Custom Chevrolet Coupe Pays Homage to American Graffiti

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1933 Chevrolet Coupe American Graffiti Tribute

Canadian builder takes top prize in Edmonton Motor Show’s ‘Unrivalled Rides’ competition with 1933 Chevy Coupe inspired by 1973 film.

Nearly all of us have wanted a dream car in our garage at one point. For some, it’s a badass C7 Corvette ZR1. For others, a jacked-up Silverado ready to mud it up, then chill at the barn party with a few dozen friends. There’s even a few of us who’d love to rock an IROC-Z down at the nearest Radwood gathering.

For one man though, he wanted the yellow 1932 Ford Deuce Coupe from the 1973 film American Graffiti. Driving has the story of Darrell Babyn, a native of St. Albert, Alberta, who channeled his dream into a tribute built upon a 1933 Chevrolet Coupe.

1933 Chevrolet Coupe American Graffiti Tribute

The car was originally a random three-window 1933 Coupe body residing in a Winnipeg body shop for quite some time before Babyn laid his eyes upon what could be. Babyn learned the owner was going to build the car for himself, so he convinced the owner to build it for Babyn instead. The result of the six-month build was a channelled and chopped tribute to that Ford, powered by a 350 small block linked to the rear Cokers through a Turbo 350 automatic and a Ford 9-inch rear.

1933 Chevrolet Coupe American Graffiti Tribute

Rather than paint the car in the same yellow as the ’32 Ford, though, the 1933 Coupe wears a lovely shade of copper, no doubt blowing the minds of all who come across the Chevy. A few of those minds were so blown away, of course, that they’ve awarded the tribute with numerous prizes and trophies in the two years Babyn’s owned the Chevy, including the top prize at the 2018 Edmonton Motor Show’s Unrivalled Rides competition.

Though he says he has “just about all the cars” he wants to have, we do recall there was a 1955 Chevy One-Fifty Coupe that challenged the Ford in the film; why not add one more tribute to the garage?

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

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