Through the mufflers and on street tires, the documented, original, and surviving Two-Lane Blacktop '55 Chevy makes an exhibition pass at Tulsa International Raceway in 2009. This is not a clone, but the actual car used by James Taylor and Dennis Wilson to film scenes inside the Chevy for Two-Lane Blacktop. Sold by the studio not long after the movie was completed, it disappeared into private hands and obscurity until found in Canada, purchased by Walt Bailey, and restored to its original movie appearance by Walt Bailey and Richard Ruth. Ruth issued a certificate of authenticity on this car. The movie's director Monte Hellman enlisted it for use in the Criterion DVD release of Two-Lane Blacktop. James Taylor was reunited with the Chevy in 2009 and after looking the car over top to bottom remarked that it looked just like it did when he last drove it in 1970.
American Graffiti '55 Chevy Frame-Off
In 1985 Steve Fitch sold the American Graffiti '55 to Wayne Newsome in Maryland. Sometime thereafter the car was treated to a frame-off customization. As you can see, many of the components were painted red or chromed. The original rollbar was removed from the car, and a full leather interior installed (not shown in the video) The steering column with the steering wheel seen here - gripped by James Taylor in Two-Lane Blacktop and Harrison Ford later in American Graffiti - was later removed and a stock steering wheel installed.
Two Lane Blacktop 55 Chevy
This is the actual 55 Chevy from the movie "Two Lane Blacktop" running through the gears down the track @ Tulsa Raceway Park at the Second Annual "Duck Drags" June 28, 2009. Current owner Walt Bailey. Yes, this is the #2 car used for inside shots and filming. The camera mounts are still on the car.
"Mr. Chevy" - A Period Perfect Gasser Chevy V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - Vintage straight-axle cars, often known as "Gassers", are popular wherever they go. Maybe it's the sky-high stance or the cartoon-like appearance. Or perhaps it's the way these cars transport you to a simpler time when racers would try just about anything to go faster. Whatever it is, these cars draw crowds of people because they look like nothing else on the track. "Mr. Chevy" is a period-perfect example of a 1955 Chevy Hardtop gasser raced from 1968 through 1976 where it was parked. Larry Frees knew the original owner and rescued Mr. Chevy at an estate sale. Today, he shares the car with enthusiasts wherever he goes.
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971 film)- G.T.O explains the 455 V8
G.T.O. (Warren Oates) speaks of the engine and it's mods (Ram Air IV, etc) to a hitchiker he picks up (where a sign sez not to 'cause prison nearby, you see a lot of those in Texas), and Oats utters some classic lines:
G.T.O.: "Performance and image, that's what it's all about."
G.T.O.: "Just color me gone, baby!." VRrrrooooom!!
Warren Oates ... G.T.O
Bill Keller ... Texas hitchhiker
James Taylor ... The Driver
Laurie Bird ... The Girl
Dennis Wilson ... The Mechanic
Directed by Monte Hellman