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Character Information
Make and model

1983 Dodge Aries Coupé or 1983 Plymouth Reliant Coupé





Eye color

Green (die-cast)
Pink (all other appearances)


Unnamed father
Mater (cousin)
Tommy Joe (cousin)
Zeke (cousin)
Lewis (cousin)
Buford (cousin)
Judd (cousin)


Rustbucket race car



First appearance

Cars: The Video Game

Latest appearance

Cars: Race-O-Rama

""Oh! Ye wanna play, do ye?""
—'Cletus', Cars: Mater-National Championship, [[{{{3}}}]]

Cletus is a character that has made multiple appearances in the Cars series. He is one of Mater's cousins, and can often be found spending his time competing in races at the Rustbucket Stadium. Cletus' dialogue suggests that he is the oldest of Mater's cousins, as he sometimes refers to himself as "old-timer" and tells his opponents to "mind their elders" when he is passed. He appears to be a 1983 Dodge Aries Coupé or 1983 Plymouth Reliant Coupé.



As a child, Cletus spent time with his cousins Mater, Buford, and Judd, taking part in activities such as fishing and tractor tipping. However, the four cousins were constantly bullied by a large truck named Bubba. One day, however, Bubba threw Mater's hood into a tree, resulting in a challenge to a race against Mater. Cletus, Buford, and Judd watched the race between the two, and although the competition was close at first, Bubba had trouble turning around the statue of Stanley, causing him to lose control, leaving Mater to win the race. From that point on, the cousins no longer had to deal with Bubba's antics.

Cars: The Video Game

Cletus at the starting line of Rustbucket Race-O-Rama.

In Cars: The Video Game, Cletus only appears as an opponent in Rustbucket Race-O-Rama, in both story mode and arcade mode.

Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures

In Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures, he appears in Tow the Line, where he is one of the cousins that Mater must tow, though the player will need to acquire a hook before being able to tow each cousin. He sometimes appears with pinstripes or in a bit brighter shade of color.

Cars: Mater-National Championship

In the story mode of Cars: Mater-National Championship, Cletus appears as an opponent in the first, second, and fourth Rustbucket Races. He also appears in arcade mode, as one of the randomly selected opponents in Rustbucket Races.

Cars: Race-O-Rama

Cletus about to race against Zeke and Mater.

In Cars: Race-O-Rama, in story mode, he appears as a competitor in Smash Up 1, where he usually places from fourth to seventh. Like the other cousins in the other Cars games in which they appear in, Cletus is not playable.




  • "I guess Pa was right about me..." - Cars: The Video Game
  • "Pa was wrong, and I ain't no loser!" - Cars: The Video Game
  • "Oh! You aimin' for some action, are ye?" - Cars: Mater-National Championship
  • "You gonna wanna watch your back now, heh, heh, heh!" - Cars: Mater-National Championship
  • "Ain't you ever learn to mind your elders, son?!" - Cars: Mater-National Championship
  • "Oh, yeah, real funny, picking on the old timer!" - Cars: Mater-National Championship
  • "I may got some years in me, but I still got some fire too!" - Cars: Mater-National Championship
  • "Oh, now don't feel bad, you're gettin' passed by an old timer like me!" - Cars: Mater-National Championship
  • "Ding, dang-a doodle!" - Cars: Mater-National Championship
  • "It'd be fun if it didn't hurt!" - Cars: Mater-National Championship


Cletus with no window net.

  • Following Cletus' appearance in World of Cars, he had a 1:55 scale die-cast release, at a production sale of about 4,000.
  • Cletus has green eyes on his die-cast, while in video games and on the packaging, he has pink eyes.
  • Although Cletus is usually the fastest opponent in Rustbucket Race 1 in Cars: Mater-National Championship, he is immediately demoted to the slowest car in Rustbucket Race 2, despite the other opponents being exactly the same.
  • Cletus has no window net in the PlayStation 3 version of Cars: Mater-National Championship.
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