Thursday, April 7th 2011
Last minute arrangements leave you under the care and supervision of John Candy's character Uncle Buck. Sounds like a party doesn't? Well maybe not if you're Tina a teenage high schooler portrayed by Jean Louisa Kelly. But for good reason. Uncle Buck is going to be driving you around in his beat up float boat, brown turd looking street cruising machine for all your friends to see. He'll drive you to school in all it's smoking glory.That's right OnScreenCars.com is proud to present Uncle Bucks's pride and joy the mighty fine 1975 Mercury Marquis. Hold your ears and wait for the bang! But let's rewind time a little bit and look at what Uncle Buck or the previous owner may have started with.
"Bug: Ever hear of a tune-up? Hee hee hee hee hee.
Buck: Ah, heh heh heh. Ever hear of a ritual killing? Ah, heh heh heh heh heh
Bug: I don't get it.
Buck: You gnaw on her face in public like that again and you'll be one. Ah, heh heh heh heh! "
From the factory the 1975 Mercury Marquis was your typical big american land yacht of a car. The Marquis was the sister car to the Ford LTD. While the boys in blue hauled the bad boys in the Ford, business-persons where being floated along down the street in luxury. 1975 was the first year of the luxurious Grand Marquis trim level. Two engines were available this year, 460 V8 Ford BB and 400 V8 from the Cleveland family. No shortage of power to move this beast around. Something noteworthy, this was the first year for catalytic converters. This was nearing the end of an era of gas drinking beasts. Not to mention the mid-dawn of cautious insurance companies and strict government regulations. Dispite all of that mess the Mercury Marquis was voted over Olds 98 LS and Cadillac's Sedan de Ville in 1975, 1976. Check out this great video of a pristine looking 1975 Mercury Marquis
. Now to clear up any confusion.
"Stand me up today and tomorrow I'll drive you to school in my robe and pajamas and WALK you to your first class. 4:00 okay?"
- Uncle Buck
Uncle Buck's car was a base model four-door Mercury Marquis Brougham not a Grand Mercury Marquis. Complete with smoking exhaust, back firing V8, ripped up interior, banged up body, large CB ball mount antenna on the rear driver's quarter panel and CB radio sticking out of the glove box. Let's not forget about years of dust and dirt coating the exterior of the car. I love the classic scene (see the clip below) of Uncle Buck dropping his niece Tina off at high school. The car comes smoking furiously down the street as it turns into the drop off lane. Kids are coughing and gagging on the exhaust flumes. All the while Buck is paused and waiting for that magical back fire that sounds like a cannon going on. Then BOOM! Everyone hits the ground like their being shot at. If that doesn't embarrassed you nothing will.
Just a classic scene. There were some other notable scenes from the movie involving the car. But much more of the same and I'm out of time today. But look forward to seeing more from us here at OnScreenCars.com!
Category: Uncle Buck (1)
Tags: 1975, brown, mercury, boat, american
Monday, March 29th 2010
Life as a bounty hunter is no easy job. You're either running from thugs or you're running after thugs. You've gotta have the right equipment, skills and people. Oh yea. Not to mention a nice set of dependable wheels. After recently seeing the "Bounty Hunter" We knew that OnScreenCars.com had to feature the sweet and rare 1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale convertible driven by actor Gerald Butler. Oh yea, not to mention his attractive co-star Jennifer Aniston riding shotgun throughout most of the film.
For those who have not seen the film. Let me give you a short run down about what it's about. I'll try my best not to ruin it for ya. Basically Butler plays a Bounty Hunter named Milo Boyd. Aniston plays his ex-wife, Nicole Hurley who is a hot shot news reporter. Milo is given a rare opportunity to seek revenge on Nicole, by bringing her in on a bond. Much to Milo's surprise the task is not as easy as he thought it would be. The whole mounting story involves lots of bad guys, dirty cops, etc all taking place in Atlantic City, NJ. Moving on, let's talk about the car. After all that's what we're here for right?
Like I said before. The car is a 1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale convertible. What makes it rare are the lower production numbers for this model. From the research over at 1975oldsmobileconvertible.com
, a little over 7,000 Royale convertibles were made. This car was part of the 8th generation Delta 88 body style, which ran from 1971 - 1976. The Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale came with three engine options 350 V8, 455 'Rocket' V8 and the 400 V8 with 2 barrel carburetor. 1975 was the last year the convertible option was available for the Oldsmobile Delta 88. It was said then, that it would be the last Oldsmobile convertible ever. However in the early '90s that statement was ratified by the re-introduction of the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Convertible.
The movie car for the most part is a bone stock 1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale. The exterior color is Horizon Blue with a white accent strip. The interior is a white vinyl with a white convertible top. The production numbers for 350 V8 Delta 88s were much higher than other engine displacement options. More than likely the motor in this car is a 350 V8.
Not to ruin the movie for ya. But as with most hollywood cars, this one gets semi-trashed. There is major damage to the drivers front fender and door. I did see a scene where the drivers front hub cap falls off, only to reappear moments later and disappear again later. Gotta love how hub caps do that in films. The car was a perfect match for the character and the scenery. It fits very well with the Atlantic City backdrop. Some people mistake these cars for Cadillacs. Personally if I owned one of these fine automobiles, I would take that as an insult! Well till next time, stay out of trouble and come back for some more On Screen Cars!
Category: 1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 (1), The Bounty Hunter (1), Gerald Butler (1), Jennifer Aniston (1)
Tags: car, oldsmobile, convertible, 1975