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1979 CVI Comuta-Van

1979 CVI Comuta-Van in The Lathe of Heaven, Movie made for TV, 1980 IMDB

Class: Others, Microcar — Model origin: US

1979 CVI Comuta-Van

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

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Jale PL

2010-05-28 23:44

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Raul1983 FI

2010-05-29 00:11

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CitiCar or ComutaCar ?

an_unusual_eye US

2010-05-29 00:18

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this is also a CitiCar/ComutaCar ~ or some variation thereof. the 2nd one added to the site today.

even the optional "Rally Stripe" matches, though i can't - at the moment - find an example that has the extended...

i hestiate to call them "rear quarter panels", with the additional windows.

perhaps this one has 4 seats..? some blend of the CitiCar/ComutaCar and the CitiVan..?

Jale PL

2010-05-29 15:28

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Sebring-Vanguard CitiVan - http://www.evalbum.com/870

Probably only 11 were built.

Weasel1984 PL

2010-05-29 15:30

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There was such a crappy film with Randy Quaid from 1980 or 1981 "Heart of the Robot" :D or something like this (at least in Polish), where in the future location many of them were parked. It had to be, at least half of the entire production in this case. :D

Edit. Or rather it was a CitiCar version. ;)

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Jale PL

2010-05-29 15:38

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You know, all CitiCars and Comuta-Cars were produced about 4.300. ;)

t442163 US

2012-01-06 03:02

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This vehicle is known as a CitiVan. It is an extended wheel base version of the CitiCar. In 1979, Comuter Vehicles, Inc the successor to Vanguard CitiCar sold the remaining stock of these as their first year only Comuta-Van.
http://rci.rutgers.edu/~crisitel/EV/CitiVan.jpg
It is rummored that only 19 were ever built.
from 1980 on, the Comuta-Van was a much larger Postal style vehicle with sliding side doors.
For full informatrion on these vehicles you can go to:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citicar

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t442163 US

2014-08-14 16:54

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Given the year of this production, I would guess that this is most likely one of the 1979 Comuter-Van's. We have since confirmed that at least 23 of these were built. I have found that Randy Quaid Movie; I believe it is Heartbeeps (1981) and I am certain that it has CVI built vehicles as Frank Flower was always trying to promote them any way he could. You can see some clips on YouTube at:
Link to "www.youtube.com"

Weasel1984 PL

2020-01-07 21:10

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t442163 wrote ... I believe it is Heartbeeps (1981)...

^There is now entry but only with few pics taken from theatrical trailer -> /movie.php?id=82507
And indeed the car visible there has larger bumpers of CVI era.


In case of this car here, for a while I thought that two-tone - white-amber - indicators (with parking lights perhaps) can confirm a later CVI made car, but "unfortunately" such lights are to meet also in older Sebring-Vanguards.
In fact both types of indicators - all orange and orange-white - are to meet in older and newer cars for some reasons.

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Weasel1984 PL

2020-02-09 21:56

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t442163 wrote I would guess that this is most likely one of the 1979 Comuter-Van's...

Perhaps it really is. At the back it had colored bar between taillamps - judging by the pics in the web it was most typical (if not only typical) for the Comuta-Van. For some reasons "vans" kept smaller bumpers. In this body there had to be more space inside for battery, but I thought these larger bumpers were added also to improve image of the car.
[Image: sv2.jpg] [Image: sv3.jpg]

The movie is copyrighted for 1979 so indeed it was product placment most likely.

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