Where Were You in '62?
Hemmings Motor News described American Graffiti as “one of the most car-saturated movies that is not explicitly about cars.” Set in 1962, this coming of age film follows the end of summer exploits of several recent high school grads against the backdrop of a single night endless car cruising.
The cars are truly the stars of this exhibit starting with the 1958 customized Chevrolet Impala that Ron Howard drove in the movie. There is the 1932 Deuce Coupe American Graffiti a.k.a. John Milner Coupe Hobbyist built tribute car and a 1956 White Ford Thunderbird like the one where the mysterious blonde Suzanne Somers was first seen on camera. A 1958 Edsel Pacer Four Door Hardtop completes this special showing.
“This an exciting opportunity for our members and visitors to witness an iconic piece of Americana automotive history.”Jeff Romig, Board of Trustees
Take a Peek Inside
1958 Chevrolet Impala
This modified 1958 Chevrolet Impala is the actual car featured in and one of the true stars of the film American Graffiti. When filming wrapped in 1972, the transportation manager sold the car through a classified ad for $285 to a local teenager.
1932 Ford Deuce Coupe
While it never won any car show trophies, didn’t set great speed records and wasn’t constructed by a big-name builder, it is typical of many backyard hot rods built in the late 1950s and early 60s. You may know it as the American Graffiti Coupe or the John Milner Coupe.