Insuring Famous Rides: The Series

Find out how much it’d cost to insure everything from the world’s oldest car to a Winnebago-turned-spaceship.

Insuring Famous Rides Series

Our Insuring Famous Rides series covers the curious costs and ridiculous risks involved in insuring everything from the world’s oldest car to a Winnebago-turned-spaceship. The series offers a tongue-in-cheek twist on the world of car insurance by tackling some of pop culture’s most famous — and in one case, most obscure — vehicles. (Though at times we’ve had to fudge a bit on just what a “car” is.)

Ever wonder what it would cost Bruce Wayne to insure the Batmobile? Or what would happen if Elvis were still alive (he’s not?) and wanted to insure his pink Caddy? Come on … you know you have!

Mad Max’s Pursuit Special

Mad Max’s extensively modified collector car tallied up quite a premium — but what can you expect when your ride does double-duty as a deadly weapon?

The Batmobile

If any sane insurer would ever consider underwriting the Tumbler, this souped-up, tricked-out engine of justice would rack up an annual premium 3 times the size of Mad Max’s.

The Dude’s Gran Torino

Lemony as it is, the Torino just manages to squeak under the bar of collector car status, helping The Dude save a bundle. And if anybody deserves a monetary break, surely it is The Dude.

The World’s Oldest (Functional) Car

The 1884 De Dion-Bouton et Trepardoux, a 127-year-old steam runabout with a top speed of 38 mph and worth a whopping 4.6 million dollars, proved to be far outside the normal car insurance market.

Lone Starr’s Winnebago

Getting car insurance for a light-speed-capable smuggling ship (the 1973 Winnebago Eagle V Spaceship) shouldn’t be easy — unless you’re Spaceball’s Schwartz-wielding hero and more than ready to do a little lying.

The Mystery Machine

Scooby-Doo and the gang are all about unraveling the thorniest of Gothic mysteries. Enjoy the ride as the kids make some “Jankies!”-inducing discoveries about the coverage they need to keep uncovering the truth.

Santa’s Sleigh

Okay, so it’s not a car. But what more famous vehicle could there be!? Discover what car insurance coverage (and keeping Mrs. Claus happy) would cost ol’ St. Nick.

Elvis’s Pink Cadillac

Find out what the original rock god would pay for his sweet pink Caddy — so long as he stifles his legendary craving for peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

The Duke brothers’ General Lee

Dukes of Hazzard may not have ever mentioned car insurance, but in the state of Georgia liability insurance is mandatory. To think the Duke family doesn’t have insurance is unlikely. After all, that’s just a little bit more than the law would allow.

Mary Poppins’s umbrella

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious in every sense of the word, Mary Poppins’s umbrella was about as cool a ride as ever there was. But since it’s doubtful that the magical mistress of 17 Cherry Tree Lane bothered herself with such practicalities as insurance, we took a minute to do it for her.

The Wienermobile

We all do a little cheer when we see the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile go by. But have you ever wondered just what it would take to insure everyone’s favorite grilled meat on wheels? Find out in this tongue-in-cheek (and stomach) breakdown.

The S.S. Minnow

Who knew a 3-hour pleasure tour could go so terribly awry? With the benefit of hindsight, we take a look at the types of coverages the S.S. Minnow from Gilligan’s Island would have benefitted from (especially with Gilligan as first mate).

James Bond’s Aston Martin

James Bond doesn’t exactly go easy on his cars. So we did a little recon work to figure out which insurance coverages 007 could use.

Vehicles from Oscar-winning films

Their performances may have been overshadowed by human actors, but we think these rides deserve a shout-out for their work.

What world-famous wheels will show up next? Tune into the (quasi-legendary) Esurance blog to find out! And if we missed one of your fave famous rides, let us know on our Facebook Wall.

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