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In the comments to Nightsky's "Threads" article on the Supernatural season 10 finale, a lively conversation got started on the various cars that would be perfect for Sam (Yeah...we don't always stay on topic. Actually, there was a small relationship to the episode. We noticed that Sam had the Impala once again for maybe a whole day before giving it back to Dean). We agreed that we are all tired of the beaters Sam steals so "Threads" readers came up with some great car buying suggestions for Sam. The conversation was hilarious, complete with pictures (go to the end of the comments to see everyone's suggestions), which gave Nightsky the idea of asking the WFB writing team which car they thought would be perfect for Sam...

Nate Winchester

Sam's always been a bit of a rebel, especially against his father.  Given that Papa Winchester drove a classic Impala and later a pickup truck, it's only fitting that Sam would want to get as far away from "typical middle america" vehicles as possible.  Also given his attendance at Stanford (with its infestation of hippies) he would undoubtedly feel peer pressure to choose an "eco-friendly" ride.

Thus all things considered, the only logical answer is: a Smart car!  Tiny, quiet, no trunk space, definitely no tape deck, it is everything the Impala is not.  The ultimate rebellion car against John and Dean Winchester.

Though given his size he probably used it more as a skateboard than car.

You mean like this?  If Shaquille O'Neal can fit in one, Sam surely can!

Shaq smart car


For the car that wouldn't work beyond a shadow of a doubt but would make me giggle with glee is the Blueberry from "Psych". Where would Sam's knees go? Honestly? There's NO room for moose in that car.

Sams car blueberry

For a car that would work... forget cars. Sam seems to favor trucks, especially after Cole jacked that one newer car of his. Some kind of classic and sleek truck perhaps???

Nate Winchester:
...Or the beat up old truck that he and John would have rebuilt together while Sam was growing up.
Only... well I guess the truck that would have been rebuilt...
That's what Sam & Dean need in S11.  Just to get a vehicle and rebuild it.


Watching Sam actually rebuild a vehicle would be remarkable. He appreciates what the Impala represents -- just watch him during "In My Time Of Dying" or "Fresh Blood" -- but I can't see him investing at all in a vehicle that didn't already matter to Dean on some fundamental level.   

Unlike Dean, Sam doesn't externalize himself: he doesn't see himself personified in any outside symbol. The Impala is clearly a representation for Dean of himself, his father, and his family; while Sam understands that and connects the Impala irrevocably with Dean (remember his refusal to give up on the car in In My Time Of Dying?), I don't think he perceives any vehicle (or any thing, for that matter) as a similar extension of himself. Accordingly, I see Sam selecting a vehicle purely on practical grounds. Something functional, not memorable, with a powerful engine and a lot of well organized trunk space -- likely a Honda or Toyota for their perceived reliability, in a neutral color to fade into the background,

Sams car Toyota Prius 4

...but a larger model to allow for cargo capacity. A truck with an enclosed bed

sams car truck bed slides

...NO! He can't have that body being visible!...

Maybe a small SUV would be my best bet.


I'm all about Sam's windblown hair, so I'd go with a convertible:

sams car 1961 lincoln continental convertible large gal
1961 Lincoln Continental. Huge trunk, classic car but...

....OHH, scary driver lady! How about...

sams car convertible 2

I can just picture Sam in that car... (is it getting a little warm in here?...)

Pragmatic Dreamer

A car for Sam.. Hmm.. Difficult... It depends on many factors.

For instance, little Sammy might have enjoyed this, since it even comes with a driver who looks a little like the man Sam will grow into..


Fireball Frankie Toy Car

A teenage Sam might have gone for something fast & sleek, all the better to plot his escape route to his own life.  But, because he was growing up in the Impala, he might have still wished for something that had a bit of nostalgic charm, and that also had room for a man with very long legs...

For awhile, especially when he was at Stanford, and missing John and Dean, if not the hunting life, he might have appreciated the irony of a vehicle like this..


But now he’s embracing the family business, and he needs a dependable work vehicle.  However, he’s also the type of man who would worry about the environment.  So his logical self would probably dictate a functional hybrid like this.

