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Seven TV intros starring cars

From rootin'-tootin' Chargers to pimped-up Pontiacs, here's our pick of television intros where the cars are the stars.

7. That '70s Show

This nostalgic nod to suburban teenage life in 70s Wisconsin boasts an impressive cast - including a young Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis - and an even more impressive intro.

You'll wish you were rocking out to Cheap Trick in a 1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser too.

6. Starsky & Hutch

Now for an actual '70s show, as street-wise detectives Dave and Ken tear their way through the streets of Southern California in their Ford Gran Torino.

It's impossible to get your hips to resist the funk, and your mum to resist David Soul.

5. Hill Street Blues

Another cop drama, but a flashier (it has sirens...) form of police transport in the shape of Hill Street precinct's Dodge Royal Monaco.

Mike Post's melancholy tearjerker of an opening theme has since inspired songs from The Who and Justin Timberlake.

4. Dukes of Hazzard

Yee-haw! As soon as Bo and Luke's 1969 Dodge Charger, 'The General Lee', bounds over the hill, you know you're in for a rootin'-tootin' redneck adventure.

What's more, Waylon Jennings' 'The Good Ol' Boys' is a song so good it reached number one in the American country charts in 1980.

3. The Rockford Files

Tune! It's the peerless Mike Post again, this time with some warped synth and harmonica. The full-length version hit the top 10 in the US charts and even bagged a Grammy.

It's the perfect accompaniment to James Garner's private investigator Jim Rockford and his gold Pontiac Firebird Espirit.

2. Magnum PI

What is it with private investigators, cool cars and epic theme tunes? Tom Selleck's dimples, 'tache and Ferrari combo make for an irresistible opening.

As for the music, it's another classic from - you've guessed it - Mike Post. Incidentally, he also wrote the themes for NYPD Blue, L.A. Law, and Quantum Leap. What a man!

1. Knight Rider

A talking car, David Hasselhoff, and the most iconic theme tune of all time. Enough said.

Alternative opening credits see 'KITT' - the Hoff's pimped-up Pontiac Firebird - leaping through fires and jumping over helicopters.

The tune has since been sampled by Busta Rhymes, So Solid Crew and, err,

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