1955 Chevy   American Graffiti  Universal, 1973.

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Lot 800W
1955 Chevy
American Graffiti
Universal, 1973.
Sold for US$ 25,300 inc. premium

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1955 Chevy   American Graffiti  Universal, 1973. 1955 Chevy   American Graffiti  Universal, 1973. 1955 Chevy   American Graffiti  Universal, 1973. 1955 Chevy   American Graffiti  Universal, 1973.
1955 Chevy
American Graffiti
Universal, 1973.
350 V8, 350 automatic transmission.
Universal worked with George Barris to procure several cars used in the film, including the Deuce Coupe, Merc Chop, T-Bird, and ’58 Chevy. This car is known by Barris to be the #3 car in the drag race scene, but was not totally wrecked. It was restored by Jim Johnson, but is not documented.

This car has a somewhat complicated history. It was originally built along with two other 1955 Chevy 150 sedans for the movie Two-Lane Blacktop, by Richard Ruth of Competition Engineering in Sunland, California. Two were built for filming and a third stunt car for a rollover scene. When Two-Lane Blacktop was completed, the two remaining cars were worse for wear, so the camera car was cannibalized to restore the drive car for use in American Graffiti. The drive car was painted black and driven by Harrison Ford’s character, Bob Falfa in the film. The stunt car left over from Two-Lane Blacktop was also painted black and used in the crash scene at the end of the drag race, where it was towed for the rollover scene. A third, salvage yard ’55 was used for the ‘burn’ scene. This car is the stunt ’55 Ford used in the crash scene, but as Barris indicates, not wrecked, and later restored.

To quote from AMC’s Classic Movie Companion “The bittersweet innocence of pre-Kennedy assassination America is brilliantly captured in Lucas’s study of a night in the lives of the Class of 1962. Cruising in their hotrods, eating at Mel’s Diner, and listening to Wolfman Jack spin the latest platters draws a nostalgic pastoral with the shadow of Vietnam almost visible on the horizon.”

American Graffiti earned five Academy Award nominations and is among the most profitable films, relative to its paltry $750,000 budget, of all time. One of the most enduring images in the film is Harrison Ford cruising the darkened streets behind the wheel of his ’55 Ford.

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  • Lots 800–852 are taxable in the following states: AZ, CA, IL, NV, NY, MA, PA and WA. If a current title & registration is provided, we will refund the tax. Refund must be applied for prior to 12.31.05. Lot 800: An American Graffiti authority suggests 800 was not associated with the filming.
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