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Tintin's Cars

A collection
As drawn by Hergé, with a photo of the corresponding "real" car.
Click on the thumbnails to open the big picture.
The first three from "Tintin in the land of the Soviets"
Mercedes 1925
Mercedes ~ 1925
Mercedes 1925 Genre Amilcar CGSS
Amilcar Genre Amilcar
This first album contains a few less characteristic vehicles.
The next two cars from Tintin in America
Ford 1930
or Ford 1930?
or Citroën?
Citroën 1930
Bugatti 37 1928
Bugatti type 37 The other cars of this albums are inspired by real cars, but Hergé did not care to draw exact reproductions.
The most famous Ford Model T from Tintin in the Congo
Ford T
Ford Model T
Ford Model T        
Three vehicles from The Blue Lotus
Chrysler Six
or Bugatti
Chrysler 1931
Bugatti T50
Armoured car
Automitrailleuse Renault Chrysler Six
or Chrysler
Chrysler 1931
Chrysler 1931
From Cigars of the Pharaoh
Lincoln phaeton
1931 Lincoln Pas une Amilcar
A Bugatti or
Amilcar racing car?
Amilcar racing car
Bugatti Type 35
pas une Amilcar
...or Alfa Romeo?
Alfa Romeo 1934
This racing car is a clever hybrid of Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and Amilcar.

Hergé took later on great care of reproducing the cars in their minute details, so that a fragment of the grille or a wing are enough to identify the vehicle. This kind of perfectionism was fully implemented around 1936, beginning with the Broken Ear. In previous albums, many cars are approximations whilst later, there is almost no doubt to identify them.

The next three from The Broken Ear
Hotchkiss ~ 1912
Hotchkiss ca. 1912 Ford 1936
1936 Ford
Ford 1936 Amilcar
1934 Morris
Two tow trucks
Tow truck from Black Gold
Chevrolet 1936 truck Dépanneuse 2
Tow truck from The Crab
Ford 1937 truck    
The next nine from The Black Island (Attention: there are two versions of this album*)
Humber Pullman
1936 Humber Pullman
Humber Pullman Vauxhall
1935 Vauxhall
1936 Vauxhall 25 GY Austin Taxi
Austin (?)
London taxi 1933
Jaguar Mark X
Jaguar Mark X
Jaguar MK10 Triumph Herald
Triumph Herald
MG 1100 Ford Zephyr MK III
Ford Zephyr
Ford Zephyr
Hanomag MG 1100
MG 1100
MG 1100 Dennis
Dennis fire truck
    * See Variations       
King Ottokar's Sceptre
Opel Olympia cabriolet
1938 Opel Olympia
See the other Opel below
Opel 1938 Ford V8 cabriolet 2 portes
1937 Ford V8 2 door convertible
Ford cabriolet 1937 Ford V8 phaeton
The same Ford V8 here as a phaeton
Ford 1937 Torpedo
1934 LaSalle
La Salle Chevrolet 1932
1932 Chevrolet
Chevrolet 1932 Gillet 1931
Gillet 1931
The 1938 Packard coupé of King Muskar of Syldavia and two more Ford V8
1938 Packard
Packard 1938
Packard par Ted Benoit
Ford V8 2 portes
Another 1937 Ford as a 2 door sedan
Ford 1937 2-door sedan Taxi Ford V8
The same Ford from The Seven Crystal Balls
Ford 1937 4-door sedan
Four versions of this 1937 Ford are shown in this page. There is a fifth example in the original version of the "Black gold" published in French in the Petit Vingtième (see also: "all cars"). It must have been a truly popular car in Belgium for Hergé to have used and re-used it... An explanation: Hergé worked together with the Belgian "Revue Ford" between 1937 and 1939.
The Crab with the Golden Claws
Renault NN
Renault NN
Renault NN
Renault NN
Amilcar Compound
or Tatra
Amilcar Compound
Tatra 57b
The Shooting Star
Lincoln Zephyr 1938
? ? ?
There is only one car in this album, but I couldn't find the model: neither the Hotchkiss nor the Ford match Hergé's drawing: The Hotchkiss has doors opening the other way, and the Ford has a two-part windscreen and no wing lights.
The following five from The Seven Crystal Balls
Lincoln Zephyr 1938
1938 Lincoln
Lincoln Zephyr 39 Opel Olympia
1938 Opel
Opel Olympia Simca cinq
1939 Fiat or Simca
Simca cinq 39
Fiat Topolino
Buick 1936
1936 Buick
Buick 1936 Taxi Ford V8
1937 Ford V8 taxi cab
Ford 1937    
The next seven from Land of Black Gold
Citroën 5 CV
Citroën 5 HP
The original 5 CV Ford 1948
1948 Ford
Ford 1948 Ford 1939
1939 Ford
Ford 1939
5 CV
My virtual version (POV)
Lancia Aprilia
Lancia "Aprilia"
Lancia Aprilia Buick "Eight"
1949 Buick "Eight"
Buick 1949
Morris Six
1948 Morris Six
See variations
Morris Six Jeep
Jeep Willys
The Jeep, the two American cars and the fire truck of Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon
Jeep Willys
Jeep Dodge 1949
Dodge 1949
Dodge Ford 1949
Ford 1949
Ford 1949
The Calculus Affair — This album has the most cars of all
3 in one pict
3 in one pict
VW 1955 Citroën 15/Six
Citroën 15/Six
Citroën 15/Six Simca Aronde
1954 Simca Aronde
Aronde 54
Citroën 2CV
The 2 CV of
Citroën 2 CV
Lancia "Aurelia"
Lancia "Aurelia" B20
Aurelia B20 Mercedes 300
Mercedes 300
Mercedes 300
Citroën 2CV>
My virtual version (POV)
Willys Station Wagon
Willys Jeepster Peugeot 203
Peugeot 203
Peugeot203 Opel 1953
1953 Opel Rekord
Chrysler 1955
1955 Chrysler
Chrysler 1955
Chrysler 1955
Peugeot 202
Peugeot 202
Peugeot 202 Rover 75
Rover 75 1954
Rover P4
Autocar Saurer
Saurer coach
Saurer coach Bordurian convertible
Bordurian convertible
Citroën Chapron 1955 All the cars in Borduria sport the famous moustache of Plekszy-Gladz.
From The Red Sea Sharks
Panhard 1957 Panhard
Armoured car
Daimler Rallye
17 cars!
The next three from The Castafiore Emerald
Alfa Giulietta
Alfa Romeo Giulietta
Alfa Romeo 1955 Citroën Ami 6
Citroën Ami 6
Citroën Ami 6 Peugeot 403
Peugeot 403
Peugeot 403
Peugeot 403/7
From my photo album.
From Tintin in Tibet
    Cadillac 1938
1938 Cadillac
From Tintin and the Picaros
Picaros page 20
Mercedes or
Zil inspiration
Mercedes 600
Zil 114
Land Rover 109
Land Rover ???
Chevrolet 1951
Chevrolet truck
Jonckheere coach
Jonckheere coach    

