A picture of the 1951 modified Mercury from the 1973 film American Graffiti directed by George Lucas about a group of teenagers in a small time Californian town in 1962 deciding to stay home or leave to go to college. The cast list featured many actors who would go on to become famous. Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, Charles Martin Smith, Suzanne Somers, Bo Hopkins with a cameo by the legendary DJ Wolfman Jack. In the film this car belongs to a street gang called the Pharaohs led by Joe (Bo Hopkins). They kidnap Curt (Richard Dreyfuss) and inveigle him into a prank that tears out the back axle of a police car with a spectacular result.
I photographed this replica when I was in America in 2015 for my elder daughter's wedding.