What else could today's car pic be but this?
1950 Mercury, made famous by thespian Sylvester Stallone in the epic period piece "Cobra". Yes, the one shown is a 1951, but post war '49 - '51 were very similar in appearance. Given the 8 cylinder flathead motor and smooth lines, the Mercury 8 was a favorite for hot-rodders, with the Hirohata Merc one of the most famous.
Obviously, "Cobra" isn't the most enduring picture to feature the 1950s Merc. That title would belong to one of two movies that feature the car: "Rebel Without a Cause", from 1955; or "American Graffiti" from 1973. While the Merc wasn't the star of either, being in two such iconic films certainly didn't harm the car's reputation as a hot rod.
Between the '50 Merc and the '57 Bel Air, I think we've got hot rods covered...
That is all.