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Marcus Scribner and His Father Bond Over a Classic Muscle Car

The actor, from shows such as ‘black-ish’ and ‘grown-ish,’ inherited his love of this 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport from his father, Troy
Troy Scribner, standing, and Marcus Scribner in Los Angeles with their Chevelle SS.

Troy Scribner, standing, and Marcus Scribner in Los Angeles with their Chevelle SS.

By A.J. Baime | Photographs by Julien James for The Wall Street Journal
Nov. 19, 2022 10:00 am ET

Marcus Scribner, 22, an actor known for his work on the television shows “black-ish” and “grown-ish,” and his father Troy Scribner, 51, co-president of a movie production company, both living in Los Angeles, on their 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, as told to A.J. Baime.
Troy Scribner: I was raised in Los Angeles and have lived there all my life. When I was in elementary school, my cousin Kenny picked me up in a Chevelle to go see the movie “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.” Ever since, I have loved Chevelles. At the time, I had a neighborhood acquaintance—who later became my father-in-law—who ran a tow-truck shop that still exists [the photos for this article were taken at the shop]. He had a Chevelle, and I just loved being around it. For years, I went to a 7-Eleven every Thursday to pick up the latest Auto Trader magazine, so I could price out Chevelles. I could never afford to buy one and do what I wanted with it. So, for my 50th birthday, I decided to go all out.
Troy Scribner bought his ‘dream car’ for his 50th birthday.
Detail of the car’s front end, with the Chevelle badge on the grille.
Marcus Scribner: This was my dad’s dream car, and he spent a lot of time searching for the right one. He found his Chevelle for sale at a car museum. I am super into cars. I grew up loving American muscle. But me and my friend group are really into JDM cars—Japanese Domestic Market cars—cars made for the Japanese market. Nissans and Toyotas, stuff you can get for relatively cheap. The Chevelle is one car where my father and I meet in the middle. It’s one of my favorite cars of all time.
Troy: The fact that this Chevelle is from 1970 is important. For me, this is the ultimate muscle car, with the 454-cubic-inch V-8 engine. At the time it was built, federal regulations were about to limit the performance that American cars could have, and the 454 was the biggest engine you could get in the Chevelle. The 1970 Chevelle was like the end of an era. When I bought mine, I had it sent out to get it painted; it turned out better than I expected. I had the 454 engine rebuilt. I got the wheels custom, and power steering and brakes built in.


Troy and Marcus Scribner with their 1970 Chevelle SS, which Troy calls ‘the ultimate muscle car.’


Marcus: My father and I take it to car shows on weekends and we try to create as many new gear heads as we can by showing this car and trying to inspire people to search for their own dream car. That’s what I love most about the car community, how it’s about passion and how inclusive it is. It doesn’t matter what race you are, what gender, what ethnicity, and any economic background. There’s a car out there for you and it’s something you can use to express your own creativity.


Troy: Marcus and I have bonded over the time we have spent with the Chevelle. It’s so fun to drive, it’s ridiculous. To see Marcus’s eyes light up when he’s driving it—I just love it. I think about the Chevelles I remember from when I was a kid—my cousin Kenny’s Chevelle, and the Chevelle in my father-in-law’s tow-truck shop. I am so humbled and happy to get to drive my Chevelle and share some family history with my son.
‘Cowl Induction’ refers to the way the car’s engine consumes air.
Troy Scribner had the 1970 Chevelle painted; ‘it turned out better than I expected,’ he says.
‘Marcus and I have bonded over the time we have spent with the Chevelle,’ said Troy. ‘It’s so fun to drive, it’s ridiculous.’
Write to A.J. Baime at [email protected].
 
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Marcus Scribner and His Father Bond Over a Classic Muscle Car
The actor, from shows such as ‘black-ish’ and ‘grown-ish,’ inherited his love of this 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport from his father, Troy
Troy Scribner, standing, and Marcus Scribner in Los Angeles with their Chevelle SS.

Troy Scribner, standing, and Marcus Scribner in Los Angeles with their Chevelle SS.

