tourist is obligated to drive the national automobile, the one and only Belv. The Belv is the quintessential East European East-European car, a tiny tin box with a two-stroke motor that sounds like a mimeograph machine on Self-Destruct and smells like a burning blackwall tire. This particular one had a four-speed manual gearbox that liked to crunch and jitter on shifts, brakes operated by cables, and no gauges that worked.



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* The last song heard in ''TheBraveLittleToaster'' brutally [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructs]] the attitudes of materialism and abandonment behind this trope, and is actually sung by thousands of personified Alleged Cars, all of them are constantly waiting for them to be picked up one by one by the junkyard magnet and be crushed to death by the car crusher at the end of a ConveyorBeltODoom.

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* The last song heard in ''TheBraveLittleToaster'' ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' brutally [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructs]] the attitudes of materialism and abandonment behind this trope, and is actually sung by thousands of personified Alleged Cars, all of them are constantly waiting for them to be picked up one by one by the junkyard magnet and be crushed to death by the car crusher at the end of a ConveyorBeltODoom.



* {{Subverted}} in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}''. Judy Hopps' meter maid cart looks brand new, and runs perfectly fine, but is probably slower than she can walk on her own feet (initially, moves just fine after that first joke). Nick calls it a "joke-mobile".
** [[spoiler:In the end, it's {{averted}} when she and Nick get issued a state-of-the-art interceptor - modeled on the sort of square-styled large 4-doors forming the current American police front line but with inexplicably enormous wheels and ground clearance for the middle of a massive city - that is most certainly in CoolCar territory.]]

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* {{Subverted}} in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}''. Judy Hopps' meter maid cart looks brand new, and runs perfectly fine, but is probably slower than she can walk on her own feet (initially, moves just fine after that first joke). Nick calls it a "joke-mobile".
**
"joke-mobile". [[spoiler:In the end, it's {{averted}} when she and Nick get issued a state-of-the-art interceptor - -- modeled on the sort of square-styled large 4-doors forming the current American police front line but with inexplicably enormous wheels and ground clearance for the middle of a massive city - -- that is most certainly in CoolCar territory.]]



[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars''

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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'':



-->'''Leia:''' They're getting closer.\\

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-->'''Leia:''' --->'''Leia:''' They're getting closer.\\



''(hyperdrive groans, stutters, and fails to engage)''\\

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''(hyperdrive ''[hyperdrive groans, stutters, and fails to engage)''\\engage]''\\



''(later)''\\

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''(later)''\\''[later]''\\



** The Falcon's engine is usually plot reliant despite the constant knocks at it. In ''A New Hope'' and ''Return of the Jedi'' it works flawlessly because the Death Star tractor beam serves the purpose of keeping it grounded instead in the former and it's only part of the Cavalry in the latter. In ''Empire'' is has constant trouble to force Han and Leia to go to Cloud City and Luke having to come save them. In ''The Force Awakens'' it breaks down only for one scene to allow an important plot point to happen but otherwise works fine for the whole movie.

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** The Falcon's engine is usually plot reliant plot-reliant despite the constant knocks at it. In ''A New Hope'' and ''Return of the Jedi'' it works flawlessly because flawlessly: the Death Star tractor beam serves the purpose of keeping it grounded instead in the former former, and it's only part of the Cavalry in the latter. In ''Empire'' is has constant trouble to force Han and Leia to go to Cloud City and Luke having to come save them. In ''The Force Awakens'' it breaks down only for one scene to allow an important plot point to happen but otherwise works fine for the whole movie.



* Inspector Clouseau's car in ''Revenge of The PinkPanther''. It looks like a pimped-up Batmobile, but falls apart in the driveway.

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* Inspector Clouseau's car in ''Revenge of The PinkPanther''.''Film/RevengeOfThePinkPanther''. It looks like a pimped-up Batmobile, but falls apart in the driveway.



* How do you get a Yugo up to 60 mph? Push it off a cliff.

