This week, the League asked what is the sweetest ride cruising the streets of pop culture. For me, this was a no-brainer. The sweetest ride in any movie is Marion Cobretti’s custom 1950 Mercury Monterey from the 1986 movie, Cobra.
“You’re the disease, and I’m the cure.”
When I stayed home from school with the sniffles, the Cobra videotape would invariably end up in the VCR–it always cured me. The movie really isn’t very good, but to my adolescent self it was AWESOME! Cobra is filled with laughably bad lines and violence, but the real star of the movie is the car. This car just shouts “Badass!” and the license plate says it all, “AWSOM 50.”
Another reason to love this car is the story behind it. The Mercury was custom built for Sylvester Stallone’s character in the film and Sly ended up as the owner. In 1994 the car was stolen, only to reappear on the auction block of a company that provided prop cars for movies. After some legal threats last year, Stallone was finally reunited with his baby.
Sadly, in the movie, the Mercury gets destroyed in true Hollywood fashion by crashing through a boat while doing a corkscrew maneuver. Here’s a link to a video of the big chase scene.
If I could have any car in Hollywood history, I can’t think of a sweeter ride to cruise around town in than this bad boy.
Excellent choice and one i bet most won’t think of. : )
Thanks, John. Can you believe Lefty beat me to it by this much…
heehee…au contraire 😉
yeah, yeah, yeah…
YES!!! That was an AWESOME CAR!! LOVE IT!!
I’ve got a couple very special cars. They are newer but just as classic and collectible if not more so than anything produced in the 40s and 50s. I’d like to a rat rod 57 Chevy to my collection someday but I lack the space to store any more vehicles.
Here’s a link (make sure to scroll to see all the pics!)
There’s some real eye candy in here 😛
Russ, I appreciate how your collecting passion has grown to cover cars. 😉
I haven’t been able to convince my wife in that pursuit. yet.
I always thought it would be fun to have an old paddy wagon fully restored, or a 70’s van with an airbrushed pop culture mural on the side.
Great choice Brian! This is another movie that I really like(you can’t go wrong with an 80s action flick). This is one that didn’t come to mind when you came up with the assignment. Now you have me wanting to watch Cobra this weekend.