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1955 Chevrolet One-Fifty & 1970 Pontiac GTO: Two Lane Blacktop (1971)

The little ’55 Chevy is not only the star of this film but was later used in American Graffiti. The car is designed for racing. It is stripped out and basic. The bonnet (sorry hood it is after all and American readers) is fibreglass as are the doors and boot (trunk) lid. The side windows are Plexiglas that slides back to front instead of rolling up and down. The car is painted primer grey this is in stark contrast to the 1970 Pontiac GTO whose driver describes his car with the words “Performance and image, that’s what it’s all about” the Chevy doesn’t care about image, it is all about performance. Its driver says about the GTO “there’s lots o’ cars on the road like yours, they all get to lookin’ the same. They perform about the same, too….” Take your pick, they are both seriously cool cars.

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