Originally developed as a film for actor Robert Mitchum. After Mitchum, James Coburn was attached to star as Truck Turner, but that fell through as well. Having already invested in the script, American International Pictures decided to turn it into an "urban picture" and cast a black actor. Dick Anthony Williams, best know for his work in The Mack (1973) and Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (1973) was initially cast, but was quickly replaced by Isaac Hayes, who wanted to get into acting. It was also felt that Hayes had a bigger name draw than Williams.
This film was Nichelle Nichols' only entry into the blaxploitation genre. She declined all offers into other blaxploitation films only to concentrate on the science fiction convention appearances - especially Star Trek conventions and later as a recruiter for NASA.
The orange convertible seen during the pimpmobile procession is a Dodge Super Charger concept car (using a 1968 Charger as the base vehicle - it is seen with a nose cone similar to the 1970 Charger Daytona.