Summertime: Fun! Sand! Sun! That shark is going to eat you!
Jaws hit movie theaters on June 18, 1975, thereby ruining summer vacations anywhere there was salt water.
The most memorable vehicle in the movie was Chief Brody’s 1975 Chevrolet Blazer:
The Blazer launched in 1968 and got a major overhaul in 1973 when GM trucks went to the “Squarebody” style.
For three glorious model years — 1973, 1974 and 1975 — the Chevrolet Blazer and GMC Jimmy had a fully removable fiberglass roof.
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For the 1976 model year, the roof over the driver and front passenger was steel and non-removable. The fiberglass top only exposed the rear passengers and cargo area.
There have been some pretty incredible Chief Brody Blazer recreations:
The “Beaches Closed” signs are a master-stroke:
There were other vehicles in Jaws that were perfectly suited for their characters.
You couldn’t cast a more appropriate car for the oily Mayor Larry Vaughn than a 1974 Cadillac Coupe De Ville — in a lovely shade called “Terracotta Firemist”.
Mayor Vaughn also had a Blazer. It had anchors on it.
There are a few interesting background cars in the movie that certainly fit the profile of the town of Amity, which was represented in the movie by the real-life town of Martha’s Vineyard, an island off Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
High rollers hit the island even in the days before heads of state hung out there, and the cars in the movie prove it:
There’s a passing shot of a 1963 to 1965 Bentley S3, one of just 1,286 produced in those years.
There’s another quick shot of a 1968 Jaguar XKE. It’s the rare — though not particularly appealing — Series 1 2+2 which added nine inches to the stunning proportions of the fixed-head coupe, along with an occasional rear seat:
Look close and you’ll spot this 1963 Volvo 1800 S in the background:
Between 1963 and 1965, the 1800 S had a distinctive bullhorn bumper. The 1800 S’s egg-crate grille on this car appears to have been replaced. The license plate is circa 1975 from Connecticut.
Station wagons also roam the streets of Amity, as you’d expect from a vacation village in the 1970s.
The covered headlamps of the 1970 Ford LTD Country Squire were a feature carried over from the previous bodystyle introduced in 1967. They hung on just one more model year before that cool feature was reserved for Mercury full-sized cars.
Exiting the ferry just behind it is a 1972 Chevrolet Concours Estate, the wagon variant of Chevrolet’s popular Chevelle.
A green 1970 model year turns up elsewhere, sporting a chrome roof rack and missing the woodgrain shelf paper of the 1972 version:
Twin 1974 Chevrolet Impalas also represent Chevy’s full-size line, one a four-door hardtop, and the other the station wagon:
If you were visiting Amity circa 1975, which car would you choose to make the ferry trip?