It is not very often one gets the chance to own something that was used as a movie prop, and this isn’t one either, but it’s close. Show of hands… How many of you remember the 1971 made for television movie “Duel”? This was a story about a traveling salesman, played by Dennis Weaver, who is chased across the desert southwest by a maniacal Peterbilt Tanker Truck. I remember it well because I was just becoming aware of vehicles (this was my freshman year of High School) and this movie was directed by a guy who has directed some of the biggest grossing movies ever, Steven Spielberg.
As you can see, the truck that is for sale looks close enough to the truck used in the movie, it’s rather uncanny. According to the listing for the truck that’s for sale:
1950’s Peterbilt Model 351
2 stick transmission …. 5 and a 4
would make a great rat rod or ambitious restoration
There is no asking price for this truck, and the phone number has a Vermont area code, so it’s up to you to find out how much the seller wants. While you’re getting this truck, make sure you have enough cheddar to purchase a matching Plymouth Valiant… See the listing here.
Oh, and here is a little trivia. The 1978 episode of the Incredible Hulk titled “Never Give a Trucker an Even Break” incorporated quite a few scenes from the Movie “Duel”. The episode storyline was laughable at best, and it was very clear that most of the shots involving the truck and the Plymouth were lifted directly from the movie.