er, ahem... Way back in the 80′s I loved the Hardcastle & McCormick show. Not because the show was anything special, but because the real star of the show was a Manta Montage that had been tricked out and renamed the Cody Coyote.
I still have a copy of the Hardcastle and McCormick pilot on VHS. The quality is poor and I have to fast forward through the commercials, but I don’t mind. It’s a UHF time capsule that I unearth once in a while - along with Miami Vice. Like Vice, the focal point of this TV series is a guilty pleasure I keep coming back to. Yes, it’s a kit car, and the revving engine was a sound effect.
Of course, everyone always points out the kit car tail lights Admittedly, these lamps clash with the overall feel of the car. But it’s the only serious deviation from the original theme - one that I can forgive. Many dislike the pin-striping and side decals, but don’t all TV cars need a little icing on the cake? (Think of the A-Team van or Face’s Corvette) The smoked headlamp lenses make a stronger impression than the clear McLaren lenses. The Centerline Champ 500 rims are an excellent choice, meshing well with the car’s signature sound. We never see much of the Coyote’s cockpit, and this is probably for the best. Cars of this type are not known for their, uh… interior accoutrements, shall we say.
|The Cody Coyote...|
...and the Dopey Coyote. Oh the humanity.
Several versions of the TV car, boxy and original, still survive. Some die-hards have even built their own replicas from Manta kits. As for the series, it’s available on DVD - albeit at outrageous prices.
Personally, I think I’ll make do with my grainy old VHS tape - at least as long as it holds together…
Series 1 intro; note prancing horse logo and - ahem - gated shift...
Series 3 Intro; not so much Cody Coyote as Boxy & Bloaty:
No Dodge Diplomats were harmed in the making of this car chase. Oh wait...