Welcome to the Two-Lane Blacktop Online Museum, tribute site of the restored Two-Lane Blacktop '55 Chevy built by Richard Ruth for the 1971 movie directed by Monte Hellman and starring James Taylor, Dennis Wilson, and Warren Oates.
Below is a photo taken on the backlot of Universal Studios shortly before filming on Two-Lane Blacktop began. The '55 on the left was used to film interior scenes, is commonly referred to as the camera car, and was only used in Two-Lane Blacktop. The '55 in the middle of the three cars was used to film exterior scenes showing the '55 and was later reused in American Graffiti. A third '55 was also constructed for Two-Lane Blacktop for use as a stunt car. The stunt car was also used in both movies, rolled over at the end of American Graffiti, and later sent to the crusher.
Both '55s pictured below survive. The camera car has been restored to correct Two-Lane Blacktop appearance (without the camera rigging) and is the car featured on this website. The exterior car was customized into a show car after American Graffiti. Scroll on down to the lower portion of the home page and you'll find albums of photos showing the history and restoration of the Two-Lane Blacktop '55 Chevy.
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American Graffiti '55 Tribute/Clone Owned By Rick Figari
Jan 15 10 8:08 AM
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This particular American Graffiti '55 Chevy clone/tribute car came to public attention in early 2000 when it was offered on ebay as an American Graffiti '55 Chevy replica. Rick Figari bought it and had Richard Ruth install a straight axle front end and other modifications to make it one of the most, if not THE most, correct American Graffiti '55 clone around. Figari often displays it with the real '32 Ford Coupe from the movie, and no doubt many people walk away thinking they've seen the real car.
It has never been offered to for sale with intent to defraud, but we keep getting reports that someone promotes it as the real American Graffiti '55 Chevy whenever possible. The Two-Lane Blacktop Online Museum Archives contain video footage of Figari claiming it was used in both movies, as well as a car magazine from Sweden with the same claim.
Above is a poster made of the car before Figari purchased it. The stock front suspension is not visible here.
Above is a photo of the car after it was redone by Richard Ruth. Notice part of the four-link for the straight axle is visible