September 24, 2010

The Green Hornet's Car

Hatched by Dafydd

I saw this car, the Morgan Aero 8, on Top Gear, the BBC car program (and the only car program I would ever watch)... and I fell completely in love with it. Alas, it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, I believe.

But what immediately occurred to me was... what a smashing car this would be for the Green Hornet, if someone made a contemporary movie, à la the newest Batman movie series. Here, take a look, a green version:


Green Hornet hardtop (green)

It's fast, too; top speed is about 170, and it'll do 0 - 60 in about 4 seconds. It corners very, very well as well.

This one's a convertible, still green:

Green Hornet convertible

Green Hornet convertible (still green)

For the purists, who insist that Britt Reid drive the Black Beauty:


Green Hornet's "Black Beauty"

Another view of a black Morgan Aero 8:

Black Beauty cross-eyed and painful

Black Beauty -- cross-eyed and painful

Finally, there's the coupe version, the Aeromax, which is just brilliant:

Green Hornet coupe

Aeromax coupe

That's the model I want -- but I want it in flat matte black, not grey; maybe some pinstriping in gloss black, only visible as reflection when the light hits it just right.

I'm an absolute sucker for retro 30s or 40s design; I believe that era was the apex of automobile artistry. Later cars looked like stealth aircraft or shrunken garbage trucks; and now there's a whole industry designed around cars that look like toasters, and "green" cars (enviro-mentalism) that look like roller skates -- and about the same size, too. You don't drive modern ultra-compacts so much as wear them.

For me, the Morgan Aero and Aeromax are definitely what the hosts at Top Gear call "money no object" cars: If money were no object, I would buy a Morgan Aeromax, no matter how many people I had to slay to get one.

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, September 24, 2010, at the time of 4:20 AM

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The following hissed in response by: Necromancer

Absolutely beautiful. I want one too. Actually my Aunt sister of my Grandmother had a vintage Morgan back in the old days.Maybe a 52 model. I thought when I first saw it that it was an older MG-TD. Sadly this was over 50 years ago and though my Aunt passed away years ago I have no idea of what happened to the car. Thank You Lizard for posting this.
"Semper Fi"

The above hissed in response by: Necromancer [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 24, 2010 9:39 AM

The following hissed in response by: augustr

The car in the new movie is pretty neat too.

The above hissed in response by: augustr [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 25, 2010 8:42 AM

The following hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh


The Black Beauty in the 2011 movie appears to look exactly like the Black Beauty in the 1966 TV series... doesn't it? Very unoriginal.

I'll post a followup with pictures.


The above hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 25, 2010 4:17 PM

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