30 August 2013

Classic Trucks in the Movies and TV

Vintage pickups and SUVs are among the hottest things in the collector car world. So it’s natural that our radar has turned to spotting cool classic trucks in the movies and television.  Here are five of our favorites from the big and small screen:

  1. 1973 Ford F-250 (“The Blues Brothers”): After stiffing the proprietor of Bob’s Country Bunker on a huge bar tab, Jake and Elwood Blues take off in the Bluesmobile with “The Good Ole Boys” — the country and western act that they’d impersonated at said bar — in hot pursuit. We love the shot of two of the angry musicians in costume glaring out of the front windows of the camper shell, just before the truck winds up on its side.

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  2. 1967 Ford Bronco (“Green Acres”): The much-loved CBS comedy featured a then-new red 1967 Ford Bronco as the official vehicle of scatter-brained county agent Hank Kimball, usually seen driven around Hooterville and the Douglas farm (minus doors and top).  For most of its run, “Green Acres” was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, so the Bronco’s frequent appearances were no surprise.
  3. 1972 Chevrolet C-10 (“Dazed and Confused”): The 1993 Richard Linklater high school cult classic that was set in the mid-1970s featured what appeared to be a 1972 Chevy C-10 pickup in Cheyenne trim.  It was driven by paddle-wielding upper-classman Benny O’Donnell (played by Cole Hauser), who freshmen encountered at their peril.
  4. 1999 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning (“The Fast and the Furious”): Lead actor Paul Walker drove this very special Ford pickup. Produced by Ford’s Special Vehicles Team, the 1999 Lightning featured a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 that produced 360 hp. It was used as a parts getter in the first of the Fast and Furious movies.

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  5. 1973 Ford F-100 (“The Dukes of Hazzard”): Yeah, we know it’s a shock, there were pickup trucks featured in the “Dukes of Hazzard.” Uncle Jesse always seemed to have a semi-ratty white Ford pickup. Most of the time it was a ’73 F-100 but in early episodes, he could be seen with a 1968 Ford stepside pickup and in later ones, a late 1970s F-250.

