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Clampett Family Truck - The 1921 flatbed Oldsmobile four-cylinder truck with roped-down hood and glass-less headlights seen at the beginning of each episode of the situation comedy THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES/CBS/1962-71.

The Clampett Family Truck - Opening Credits - THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES

When poor mountaineer, Jed Clampett, (Buddy Ebsen) discovered oil on his Ozark property "he loaded up his truck and he moved to Beverly. Hills, that is, swimming' pools, movie stars."

As to the ownership of the truck, according to Jed "Strictly speaking, it belongs to my cousin Pearl. But I can keep it as long as I keep cousin Jethro."


On episode No. 210 "The Hot Rod Truck" cousin Jethro (Max Baer) traded the old family jalopy for a new and more powerful hot rod truck (constructed from a 1925 roadster found in Arizona) equipped with a 1969 Olds 442 muscle car engine and painted candy apple red with yellow racing stripes.

Beverly Hillbillies Hot Rod

TRIVIA NOTE: When the series ended, the truck used to transport Jed, Granny (Irene Ryan), Jethro and Elly May (Donna Douglas) to Beverly Hills was donated by "Hillbillies" producer Paul Henning and placed on permanent display at the Ralph Foster Museum on the campus of the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout near Branson, Missouri. There is also a replica of the truck and all of the Clampett family on display at the Movieland Wax Museum exhibit in Buena Park, California.

The original truck (a touring car whose body had been hacked off from behind the front seat) sported a platform with a bench where Granny and Elly May rode. The back of the truck stored the family rocking chair, washtub, shotgun and other personal items. The car's rusted exterior finish also sported a faded advertisement sign for the Fontana Feed Store.


In the 1990s, a replica of the original 1921 truck was recreated for the Twentieth Century Fox movie remake The Beverly Hillbillies (1993). Like the original, the new replica was built by custom car designer George Barris, the creator of the Batmobile and the Munstermobile (who found the original Clampett truck in the back of an old feed store in Fontana, California).

A second Monster Truck version of the Clampett Truck (made from a truck formerly called "Lethal Weapon") appeared in the movie when its huge wheels crushed the cars in a country club parking lot. This huge 25- foot, 15,000 pound replica was powered by a 528ci V-8 engine.


Ideal Toys and Model Products Company (MPC) produced models of both BEVERLY HILLBILLIES trucks that included plastic characters figures. The Ideal Toy truck had a front crank that wound up and moved the vehicle. Another model could convert into Jethro's hot rod. Still another Beverly Hills television truck (designed by George Barris) was produced by Crafts Masters.

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