Star Trek Cars -- the Jupiter 8
The one thing missing from our recent series on cars and Star Trek (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) was any mention of cars that actually appeared in Star Trek. There's a pretty good reason for this: there weren't a whole lot of science fictional ground vehicles in the original Trek series or the movies. The original series was produced on an impossibly tight budget which did not allow for the construction of full-sized vehicles or the special effects necessary to, say, show us Vulcan freeways or the monorail system on Tarsus IV. That was the whole reason for the transporter--get the characters from scene to scene quickly, and inexpensively.
The few vehicles that Trek did show us were mostly plain old Earth automobiles. The time travel stories which had the Enterprise crew visiting "present-day" Earth ("Tomorrow is Yesterday," "Assignment: Earth," The Search for Spock) had street scenes and stock footage, and vintage vehicles appeared in "City on the Edge of Forever" (time travel to New York in the 1930s) and "A Piece of the Action" (a planet where the locals had recreated Chicago, circa 1925). "A Piece of the Action" is also notable as the only instance where we see a member of the Enterprise crew operating a ground vehicle.
Despite the budget limitations, we did see one example of an alien automobile: the Jupiter 8 sports car produced on Planet 892-IV.
Planet 892-IV was the setting for the episode "Bread and Circuses," in which the crew of the Enterprise encountered a parallel Earth where the Roman empire had stayed in business long enough to develop 20th-century technology. (Not the greatest Trek episode by a longshot, but it was fun to see Dr. McCoy's "I'm a doctor, not a gladiator!" routine.) Captain Kirk saw the ad for the Jupiter 8 in a magazine; we also glimpsed one parked on a street in a "Roman TV" news clip.
The Reactor had roles in several other 1960s TV shows. Its most famous part was in a 1967 episode of Bewitched, "Super Car." Festooned with a ridiculous pair of ears and a tail, it played Catwoman's "Kitty Car" in the 1966 Batman TV series. It also made a cameo appearance on a magazine cover in The Flying Nun, and showed up in the 1968 Mission: Impossible episode "The Freeze" as part of an elaborate hoax to make a bank robber think he'd been in suspended animation for fourteen years.
As for Mr. Winfield, the Jupiter 8 wasn't his only encounter with Star Trek. He worked for model company AMT, and while there helped design the Klingon "D7" battlecruiser.
--Cookie the Dog's Owner