 Standard SUV: Toyota Highlander Hybrid AWD LE Plus

But in the end, if you’re chasing or being chased by angels, demon, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, rugarus, etc etc,  I think his mane concern would be the horsepower!   winkingsmiley


No, no, you all have it wrong!  Remember, this is Sam Winchester here.   He’s got very particular tastes.   For one, he drives fast.  Really fast.  We all know who the true Winchester lead foot is.  It’s always the quiet ones.  He needs something with speed, like this:


Ha, ha, very funny.  If Sam sat in a real Chevette, the thing would fall apart around him the second his butt hit the seat.  Speed…

hummer h3 black

Yeah, not quite.  While I could easily picture Sam driving a Hummer for its tank like capabilities to crash through gates and drive ghosts through homes, the Impala itself is constructed of 100% American made steel.  You don’t get a more solid, indestructible crash vehicle than that.  Otherwise, I just don’t see a Hummer fitting down that small MOL tunnel into the garage and parking those things at the convenience store is a massive pain in the ass.  Speed…


Okay, a Lamborghini is fast, but these guys are on a rather tight budget, remember?  That would be an awful lot of hustling pool and I don’t think you can buy with a stolen credit card one of these babies.  One would also point out that hunters don’t need to bring attention to themselves, but then again the Impala is hardly a stealth vehicle so discretion doesn't apply to a Winchester.  Let's have speed on a budget please…

ford mustang convertible

There we go - a Mustang!  Classic, American, stylish, and she could easily leave the Impala in the dust.  I've always thought blue was Sam's color, and we know that red cars are most targeted by cops.  Plus, it comes in a convertible for those maximum long mane flapping in the breeze shots.  Sam doesn’t need a classic car though since he is one for modern conveniences.  He needs features like a stereo with Bluetooth so he can wirelessly connect that iPod and a GPS since he can’t read maps and drive at the same time.  He’s also big guy that needs his comfort after a long day on the road; something with plush bucket seats and a smooth suspension that doesn’t feel like he’s been riding a washing machine all day long.  Yes, it comes with seat belts, but safety above all else!


"A car should drive, not be a little bitch."

Did we miss any good options for Sam? What vehicle do you think would be best for our moose-sized hero?

Shaq Image:


# Nancy 2015-06-18 15:39
Sam won't spend the money Oma née car. He would just walk through the MOL garage and pick a classic car from the 50's. A 50's military jeep would be nice, sturdy for use. And if topless Sam's hair blowing. During the drive (his hair needs to be longer. Think season 8). Just a thought...,,
# Wednesday 2015-06-18 16:13
# JJA 2015-06-18 16:28
You know, this brings-up a whole other question I've been pondering. Should the Impala be "killed off"?

The Impala is rather old by this point. How practical is it for a car to last for so long, especially given that they drive it all over the country? The millage must be astronomical at this point.

I always thought that "killing off" the Impala would work really well for the series finale. We'd all mourn the loss of this character (and yes, the car is a character), yet Sam & Dean could live-on for potential movies and/or reboots--which shouldn't be ruled out given the X-files re-launch and the Veronica Marz movie.

However, maybe "killing off" the Impala should be part of an upcoming season finale? Thoughts?
# Wednesday 2015-06-18 16:46
Noooooo! Baby is my favorite character. She's been there before the beginning.
She saved their lives. If anything she should be the one survivor.
Perhaps inspiring another pair of hunters down the road.
# cheryl42 2015-06-18 17:51
Only if she is taking the Winchesters with her. She would never abandon them.
# eilf 2015-06-18 18:19
I am sticking with my original pick of the 1940's truck for Sam Winchester. Interesting, unusual, practical, easy on the eye, cute, cool ... oh and the truck would be great too.
# Lilah_Kane 2015-06-18 18:25
Well, to a tall person on Top Gear they recommended Skoda Jeti. My husband is 1.98 cm so his choice of car is one he can fit to drive.

A MacGyver jeep also could fit to Sam but I think Cole stole it. The jeep is one of the reasons I like Cole's character.

From vintage cars maybe this, 1962 Shelby Cobra:

And last but not least. Sam sized car for a hunter, Ford Super Duty:

PS. I know nothing about cars. :P

- Lilah
# anonymousN 2015-06-19 04:37
1.98 cm
# Lilah_Kane 2015-06-19 04:58
He is almost two meters tall... Should have put it 198 cm I guess. :P

- Lilah
Barbara Maake
# Barbara Maake 2015-06-18 20:51
I vote for the 2nd convertible that Nightsky showed, or the Mustang convertible that Alice selected. It's all about the hair blowing gloriously in the wind. And, as a practical matter, he'd never whack his head when getting in, as he apparently did with Baby a few times in the early years. He also should be required to wear the sunglasses from Paper Moon when driving said convertible.
# anonymousN 2015-06-19 04:46
I do not know much abt Cars..But I agree with Bardicvoice's whichever car fits with this reasoning is okay for me.In blue because I prefer that color.If there is any car in the bunker which fits the bill then that is Okay (color not imp in this case).

