Another bit of the story for you......
The producers of "Cobra," for instance, went bankrupt and took advantage of a lot of people--I was one of them. When we did the movie, they gave me a down payment, and I built seven 1950 Mercs. But after the movie, because I'd heard about their financial troubles, I'd told them, 'I'm keeping the cars until you pay the balance of what you owe me." And they were, like, "Oh, yeah, yeah. No problem.' So they told me they were bringing a check and a transporter for the cars. The driver came into my office and said, "I know you’re not going to release these cars until you’re paid, so here are the keys to my transporter. I'm just supposed to wait here until the accountant brings the check down. But could you do me a favor and line up the cars--I need to load 'em up quickly once he gets here.' So we lined 'em up, and then I got a phone call: My secretary said, "It’s the accountant with the check. He's lost. And he insists on talking to you.' So I took the call, and he started asking me all these weird questions-- "I'm on this street, I'm on that street:' And while I was talking to him, I heard a noise out front. So I put the phone down and ran outside, and all the cars were speeding around the comer. The truck was a decoy. They had a bunch of drivers hiding who came up and told my guys they were supposed to load up the cars-that I gave the okay-then they hopped in the cars and drove off. They stole the cars, and there was nothing I could do. The police just said it was a civil matter.
1952 Chevy Custom Styleline.