By A.J. Baime | Photographs by Julien James for The Wall Street Journal
Nov. 19, 2022 10:00 am ET

Marcus Scribner, 22, an actor known for his work on the television shows “black-ish” and “grown-ish,” and his father Troy Scribner, 51, co-president of a movie production company, both living in Los Angeles, on their 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, as told to A.J. Baime.
Troy Scribner: I was raised in Los Angeles and have lived there all my life. When I was in elementary school, my cousin Kenny picked me up in a Chevelle to go see the movie “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.” Ever since, I have loved Chevelles. At the time, I had a neighborhood acquaintance—who later became my father-in-law—who ran a tow-truck shop that still exists [the photos for this article were taken at the shop]. He had a Chevelle, and I just loved being around it. For years, I went to a 7-Eleven every Thursday to pick up the latest Auto Trader magazine, so I could price out Chevelles. I could never afford to buy one and do what I wanted with it. So, for my 50th birthday, I decided to go all out.
Troy Scribner bought his ‘dream car’ for his 50th birthday.
Detail of the car’s front end, with the Chevelle badge on the grille.
Marcus Scribner: This was my dad’s dream car, and he spent a lot of time searching for the right one. He found his Chevelle for sale at a car museum. I am super into cars. I grew up loving American muscle. But me and my friend group are really into JDM cars—Japanese Domestic Market cars—cars made for the Japanese market. Nissans and Toyotas, stuff you can get for relatively cheap. The Chevelle is one car where my father and I meet in the middle. It’s one of my favorite cars of all time.
Troy: The fact that this Chevelle is from 1970 is important. For me, this is the ultimate muscle car, with the 454-cubic-inch V-8 engine. At the time it was built, federal regulations were about to limit the performance that American cars could have, and the 454 was the biggest engine you could get in the Chevelle. The 1970 Chevelle was like the end of an era. When I bought mine, I had it sent out to get it painted; it turned out better than I expected. I had the 454 engine rebuilt. I got the wheels custom, and power steering and brakes built in.


Troy and Marcus Scribner with their 1970 Chevelle SS, which Troy calls ‘the ultimate muscle car.’


Marcus: My father and I take it to car shows on weekends and we try to create as many new gear heads as we can by showing this car and trying to inspire people to search for their own dream car. That’s what I love most about the car community, how it’s about passion and how inclusive it is. It doesn’t matter what race you are, what gender, what ethnicity, and any economic background. There’s a car out there for you and it’s something you can use to express your own creativity.


Troy: Marcus and I have bonded over the time we have spent with the Chevelle. It’s so fun to drive, it’s ridiculous. To see Marcus’s eyes light up when he’s driving it—I just love it. I think about the Chevelles I remember from when I was a kid—my cousin Kenny’s Chevelle, and the Chevelle in my father-in-law’s tow-truck shop. I am so humbled and happy to get to drive my Chevelle and share some family history with my son.
‘Cowl Induction’ refers to the way the car’s engine consumes air.
Troy Scribner had the 1970 Chevelle painted; ‘it turned out better than I expected,’ he says.
‘Marcus and I have bonded over the time we have spent with the Chevelle,’ said Troy. ‘It’s so fun to drive, it’s ridiculous.’
Write to A.J. Baime at [email protected].
Marcus and Troy:

I'm a German car guy(now) but I grew up with muscle cars in the late 70's in New Jersey. My entire neighborhood was Chevys! Camaros, Novas, 55s, El Caminos, Vettes, Chevelles. Neighbor had a 1969 Z28. It was nnniiiicccceeee! I had a 1966 Chevelle with Cragars. We used to cruise Friday nights on Route 35 and Englistown is about 15 miles from me. I'm Black and I've been a car guy since I was 16. Your Chevelle is slamming!!! Love the wheels. I suspect it's a Turbo 400. Need to convert it to a Tremec 6 speed clutch. Keep up the good work fellas. Send some sun to Jersey! Google: David Alston + Mobil1. I shot this commercial with my old skool Jetta.
 

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Chevelle is definitely quintessential muscle car, its that and the same era/year Challenger that come to mind for me when I think American Muscle. Could do without those wheels though....
 

