10 cool classic vehicles from Green Acres
The fan-favorite sitcom featured a dune buggy, a Rolls-Royce and practically everything in between.
Green Acres might not be the first show that comes to mind when you think of cool cars on TV, but the zany sitcom had plenty of interesting autos. As the end credits point out, most of the cars on the show were furnished by Ford Motor Company, which is why more than half the vehicles on this list come from Ford or its luxury brand, Lincoln.
But there were also motorcycles, motorhomes and cars from the early 1900s that drove through Hooterville. Some only had quick appearances while others were driven by main characters in almost every episode. Take a look at ten of the most interesting cars seen on Green Acres!
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1. Lincoln Continental Convertible
The Douglas’ main mode of transportation was this sleek, gold Lincoln Continental convertible. It was basically the automobile version of Lisa’s elaborate dresses and Oliver’s three-piece suits – something that stood out in Hooterville and pointed to their earlier Manhattan penthouse lifestyle. In later seasons, Oliver drove a gold Mercury Marquis, a car so similar most viewers probably didn’t notice the change.
2. Meyers Tow’d Dune Buggy
The Meyers Manx dune buggy has been a beach icon for decades. The Meyers Tow’d was a smaller, not-street-legal cousin of the Manx. Both used parts from Volkswagen Beetles. The Tow’d name comes from the need to be towed to a track or desert and also its toad-like appearance.
3. 1954 Ford Crestline Country Squire
The name of this classic wood-paneled station wagon is almost as long as the car itself! Though it only had a small appearance in the season one episode “Parity Begins at Home,” its unique look makes it worth a special mention.
4. 1966 Ford Commander 6000
This farm vehicle had the honor of playing a title role. In “Never Look a Gift Tractor in the Mouth,” it was the fanciest tractor around with a fully enclosed cabin, air conditioning and 8-track player! ...at least on television. The real tractor didn't come with quite so many amenities but still had the striking blue paint.
5. 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II
This classy car is from the very first episode which tells the story of Oliver’s life. It was the perfect set of wheels to carry the New York lawyer and his new bride on their wedding day.
6. Ford Model A Roadster Pickup
If this hot rod looks straight out of Happy Days, that’s because it is. A few years after a teenager drove it around Hooterville, Ralph Malph took it to Arnold’s Drive-In.
7. 1966 Ford Bronco Roadster
Though this Sixties version may not be as iconic as later models, it’s still a Bronco. It was the perfect all-purpose car for county agricultural agent Hank Kimball. It even has a fold-down windshield!
8. Harley-Davidson custom motorcycle
This early 1950s Harley looks great in red, perfect for a long-haired hippy with a knack for souping up engines. Oliver’s nephew, Chuck, is just such a character in the episode “Uncle Ollie.”
9. 1964 Ford Condor Motorhome
This classic Sixties RV has us wanting to hit the road, though maybe not with Eb’s old friend Tadpole Talbot. In the episode “Four of Spades,” Eb learns that going on tour with a rockstar isn’t has exciting as it seems.
10. 1914 Stutz Bearcat
The oldest vehicle on this list, this roadster is the epitome of early luxury car design. It has plush armchairs for seats, thin bicycle-like wheels and literal trunks for storage. If only you didn’t have to pull a Mr. Haney-level scam to get one.
Gomer never had a mean bone in his body (unlike the rest of the characters in that ep)
Ralph Malph Donny Most and
Richie Cunningham Ron Howard
And Fonzie and Howard Cunningham all had Great Vehicles.
How about an article about the
Cool Cars & motorcycles on
Happy Days with photos of the
Cars just like the article and
Photos of the cars on Green Acres
Who played Sarah on Green Acres
And who played Sarah on The Andy Griffith Show?
in The Stranger In Town episode of The Andy Griffith Show. I wish that the writers of
TAGS had made Ed Sawyer
(William Lanteau) and Lucy Mathews (Marlene Willis)
Regular Characters on TAGS
Instead of appearing in that
One Episode ONLY.
Ed Sawyer said that Mayberry
Was his HOMETOWN.
