What Car Does Chris Tucker Drive in Rush Hour? A Detailed Look

June 11, 2024

Corvette convertibles hold an iconic status in movies, often symbolizing a character's coolness, wealth, and street smarts. These vehicles help audiences quickly connect with characters, enhancing their persona without needing extensive dialogue.

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The Corvette in "Rush Hour 2"

In "Rush Hour 2," a '72 Corvette is the car for LAPD Detective James Carter (played by Chris Tucker) and Chief Inspector Lee (played by Jackie Chan) as they pursue criminals in Los Angeles. The Corvette used in the sequel was a replica of the one used in the first "Rush Hour" movie. Ted Moser, a well-known figure in the movie car industry, was responsible for sourcing and preparing it.

Ted Moser's Contribution

Ted Moser, known for his work on "Fast & Furious 2," purchased the car in Las Vegas and modified it to match the original film's vehicle's look. Modifications included new Appliance mag wheels and a black paint job to maintain the character's style and aesthetic.

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Technical Aspects of the Corvette

The 1972 Corvette features a 350ci, 270hp engine, and an automatic transmission. The automatic transmission is typically favored in movies for practical reasons, such as ease of driving for actors and seamless filming. Often, movie cars are trailered behind camera cars with special rigs to simulate natural driving scenes, allowing actors to focus on their performance while ensuring smooth filming.

Specifications

The Corvette boasts a 350 V8 engine equivalent to 5.7 liters. The standard model has 200 horsepower, while the ZR1 racing model ranges between 255 to 300 horsepower. Over 50% of C3 models came with automatic transmission, though manual was historically available too.

Actor Interaction

Chris Tucker, who played Detective James Carter, was particularly fond of the Corvette. Being a car enthusiast and Ferrari owner himself, he appreciated how the car's style and performance fit his character. Despite its name, "Rush Hour 2" didn't feature any traffic-heavy scenes or car chases, which Moser noted was an ironic twist.

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Dimensions and Wheels

The Corvette's dimensions include a wheelbase of approximately 98 inches, an overall length of 15 feet, and an overall height of 3.9 feet. It rides on 205/75 R15 tires mounted on 15-inch rims.

Suspension and Brakes

For the suspension, the front includes tube shocks, coil springs, and a stabilizer bar, while the rear features tube shocks and an anti-roll bar. The brakes are hydraulic vented four-wheel disc brakes, ensuring effective stopping power.

Collector's Item

The 1972 Corvette Convertible used in "Rush Hour" was auctioned on eBay, with bids reaching $17,990 and a Buy It Now price of $49,998. The car's dash is signed by Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, the stars of "Rush Hour," which adds to its collectibility. The seller claims the Corvette is one of the most famous due to its appearance in the movies, increasing its value among collectors.

Production and Market Value

Approximately 27,000 units of the 1972 Corvette were produced. Initially sold at around 5533 Euros, its current market value stands at $23,000 - $25,000 in the USA and $33,000 - $36,000 in Canada, depending on its condition.

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