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Lose the wheels and steering wheel and it would be perfect.
yep... a little too hip hop or something that seems to be from a certain demographic neighborhood/music culture. I am not a fan. But then I'm in my 70's and rap just seems like crap to me (not all the time, but it's too played out for my taste)
 
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yep... a little too hip hop or something that seems to be from a certain demographic neighborhood/music culture. I am not a fan. But then I'm in my 70's and rap just seems like crap to me (not all the time, but it's too played out for my taste)
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Your statement seems a little racist don't you think. I'm Black, been a car guy and I'm younger than uou. Most music these days is terrible. Not just rap. I think he bought the car like that. His dad owns a production company. Do they "look" Ghetto? Not to me. When I see white guys in NJ with those huge Dodge Ram trucks with flags and "F Biden" what should I assume? *******, racist ahole? Probably.

I held a TS/SCI security clearance and worked at Langley. My mom had a masters in education. Would you know that if I didn't tell you? Nope! So let's not judge people without knowing anything about them. Makes you REALLY ignorant.
 

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Audi:

Your statement seems a little racist don't you think. I'm Black, been a car guy and I'm younger than uou. Most music these days is terrible. Not just rap. I think he bought the car like that. His dad owns a production company. Do they "look" Ghetto? Not to me. When I see white guys in NJ with those huge Dodge Ram trucks with flags and "F Biden" what should I assume? ***, racist ahole? Probably.

I held a TS/SCI security clearance and worked at Langley. My mom had a masters in education. Would you know that if I didn't tell you? Nope! So let's not judge people without knowing anything about them. Makes you REALLY ignorant.
I guess I should have not singled out certain music, since my sense of music that seems listenable goes back a long ways. Decades and decades and decades...... and on and on

So yes, I will say that most music these days is terrible. Agreed

As to the car, yes I believe he did buy it that way. I actually wasn't considering 'ghetto' in my comment. More that a lot of well heeled 'musicians' with money would perhaps identify with wheels like that. 'Neighborhood' in a much larger sense of the word. I never said a word about whether they were uneducated or unsophisticated. I do feel wheels like that are overplayed so I'll let it go at that.

As to me judging the 'person' driving the car? I wasn't doing that. i was judging how the car is set up and whether it appealed to me.
If you are trying to make a statement that I would judge you as a person based on your choice of wheels (education, TSI clearance), you are off in left field in your own imagination.
I don't judge people based on superficial things. I do make a judgement in my mind on superficial things as to whether I like them or not. Or whether they really add to the car
(wheels, steering wheel,)

But those are a matter of taste. Not a blanket statement as to who is driving it.

The My Ride Series has had a number of cars that were sporting wheels (to my mind) that didn't really fit the sense of the car as whole. Or some of the cars were just really not visually something that I would have chosen or liked to drive. Some were from the 40's and somewhat updated. Some were Lo Riders and I said the same thing about those cars that it seemed they were chosen from some other cultural connection (not bad, not good), just really different.

Could i have worded my post differently as to be more clear . ? Agreed. I sure could have

Funny, by having to actually reconsider the car as a whole, I don't mind the wheels as much as I had originally thought. They are growing on me. So thanks for giving me a moment to review the wheels, car and take another couple looks. I wouldn't say they are 'bad' or 'strange' so much as something I wouldn't have spent my money on. They do look very expensive and well built.
 
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Funny, by having to actually reconsider the car as a whole, I don't mind the wheels as much as I had originally thought. They are growing on me. So thanks for giving me a moment to review the wheels, car and take another couple looks. I wouldn't say they are 'bad' or 'strange' so much as something I wouldn't have spent my money on. They do look very expensive and well built.
I still hate them. :ROFLMAO:
 

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"Troy: The fact that this Chevelle is from 1970 is important. For me, this is the ultimate muscle car, with the 454-cubic-inch V-8 engine. At the time it was built, federal regulations were about to limit the performance that American cars could have, and the 454 was the biggest engine you could get in the Chevelle. The 1970 Chevelle was like the end of an era. When I bought mine, I had it sent out to get it painted; it turned out better than I expected. I had the 454 engine rebuilt. I got the wheels custom, and power steering and brakes built in."

He bought the wheels himself. And you know what? I think they look great. After all, it's his dream car. I love Chevelles, close to my fav car of all time. Would I do the steering wheel and wheels like he did? Maybe not. But who tf am I to judge? Car looks amazing, mine would have a rock-crusher tho, jus' sayin'...
 
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