Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Custom Car: George Barris, Part 4, The Clampett Family Truck


The 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 sitcom THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES/CBS/1962-71. When the 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."

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.

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