|Route 66 Corvette - 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
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
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
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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