42 Reader Comments

  • 1
    dave pomeroy Alsip Il. September 4, 2013 at 14:27
    How could the 1968 Ford p/u used in the movie "Mr Majestyk" not be in the top 5?
  • 2
    Tom Underwood Kentucky September 4, 2013 at 14:40
    The baddest pickup in a movie was the Yellow Ford F-100 that Charles Bronson brutalized in "Mr. Majestyk" from 1974. Talk about "Built Ford Tough!"
  • 3
    Jon Grand Rapids, MI September 4, 2013 at 15:04
    You forgot the Dodge Power Wagon from the TV show Simon & Simon.
  • 4
    ChrisTann United States September 4, 2013 at 15:32
    You missed my all-time favorite - The "Little Mule" From "Romancing the Stone", 1982 custom Ford Bronco,
  • 5
    Tom Smith Wilton CT September 4, 2013 at 15:36
    What about the Land Rover in "The Gods must be Crazy"?
  • 6
    Scott Columbus, Ohio September 4, 2013 at 15:36
    How could you leave off the1972 Dodge D-300 that portrayed "Squad 51" on Emergency. I'm not even a truck kind of guy and I have a soft spot for that one. :-)
  • 7
    Dave Mn September 4, 2013 at 15:40
    What??!!?? No Mr. Majestyk?????
  • 8
    Ken Novi, Michigan September 4, 2013 at 15:48
    You surely should have included 'Mr. Majestyk". It has one of the best chase scenes ever, right up there with 'Bullitt' - but with a Ford F150.
  • 9
    Dave Mn September 4, 2013 at 15:51
    Forgot one - Rockford files - Rocky's truck.
  • 10
    David Frederick Md. September 4, 2013 at 16:26
    What about Filo Betto's 1955 Chevy stepside.
  • 11
    Walt Jensen Crystal lake,Illinois September 4, 2013 at 16:54
    How about the Ford pickup in Charles Bronson's Mr. Majestik or the trucks in the movie Rolling Vengence or even the old Ford pickup featured on Sanford and son . Check out the tricked out Blazer in the movie Eathquake - Just Sayin"
  • 12
    Blake TN September 4, 2013 at 17:10
    One obvious omission: Sanford and Son's 1951 Ford. :)
  • 13
    JimMulligan Tucson,AZ September 4, 2013 at 17:25
    The Ford Bronco depicted in the Green Acres segments was a Roadster variation made only in 1966. The doors were cloth covering a metal frame work. The door openings were equiped with special fibre glass fairings. I know because I owned one.
  • 14
    Joseph Hallock Boones Mill, Va September 4, 2013 at 17:29
    I'm sorry but you completely missed the boat. Charles Bronson in the 1974 "Mr. Majesty" The F-100 driving across the boulders? Come on.
  • 15
    Jim C Wyoming pa September 4, 2013 at 17:34
    Don't know the exact model but how about the Ford Pickup driven by Charles Bronson in Mr Majestic! What a great driving scene.
  • 16
    Brett Engel Phoenix,AZ USA September 4, 2013 at 17:59
    You missed one of the real classics from the big screen,Philo Beddoe's (Clint Eastwood) Chevy Stepside in Every Which Way But Loose (1978)... "Right turn, Clyde".... nearly as classic as "Make my day...".
  • 17
    David Dailey Corona, CA September 4, 2013 at 18:42
    You forgot the 1931 Mack Tanker truck on "MacGyver Series" that I owned for 15 years. This truck has now been restored into a Beer truck and it goes to all the shows in AZ & Nevada serving beer from its taps. It is beautiful but I can't load the pictures.
  • 18
    Tom Collins Cecil Bay MI September 4, 2013 at 19:37
    Any movie with an International Harvester Scout!! All American Steel from the top to the bottom,
  • 19
    Tom Wilke Guam September 4, 2013 at 20:08
    How about the pick=up truck at the end of Tom Hank's movie Cast Away!
  • 20
    JB Detroit September 4, 2013 at 20:27
    What about the Ford F150 in Mr. Majestyk?
  • 21
    Jon Detroit September 4, 2013 at 21:24
    I like the Ford F150 in Mr. Majestyk!
  • 22
    Kip Bonds Michigan September 5, 2013 at 08:03
    I would have thought that “Nellybell” from the Roy Rogers show would have been among the classic movie trucks, guess I’m too old
  • 23
    JR Nor-Cal September 5, 2013 at 20:26
    How could you leave out the fall guy's GMC truck?
  • 24
    J.Ford Penna September 5, 2013 at 09:24
    Fine choices all, but I'd like to nominate the LANDROVER from The Gods Must Be Crazy moive! Classic!
  • 25
    George Mich September 5, 2013 at 10:26
    F-150 beat down in desert Mr. Majestyck Charlie Bronson beats the snot out of that Ford. That has to be on the list. Best Ford Truck commercial ever.
  • 26
    speedipus rex MD September 5, 2013 at 10:31
    WHAT!?!?!?!? No Fred Sanford? No Beverly Hillbillies? Priscilla, Queen of the Desert? (the "Queen" of SUV's) The Partridge Family? The Land Rover--"The Anti-Christ"--from The God's Must Be Crazy. Rockford's dad's Chevy shortbed? There. I'm exhausted.
  • 27
    Dave Parish Houston, TX September 5, 2013 at 10:41
    Phease... any list that doesn't START with Charles Bronson's F100 twin I-Beam truck in "Mr. Majestyk" is not worth reading. Not to mention Clint Eastwood's truck in "Every Which Way but Loose" and "Any Which Way You Can"... come on, those trucks were such an integral part of those movies they should have appeared in the cast credits! (Note - it took I believe 27 Minis to make 'Italian Job" - the Mr. Majestyk truck was bought from a used car lot, used as is, had a shock and tire replaced, and was sold back to the used car lot. Now that is a TRUCK.
  • 28
    Chuck Vancouver, WA September 5, 2013 at 11:14
    I hoped to see Colt Seaver's 1982 GMC 4x4 with the Fall Guy stunt association on the hood included in the list.
  • 29
    Dave Raleigh September 7, 2013 at 22:41
    Hey, what about the pickup Rocky used to drive around on Rockford Files? A Chevy I think. Of course it wasn't vintage then. But Mr Haney's truck was.
  • 30
    Bob Lichty Canton, Ohio September 8, 2013 at 09:29
    Pat Brady's "Nellie Belle" a 1940's era Jeep (very like a WW II left over) that was featured in the Roy Roger's TV shows. For some reason the Jeep was the only car in the show. Editorial license I guess. Played a key roll though.
  • 31
    Burton Lane Salem, OR September 8, 2013 at 10:29
    1982 GMC 2500 Sierra Grande ("The Fall Guy").
  • 32
    Gary Wightman Kirkland WA September 9, 2013 at 11:07
    Jeep Grand Wagoneer's, Movie "The Great Outdoors" and "What About Bob".
  • 33
    Tim Minneapolis September 10, 2013 at 11:00
    While I agree with pulling a classic truck from Dukes of Hazzard, your choice makes me believe this was Ford-sponsored editorial. You chose a ratty f-100 over the '78 Jeep Golden Eagle CJ-7 that Daisy drove? Really?
  • 34
    Joel Phoenix September 16, 2013 at 12:49
    Happy to see a few votes for the "The Fall Guy" truck. Clearly to most badass classic truck on a tv series. Being a 1982 it is now a classic. 1982 K-2500 GMC. 4" lift. 7 leaf spring front, 9 leaf rear! Dual shocks all 4 corners. And a hidden compartment in the bed for weapon storage. Beat that. Btw: have you seen it being jumped, youtube it. SICK!
  • 35
    Mike Berkin Indiana September 17, 2013 at 08:49
    In the original TV series Lassie starring Jon Provost and June Lockhart their farm truck was a 1958 Dodge D-100. It is a neat old truck. I have one and I am restoring it.
  • 36
    Byron San Diego September 24, 2013 at 16:10
    What about the 1967 Jeepster convertible given to Gale Gordon by Lucille Ball??? Red and white with a red convertible top, v6 4wheel drive with a continental kit??? Built especially for Gale Gordon plaque in the console.
  • 37
    Dave BroadviewHeightsOhio November 4, 2013 at 04:25
    Barry Newman of "Vanishing Point"fameFordBroncoinTVshow"Petrocelli"
  • 38
    Ozzie Richmond, TX March 26, 2014 at 20:29
    Ok, I believe Mr.Majestic is an obvious ommission from the list, but I can't believe no one has mentioned 79 black Ford truck Bud drove in Urban Cowboy! My all time favorite Ford truck! A 1year only square headlight on a dent side body.
  • 39
    Gary H Phoenix March 26, 2014 at 21:49
    And remember all those Jeeps in M.A.S.H.?
  • 40
    John upstate March 27, 2014 at 10:01
    I liked the Ford F-250 utility service truck in 1977's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". A great example of effects without CGI crap.
  • 41
    Gary H Phoenix March 27, 2014 at 12:32
    And remember all those Jeeps in M.A.S.H.?
  • 42
    PSTLPETE Caughdenoy, NY March 28, 2014 at 16:40
    Here's one...the Jeep Wagoneer in Daktari...I ended up with one as a winter rat & even painted it that way (with a brush).

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