PICK-UPS in America are supersize and big business. Ford’s new aluminium-bodied F-150 Raptor had visitors to the Detroit motor show last week in raptures. The F-series as a whole accounted for one in three of Ford’s vehicle sales in America last year. Parked bumper to bumper, those 780,000 pick-ups would stretch from Los Angeles to New York, a distance of nearly 2,800 miles.
America’s favourite workhorse has had its fair share of time on the big screen too. And one of the most memorable star cars appeared in the 1978 hit Every Which Way but Loose.
Starring Clint Eastwood as a lorry driver and occasional bare-knuckle brawler, Every Which Way but Loose was a big hit with audiences — if not the critics — and features a memorable turn as Eastwood’s sidekick from an orang utan named Clyde.
The question is, can you remember what pick-up was used in the film? Scroll down to see if you know the answer.
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Clint Eastwood’s character, Philo Beddoe, drove a beaten-up Chevrolet Task Force, known as a Chevy 3100.
Introduced in 1955, it blurred the lines between a working vehicle and a car for everyday driving. Its windscreen had a distinctive wrap-around design that afforded a panoramic view, and rear visibility was good too, as long as your orang utan wasn’t in the way.
Today 3100s are collectable as classic vehicles and also sought after by hot-rodders — drivers who customise their cars.
You can see the pick-up in action in Every Which Way but Loose in the video clip below.
Warning: Video contains swearing