Long before we learn to drive, we observe cars. We watched them zip, zoom and fly in our favourite cartoon shows. But here’s a question… What is the most popular cartoon car of all-time?

From the tip of an artist’s pencil, to the dreams of impressionable minds everywhere. Sometimes it’s impossible to shake the impact an iconic cartoon car has.

To find out which iconic cartoon car has had the biggest impact, private reg company Click4reg.co.uk surveyed 2,424 European adults. The survey asked respondents to identify the cartoon car they’d describe as a “dream drive” and which, given the chance, they would take for a spin in real life!




It seems the most iconic cartoon car is from American animated sitcom The Jetsons. Over half of Europeans (57%) chose the Jetsons’ Flying Car as their dream drive. Not a bad choice in today’s age. A flying car similar to the Jetsons’ would generate less air pollution and alleviate road congestion!

Next, it’s a tie between The Mystery Machine and The Mean Machine at 48% of the vote. Of course, The Mystery Machine is the main transportation of Mystery Inc. – teenage pals who solve mysteries alongside their talking Great Dane, Scooby-Doo. The Mean Machine is a purple, rocket-powered car driven by the conniving Dick Dastardly in Wacky Races, alternatively.

Batman’s Batmobile (43%) is fourth in the list, made famous in the Super Friends series (which first aired in 1973). And The Homer (39%), which features in an iconic episode of The Simpsons (‘Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?’ aired in 1991) also makes the top 5.

Next came Inspector Gadget’s Gadgetmobile (30%), which is a respectable position. Consider the cars it is sandwiched between come from – The Simpsons and Disney/Pixar’s Lightning McQueen (26%), star of 2006 American animation Cars.

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It was actually a dead heat for the latter alongside The Flintmobile (26%), the main transportation of Fred Flintstone and family, and Bumblebee (26%) – a robot superhero at the forefront of the Transformers series.

Surprisingly, the Ecto-1 from The Real Ghostbusters received the least love. Just 13% of those surveyed would describe this car as a dream drive, which is disappointing for transport that is used to bust New York City ghosts and other entities!


We here at The Journalix Towers love nothing more than cartoons – read our exclusive interview with the wonderfully talented cartoonist Mark Tatulli: MARK TATULLI: THE INTERVIEW