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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
3/21/24 1:09 p.m.
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Always wished you could have your own wild, tricked-out Corvette like the one from "Corvette Summer?" Well, here’s your chance.


Billed as a promotional vehicle used to promote the 1978 film, the Corvette features a rebuilt engine, four-speed gearbox and 44,000 original miles, per the seller.

Although Mark Hamill is not included in the sale, the car is accompanied by a …

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
3/21/24 1:10 p.m.

J.G. sent this to me yesterday and told me to post it before he buys it, so someone here better pony up before it becomes our next project car. wink

aircooled
aircooled MegaDork
3/21/24 1:17 p.m.

No... no I don't.

kevlarcorolla
kevlarcorolla Dork
3/21/24 1:20 p.m.

Its hard to make that era of 'vette worse than stock but they really went over the top with that.

ClearWaterMS
ClearWaterMS Reader
3/21/24 1:28 p.m.

$75k for a car that Hagerty says is worth between $8k and $25k.  This is an awful lot for provenance from a movie most people have never heard.

STM317
STM317 PowerDork
3/21/24 1:34 p.m.

Couldn't even clock the horn button properly in the steering wheel...

jimbob_racing
jimbob_racing SuperDork
3/21/24 1:36 p.m.

It might be worth that with the steering wheel on the right like in the movie.

As a dumb, young kid I desperately wanted this car. But the sane older person that I've become wonders what the heck I was thinking back then. 

ClearWaterMS
ClearWaterMS Reader
3/21/24 1:44 p.m.
jimbob_racing said:

It might be worth that with the steering wheel on the right like in the movie.

As a dumb, young kid I desperately wanted this car. But the sane older person that I've become wonders what the heck I was thinking back then. 

why was the steering wheel on the right?  Was it because it was a UK car or was it a weird mirrored camera effect?

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/21/24 1:47 p.m.
Colin Wood said:

J.G. sent this to me yesterday and told me to post it before he buys it, so someone here better pony up before it becomes our next project car. wink

I am that someone. :) 

Coniglio Rampante
Coniglio Rampante Reader
3/21/24 2:12 p.m.

If I recall correctly, this was the movie Hamill starred in right after the smash hit of Star Wars.  That's all I have to offer.  

75 large for a promo car for largely forgotten movie?  Meh.

 

DasAuto
DasAuto GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/21/24 2:18 p.m.
Coniglio Rampante said:

If I recall correctly, this was the movie Hamill starred in right after the smash hit of Star Wars.  That's all I have to offer.  

75 large for a promo car for largely forgotten movie?  Meh.

Filmed before Star Wars released and came out the year after. Then he had the accident that changed his face. So it's like the only other movie you see baby faced Luke Skywalker.

As a B-movie, it's not terrible. The bad guy's Firebird Formula was pretty cool. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/21/24 2:28 p.m.

In reply to DasAuto :

Three hood scoops, in fact. 

jharry3
jharry3 GRM+ Memberand Dork
3/21/24 2:31 p.m.

I remember two things about this movie. 

Annie Potts smart mouth and also Luke Skywalker coming out of a 55 gal drum of used motor oil.

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
3/21/24 3:18 p.m.
ClearWaterMS said:
jimbob_racing said:

It might be worth that with the steering wheel on the right like in the movie.

As a dumb, young kid I desperately wanted this car. But the sane older person that I've become wonders what the heck I was thinking back then. 

why was the steering wheel on the right?  Was it because it was a UK car or was it a weird mirrored camera effect?

The wheel was moved to the right mostly so they could shoot Hamill having conversations out the window with people on the sidewalk. The actual execution was horrifying, with a chain drive for the steering and some mail-truck style controls for the pedals.

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
3/21/24 3:21 p.m.
JG Pasterjak said:
ClearWaterMS said:
jimbob_racing said:

It might be worth that with the steering wheel on the right like in the movie.

As a dumb, young kid I desperately wanted this car. But the sane older person that I've become wonders what the heck I was thinking back then. 

why was the steering wheel on the right?  Was it because it was a UK car or was it a weird mirrored camera effect?

The wheel was moved to the right mostly so they could shoot Hamill having conversations out the window with people on the sidewalk. The actual execution was horrifying, with a chain drive for the steering and some mail-truck style controls for the pedals.

There's some steering linkage pics in this old corvette form post. i warn you it's not for the faint of heart.

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/21/24 3:24 p.m.

i know i'm poking the bear, but i think i see a challenge tech PASS sticker on there...

Russian Warship, Go Berkeley Yourself
Russian Warship, Go Berkeley Yourself PowerDork
3/21/24 3:48 p.m.
DasAuto said:
Coniglio Rampante said:

If I recall correctly, this was the movie Hamill starred in right after the smash hit of Star Wars.  That's all I have to offer.  

75 large for a promo car for largely forgotten movie?  Meh.

Filmed before Star Wars released and came out the year after. Then he had the accident that changed his face. So it's like the only other movie you see baby faced Luke Skywalker.

As a B-movie, it's not terrible. The bad guy's Firebird Formula was pretty cool. 

Hamill's accident occurred in January 11th, 1977 while Star Wars  was still in production.  A land speeder scene used a double in some shots because of this.

Corvette Summer's filming scheduled for June, 1977 was delayed because of the accident.   Principal photography began on July 25th, 1977. 
Source


Star Wars was released May 25th, 1977.

Gimp (Forum Supporter)
Gimp (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
3/21/24 4:51 p.m.

This movie is how I learned to mix screwdrivers and solidified by undying love of Annie Potts.

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
3/21/24 5:01 p.m.

I never got around to seeing that movie, but it on Youtube so I'll check it out now.  I could use a little dose of 1970s cheesiness.  smiley

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/21/24 5:09 p.m.

Just to get things rolling:

 

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
3/21/24 7:23 p.m.
stuart in mn said:

I never got around to seeing that movie, but it on Youtube so I'll check it out now.  I could use a little dose of 1970s cheesiness.  smiley

So, I just watched it.  It wasn't as bad as I expected, although it was more like a 1970s made for TV movie.  I didn't know Danny Bonaduce was in it.  smiley

 I think the bad guy's Firebird was the same car that Ponch in the TV show CHiPs drove, and one of the low riders had a Vega station wagon that I think appeared in the music video Low Rider by War.  Annie Pott's van was pretty bitchin' too.

ddavidv
ddavidv UltimaDork
3/22/24 7:08 a.m.

The Firebird from the movie:

The Ponchmobile from Chips:

The Ponchmobile was damaged at least 3 times during the show, once in a rollover. Questionable it is the same car but I suppose it's possible. Both cars have been determined to be 1971 models.

300zxfreak
300zxfreak Reader
3/22/24 8:05 a.m.

Hot Wheels on drugs......

 

 

Jerry
Jerry PowerDork
3/22/24 8:41 a.m.

I remember the movie, it hit the right age for this kid.

And trying to get my Star Wars friends interested has not panned out.  Thankfully it's out of my budget.  (And at 5 currently I'm full-up.)

preach
preach GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
3/22/24 8:45 a.m.

Not sorry, that car makes me want to vomit.

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