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  • Motormax 32 Ford Coupe hot rod American Graffiti

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    Arguably one of the most iconic movies for a generation was American Graffiti. I got to watch little Opie Taylor from the Andy Griffith tv show come of age alongside Cindy Williams from Laverne and Shirley, and the arch nemesis in the black 55 Chevy was Harrison Ford before he became known as Han Solo from Star Wars. Another not well known at the time actor featured prominently was Richard Dreyfuss, known now for a string of famous movies. And we even got a flashing glimpse of Suzanne Sommers in her heyday, tooling around in a white 2 seater Tbird. I almost forgot to mention Mackenzie Phillips as a tweenie bopper.

    Really, the cars were the stars of the movie, which celebrated the Cruisin' Culture of California back in the day.

    Revell was one of the companies, one of the first if my memory isn't lying to me, that made models tied to this epic movie. Arguably also some of the best, though the issues were very limited. This Deuce, the 55 Chevy and the white 58 Chevy usually get attention, and such is the case with Revell. The 58 Edsel typically gets overlooked, and nevermind the 2CV Citroen or the Vespa - or the wide range of other worthy classic automobiles sprinkled throughout the movie. The chopped Mercury and the Police Cruiser are two that should have been included long ago, considering one of the more hilarious (if somewhat implausible) scenes in the movie included both.

    At any rate, I'm hard pressed to think of any person who considers himself a "car guy" who doesn't like this movie. Always worth another look just to pick out various old American rolling stock in its natural environment...a street.
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  • #2
    the license plate on this car was THX 138 a reference to George's 1st movie

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    • #3
      Originally posted by microbuss View Post
      the license plate on this car was THX 138 a reference to George's 1st movie
      THX 138 was itself about another iconic movie...right, Rosebud? Hollyweird loves to pat itself on the back.
      The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

      Thank you for your understanding.

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      • #4
        Ertl? Thought it was Motormax

        Nice tho

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jt3 View Post

          THX 138 was itself about another iconic movie...right, Rosebud? Hollyweird loves to pat itself on the back.
          yes THX 1138
          the movie is also where the THX sound system name comes from

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          • #6
            Originally posted by GCU 2.0 View Post
            Ertl? Thought it was Motormax

            Nice tho
            Now you have me wondering, MotMax also covered this model...

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            Added insult to injury...I think this is Revell.
            The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

            Thank you for your understanding.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jt3 View Post

              Now you have me wondering, MotMax also covered this model...

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              Added insult to injury...I think this is Revell.
              Yes, as ERTL never did any of the American Graffiti cars.

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              • #8
                They say Babe Ruth was the homerun King.


                He was also the strikeout King...

                I don't hit them out of the park every time...
                The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

                Thank you for your understanding.

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                • #9
                  Wes, are you sure that this is not a Motor Max casting.
                  It looks like the one from the "Mel's Diner" diorama?
                  I have that set but the casting is in storage at this point in time.
                  It sure looks like it.

                  Cheers. Cobra

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                  • #10
                    I think you are correct
                    The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

                    Thank you for your understanding.

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                    • #11
                      Motormax stamped that “American Graffiti” tampo on several other models, some of which weren’t in the movie, if I remember correctly. This is an excellent piece, and, yes, I do have one - somewhere in the house.

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                      • #12
                        Wes, mistakes happen.
                        This is a really nice casting.
                        What I liked about in particular was those really nice chrome wheels.
                        The engine detail was nice, too (reminiscent of some of the old JL hot rods).
                        Thanks for showing it.

                        Cheers. Cobra

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