A Nostalgic Look At Classic Trucks in Movies And TV Shows

Even as a young kid in the mid 1950’s, I recall loving that old 1958 Dodge D-100 farm truck on the TV series Lassie. I wished that I could ride on the back of it like Timmy did.

Who didn’t feel horrible for poor Forrest Gump when he was forced to outrun the 1951 Ford pickup that was chasing him with a truck full of bullies? “Run Forrest Run” became a famous quote from that movie scene.

No one made me laugh harder than old Redd Foxx on the TV series Sanford and Son. He had a pretty neat 1951 Ford pickup that he banged around in.

Who could forget the cool gray and maroon 1975 GMC K-15 Sierra Classic pickup truck from the TV episodes of Rockford Files from 1974-1980. Jim Garner’s dad “Rocky” drove it on the series.
How about the 1972 Dodge D-300 from the TV show Emergency Squad 51.

I’ve always loved shows that had some bad-ass power truck scenes in them, like the TV series Simon and Simon about two detectives, Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker. Watching their Dodge Power Wagon with the wrecker bar turn a car into a sardine can was awesome.

The movie, No Country For Old Men from 2007, with Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem had several scenes with classic pickup trucks in it which is pure eye candy for truck enthusiasts, not to mention the fact that it was a really good movie period.

Red Dawn starring Patrick Swayze had a good-looking 1984 Chevy truck in it that caught my eye. Sweet Home Alabama also had a sweet GMC pickup worth mentioning.

The TV series Fall Guy, starring Lee Majors, always had me eyeing that 1982 GMC Sierra Grande 4 x 4 that Colt Seavers drove. What a sweet ride that was!

What a classic beauty, the truck I mean, at the end of the Tom Hanks movie, Castaway. That one was a 1955 Ford F-100. Oh, and the girl was a classic beauty too.

My all time favorite was Charles Bronson in Mr. Majestyk in 1974. If you’ve seen this movie, you must recall the 1968 yellow Ford F-100 I-beam. They really made that pickup work for it’s “Ford Tough” title, and it stood up to all they put it through right to the end of the movie. This is entertainment at its best for truck lovers.

I also enjoyed the 1966 tan GMC short step side in Any Which Way You Can movie (1988 sequel) and the 1955 Chevrolet 3100 in Philo Beddoe’s Every Which Way But Loose (Right Turn Clyde) with Clint Eastwood.

I asked my wife if she recalled any great pickup trucks in movies she has watched over the years. Mostly, she pays attention to the good looking actors, but surprised me with mentioning the red 1972 Chevy C-10 that drove off a cliff in Bill Murray’s Ground Hog Day. Her next comment was the 1962 Chevy C-10 from Bridges over Madison County. She has watched that movie umpteen times, but I suspect it’s not because of a classic pickup truck in it.

It will be interesting to note which “classics” of my present day that my grandchildren will see in decades to come. I can’t imagine a 2017 Ford Raptor being in a movie forty years from now, but I bet it will be in some chase scene one day, so I can only hope that the grandkids’ generation can appreciate its nostalgia.

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