Classic Classified: 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air “American Graffiti” Movie Car
From: Hemmings Motor News
Date: May 1985
Price then: $20,000 ($44,000 adjusted for inflation, about the cost of a new 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ today)
Price now: $159,500
Approximate dollar difference: $115,500
Annual rate of return: 4.3%
“Graffiti” 55 Chevy: The original car Harrison Ford drove in the movie “American Graffiti”. The car was also used in the movie “Two-Lane Blacktop” with singer James Taylor and the late Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. Car has 427 L-88 engine, Muncie M-21, Airheart 4 wheel discs and Pontiac 4.88 rear end. New black laquer with tilt fiberglass front end. A very fast, unique movie car. Accepting bids around $20,000.
This is probably one of the most famous Tri-Five Chevys to grace the silver screen. First appearing in the cult classic “Two Lane Blacktop” then again in “American Graffiti” driven by Harrison Ford at the beginning of his movie career. This is truly a huge find. One of the cars used in “Two Lane Blacktop” but not in “American Graffiti” recently sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale for $159,000. With connection to both movies, who knows what this car would be worth today.