Hollywood car builder/customizer George Barris made two replica 1914 Bearcats for the series. A period TV Guide article said they cost $25,000 for the pair, this at a time when a new Corvette was about $5,000. The cars were full scale metal bodied replicas mounted on custom frames and powered by Ford engines and transmissions (out of (then) late model pickups. For safety they featured four wheel brakes, which were not on a genuine Bearcat. The brass radiator is interchangeably with a genuine Stutz unit.
Released theatrically in the UK, as the supporting feature to Up the Chastity Belt (1971).
Made for television as the pilot for the series Bearcats!
Producers rented a World War One Standard J-1 biplane for this episode. The plane was flown by its owner/restorer, 60 year old Charles Klessig of Fargo, North Dakota.