Most Iconic TV Cars of the 1960s and 1970s

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1921 Oldsmobile Model 43-A (or 46) “The Beverly Hillbillies” (1962–1971)
A TV gem likely better known for its theme song rather than the actual show, “The Beverly Hillbillies” was a popular situation comedy in its time and became a cult classic in subsequent syndication. The show’s famous set of wheels is a dilapidated truck the backwoods-but-oil-rich Clampett family drove cross country from the Ozarks to reach Beverly Hills, California. The truck was created by none other than legendary TV and movie car customizer George Barris. According to a book about Barris, he found a 1921 Oldsmobile touring car behind a feed store in Fontana, California, already decrepit enough in its own right. The truck is now on display at the Ralph Foster Museum at the College of the Ozarks — a donation from the show’s producer Paul Henning, who grew up in nearby Missouri. Sources differ on the Oldsmobile model, some calling it a 43-A and some a 46, so there was likely more than one version created for the show.

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