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Galactic drivers: 10 cars that look straight out of ‘Star Wars’


Friday is a big day for Star Wars fans worldwide and we couldn’t resist getting in on the fun.

After all, it is one of the most successful movie franchises in history and is growing in popularity with each new chapter.

While we wanted to give you a list of the best cars from the films, we couldn’t get our hands on Luke Skywalker’s X-34 landspeeder in time. Plus, is a hovercraft even considered a car?

Instead, we used our Jedi mind tricks to come up with list of 10 vehicles that look like they belong in the Star Wars galaxy.

That number was not chosen arbitrarily: We picked 10 cars because there have been that many films directly connected to the franchise, including Solo: A Star Wars Story, slated for release this month.

We didn’t count others, such as the handful of off-shoot films starring the ewoks, or those that didn’t get a theatrical release.

OK, enough blabber from us. Enjoy the cars and May the Fourth be with you.

1951 Buick LeSabre concept car

Buick Photo

It may have been inspired by aircraft, but we think the LeSabre looks more than ready to zip across a distant planet. It bears some strong resemblance to the aforementioned landspeeder, albeit one that hasn’t been targeted by Sand People.

1954 GM XP-21 Firebird concept car

General Motors Heritage Museum Photo

Someone’s ready to fight the Trade Federation above Naboo. The ’54 Firebird concept clearly took its lines from the cutting edge military jets of the day, but it’s also fairly similar to the craft flown by Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace.

Tatra 787

Bob Golfen Photo

Ah, the mullet of cars. In the front, the Czechoslovakia-made Tatra has a pretty standard look –- save for the centered headlight. But from the back, it looks like an Imperial prisoner transport that houses a V8 engine.

Speaking of, has anyone seen Princess Leia?

Dymaxion car

National Automobile Museum Facebook Photo

Regardless of Buckminster Fuller’s input, this car couldn’t have been designed on Earth. It was taken from the streets of Coruscant.

Someone is going to have to explain why the bus to the Jedi Temple is late.

Stout Scarab

Cars R Stars Photo

Little-known fact: The Scarab was designed as one of the first Rebel transports, but the GR-75 was eventually selected to be the getaway craft of the times.

We think the noticeable lack of quad laser cannons swayed the vote in the 75’s favor.

1938 Porsche Type 64

Petersen Museum Photo

You know those ships you look at and just think, “Here comes trouble?” We present the Type 64, which had to be used by a little-known Sith lord with a great sense of style. Even the slit headlights look like they’re up to no good.

The only issue was the door tended to stick, which led to the famous catch phrase, “It’s a trap!”

1955 Chrysler Streamling X turbine concept (aka Gilda)

Barrett-Jackson Photo

Giovanni Savonuzzi, the Italian designer of this car, created it based on another famous design: The A-wing interceptor used by the Rebel Alliance on numerous occasions, including the attack on the second Death Star.

He tried to nickname it Red 5, but reconsidered after a strong letter from the Skywalkers.

1970 Lancia Stratos Zero by Bertone

Public Domain Photo

Originally the primary transport ship for Kylo Ren, the Stratos Zero’s design was discarded by the First Order after it decided a reverse-wing concept would look way cooler.

It also bears resemblance to the Tumbler in the Christian Bale iteration of Batman and the world just wasn’t ready for that mashup.

1957 Chrysler Dart by Virgil Exner

Barrett-Jackson Photo

Another Nabooian craft! Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn had the option of taking this on their deep sea journey through the planet’s core, but opted for a winged shape to make room for Jar-Jar Binks.

They really should have left him behind and just used the galactic GPS.

Ford Nucleon concept car

Ford Motor Company Photo

If you look carefully in the background on Jakku, you’ll spot a few rusted-out Nucleons. The cars were exceptionally popular for hauling junk, but the darn First Order kept using them for TIE fighter target practice.

Carter Nacke
Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.


    • Awesome looking mostly American concept cars from the past in comparison to what the Japanese/Korean are selling in America today ex: Nissan Juke, Toyota Prius Prime,Nissan Leaf,Toyota Camry and many more….


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