1955 CHEVY - NICK's BLACKTOP BANDIT
Nick enjoyed watching the movie American Graffiti when he was quite young.
He just loved the black Chevy that Harrison Ford drives in the movie and
drag races near the end .. where it crashes and burns. Nick would always
say, What a terrible waste of a good car! So he set off on a journey to
find a 1955 Chevy. At the age of 11-½ he found it in southern PA. Now he
had to sit back and wait until he turned 14 to begin restoration. On the
DAY of his 14th birthday, he started! We are proud of the work you did
Nick, and glad that, yes, 16 years later you still have Blacktop Bandit.
Owner of Chevy Impala in American Graffiti
Interview with Mike Famalette, owner of the '58 Chevy Impala driven by Toad
in the 1973 classic film, American Graffiti. Check out my American
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.
American Graffiti '51 Mercury Coupe
Interview with the "Late-Great," Glenn Shimmin, builder of an American
Graffiti '51 Mercury replica. He consulted with the original people who
customized the cars for the 1973 film American Graffiti in order to get all
the details right. This interview gives one some deep insight into how the
original '51 Mercury was quickly customized for the movie. Look for a
brief appearance by Candy Clark in the video who autographed the sun visor
on this cool car. Unfortunately, Glenn died on 7/26/2012 in a shop accident
while working on a car. For more on American Graffiti visit my website:
American Graffiti 55 Chevrolet Falfa's 55 THE REAL DEAL!
This is how the car looks today. This is the 55 Chevy that was used in
both movies..... American Graffiti and Two Lane Blacktop.
It was torn apart in the eighties and had lots of changes done by order of
its new owner....... Was made to carry the whole family...... work done by
Gary Charnock of Elkridge. MD..... so we know the REAL DEAL from the day it
was bought to the way it looks today!!
Fortunately the car retains 90% of its original parts on the car or in
boxes etc...... Body, Frame, Front-End etc are original to the car as well.
Restoration Talks Are Back On Again, So I Thought I'd Put This Video
Back Up On Youtube for Graffiti Lovers to see.
Car is owned by Denny Moran and Wayne Newsome. The car is driven, shown
and raced mainly by The Wolfman Baldoni & the Astros Car Club in Baltimore.
This car will still pull down a quick quarter mile times and can
often be seen banging gears around town! The car Lurches Forward
Franticly At Each Shift, Its WIld Looking To See It Run and Skate all over
the street!!!! Hooks Up Very Well On The Track!
Restoration talks are back on and plans to return the car back to its
American Graffiti stature are back on the table again. KEWL!!!!
Ive turned the comments off on this video and are by approval only.
Opinions are like assholes.
See Walt Baileys TWO LANE BLACKTOP Web Site for more info on this car and
the other TWO LANE BLACKTOP 55 Chevy. Walt has a very impressive and
vast collection of photos and info there for you to enjoy. Walt owns the
55 Chevy Camera Car from the movie TLB..........
The car has now been SOLD (Jan 2012) and heading west....Now it should get
its restoration back to American Graffiti Movie appearance....... LONG LIVE
THE GRAFFITI CAR AND ALL THE RACING SHES SEEN HERE IN MARYLAND!