If you were ever a fan of The Office during it’s long run between 2005 and 2013, you may remember many iconic moments from the show. With a cast of lovable characters and embarrassingly relatable moments, it’s no wonder the show is still ever present a full six years after it came to a end. These big personalities still remain in the hearts of many to this day, however I’m sure very few of them touched the masses quite like Mr. Dwight Kurt Schrute III.
Dwight Schrute, portrayed by Rainn Wilson, was by far one of the most faithful and loyal staff members working at Dunder Mifflin. When he wasn’t working in the office or digging his stapler out of bright green Jello (thanks, Jim), he could be found working on his beet plantation aptly named Schrute Farms.
During Dwight’s screen time on The Office, we see him go through quite a few different cars. While you wouldn’t pin him down as a car enthusiast per say, he certainly has a fascination with them. Although Dwight does prefer to ride in the back seat of cars (behind the driver), because it is, of course, the safest location in a car, he is the proud owner of several iconic rides. We regularly see him checking the car’s suspension, and he seems to have a slight obsession with retro muscle cars – I suppose the saying of ‘never judge a book by its cover’ really does apply!
Dwight’s first car is a little bit of a mystery. In the Pilot episode he claims that he bought and restored a 1978 Nissan 280Z, more than doubling it’s value in the process. We see the car in season 3 during the episode “Grief Counseling”, where it appears to actually be a 1979 Nissan Datsun 280ZX in a peculiar bronze color (perhaps a slight continuation error…?).
The second car we see Dwight with it the iconic maroon 1987 Pontiac Trans Am that we associate with Mr Schrute. It makes it’s first appearance in season 2 in the episode “The Fire”, so we can assume that Dwight owns multiple cars as we see the Nissan 280Z/280ZX re-appear in subsequent episodes. The car has a really unique look, as Dwight has customized it with a mix of Firebird and GTA parts. It’s also possible that Dwight owns two Pontiac Trans Ams, because of a scene we see during “The Target” in Season 9. Dwight’s quirky cousin Mose helps him in his elaborate plot to steal Angela’s baby’s diaper to get some of it’s DNA, and drives an identical car to help confuse Angela. Seems like a bit of an elaborate scheme just for a dirty diaper!
There are a bunch of classic Office moments that the Pontiac has featured in. One of the most memorable was in episode 12 of season 2, “The Injury” where, in his hurry to get to Michael, Dwight crashes the car into a pole and gives himself a concussion. The bumper falls off, Dwight vomits all over the car, and gets back in to keep driving! In comes Jim with the iconic line, “Dwight, you forgot your bumper”. Another absolutely hilarious scene starring the 1987 Pontiac Trans Am is during Season 5 when Dwight uses it to try and run over a baby stroller, and the proceeds to drive around with it dangling from the back of his bumper.
In the Season 4 episode “Did I Stutter?”, Dwight temporarily owns Andy’s 2001 Nissan Xterra SE. He buys it from Andy for $7,200, after haggling him down from $8,700 – telling Andy “the car is crap” and would only be used on the beet farm. Dwight then immediately sells it for $9,995, in a classic Schrute move. In real life, the car actually belonged to one of the show’s hair stylists Kim Ferry and was sold on eBay after the episode aired. The auction included a signed Dwight bobble-head to commemorate his short-lived ownership of the car as well as a copy of the infamous episode’s script signed by the entire cast and crew. The auction, which started at $200, managed to reach a total figure of $15,300.
The last car we see Dwight with is a relatively modern one in comparison. In the Finale, which is set a year after the end of the main show (in 2013), he is seen driving a 2012 Header Orange Dodge Challenger SRT8.
While the office staff’s cars are not the focal point of the show – it’s still fun to recap and see how Dwight’s cars have evolved over the seasons.