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Classy 1966 Chevrolet Corvette - Back To School

The Star '66 Convertible From The Underclassmen

Cam Benty Aug 1, 2004
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Corvettes have class. Few can dispute that. This '66, which starred in the recent movie The Underclassmen, was one of the classiest things to hit the screen. With a Marina Blue paint scheme, knock-offs, and side exhaust, this little convertible made a hit with the crew and the stars.

Ted Moser, of Picture Car Warehouse, originally purchased the '66 for the film. Having provided storage for the '66 convertible of another star (no names, please), Moser was aware of the cool, classy nature of the convertibles, but hadn't had a lot of seat time. Despite a penchant for Hemi-powered Mopars, the '66 struck a chord with Moser. While shooting the '66 for Corvette Fever (which required a short two-day loan-out procedure to the editor), it was clear Moser and the folks at Picture Car Warehouse sorely missed the car. Upon its return, it was scrutinized front to back by the staff to ensure no damage had been inflicted on their prized machine.

The '66 is an original 300hp, 327ci-powered convertible complete with white soft top, knock-offs, and side exhaust. The blue vinyl interior was restored to original and was the perfect setting to show off the movie's stars. The movie features Shawn Ashmore (X-Men, X-2) as an undercover detective who enters a private school to break up an international stolen-car ring. While just showing up for the film, which was shot in Canada, should have been enough, the '66 literally had to jump through hoops to fulfill its feature obligations. As part of the scripting, the Corvette was required to "jump" like a low-rider. With $4,500 in suspension modifications that included a full hydraulics kit, removal of the rear leaf spring, and other small modifications, the car jumped for the movie. Moser is a master at not killing cars with irreversible changes, especially his prized '66. Upon its return to Los Angeles, all of the hydraulic systems were removed. In Moser's words, "You'd never know they were ever there."

Pretty classy, eh?

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