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Better Than Darryl Starbird’s Superfleck Moonbird? 1958 Impala from “American Graffiti” Could Sell for $1 Million

Posted September 28, 2015 1:45 PM by dstrohl

With a dweeb at the wheel, it might not have captured the imagination of moviegoers and cruisin' fans like Milner's coupe or Bob Falfa's black Chevrolet, but the customized white 1958 Chevrolet Impala in George Lucas's American Graffiti remains one of the stars of the movie, and the one owner of the car from the time the studio sold it to today will put that star power to work when Toad's Impala crosses the auction block at the end of the month.

In the film, the Impala actually belonged to Ron Howard's character, Steve Bolander, who offered it to Charles Martin Smith's Toad for the night. In real life, according to American Graffiti enthusiast Kip Pullman, Lucas's co-producer, Gary Kurtz, bought the nosed and decked Impala two-door hardtop somewhere in the Los Angeles area specifically because the script called for a car with a tuck-n-roll interior and the Impala already featured that modification.

Is this Impala really worth $1 million?

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09/28/2015 5:56 PM

Yes it will be worth $1 million if someone forks over $1 million for it. I figure there is a baby-boomer out there in the later years of their life who has that kind of cash knocking around but it remains to be seen if they get nostalgic enough to pull the trigger. I'd estimate that they would get at least a buck and quarter for it.

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09/29/2015 12:13 PM

A friend had a 59' Tankala with the straight 6 auto. We would cruse and the "Chicks" would not even look. We found that if you got up to about 45mph, shut off the ignition, dropped it into low, and turned the ignition on, the backfire would turn heads. That is, until the muffler opened up flat against the undercarriage.

Ah, the good ole days, today you would get return fire....

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09/29/2015 7:58 PM

I had aluminum Cobra glass pack mufflers on my '83 Honda Interceptor. Southbound on US-101 towards San Francisco is the Waldo Tunnel just before the bridge. It has nice downhill grade in the southbound direction. Tooling along, while holding the throttle open, hit the kill switch for a second or two, then flip the kill switch back on and be rewarded with a nice resounding boom in the tunnel, accompanied by four or five foot long flames shooting out of the straight-thru pipes. Good thing those pipes didn't create much back-pressure or I could have crashed an exhaust valve into a piston. Ahhhh, the youthful stupidity.

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