Also I wonder who played
Mr Schaump on The Andy Griffith Show ?
Last Name wrong.
I liked Ellie Walker Elinor Donahue Peggy McMillan
Joanna Moore and Mary Simpson Sue Ane Langdon
And Helen Crump Aneta Corsaut and Alice Harper played by Joanna McNeil in
One Episode ONLY.
Clara and Emma and Floyd
All had two different last names and on GOMER Pyle USMC Bunny had 3 different last names and Millie had 2
Different last names Hutchins
I seem to lean towards the adventure cars. My dream favorites are that I dream of Jeannie Bronco, a Kübelwagen (82 I believe), the Born Free Safari vehicle that Elsa the lion was always crawling all over (Range Rover? Hang on, is that Dr. Pulaski from Next Gen?), and the 1960s VW campervans.
I think reviewing Classic TV vehicles should be a ROUTINE feature on MeTV's website, just as much as any other nostalgia and memorabilia. I hope they won't leave it to Collector's Call, which might only mention one or two cars.
Did you know that Mannix has in its closing credits, a position just responsible for the cars! Which only began to vary further into the Seasons, and well worth it. His driving skills absolutely showed off those beautiful speed machines!
We should star posting which Series we'd love to be featured.
1. Perry Mason
3. Leave It To Beaver
Folks, be sure to build on this list!! And I'll send it in as a suggestion!
DeSota on Happy Days.
I wonder what kind of cars
Ozzie Nelson of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet drove.
I read an article on Happy Days
That Ralph Malph Donny Most and Bag Zombroski Neil J Schwartz sometimes drove the
Same Car and Richie Cunningham drove a car with
the nickname Love Bandit.
Potsie rode a bycycle on
Happy Days sometimes.
If you pay attention to the GA's set design itself, once it's been created, it stays that way throughout the series. It's also very one dimensional, almost cartoonish, clearly within a studio backdrop. Even though it was all about an "imaginary" Hooterville. And that was kind of the point, meaning the total lack of reality, which the design carried through.
It's almost as if the Production had extra budget to burn, and splurged on featuring these stand-out vehicles! I love the specific profile given to them in this story. And further makes the point about GA's surrealism.
😉 And of course! We can just enjoy them for what they are!! Without overthinking it -LOL! 😉
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Of Practical Jokers Actors
Skip Young who played Wally
Plumstead on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and Neil J Schwartz who played BAG ZOMBROSKI on Happy Days
And Elizabeth MacRae Lou Ann POOVIE on GOMER Pyle USMC and Dawn Wells Mary Ann Summers on Gilligan's Island?
Roy Stuart Cpl Boyle on GOMER
Pyle USMC .
And, what about the Tractor Oliver is riding in every opening credit! Him, bouncing on the seat, is fascinating. Yet it never drives forward enough to see the backside.
Still trying to make grammatical sense what is meant by:
" It’s sad that sounding that writes an article."
And it's too bad that Peggy MacMillan only appeared in
4 Episodes of TAGS.
I liked The Andy Griffith Show
Episodes when Peggy MacMillan Joanna Moore
sang Down In The Valley and
The Christmas episode of TAGS
Where Ellie Walker Elinor Donahue sang Away In A Manger with Ben Weaver Will
Wright singing in the background.
Both Disappeared from Green Acres
With No Explanation.
Newt Kiley was not seen on season
6 of Green Acres.
Newt Kiley also was not seen in
Return To Green Acres.
On Petticoat Junction Herbie BATES
Played by Don Washbrook and
Junior HOCKER played by Russ
Horton did DISAPEAR from
Petticoat Junction at the end of
Chuck Cunningham 1 Gavan O Herlihy ALL Fell Down The
TRAP DOOR at the OLD SIMPSON HOUSE is another
Possible Explanation for those
Happy Days Characters going
THE DEMONS CLUB fell down
The TRAP DOOR at the OLD SIMPSON HOUSE and it led
To THE SITCOM ZONE.
any number of reasons ( budget, storyline, etc....). That is the reality of that industry plain and simple.