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* Many jokes about Yugos exist:
**
How do you get a Yugo up to 60 mph? Push it off a cliff.



-->'''Policeman''': What car were the suspects driving?
-->'''Witness''': They were in a Yugo 45.
-->'''Policeman''': So that makes it a push-by shooting.

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-->'''Policeman''': --->'''Policeman:''' What car were the suspects driving?
-->'''Witness''':
driving?\\
'''Witness:'''
They were in a Yugo 45.
-->'''Policeman''':
45.\\
'''Policeman:'''
So that makes it a push-by shooting.



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* Most cars on ''Series/TheRedGreenShow''. Many of these were repurposed on the "Handyman's Corner" segment. For instance, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh5XVPSx9Dk in this clip]] two alleged cars were combined to make [[BlatantLies a luxury mid-engine car]]. Red's own Possum Van was a prime example. Numerous references were made to the crappy cars driven by many of the other Lodge members, to the point where one of the books written by the show's creators noted that having an "old car that barely runs" confirms its driver as a member of Possum Lodge.

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* Most cars on ''Series/TheRedGreenShow''. Many of these were repurposed on the "Handyman's Corner" segment. segment.
**
For instance, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh5XVPSx9Dk in this clip]] two alleged cars were combined to make [[BlatantLies a luxury mid-engine car]]. Red's own Possum Van was a prime example. Numerous references were made to the crappy cars driven by many of the other Lodge members, to the point where one of the books written by the show's creators noted that having an "old car that barely runs" confirms its driver as a member of Possum Lodge.



* {{Satan}} gives Ezekiel Stone one of these in one episode of ''Series/{{Brimstone}}''. At the end of the episode Ezekiel [[spoiler:realises that it's the second damned soul Satan told him to reclaim that week, and shoots its "eyes" (headlights) out to send it back to Hell]].
** Gives us this lovely exchange:
-->'''Detective:''' Nice wheels, Stone.
-->'''Zeke Stone:''' The wheels are great. The car on top of 'em's crap.

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* {{Satan}} gives Ezekiel Stone one of these in one episode of ''Series/{{Brimstone}}''. At the end of the episode Ezekiel [[spoiler:realises that it's the second damned soul Satan told him to reclaim that week, and shoots its "eyes" (headlights) out to send it back to Hell]].
**
Hell]]. Gives us this lovely exchange:
-->'''Detective:''' --->'''Detective:''' Nice wheels, Stone.
-->'''Zeke
Stone.\\
'''Zeke
Stone:''' The wheels are great. The car on top of 'em's crap.



* The ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' seek out Alleged Cars for their experiments. Those that are perfectly fine (such as Earl The Caddy and the Corvette from "Stinky Car"--the Fiat X1/9 from "Compact Compact" didn't count as "perfectly fine" because it had no engine) are generally ''rendered'' Alleged Cars after being experimented with. Earl at least managed to last an entire season before it was finally destroyed by being dropped from a crane.

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* The ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' ''Series/MythBusters'' seek out Alleged Cars for their experiments. Those that are perfectly fine (such as Earl The Caddy and the Corvette from "Stinky Car"--the Car" -- the Fiat X1/9 from "Compact Compact" didn't count as "perfectly fine" because it had no engine) are generally ''rendered'' Alleged Cars after being experimented with. Earl at least managed to last an entire season before it was finally destroyed by being dropped from a crane.



-->I had a car.
-->The color was blue.
-->It kept breaking down.
-->So, what could I do?

-->I put an ad in the paper.
-->Yeah, I called it a steal.
-->This guy came to see it.
-->And we struck a deal.

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-->I had a car.
-->The
car.\\
The
color was blue.
-->It
blue.\\
It
kept breaking down.
-->So,
down.\\
So,
what could I do?

-->I
do?\\\
I
put an ad in the paper.
-->Yeah,
paper.\\
Yeah,
I called it a steal.
-->This
steal.\\
This
guy came to see it.
-->And
it.\\
And
we struck a deal.



