Written by Zach Martin on December 15, 2017
If you’re a Star Wars fan, chances are you’ve been at the movies in the last 12 hours to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi. With massive blockbusters like this, it’s easy to forget that the actors also starred in other movies. In the case of actor Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), he starred in Corvette Summer back when the original Star Wars trilogy was filmed.
Though this car is one heck of a thing to behold, some may not know what it is. This was the 1972 Corvette from the movie Corvette Summer, which was released in 1978. The star of the film, Mark Hamill, played a Corvette-obsessed high-school kid named Ken Dantley Jr. When the shop class Stingray is stolen, his journey to find it leads him to Las Vegas. It couldn’t be too hard to find, considering the insane styling of the car.
We can’t say that it goes as fast as it looks because it only has a standard 350 small-block with an aluminum Edelbrock intake and carburetor on top. Other than the intense paintjob, turbine wheels, side pipes, and the tilt nose, notice that the car is right-hand-drive. Yeah. This was accomplished by sprockets and a chain from a Harley Davidson motorcycle that connected the end of the steering shaft to the box, which remained on the left side of the car.