More on variations, sundries, and the complete list of 216 vehicles. The last page contains all cars together with a picture of the original vehicle that inspired Hergé. Separately, I also compiled advertisements that Hergé made for Citroën with characters from the Tintin albums.

It should be noted that after World War II, the settings and accessories, including cars of Tintin albums were drawn by the "Studios Hergé", which included several other artists such as Jacques Martin, Bob de Moor and Michel Demarets.

See also my links : Tintin and  cars.

If you don't agree with the information and data on this page, don't hesitate to send me your comments. If you have a better picture of the original cars, I would be grateful to incroporate them in these pages.

All pictures are obviously © Hergé, but this page was prepared by François de Dardel, who keeps the copyright of this study. You can imagine I needed hundreds of hours to research and identify all the cars. I was content only when I had found the perfect match in form of a photograph of the real car.

This is not a commercial site: I have nothing to sell. It is only a study I made for my own enjoyment — and hopefully for the pleasure of some of my readers.

I started these pages in March 2003. The following year, in 2004, the Éditions Moulinsart published a book on the same subject: "Tintin, Hergé, les autos", with additional information on some of the cars, adorned with a few typos and a commercial promotion for the miniature cars distributed by Atlas.

Many viewers of these pages have helped me correct mistakes and identify some of the cars. My sincere thanks to all. Alphabetically: Mark Ashbridge, Iñaki Azpiazu, Eric Banzinger, Luc Balleyguier, Alfonso Barrola, Joris Bergsma, Alain Bingen, Frans van Bree, Michel Casaubon, Jean-Luc Coudray, Thierry Dubois, Jean-Marc Durieux, Thierry Federspiel, Daniel González, Claude Goritte, Marcus Hoogveld, Nick Knoll, Timo Laitinen, Jean-Noël Lamothe, Guillaume Lavie, André Martin, Ingo Menker, Thierry Milan, Pascal Monnin, Franck Noyalet, Yann Saunders, Guillaume Villemagne and Livio Zanone.

TicketYou probably know that the 2006 Brussels Car Show was held on January 12 to 22 under the motto of Tintin's cars. A sign that the bout of fever that struck me in 2003 is contagious. I am grateful to Pascal "Quattro" for the ticket.

In november, 2011, The New York Times published an article about Tintin and his cars, referring to the present page.

Hergé, born Georges Remi on 22 May 1907 in Etterbeek (Belgium), died on 3 March 1983 in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert.

Updated on 22 December 2021

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