Dodge charger (" m/blog/2014-dod ge-charger-a-bo dybuilder-with- brains/") which is linked was/is good.or this. ("")

AU If Sam was a lawyer then any of the stereotypical lawyer cars (source google)
Audi A6/Mercedes E-class/Lexus for the big firm types or general counsel.
BMW X5/Lexus RX350
Collector german sports car (BMW/Porsche) for cool attorneys.
# BoGirle 2015-06-19 06:18
I liked the 72 dodge dart demon that Sam was driving in Sharp Teeth. Awesome car, almost as cool as Baby and interesting enough of a choice for our Sam Winchester. AND? It's a demon.

# BoGirle 2015-06-19 06:19
Oh... this is E BTW, I had to change my user name.....
# Jen 2015-06-19 08:59
Love this car - always wanted Sam to have this car wish they would give it to him
# elle2 2015-06-19 08:28
Great job , all!

I had the benefit of some behind-the-scen es peeks into this article, as I saw emails going back and forth regarding its content. I had no creative juices on this project and thus abstained, but I found then and find now everyone's creativity, both in the article and in the comments, to be wonderful!

As a special shout out, Bardicvoice, you have such insights into Sam that I wish you would consult on the show!

Great read all. Looking forward to more collaborations, and perhaps I'll have something to contribute then.
# njspnfan 2015-06-19 10:41
OK - Sam would need something suitable for a person of his size, as well as have enough room to store his weapons cache and, when necessary, bodies. Not so worried about 4G or other connectivity because Sam is a human wifi hotspot. They pay for gas with phony credit cards so mileage efficiency doesn't really matter. He also wouldn't want something that draws too much attention (although you would hear a '67 Impala with the engine they have in that thing half a mile away). And, since Supernatural is an American road show, it needs to be a car from an American manufacturer (I know it really doesn't matter in today's global economy but you get my drift).

So, I'm thinking some sort of midsized or large SUV, like a Dodge Durango or Ford Explorer.
# sugarhi15 2015-06-19 19:49
I think that Sam is content with the Impala. I think he sees the car as we do, as their home away from home. Though technically it was given to Dean by John, I feel as though the car belongs to them both. They both drive it, they both share special memories in it, it's belonged to both of them only at one time or another, but even so the car was a reminder of the other. The car is part of who they are and what they do and I see Sam content riding shotgun. He doesn't seem to have any desire for his own car, and if he ever needs a car for some reason because the impala isn't available, he simply takes one....usually one that's inconspicuous and generic, not to cause attention or interest.

now Sam, being the take a walk type and an introvert...I can see him once in awhile just needing to have a bit of me time....just for a tiny bit of time, yearning to feel free from I totally can see Sam on a motorcycle....w ind in his face.....only room for one, no there's nothing to carry....on a bike he'd feel unencumbered, free.....moment arily solitary ....where he can just recharge....

I love a blue car I can see Sam on a blue motorcycle....o r a Harley...;)
# BoGirle 2015-06-20 01:58
Do you mean like so?......

# Dan115 2015-06-20 12:50
Nice E!
# sugarhi15 2015-06-20 19:20
# Jen 2015-06-21 09:37
Only one word for this blue harley OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHH Sam :D:D:D
# Dan115 2015-06-20 13:04
I agree with this Sugarhi15. Well said. The car needs to be inconspicuous. A car that Sam would choose in a non-hunter life would probably be completely different than what they use as hunter cars. Plus if they were stealing SUV's and such it would probably bring way too much attention from law enforcement.
# njspnfan 2015-06-22 09:30
inconspicuous.. .. like a '67 Impala with a 502 big block ;);)
# novi 2015-06-20 00:31
Sam, go and buy a trailer. Big enough, comfortable and inconspicuous.
# Jen 2015-06-21 09:43 A beautiful Ford ute in Sky Blue for my boy Sam A present from down under
# sewo 2015-11-19 05:44
Tonny Tran
# Tonny Tran 2015-11-19 05:46
I vote in favor of the Second convertible that Night sky appeared, or the Mustang convertible that Alice chose. It's about the hair blowing radiantly in the wind. Furthermore, as a functional matter, he'd never whack his head when getting in, as he evidently did with Baby a couple times in the early years. He additionally ought to be required to wear the shades from Paper Moon when driving said convertible.