Every driver knows that, when a red stoplight is reached, it is "eyes forward" for the whole turn-to-green wait. There's no fussing with one's hair in the rearview mirror, no fiddling with the radio, no dealing with screens, nada.
But if you happen to be driving "Hell's Chariot," the flame-fantastic wheels from "Grease," you may have to give the other drivers surrounding you at the stoplight a break: They'll be staring, a little agog, and probably flush with jealousy.
That could be you they're jealous over, you lucky so-and-so, if you place the winning bid at Julien's Auctions over the last Friday and Saturday in June. A whole revved-up fleet of Hollywood cars are going on the block, including the mean machine driven along the LA River by Danny's rival during the white-knuckled chase scene near the end of "Grease."
Danny, of course, being John Travolta, but did we even need to mention that? Practically everyone knows every last bit of minutia involving the 1978 movie musical. But did you know star Olivia Newton-John signed the dashboard of this beauty? Prepare to show that off to friends and strangers alike, if you nab this car.
The hard-to-miss 1949 Mercury Series 9CM Custom Convertible won't be the only famous wheels to roll home with a new owner come the end of June: A 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo seen in "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" will be up for grabs. Look also for an iconic orange Dodge Charger driven in -- or flown in? -- "The Dukes of Hazzard" and a KITT car from "Knight Rider."
More celebrity-related autos are in the fender-iffic flow.
Yeah, other drivers'll do the stoplight-stare at you if you're sitting at the steering wheel in any of those, too. That's just a fact of the road.
Even if you're not up for bidding on any of the famous cars on Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27, you can do the whole admiring thing, much like you might do while stopped in your own vehicle at an intersection, but on food and in person.
The Beverly Hills auction house will welcome visitors to the exhibition, ahead of the auction, from Monday, June 22, through Friday, June 26.