Cars of Bob's Burgers
The interesting cars from a show that's not about cars.
If you're like me it doesn't matter what show you're watching, you are always going to pick out and scrutinize the vehicles in it. Make, model, discrepancies, all the good stuff. Bob's Burgers is no different, and unlike most animated shows it actually appeals to my car enthusiast side with all the interesting vehicles that pop up at random. Not unlike the other animated show H. Jon Benjamin voices the main character in; Archer.
It's obvious that someone on the team is a car guy, so I've picked out a few of the most notable cars around Bob's little north-eastern town to talk about.
Bob's 1970s Plymouth Volare Wagon
Lets start of with the Belcher family's car. The shortly lived 1976 to 1980 Plymouth Volare Wagon, which is the Plymouth branded counterpart of the Dodge Aspen. Unsurprisingly it shows up in almost every episode to endure whatever life has to throw at it. Apparently in Bob's world Chrysler makes reliable cars.
However, much earlier in the series the car was portrayed as a mix of what appeared to be a Ford LTD crossed with a Volvo wagon of some sort based off of the ambiguous oval in the center of the grill. Although considering how many times Bob's car has been crashed in the series, lets just assume the local mechanic decided to make it a personal project of his to give the beater a face-lift.
Zeke's cousin's 3rd generation Chevrolet Camaro
Credit where credit is due for pairing the right type of cars with the right type of owners, as demonstrated flawlessly by this third generation Camaro. Owned by Zeke's even more redneck cousin, Leslie. Where it is seen filled with trash and various packages and being driven to get them to the local concert. Not to attend, but to sell bootleg T-Shirts and hot-dogs in the parking lot. Nothing screams, "Camaro Owner" more than that.
Teddy's early 1970s era Ford F-100
Meanwhile, no less accurately, Bob's handyman; Teddy, is seen driving a very early 70s Ford F-Series truck which appears to be the eight-foot bed model in "Prairie Yellow" from the best I can tell. The truck appears in several episodes throughout the series, practically anytime Teddy is around eating or doing contract work on the restaurant.
Jimmy Pesto's 1980s Nissan 300ZX
Jimmy Pesto's somewhat elusive 1980s "Z31" generation 300ZX appears several times throughout the series, but briefly and rarely to say the least. The only notable glimpses we get of it are when Bob's Plymouth rear-ends it in an empty parking lot, and as seen with iconic T-Top roof pulling a parade float. I used to own one of these myself. So I just hope Jimmy managed to avoid getting the optional digital dashboard with Nissan's "voice warning system" and the automatic seat belts.
The show itself might not be everyone's cup of tea depending on what sort of sense of humor you may have. There is no denying the fact that it's fun to see the subtle nod to the petrol-head when something obscure appears driving by, and there are a lot of them. I've hit on a few of the main character vehicles here, and wish I could reasonably include all the others at greater length. Regardless, check the lesser-known background character cars in the gallery below.
If you're feeling particularly motivated, leave a comment and let me know what your favorite Bob's Burger car appearance was, or what you'd like to see in the show.