[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'s Chevette, which he refers to as his 'Vette and claims doubles in value when he puts his bike on the rack. Though given what a serious biker Frazz is, that could be a hella expensive bike to begin with.

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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
[[folder:Pinballs]]
* ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'s Chevette, The Dude's Torino from Dutch Pinball's ''Pinball/TheBigLebowski,'' which he refers to as his 'Vette includes rust stains, a broken headlight and claims a front bumper tied to the hood with rope. To add insult to injury, it doubles in value when he puts his bike on the rack. Though given what as a serious biker Frazz is, "bash toy" that could be a hella expensive bike the player hits to begin with.score points.



[[folder:Pinball]]
* The Dude's Torino from Dutch Pinball's ''Pinball/TheBigLebowski,'' which includes rust stains, a broken headlight and a front bumper tied to the hood with rope. To add insult to injury, it doubles as a "bash toy" that the player hits to score points.
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[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Jeremy Hotz's routine about his diesel-powered Chevette with a trailer hitch:
-->What the hell could I possibly tow? Another Chevette in case the first one breaks down?
* Creator/BillHicks also had a few words about the Chevette in ''Sane Man'':
-->Piece of shit car. Turn the air conditioner on in a Chevette while you're driving, it's like hitting the car in the balls. It goes down to 5 all of a sudden. I feel like the Flintstones in that thing. You push the lighter in, the battery light comes on. No wonder I'm fuckin' drunk. I hit a moth one time, it did $400 damage to this piece of shit. The moth was all right; he rolled with it. He took off, I'm waitin' for a tow truck. 'What happened to your car buddy?' Shit, I hit a bug. 'You're lucky to be alive. A man in Tennessee hit a ladybug in one of them things sheered his head clean off.
* Comedian LewisBlack had his rental Plymouth Horizon stolen. When he filed a police report, they suggested the thief took it for a joyride.
--> "I said, 'You know, I don't think you're listening, asshole. The car is a ''Plymouth Horizon''. It is not a ''joy to RIDE!''' This is a car that goes 45 miles per hour with the wind; if you turn the air conditioning off you can supercharge the little fucker to 48."
:: He also mentioned "never [having] driven a car that's aqua."
* Creator/BillCosby's bit from his ''Why is There Air?'' album about his first car, a 1942 Dodge he bought for $75, which wouldn't go over 50 mph. It came with four bald tires, and he bought one snow tire for the rear end (all he could afford) and loaded the trunk full of sandbags to get traction. He painted "CAPTAIN AMERICA" down the side. He tried to drive it after a blizzard and wound up skidding sideways down the road at 50 mph before crashing into a tree.
** On another occasion, he talked about how his father's '52 Chevy was the uncoolest car ever because it didn't make any noise when you revved the engine. Doesn't help that he was comparing it to Fat Albert's car, a '41 Mercury modified to use a Cessna airplane engine.
* Scott Faulconbridge had a routine where he talked about his car. It was worth about twenty bucks. After he filled it with gas.
[[/folder]]






* In ''TheSagaOfTuck'', Mike's car, the Beast, runs. Most of the time. Beyond that, there's not much one can say for it.

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* In ''TheSagaOfTuck'', ''Literature/TheSagaOfTuck'', Mike's car, the Beast, runs. Most of the time. Beyond that, there's not much one can say for it.



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[[folder:Web Video]]



* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TjUkuLcOYc&list=PL908E4ACDCA9F0E8C#t=564 one episode]] of [[WebVideo/ACoupleofCuntsintheCountryside A Couple of Cunts in the Countryside]], Cammy says that you could make Duncan's car break down by giving it a "quite hard dick slap."
* [[WebVideo/RegularCarReviews Regular Car Reviews]]: Mr. Regular's 2007 Honda Fit, "Silicone Sally". It's got 110,000 miles on it, it's not as powerful or fast as the car it replaced, and it's filled with enough silicone leak sealant to eliminate any resale value.

