Q: What kind of car does Dean Winchester drive on "Supernatural"?

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

Normally, a "what kind of car" question can be a little tricky. It's often hard, for example, to tell the difference on-sight between a '72 and a '73 model, and sometimes a production designer will mask one type of car as another for plotting or budget purposes. "Supernatural," however, makes it easy.

The long-running, cult-favorite fantasy hit made the 1967 Chevrolet Impala driven by Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles, "The Boys") one of the show's main characters — literally, at one point, as one episode is even written from the car's perspective.

To know the extent to which this show loved that Impala — which was named "Baby," by the way — look no further than a little speech delivered by God himself in Season 5.

"On April 21st, 1967, the hundred-millionth GM vehicle rolled off the line at the plant in Janesville," the creator, played by Rob Benedict ("Waiting...," 2005), notes. "Three days later, another car rolled off that same line. No one gave two craps about her, but they should have, because this 1967 Chevrolet Impala would turn out to be the most important car — no, the most important object — in pretty much the whole universe."

(For those unfamiliar with "Supernatural's" sprawling mythology, yes, God is a character on the show.)

Fun fact: Though that quote suggests that this one Impala is completely unique, production actually required nine different Impalas to shoot with. All were in various states of disrepair to allow cameras into the interior, and to show the wear and tear that Baby went through in the course of the show's 15 seasons on CW.

And given its place in the show's lore, we can expect to see it go through even more in the prequel series "The Winchesters," which just debuted on the network.


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