Transformers: Dark of the Moon is nearing completion – as the film rolls toward its July 1, 2011 debut in theaters.

However, many Transformers die-hards still haven’t forgiven Bay for “destroying” their childhood with his updated interpretation of the robots in disguise and today, we’ve got an awesome (and especially thorough) infographic that shows a number of the G1-style Autobots (in robot and vehicle form) – as well as identifies their real-world vehicle counterparts.

The infographic comes courtesy of Comics Alliance and features a number of series favorites including Optimus Prime (a 1984 Freightliner Semi), Bumblebee (a 1967 Volkswagen Beetle), Ironhide (a 1978 Nissan Onebox Vanette), Ratchet (a similarly fashioned 1978 Nissan Onebox Vanette Ambulance), Cliff Jumper (a 1983 Porsche 911 Turbo), and Prowl (a 1979 Nissan 280ZX Police Car).

Check out the awesome image, which contains over 50 Autobots, below:

transformers autobots SR Pick: The Cars Behind the G1 Autobot Transformers
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Not all of the pairings are as specific as Hound and his 1943 Mitsubishi J59 Military Jeep (we’re looking at you Wheelie/Cybertronian Car and Sureshot/Race Car), but it’s certainly interesting to see the actual inspiration for the blocky G1 toy designs. Not to mention, who would have guessed that Nissan would be the preferred car brand for protoform Transformers in the 1980s – as opposed to the Chevy-friendly films?

While it’s certainly cool to see such an exhaustive list of G1 (and a few modern update model) Autobots in one place, more than anything, it’s strange that Michael Bay still hasn’t tapped some of the more interesting Autobot designs and special abilities such as Red Alert (and that menacing shoulder mounted laser), Mirage (utilizing his titular holographic projections), as well as Wheeljack (along with his flashing ears). Especially considering how the movie-only characters, such as the infamous Autobot Twins, turned out.

Maybe a few of the fan-favorite Autobots, or at least elements of their original designs, will still show up in the form of the NASCAR Wreckers or the SUV Dreads – or other yet to be seen characters from Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Follow us on Twitter @benkendrick and @screenrant and let us know which is your favorite G1 Transformer.

Transformers 3 hits theaters July 1st, 2011.

Source: Comics Alliance