Not long after his attempt to sell this fake as a real movie car, Barris was slapped with a cease and desist order by Universal Studios for misrepresenting himself as building movie cars for the studio:
While the car could be classified as a fair clone, it is listed here as a FAKE since the sellers tried to make it something that it wasn't.
Below are the details on the '55 that Barris claimed was used in American Graffiti. Read closely and you'll see some of the holes in the story, not to mention all the wrong details on the car as shown in the photos.
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.
|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.|