Pennock's Fiero Forum
  Totally O/T - Archive
  Sly Stallone -- I'm Getting My 'Cobra' Car Back!

T H I S   I S   A N   A R C H I V E D   T O P I C

Email This Page to Someone! | Printable Version

Sly Stallone -- I'm Getting My 'Cobra' Car Back! by avengador1
Started on: 03-30-2011 11:11 AM
Replies: 5
Last post by: Gokart Mozart on 03-30-2011 05:40 PM
Posts: 35467
From: Orlando, Florida
Registered: Oct 2001

Feedback score:    (7)
Leave feedback

Total ratings: 572
Rate this member

Report this Post03-30-2011 11:11 AM Click Here to See the Profile for avengador1Click Here to Email avengador1Send a Private Message to avengador1Direct Link to This Post
After 17 years apart, Sylvester Stallone will finally be reunited with the legendary classic car featured in his movie "Cobra" ... after it was stolen out of his garage back in 1994. In 2009, Sly learned his custom built 1950 Mercury was about to be auctioned off by a company that provides "on-camera vehicles" for movies.

Sly never directly accused the company of stealing his ride ... he just wanted the damn thing back -- so he filed a lawsuit to regain possession.

Stallone and the company reached a settlement ... under which Sly will regain ownership of the whip ... estimated to be worth more than $250,000.

It's unclear if any money changed hands ... but who cares, Sly's getting his "Cobra" car back!!!

[This message has been edited by avengador1 (edited 03-30-2011).]

IP: Logged
System Bot
Posts: 41056
From: Southern MN
Registered: May 2007

Feedback score: (1)
Leave feedback

Total ratings: 178
Rate this member

Report this Post03-30-2011 11:23 AM Click Here to See the Profile for 2.5Send a Private Message to 2.5Direct Link to This Post
Sweet car, and a great car chase in that movie!
IP: Logged
Posts: 4609
From: New Jersey
Registered: Jan 2008

Feedback score: N/A
Leave feedback

Total ratings: 53
Rate this member

Report this Post03-30-2011 12:52 PM Click Here to See the Profile for ZebSend a Private Message to ZebDirect Link to This Post
I'm REALLY curious about the exact story about how that car was "stolen", and now how it was returned. But I doubt we'll ever find out.
IP: Logged
Posts: 10865
Registered: Jul 2001

Feedback score: N/A
Leave feedback

Total ratings: 162
Rate this member

Report this Post03-30-2011 01:11 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 8BallClick Here to Email 8BallSend a Private Message to 8BallDirect Link to This Post
It was my understanding.. that it was in his contract for the movie, that he got to keep the car, as he worked with the design team to create it....just for him. And whent he movie wrapped up, the company that supplied the OTHER cars in the movie, took his too!
IP: Logged
Posts: 20784
From: Orlando, FL
Registered: Dec 2002

Feedback score: (1)
Leave feedback

Total ratings: 319
Rate this member

Report this Post03-30-2011 01:33 PM Click Here to See the Profile for ryan.hessClick Here to Email ryan.hessSend a Private Message to ryan.hessDirect Link to This Post
Originally posted by Zeb:

I'm REALLY curious about the exact story about how that car was "stolen", and now how it was returned. But I doubt we'll ever find out.

Someone will write a book
IP: Logged
Gokart Mozart
Posts: 12143
From: Metro Detroit
Registered: Mar 2003

Feedback score: (1)
Leave feedback

Total ratings: 159
Rate this member

Report this Post03-30-2011 05:40 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Gokart MozartClick Here to visit Gokart Mozart's HomePageSend a Private Message to Gokart MozartDirect Link to This Post
That reminds me of the Papa John's Camaro.

Papa John's Story

As a high school student working at a local pizza pub in Jeffersonville, Indiana, Papa John's founder John Schnatter realized that there was something missing from national pizza chains: a superior-quality traditional pizza delivered to the customer's door. His dream was to one day open a pizza restaurant that would fill that void.

Mick's Lounge In 1983, "Papa" John Schnatter knocked out a broom closet located in the back of his father's tavern (Mick's Lounge), sold his prized 1971 Z28 Camaro, purchased $1,600 worth of used restaurant equipment, and began selling his pizzas to the tavern's customers. The customers loved the pizza so much that John was able to expand by moving into adjoining space, eventually leading to the opening of the first Papa John's restaurant in 1984.

