Cinematic cars: Mercedes-Benz 280SE (W108) in “The Driver” (1978)
In this scene from 1978’s “The Driver,” the eponymous character (Ryan O’Neal, in a wooden performance) is asked to prove his chops in advance of a job (as the film’s title insinuates, the character is auditioning as the getaway driver of a bank heist). The audition commences suitably enough – the O’Neal character admirably hoons a W108 280SE, tires screeching in protest – but then it descends into senseless driver-on-car violence, culminating in the destruction of the poor Merc. Such a pretty color, too. Why couldn’t it have ended after the bumpers were knocked off?! A touring car-look Mercedes would have made such a sweet getaway car.
Factoid: it’s been said the driver part was originally written for one Steve McQueen. One wonders why he didn’t take it?
There are a number of other fine car scenes in the film as well.