Post by Steam McQueen on Feb 28, 2015 2:59:45 GMT -5
- There's different body kits available for the 1932 5-window Coupe, metal or fiberglass. This one is fiberglass ...
Engine is a 283 with 327 crank, 4-2 barrel intake with Holleys, 4 speed transmission and 1957 Chevy rearend. All lights, turn signals, wiper and defroster are legal and in good operating condition. It is also equipped with front disc brakes and runs and drives as it should.
I never did like how the top of the grille shell is lower than the cowl, makes for a funny line.
I was just reading about that. The story about the car is that it was a hot rod project someone had built in their garage and Universal bought it before filming began. The studio apparently did very little to it but one of the things they did do was to section out a few inches from the grille and shell. And they painted it that yellow to be more visible on camera. Plenty of arguments about the motor, 283 or 327. It would seem the final word is that it was misidentified as a 283 in the early years after the movie, and it was indeed a 327 in the car when purchased by the studio.
After the movie it sat outside and neglected at Universal Studios (sound familiar, BB2000 fans?). Rained on, molested by the public, parts stolen. 6 years later for More American Graffiti it gets a quick tune-up to get her running and a slap of fresh paint. It wasn't featured much in the sequel, then sold at a Universal Studio auction. It was given some love and then purchased by Steve Fitch who amazingly at that time owned the '55 Chevy from American Graffiti (also seen in Two-Lane Blacktop). Sounds like many credit Steve as the true saviour for the '32 and the '55. Eventually Steve sold both cars, Rick Figari bought the Coupe and maintained the love. The '55 was purchased and modified???, and now as recently as 2013, I believe it's got yet new owners who are currently undoing everything the previous owner did in an attempt to get it back to how it looked in American Graffiti.
Rick purchased a '55 Chevy and cloned it to go with his screen used authentic '32 and maybe some of you have seen them at a show? There was an article from 2011 saying Rick had sold the Coupe but that was an April Fool's Day article, April 1, 2011, it said Rick sold the car for "eight figures" lol. But he still owns it and that's a basic summary of the cars and may contain errors I'm sure there's more info about the '55 out there that I haven't searched for. And from what I've been reading about the last two owners of the Coupe, Steve and Rick, they are very accommodating and helpful with pics and info for any fans building clones. And holy schnikes what a lot of clones out there ...
Post by Steam McQueen on Nov 5, 2018 9:01:53 GMT -5
- 5-window Coupe in Lewisville, Texas. Bidding is up to $31,100 with just under two and a half days to go.
^ You can see the faint signature of Paul Le Mat on the deck lid, that signature is from 2001 ! In 2014 the owner got the dash signed by Paul (John Milner), Candy Clark (Debbie Dunham), and Bo Hopkins (Joe Young of "The Pharaoh's") ...
350 ci SBC with 383 Stroker (original 327). 4 Rochester 2 G Carbs ( as original). Muncie M21 4 Speed Transmission. Man-A-Fre Intake Manifold (as original). Generic Ribbed Valve Covers, Hurst Shifter w/Piston Shift Knob (as original), Aluminum Drop Column (as original), Stewart Warner Gauges (as original). Gibbon Body, Pete and Jakes Frame. 9" Ford Rear End