If I had got around to writing this a couple hours earlier, the headline would have been “Check out this awesome movie car YOU could own!” But now it looks like the chance to own the Mirth Mobile has come and gone now. This particular 1976 AMC Pacer, made famous by Wayne Campell and Garth Algar in Wayne’s World and Wayne’s World 2 made headlines leading up to this weekend’s Barrett-Jackson car auction – and why wouldn’t it? The car, complete with licorice dispenser and CD player, is a legend.
— The A.V. Club (@TheAVClub) October 14, 2016
Being a young child in the early 90’s, I loved watching the Wayne’s World movies. A bunch of the humour went over my head back in the day, but I caught enough to thoroughly enjoy it – plus I thought the idea of these long-haired scraggly kids doing their own TV show was super cool. Maybe that was the earliest motivation for me to get into the broadcasting field? Of course I’ve always been into cars, but on first sight I had no idea what Wayne & Garth’s car even was. I had to ask my dad, who explained to me that it was an AMC Pacer. Makes sense – American Motors Corporation ceased operating before I was even born. That car though, while not being the prettiest around, just seemed so cool. Maybe it was the people driving it, or maybe it was the cool add-ons like a licorice dispenser:
Or the pop fountain:
Or perhaps the CD player, able to play tasty jams from the Red Hot Chili Peppers:
And of course, Queen:
To this day, I still can’t hear that song in a car (or anytime, really) without headbanging immediately when it gets to the headbanging part.
You know, sometimes it’s not about the crazy accessories a car has – sometimes it’s about the basics, like the hood, which is more than capable of supporting two people who just want to lay looking up at the stars and ask questions about Bugs Bunny dressing up like a girl bunny:
Hey, does anyone know a good place around here to go and lay on the hood of a car to watch planes coming in and landing like this? I’ve hung out at the Wendy’s on Airport Road in Toronto a few times, but you can’t get anywhere near as close to the action as they are here.
The car doesn’t look like a performance marvel by any stretch of the imagination, but it’ll go quick enough to get some attention from the T-1000.
I remember as a kid at Paramount Canada’s Wonderland (back when Paramount still owned it) coming across a Mirthmobile and thinking it was the coolest thing ever. I say “a” instead of “the” because I’m sure there’s more than one of them floating around. A quick internet search of “mirthmobile” certainly does suggest that. For example, you could find one at the Branson Celebrity Car Museum as of June 2016:
Then there’s this one, which was purchased by Rich during an episode of Pawn Stars:
Sadly, I was late pulling the trigger on writing this blog. The Mirthmobile hit the auction block this afternoon:
— marc (@ba55bar) October 15, 2016
It sold for $37,400. You could probably get a similarly-sized brand new car for about half of that, but it just wouldn’t have the same character. Plus, this car has been completely restored, with a stereo upgrade, so you’d think it would be somewhat reliable. Click that link at the start of this paragraph to see more photos.
I just hope the new owner respects the Number 1 Rule of the Mirthmobile:
And for those of you who might be in the market for a movie car, don’t forget The DeLorean is coming back!