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* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TjUkuLcOYc&list=PL908E4ACDCA9F0E8C#t=564 one episode]] of [[WebVideo/ACoupleofCuntsintheCountryside A Couple of Cunts in the Countryside]], ''WebVideo/ACoupleofCuntsintheCountryside'', Cammy says that you could make Duncan's car break down by giving it a "quite hard dick slap."
* [[WebVideo/RegularCarReviews Regular Car Reviews]]: ''WebVideo/RegularCarReviews'': Mr. Regular's 2007 Honda Fit, "Silicone Sally". It's got 110,000 miles on it, it's not as powerful or fast as the car it replaced, and it's filled with enough silicone leak sealant to eliminate any resale value.
value.



---> '''Maude''': "Come on, Ned, Move this thing!"
---> '''Ned''': [[TakeThat "I CAN'T! IT'S A GEO!"]]

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---> '''Maude''': "Come --->'''Maude:''' Come on, Ned, Move this thing!"
---> '''Ned''':
thing!\\
'''Ned:'''
[[TakeThat "I I CAN'T! IT'S A GEO!"]]GEO!]]



---> '''Fry''': "I've never seen a supernova blow up, but if it's anything like my old Chevy Nova, it'll light up the night sky!"
** Also in "Bendin' In The Wind" Fry finds an old VW dug up van with corpses in it.
--> '''Fry:''' Hey, Mister? Mind if I take this old van?\\
'''Surly Man:''' Sure. You wanna dump the corpses out of theres, it's yourses.\\
'''Fry:''' Yeah yeah, I've gotten used cars before.

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---> '''Fry''': "I've --->'''Fry:''' I've never seen a supernova blow up, but if it's anything like my old Chevy Nova, it'll light up the night sky!"
sky!
** Also in "Bendin' In The in the Wind" Fry finds an old VW dug up van with corpses in it.
--> '''Fry:''' --->'''Fry:''' Hey, Mister? Mind if I take this old van?\\
van?\\
'''Surly Man:''' Sure. You wanna dump the corpses out of theres, it's yourses.\\
'''Fry:''' Yeah yeah, I've gotten used cars before.



* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' - The Roth SL Coupe (a.k.a. 'the Sloth') Kim's father gives her in the episode "Car Alarm"... before the tweebs [[CoolCar soup it up]]. Ron's scooter definitely qualifies as The Alleged Motorcycle.
--> '''Wade:''' In the meantime, you can work on your... um...\\
'''Kim:''' ''Car''. It's called a car, Wade.\\
'''Wade:''' Uh... technically, I'm not so sure.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' - ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': The Roth SL Coupe (a.k.a. 'the Sloth') "the Sloth") Kim's father gives her in the episode "Car Alarm"... before the tweebs [[CoolCar soup it up]]. Ron's scooter definitely qualifies as The Alleged Motorcycle.
--> '''Wade:''' -->'''Wade:''' In the meantime, you can work on your... um...\\
'''Kim:''' ''Car''. It's called a car, Wade.\\
'''Wade:''' Uh... technically, I'm not so sure.



-->'''Daria''': What about your car?
-->'''Trent''': It'll be here in the morning. No one ever steals it; not sure why.
* In ''WEsternAnimation/MissionHill'', Jim knows Andy hates the Bilgemobile.

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-->'''Daria''': --->'''Daria:''' What about your car?
-->'''Trent''':
car?\\
'''Trent:'''
It'll be here in the morning. No one No-one ever steals it; not sure why.
* In ''WEsternAnimation/MissionHill'', ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'', Jim knows Andy hates the Bilgemobile.



%%* The Rambler on ''LifeWithLouie''.



