Corvettes easily captured American’s hearts on the road and it didn’t take long before they were stealing hearts from the big screen. These Corvettes in movies are only a small handful of the several films that have helped shaped Corvette into the elite and powerful muscle car that it is today.
When the concept Corvette for Transformers was revealed in 2009, fans were amazed. Known as Autobot Sideswipe, it was built to represent Corvette’s past, present, and future. Elements from several Corvette generations found their way onto the concept, including the 1963, spilt rear window. The Corvette Transformer was interior and exterior was high in design, but so was the powertrain. The Corvette Transformer was a conceptual hybrid powertrain with a V8 engine with cylinder deactivation for higher fuel efficiency (Jalopnik). This preview Chevy put together to highlight all of their cars featured in the Transformers film, including SideSwipe.
The Last Stand Corvette
When The Last Stand premiered many fell in love with the film’s unexpected star, a souped up Corvette ZR1. The Last Stand Corvette was the perfect choice for the high speed and dangerous lifestyle of cartel drug runners. It blew through police blockades, SVU’s, and even beat out a helicopter. Chevrolet gave the film’s directors 7 Corvette ZR1s for shooting and when filming wrapped the directors were only able to give back two. Neither of which were in good condition.
There can’t be a list of popular Corvette movies without Corvette Summer. Featuring a young Mark Hamill, Corvette Summer was a wild tale of unexpected romance, thieves, and fast cars. The featured Corvette was a customized Stingray with right-hand-drive. For shooting purposes there were two Corvettes made. One still lives in the United States with a private collector while the other was sold to a collector in Australia. The original mold for the car can be seen on display in the National Corvette Museum.
Apollo 13 Corvette
It’s well known that Corvettes and astronauts have history. In the 1960’s Corvette made a deal with NASA to give each astronaut a new Corvette. So naturally when Apollo 13 was filmed, Corvettes were included. Tom Hanks’ character drove a red 1970 Corvette, which was featured in the well-known scene of it pulling up next to a Shelby GT350 at a stoplight. Gary Sinese was filmed in a Y-body ‘Vette as the grounded astronaut and CAPCOM.
Rush Hour Corvette
This 1972 convertible is better known as the Rush Hour Corvette. For ease of shooting purposes this 1972 is an automatic with a 350ci, 270hp engine. Chris Tucker, who is a fan of nice cars himself and a Ferrari owner, said he enjoyed the Corvette and thought it fit his personality. The original Rush Hour Corvette was auctioned off before anyone knew that there would be a Rush Hour 2. Fortunately, Ted Moser was brought in to transform a second black Corvette to match the original.
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