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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by WCreighton, Jan 31, 2020.

  1. WCreighton
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  2. While we're at it how about the 56 or 57 Vette that's parked at the drive-in?
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  3. The Red car in front of the Milner Coupe looks more like a '33/'34 to me, but it's hard to tell from the pictures. I know nothing about either it or the "T" so I'm no help. May have just been local cars that were used and the owners paid some money. Some of the studios also had cars.
     
  4. SbcMike65
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    I agree with the previous post. Red coupe looks to be 33-34. More than likely majority of the cars were probably rented. I belonged to street rod clubs in SoCal in the 70-80's and knew people who rented their cars for movies. One of them had a 30 highboy, black pinstriped flames with a chopped windshield and deuce shell. His car was used in the Jeff Bridges film "Starman". A club in the Valley had some of their cars used in the "Hollywood Knights " (title?). Seemed like at the time the going rate was around $150 a day, but I don't know that to be factual, hearsay. My. 2 cents
     
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  5. WCreighton
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    Thanks for the responses guys. Hopefully someone will know more or know the owners.

    Will
     
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  6. Mr48chev
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    There is probably no info on them unless it is possibly buried in the film credits. Filler cars that they paid a daily fee to the owners for and said owners may have also picked up a few coins as non speaking background extras.
    I think the guy driving the T did have a speaking part telling "Milner" that the dude in the 55 was looking for him.
    I drug my wife to the show on one of the first nights it showed in the theater but have never been hung up on the cars in it like some guys are 47 years later. It was fun to watch and reminded me of Cruising Yakima Avenue in Yakima Wa on Friday nights or the Renton Loop http://rentonloop.com/ in Renton WA where you could pick up a street race sitting in the parking lot of Dag's (thanks Larry) drive on and cruise out to East Valley Highway by the radio station to square off. I got caught sitting after racing a Road Runner there in 1969. Stopped to talk to the guy I raced against on the side of the road rather than a crowded tavern parking lot where my car would have disappeared.
     
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  7. ramblin dan
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    I believe the same 55 was used in the movie Two Lane Blacktop. Back years ago some of these prop cars from movies that were built would go up for sale. My aunt lived and worked in California would sometimes send me a list of props for sale from movie studios which included movie twolane.jpg wsxy.jpg ojqfma[1].jpg cars. I'm sure a ton of these cars from these movies were borrowed though. At the time of filming who would of thought they would be worth anything?
     
  8. rustydusty
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    I think the movie sparked a whole new generation of hot rodders...
     
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  9. bchctybob
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    Look on the internet for fan sites.
    I was looking up an episode of Perry Mason the other day to find out who a particular actor was, I looked at a fan site called “perrymasonshow.com” or something like that and they had listed every episode, the cast, errors, filming locations and even featured cars ( I noted a custom Buick Riviera by Barris)
    There may be several fan sites for American Graffiti.


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  10. Hot Rods Ta Hell
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  11. Cyclone Kevin
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    So looking these stills over, I See a difference in windshields, radiator, valve covers, mirror location and headlight height. If it’s the actual car, it no longer resembles what it once was.
    I always wonder what happened to the 2CV, the Vespa, Edsel, Black 55 Ford Fairlane, White 60 Chevy HT. And so many other including the 36 Ford P/U with the parachute on the tailgate? It’s actually a 41;).
    Good luck in your search.
     
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  12. dan c
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    i recall a piece in "street rodder" about the main cars. most were pretty bad. crappy chop on the merc and the milner car radius rods kept tearing up the frame. they advertised it for $3,500 (pre- release) and didn't get any takers!
     
  13. Speed Gems
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    The '41 Ford P/U is covered in this thread. https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/cars-of-american-graffiti.873559/
     
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  14. ramblin dan
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    Rod and Custom also did a piece on the original Deuce used in the movie and it was in pretty rough shape and had spots where brackets were welded to the frame for cameras for the film.
     
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  15. alfin32
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    from Essex, Ma.

    There's also a '37 Ford P/U off to the left of the head on shot of the drag race, I believe.
     
  16. WCreighton
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    Thanks for the discussion everyone. The T always struck me as really badass and the perfect look.

    Will
     
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  17. Crayons
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    I'd like to see more of the Hudson. ..
     
  18. nomadmrk
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  19. The white 58 Chevy is in the Ray Evernham collection. (from Hendricks Motorsports) Ray bought it and had a museum quality restoration done on it to make it exactly as it was in the movie, only better. Candy Clark was in Vegas for the unveiling and said it had never looked that good. As to that red t-bucket, if it ever was in the movie it has had so many changes made that it's irrelevant.

    Would still like to hear about the Vette though.

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  20. rudestude
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    No one has brought up this one yet..unless I missed it...its been around for a long time and is still around 1580600157366957885271322186145.jpeg 1580600133212652121937288853078.jpeg 15806004208715022080387358755992.jpeg 15806003786461667862767984746147.jpeg 15806001892605799959140564962786.jpeg 1580600343548464099153060445900.jpeg

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  21. WCreighton
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    Rudestude,

    I love seeing the ‘40 in the movie, but I always thought it looked way better before the quads...

    Will
     
  22. Was that 1940 coupe the Don Hockenberry car ?
     
  23. rudestude
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    It was Barris built
    Owner was Tom Hocker

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  24. SDhotrod
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  25. WCreighton
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  26. prpmmp
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    Without a doubt!! Streetrods were fairly new and the aftermarket was starting to take notice!! The term Streetrod gets a bad rap on this forum but if not for there influence and the aftermarket plus Movies our Hobby would be a lot different today!! ( just my Humble opinion as I was 19 yrs old when American Graffiti was released) Pete
     
  27. Ghost28
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    Always good conversation about this movie.
     
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  28. WCreighton
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    Well if the T posted above is actually the former movie T that’s a shame...

    Will
     
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