* In ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'', nine times out of ten, the reason for Dan seeking revenge is due to something happening to his car, which is probably how it got to be in the condition it's in. People tend to assume it's been abandoned, and when it was accidentally donated to the Salvation Armed Forces, the volunteer responsible told him, "In my defense, no one would want to keep a vehicle like that."
-->'''Salvation Armed Forces Employee:''' We only received one car donation today, and it was not in drivable condition.
-->'''Dan:''' Yes! That's the one!

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'', nine times out of ten, the reason for Dan seeking revenge is due to something happening to his car, which is probably how it got to be in the condition it's in. People tend to assume it's been abandoned, and when it was accidentally donated to the Salvation Armed Forces, the volunteer responsible told him, "In my defense, no one no-one would want to keep a vehicle like that."
-->'''Salvation Armed Forces Employee:''' We only received one car donation today, and it was not in drivable condition.
-->'''Dan:'''
driveable condition.\\
'''Dan:'''
Yes! That's the one!



* On ''ReBoot'', Bob's car ''never'' works properly. He describes it as a classic, but it's a recurring gag that the thing never runs -- not even when a virus is about to infect Bob and company and turn them to stone (they have to resort to PercussiveMaintenance to get it going again).
* The ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama]]'' series feature several alleged vehicles, though only one of them is a car:

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* On ''ReBoot'', ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', Bob's car ''never'' works properly. He describes it as a classic, but it's a recurring gag that the thing never runs -- not even when a virus is about to infect Bob and company and turn them to stone (they have to resort to PercussiveMaintenance to get it going again).
* The ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama]]'' ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' series feature several alleged vehicles, though only one of them is a car:



* Subverted in the ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' short [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3TH-winxzU "The Spinach Roadster"]] with Popeye's car. While it's rather dingy and shabby, and is also hard to start up, it's remarkably durable, able to squeeze through a rocky path with little trouble. The only reason it actually breaks down is due to deliberate sabotage by Bluto. Popeye simply rebuilds it to be powered by spinach, whereupon it gets SuperSpeed and the ability to survive being hit by a train.

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* Subverted in the ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'' short [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3TH-winxzU "The Spinach Roadster"]] with Popeye's car. While it's rather dingy and shabby, and is also hard to start up, it's remarkably durable, able to squeeze through a rocky path with little trouble. The only reason it actually breaks down is due to deliberate sabotage by Bluto. Popeye simply rebuilds it to be powered by spinach, whereupon it gets SuperSpeed and the ability to survive being hit by a train.



* A variant in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Granny Smith refers to the Apples' wagon as a jalopy long after its wheels have broken off in "Pinkie Apple Pie." They cobble the pieces together into a raft, which survives a plunge down a waterfall only to fall apart when Pinkie Pie gently touches down on it, then build a sledge from the remains to drag their surviving luggage for the rest of the trip.

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* A variant in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Granny Smith refers to the Apples' wagon as a jalopy long after its wheels have broken off in "Pinkie Apple Pie." Pie". They cobble the pieces together into a raft, which survives a plunge down a waterfall only to fall apart when Pinkie Pie gently touches down on it, then build a sledge from the remains to drag their surviving luggage for the rest of the trip.






->''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBs2OQeogDo Kaputt/Kaputt/Das Auto ist kaputt]]...''

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->''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBs2OQeogDo Kaputt/Kaputt/Das Auto ist kaputt]]...''''
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-->-- ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''

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-->-- ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''
''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}''



* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', the Ecto-1 is an ancient ambulance/hearse that we're introduced to with Ray listing off the numerous things they'll have to fix. Remarkably, they do.

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* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', the Ecto-1 is an ancient ambulance/hearse that we're introduced to with Ray listing off the numerous things they'll have to fix. Remarkably, they do.



* ''TommyBoy'' - Richard's pride-and-joy vintage Plymouth becomes one in the course of a sales trip.

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* ''TommyBoy'' ''Film/TommyBoy'' - Richard's pride-and-joy vintage Plymouth becomes one in the course of a sales trip.
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