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Disney Cars Franchise: The Models Used as Muses

Disney Cars Franchise: The Models Used as Muses
Photo by Edward Russel
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The Disney Cars stole the hearts of millions with their big animated eyes and distinct personalities. But where did animators draw their inspiration from? Check out some of the original models below and see if you can guess which of Disney’s Cars they belong to!

Disney Cars Models

2002 Porsche 911 Carrera

If you have a little one and you know the characters well, you can probably guess which Car is modeled after this design. The 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera has a 320-horsepower engine. It can achieve zero to sixty in less than five seconds. If you look real close, you can see the logo on this character’s hood. The name is under their spoiler as well. But it takes pretty dedicated fanatics to search out those details. Any guesses?

If you need a hint? She’s as feisty as she is fast. It’s Sally Carrera! Disney even kept part of the Porsche’s model name in her character title as an homage.

1942 Willys MB Jeep

The Willy Jeep first emerged as a hit during World War II. Disney put 41WW2 on this character’s license plate as a tribute to the 1942 Willys MB Jeep. This was one of the most common contracted military cars of the time. You’ve probably spotted them in televisions shows and movies specific to the WWII time period.

This character is tough, smart, and a great teacher. It’s Sarge!

1960 VW Type 2 Bus

This lovebug might be easily identifiable, thanks to the big ol’ Volkswagen logo on his nose. The 1960 VW Type 2 Bus earned its nickname “the Hippie Bus” thanks to their popularity among young members of the peace and free love movements. Disney got pretty detailed with this design, creating a near-exact replica. Even the mellow attitude seems to fit.

That’s right! It’s Fillmore! This hippie-dippie dude embodies the very customers that popularized the Type 2.


We’ve saved the toughest one for last. Maybe you’ve breezed through the first three. But are you ready for a hybrid? –No, we don’t mean a Prius. We’re talking about the fact that this character has elements of three different cars combined.

Firstly, you might think this beloved truck most resembles a 1951 International Harvester L-170 Boom Truck. But then you take a second look.

Maybe there’s some Chevrolet 3800 in there?

And aspects of a 1957 Dodge truck?

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by Tony

Though simple in personality, Tow Mater turns out to be a pretty complicated design!

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