The police barrel down the narrow side street chasing the fugitive vigilante, but they are no match. The Green Hornet’s black sedan pushes forward at speeds in excess of 200-m.p.h. No car on Earth can keep pace with the infamous Black Beauty. This description is how the technologically advanced super car was mentioned in its original radio debut. Soon Black Beauty would become a car of legend, and which version of “The Green Hornet,” you were tuned into determined the make and model of the car; however, no matter the era, Black Beauty was a work of mechanized art.
The 1937 Lincoln Zephyr was the original car make and model used to describe Black Beauty. This model was introduced in 1936 and was used in the 1940s movie adaptations of the original “The Green Hornet” radio program. The car was sleek and black. The car’s curvature already suggested speed before Kato, the Green Hornet’s assistant, was said to have transformed it into an amazing speed machine.
Britt Reid, the Green Hornet’s alter ego, was a wealthy paper publisher who owned “The Daily Sentinel.” The Lincoln Zephyr would have been a stylish car that fit both the time period of the show as well as Reid’s pocket book.
In the 1960s Hollywood modernized Black Beauty’s looks. “The Green Hornet” television series featured the 1965 Chrysler Imperial. It was a great choice. The 1965 Chrysler Imperial was a muscle car beyond compare and while it lost the aerodynamic look of the 1937 Lincoln Zephyr it made the Green Hornet more relative to a younger, cooler generation with its hard lines and low profile.
The producers of “The Green Hornet” movie released in January of 2011 chose to keep the 1965 Chrysler Imperial as the Green Hornet’s car of choice. This car is loaded down with mounted guns and missile launchers. It is completely decked out with techno gadgets that help the Green Hornet sting any villain. The new Black Beauty is still nearly all black, and features green headlights, one of Black Beauty’s trademarks.
The Chrysler Imperial is still a relevant choice of car for Black Beauty in today’s society. It is completely realistic that the Britt Reid living in 2011 would own a muscle car, many wealthy people do. The use of the same style of car as the 1960s television show may also entice fans of the 1960s series into the theatre, as well as captivate younger generation car enthusiasts.
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