Today, there are more than 3,000 Papa John's restaurants worldwide. More importantly, Papa John's remains committed to its heritage of making a superior-quality, traditional pizza.!53447...john-with-his-camaro

How Jalopnik Reunited Papa John With His Camaro

Matt Hardigree — As we first reported yesterday, pizza magnate Papa John Schnatter has been reunited with his Camaro. This is the story of how Jalopnik made it happen and helped someone get $250,000.

The story really begins in 1983, when Papa John Schnatter's father was on the verge of closing his tavern because of a bankruptcy. Faced with few choices, Papa John sold the only asset he had to his name: A Bumblebee-striped black-and-gold 1971½ Chevy Camaro Z28.

With the $2,800 he received for the Camaro he was able to save the family business and launch Papa John's, a business that now numbers at more than 3,000 pizzerias in 26 countries with a market value of three-quarters of a billion dollars. He had a lot, but Papa John still missed that Camaro. So Schnatter started looking for it.

"For 26 years I wanted the car back," said Schnatter. "[A friend] looked for that car for most of the 1990s and it surprised me when we couldn't find it." They even hired an ex-FBI agent to search for the car, turning up nothing.

Schnatter even went so far as to have a replica of the original 1971½ Camaro Z28 built to emulate the original, though with an upgraded sound system and A/C. Still, Schnatter was unsatisfied and hit the road in search of the car, first offering up a $25,000 reward, then upping the ante to $250,000 when the first sum failed to find the car. Even though many cars of the era have been sent to the crusher, he said he "never gave up hope, I never ever give up on anything. For some reason I didn't think anyone smashed it up."

When Papa John stopped off in Houston in search of the car he took me for a drive. All Schnatter could talk about was that original car, telling me:

"It had the split-bumper, sunroof, BF Goodrich tires with steel wheels, I swapped out the rear end with a Positrac differential - and now the speedometer reads 10 MPH over the actual speed. It had a velvet interior, unlike the vinyl one in this car, it didn't have A/C, and the ash tray in back is falling off."

These were helpful clues, but there was something else that struck us. He told the tale of watching the car drive away or, rather, about being unable to because he was so sad.

And this is where Jalopnik readers come in. After first hearing about the search on television, the Slones of Indiana found our original story and the details sounded familiar so they reached out to us on our Facebook page where our Commenter admin Al Navarro noticed it.

Their story of a young man selling his car, unable to watch it go, instantly struck me as familiar to what John himself had told me in the car. After confirming some details it was clear this was the car so we contacted Papa John's people and let them know.

Sadly for the Slones, they'd sold the car to Jeff Robinson of Flatwoods, Kentucky. Fortunately for them, John has extended an offer of a finder's fee of $25,000 to the family for helping out with the tip. And fortunately for everyone, Jeff considered building a more tame street version of his Z28 so he kept many of the original parts, which helped them identify the car.

So how did the car go so long without being found? There are two reasons. First, the original sale occurred just across the border in Indiana, where there was no electronic record kept of sales transactions at the time. Second, the car was not a 1972 as remembered by John, but actually a 1971½, which is why Robinson didn't believe the car was the right one at first.

And what condition was the car in when John eventually drove out to Flatwoods to pick it up yesterday? Fantastic condition. Jeff had seriously upgraded the motor for drag racing and it was now putting out 825 HP.

According to Robinson it's now "Probably the fastest pizza delivery car in the world, it runs a 9.55 quarter-mile at 141 MPH."

Despite the added power, newer hood and upgraded tires, the Schnatter family loves the car.

"Now there's a big old smile on my face, I like the car, I like the way it drives, it's fast," exclaimed Schnatter. "My wife's a redneck and she loves a muscle car. On one hand I want to put it back the way it was, and on the other hand i like the way he put it back together."

Though he's sad to part with it, Jeff Robinson made out okay.

"Jeff loved the car and he knows I'm going to take car of it and it'll take a special place in the hearts of the people at Papa John's," said John, adding "he was kind enough to sell it for $250,000."

Robinson isn't sure whether or not he'll build another Z28 of that era or try for something else. Either way, Papa John has promised to deliver the motor back if he decides to restore it to stock condition.

In the end, the story of a car that launched a global pizza empire has a happy ending not only for the young enthusiast who bravely parted with his dream car to pursue a different dream, but for another car enthusiast who was lucky enough to treat the car well. And really, isn't that what Jalopnik is all about?

IP: Logged

All times are ET (US)

T H I S   I S   A N   A R C H I V E D   T O P I C

Contact Us | Back To Main Page

Advertizing on PFF | Fiero Parts Vendors
PFF Merchandise | Fiero Gallery | Ogre's Cave
Real-Time Chat | Fiero Related Auctions on eBay

Copyright (c) 1999, C. Pennock