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Cobra Kai's Ralph Macchio reveals that he owns the 'wax on, wax off' car from 'The Karate Kid'

And that 1947 Ford Super Deluxe Convertible from the movie is the same car in Cobra Kai.

By James Comtois
Cobra Kai PRESS

Way back in the ‘80s when Ralph Macchio wasn’t a 60-year-old man (wait, seriously? He’s 60? That’s legit bananas.) training the young bucks karate in his own dojo but was instead himself The Karate Kid, he (or to be more precise, his character Daniel LaRusso) practiced martial arts on a 1947 Ford Super Deluxe Convertible. 

Many of you may be wondering, “Whatever happened to that car? Like, the original from the 1984 movie, since the one featured in the Cobra Kai spinoff sequel series has to be a replica? Also, are you sure he's 60?” Okay, only some of you may be wondering that. Well, wonder no longer, because the ageless Macchio has the answer. 

In an appearance on The Late Show on Tuesday, the Cobra Kai star told host Stephen Colbert that the vintage automobile (aka the “wax on, wax off car”) was gifted to him after Karate Kid Part III wrapped. (So, apparently some good things came from that second little-loved sequel after all.)  

Of course, he was strongly hinting that he wanted it. “I asked to pay for it hoping that maybe [Columbia Pictures would let me have it],” Macchio told a very envious Colbert, adding that “the car in the show is that car.” And while Netflix doesn’t rent it from him for use in the Netflix series, Macchio was quick to point out that “they got it all fixed up for me. It’s awesome.” 

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Colbert also pointed out that Season 4 of Cobra Kai is currently No.1 on Netflix in the U.S., with a score of 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. “It’s been above and beyond in everything,” the humble and amazingly young-looking Macchio said on the show’s critical and commercial success. Talk about sweeping the leg! 

The first four seasons of Cobra Kai are available to stream on Netflix. Season 5 has wrapped production, though no word on a premiere date yet.