The Borgnine in Grand Theft Auto III is a modified Cabbie with a red body and bloody spikes on the front and rear bumpers, while the Grand Theft Auto Advance rendition retains some of the qualities of the GTA III rendition, lacking the spike bumpers and serving as the only other taxi other than the game's Taxi, being the only Cabbie in that game, making the vehicle somewhat special in both games since it is a bonus in both games and is a unique modeled Cabbie.
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The Borgnine's handling is far superior to that of the car it is based on.
The Borgnine's name is a homage to the actor Ernest Borgnine, who starred in the 1981 movie Escape from New York as a cab driver named "Cabbie" in a prison-converted Manhattan; in the movie, Cabbie also drives a Checker Marathon from which the Cabbie and Borgnine are based on. The Borgnine's bumpers are perhaps a nod to Cabbie's hazardous profession in the crime-infested prison.
Like the Cabbie, the passengers will pass through its rear fender when getting in.
The bloody spikes are probably a reference to the 1997's game Carmageddon