- On the adventure ROUTE
66/CBS/1960-64, Tod Stiles (Martin Milner)
a carefree, college grad with a privileged
past inherited a
Corvette convertible from his father and began to travel about
the country on a search for self discovery.
Tod shared his trip and expenses with Buz
Murdock (George Maharis) a streetwise Hell's
Kitchen orphan from New York.
When Buz left the series in November
of 1962, he was replaced by Linc Case (Glenn
Corbett), a disillusioned Vietnam war hero
from Houston, who remained Tod's traveling
companion until the series ended after a
hundred and sixteen episodes.
According to Martin Milner, during the first
year of the program a 'fifty-nine Corvette
convertible was used. However, the program's
sponsor was anxious to showcase their newer
1960 model (License No. 20-7876), so writer
Sterling Silliphant scripted a scenario
wherein their car crashed while saving the
life of a wealthy man who in appreciation
replaced their damaged car with a new one.
Each year thereafter, a brand-new model
Corvette was provided courtesy of Chevrolet.
When the producer's were deciding on what car
to use for the series, Martin Milner hoped for
a Ferrari, but the Corvette won out.
In 1993, a short-lived NBC version of ROUTE 66
continued the story line with a young man
named Nick Lewis (James Wilder) who traveled
to the Midwest to claim an inheritance of a
perfectly preserved 1961 red and white
Chevrolet Corvette, once owned by Buz Murdock,
his father, whom he never knew. Teaming up
with chatty hitchhiker, Arthur Clark (Dan
Cortese), both headed down Route 66 looking
for adventure and whatever came their way.
For a nostalgic trip down "The Main Street of
America" read: Route 66: The Mother Road by
Michael Wallis (St. Martin's Press, 1990).
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