1955 Chevrolet Custom “Two-Lane Blacktop”

Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Co.

Documented, authentic, original 1955 Chevy movie car driven by singer James Taylor and Beach Boy Dennis Wilson in the iconic 1971 movie “Two-Lane Blacktop.” This ’55 is one of the three built by Richard Ruth for Universal Studios (two identical straight-axle ’55s and one stunt car) for “Two-Lane Blacktop.”

This particular ’55 was used to film scenes inside the car, and brackets for some of the camera and recording gear used during filming are still visible on the car today.

Only used in “Two-Lane Blacktop,” it was sold to a studio mechanic shortly after filming was completed. The car passed through several owners before it was located in Canada in 2000. The ’55 was authenticated by Richard Ruth before it was brought back to the U.S. by “Two-Lane Blacktop” historian Walt Bailey for a combination restoration and preservation project with the help of Ruth.

The car features the correct Ruth-built straight axle with coil-overs, a tunnel-rammed 454, M22 Muncie Rock Crusher 4-speed, ’60s Olds Positraction rear, a no-nonsense gasser-style black interior and still wears its custom-built fiberglass front end, fiberglass doors with sliding windows and fiberglass trunk lid.