12 Cars the Original ‘Star Wars’ Characters Would Drive

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A long time ago in a parking lot far, far away …

It is a period of civil war. Rebel drag racers, striking from a hidden garage, have won their first race against the evil Galactic Empire. During a heated test and tune, Rebel spies managed to steal secret schematics to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star, an armored war wagon with more than enough power to make a Koenigsegg Agera RS look like a Swedish wind-up toy. Pursued by the Empire’s sinister motorcyclists, Princess Leia races home aboard her turbocharged German hot hatch, custodian of the stolen schematics that can save her pit crew, and restore freedom to the the local street racing scene.

But it is a dark time for the Rebellion. Although the first Death Star was destroyed, Imperial racers have driven the Rebel drifters from their secluded garage and relentlessly pursue them across the Appalachian mountains. Evading the dreaded Imperial Racefleet, a group of Gymkhana drivers led by Luke Skywalker have established a new secret garage in the remote ice-filled land of cheese and spotted cows commonly known as Wisconsin. The evil lord Darth Vader, obsessed with finding young Skywalker and challenging him to a heads-up race, has dispatched thousands of autonomously driven Google cars into the far reaches of America’s Midwest, forever searching for the elusive Rebel Racers.

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Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker has returned to his desert-filled home state of Arizona in an attempt to rescue his friend Han Solo from the clutches of the vile RV enthusiast and drug trafficker, Jabba the Hutt. Little does Luke know that the Galactic Empire has secretly begun construction on a new armored war machine even more powerful than the first dreaded Death Star. When completed, this ultimate race machine will spell certain doom for the small band of Rebel Racers struggling to restore freedom to the automotive world.

It may sound farfetched, but with the latest Star Wars installment hitting theaters this December, we couldn’t help but imagine what the original characters would drive if episodes IV to VI took place right here on Earth during present day. May the Force be with you, young petrolhead.