Sunday, October 17th 2010
Netflix's on demand service is growing daily. Over the last few weeks I've been taking down the names of awesome car movies found on Netflix's on demand service. We started posting the links here in this post. Some of the ones that stuck out were Cannonball Run II, Over the Top, Gator, XXX, Convoy, etc. The best part is they're all instant play no waiting*.
If you're not familiar with Netflix's service. Let me explain. It's easier than ever to watch movies at home without stepping foot outside your front door. For a small fee of 8.99 a month you get access to hundreds of movies available instantly online through your computer or streaming device*. Not to mention Netflix's DVD mailing service. You can browse through movies you'd like to see and place them in a queue. Your first title will come in the mail, watch it or keep it for as long as you like (no late fees). Once you return it (paid postage provided by Netflix) they'll mail the next one on your list. Between the two bundled services you can find just about anything you're looking to watch.
For those who may already be using Netflix's streaming service*. Let me fill you in on a box that's changing how you watch your favorite online titles. Before most fokes used their computer to view Netflix on-demand. However with the new Roku streaming box, you can sit in the comfort of your living room while you watch those great car movies on your big screen. The Roku box retails for about $99 dollars (depending on the model). The interesting fact is you can watch more than just Netflix using the box. There are hundreds of Roku free/paid channels and content providers. It's a steal. You can find out more about the Roku streaming box using our Amazon link below.
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The Big List Starts Here!
Smokey and the Bandit on Netflix
Smokey and the Bandit II on Netflix
Convoy on Netflix
The Cannonball Run on Netflix
Bullitt on Netflix
Christine on Netflix
Corvette Summer on Netflix
Mad Max on Netflix
Knight Rider: Season 1 on Netflix
Gator on Netflix
The A-Team: Season 1 on Netflix
XXX on Netflix
The Fast and the Furious on Netflix
2 Fast 2 Furious on Netflix
Pawn Stars: Season 1 on Netflix
Days of Thunder on Netflix
Ghostbusters 2 on Netflix
Lock Up on Netflix
Octane on Netflix
American Muscle Car: Season 1 on Netflix
Thelma & Louise on Netflix
Car Wash on Netflix
Gamer on Netflix
Die Hard on Netflix
Cars That Changed the Automobile Industry on Netflix
Modern Marvels: Monster Trucks on Netflix
NASCAR: The IMAX Experience on Netflix
Category: Movies (10), TV (6), Ghostbusters (13), Knight Rider (5), Sylvester Stallone (2), Chris Farley (2), Videos (9), A-Team (4), Pawn Stars (2)
Tags: concept, netflix, ondemand
Wednesday, September 22nd 2010
In the world of pawn, everything has it's price. Especially items of extremely rare proportions. During one episode of History Channel's Pawn Stars, owner Rick Harrison got a rare opportunity to buy one of the baddest collector sports cars ever built. The rare Shelby Cobra. Only problem is it wasn't complete. But does that mean it's still not worth something? Hardly. In Rick's case he was presented with an aluminum body shell. Even in rough shape an original aluminum body shell can bring a pretty penny. The owner obtained the body and frame while clearing some items out of storage rental on a contract. In other words, he was paid to haul it off. Not a bad gig if you ask me. But is it real?
That's a question left to experts. There are a lot of known continuation and replica cars out there. The show had an expert come on and explain how to tell. One way to tell is of course the serial number. All real Shelby Cobra's left the product plant with a serial number starting with "CSX". The expert on the show found the CSX serial number on the frame. Shelby serials are stored in a master database/registry that contains known details about each authenticated car. Once the car on the show was authenticated as being real a deal was made. After a few offers a price of $30,000 was agreed on. Quite a steal for the pawn shop. The expert felt the retail condition of the body/frame was at least $60,000. But if you've seen the show, you understand that a pawn shop must be able to turn a profit. Just because something is worth something doesn't mean it will be bought for the price it's worth. It's just business. But hey, what's the tow truck driver out? Notta!
The car was left with a team to be restored. Over the course of a few weeks (with the magic of hollywood) the car was built from the ground up. Looking to maintain maximum profit margins, the restoration crew cut a few corners. For starters they used "simulated leather" in place of real leather sets. Personally I wouldn't have made this move. Nothing like the real thing. Next they used a carburetor induction system instead of fuel injected. No harm here. A lot of the original cars used carbs. After restoration was complete. The Pawn Stars crew met at a local track to test it out. The old man made a lap at a extremely slow pace. Next was the son's turn. The credits roll.
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I have a few concerns about the final product. It just doesn't seem like the body/frame that was bought in the beginning of the show. Some folks point out that if you look closely the finished car looks like a fiberglass kit car. Could this be a different car? Possibility. Thousands of these kit cars have been built. Another interesting fact. If you look closely near the end of the episode you can catch Carrol Shelby's signature on the dash. Did they have time to have 'da man' himself sign it? Why not mention this fact? It only makes the car worth a little more. But none the less it's still a very cool car. I would love to own even just a replica car. It would be too much fun to own. I remember as a kid owning a 1/18 die-cast replica below. Some where I'm sure I still have it. If ya haven't watched Pawn Stars yet, see our Amazon Ad to the left. Totally worth it! See ya next time.
Category: 1965 Shelby Cobra (1), Pawn Stars (2)
Tags: history, ford, blue, cobra, shelby