Another popular television series, Get Smart starred Don Adams as Maxwell Smart, known as Agent 86. He was accompanied by Agent 99, Barbara Feldon, and the Chief, Edward Platt. The three work for CONTROL, a secret U.S. government counter-intelligence agency. They work together to investigate and solve threats to the world. The most iconic car from the series is the red 1965 Ford Sunbeam Tiger. This two-seat roadster features radar tracking, an ejection seat, a machine gun, and a smoke screen. This car pulls in front of CONTROL’s headquarters at the opening of every episode. The Tiger was followed by a blue Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia as Volkswagen was a new sponsor of the show. Later, Buick became a sponsor and in the opening of the show the Tiger was replaced by a 1969 gold Opel GT. However, Don Adams received the Sunbeam after the end of the show in 1970 and drove it for ten years.
My Three Sons was a popular T.V. show consisting of 380 episodes on two networks. The show started in black-and-white and followed the life of an widowed aeronautical engineer Steven Douglas, played by Fred MacMurray as he raised his three sons, Mike, Robbie, and Chip. The show actually ended up having four sons in total due to one son marrying in 1965 and the character being written out of the show. However to stay true to the name of the show, a son named Ernie was adopted and later when Steven remarried, his new wife’s daughter also appeared on the show. The show was sponsored by Chevrolet when it aired on ABC but then later featured many convertible Pontiacs when it was on by CBS.
The Rockford Files starred James Garner as Jim Rockford who was an ex-con and private detective. Rockford drove a 1974 Pontiac Firebird Esprits which was known for its car chases during the show. With help from his ex-con friends, Rockford worked on cold cases, missing persons investigations, and low-budget insurance scams. The “copper mist” colored Pontiac is often remembered for the famous “Jim Rockford Turn-Around”, a driving technique taught to the Secret Service. He would escape by driving backwards, making a hard left, and pulling on the emergency brake that would lock the wheels and allow the front end to turn around. Garner said that he always performed the stunt by himself. The Firebird was updated several times during the series, except for the ’79 model due to Garner’s dislike of the new look, so the ’78 model was kept until the show ended in 1980.
The beloved T.V. family of The Brady Bunch also had a few famous cars. With 117 episodes, there were many different cars in this blended household. All the Bradys drove Chrysler vehicles until the final season. Carol Brady, played by Florence Henderson, got a new Plymouth Satellite every year of the series. This station wagon was gold with tan interior. Mike Brady, played by Robert Reed, drove a 1968 Dodge Polara convertible in the pilot, followed by many other Chryslers: ’69 Fury, ’70 Fury, ’71 Barracuda, ’72 Barracuda, ’72 Impala, and a ’73 Caprice. To finish off Mike’s love for convertibles, he drove a dark red ’74 Caprice convertible that Greg and Marcia drove for their driving test. This iconic T.V. family owned many cars for their memorable, classic American sitcom.