I’m a little late on this but this is the first time I have had time to really write something.
Corvette Summer came out on June 2, 1978. It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years since I saw this great movie in theaters. Reviewers slammed the movie thinking that Mark Hamill’s follow-up to Star Wars would be great but it only did a dismal $15 Million and some say started the downward spiral of Hamill’s career. I say WHO CARES! It was a fun movie about boy gets car, boy customizes car, car gets stolen, boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets car back, boy gets girl back. It’s not a real deep movie but a fun movie and you accept it for what it is.
I was almost 9 years old when I saw this movie and I thought that ’73 Corvette was the coolest car in existence. The right hand drive blew me away. There were 2 cars built for the movie. One went to Australia to a private collector and was restored but looks nothing like the car did in the film. The other was seen in a couple of museums here in the U.S. last being the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY. This car was also sold to a private collector and is said to still be intact as it was seen in the movie.
The 1973 Corvettes were customized by Korky’s Kustom Studios and Vanessa’s Van (Annie Potts) was by Holiday Wheels, Inc. of California.
The movie was available on VHS in 1989 and didn’t resurface again until 1997. In 2005 it came out on DVD and is still available today.
This movie kind of sparked my interest in cars and hotrods. Not to mention my first glimpse at boobs. Yeah, they were Annie Potts boobs but boobs none the less. At 9 years old this was monumental.
If you haven’t seen Corvette Summer you need to because it’s a fun little movie with a lot of great cars. Early titles for the film were Stingray and The Hot One. Some think this led to the film basically being a flop because the movie studio changed the name.
Check out this Unofficial Corvette Summer website for a bunch of great information and pics of the film.