As a kid who grew up in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s, I have a fond appreciation for the great action movies of the era. My friends used to (and still do!) call these films “Tony’s Dad Movies”, because nearly every time they came over my place, my dad was firmly planted in front of the Sony Trinitron watching fools getting blown to pieces by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, etc. Among these films, one of our favorite ones to watch was the 1989 buddy cop movie Tango & Cash. It’s completely ridiculous plot has two polar opposite cops, played by Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell, getting set up by a villainous mastermind played by Jack Palance. Toward the end of the movie, Stallone’s character’s sister (played by Teri Hatcher) gets kidnapped by the head baddie, and is held in a fortress surrounded by what seems to be a giant monster truck obstacle course, complete with flame throwing monster trucks, giant car-crushing construction vehicles, etc.
Since they can’t just go knock on the door, they need a vehicle that can handle that type of terrain. So they go to their guy at the police station, who shows them THIS THING:
The truck is affectionately known as The RV From Hell. As a kid, I thought this was the most badass vehicle in existence! It was straight from the future, had a freaking Gatling Gun mounted on the driver’s side, and according to the character Owen who built the thing, it would run 10’s in the quarter mile on nitrous oxide. This is the type of vehicle that you want to be behind the wheel of on your daily slog to the office.
Ok, so let’s focus on the truck itself. I always wondered what it originally was before it’s transformation into this urban assault weapon. After some searching around on the Internet Movie Car Database (which RULES, by the way), I found an old For Sale ad of the movie truck. While I cannot find out who originally built it, the truck started off as a 1988 C3500 and is powered by a 454. There were three identical trucks built for the film; the one that survives today is one of the ones they took off jumps. Let’s have a closer look at this wonderful vehicle, shall we?
Sadly, there are no under hood (or is it under windshield?) shots of this thing, but it’s supposed to have a 454 under that big bubble. Who knows if it really had nitrous, but it would be way cooler if it did! This beast seems to go up for sale every few years, and the last ad I saw from the mid-2000’s listed the truck at $45k. I wonder what it will sell for next?
Honestly, I feel that this truck is the star of this “Tony’s Dad Movie”. I still talk to my dad to this day about the Tango & Cash Truck and how ridiculous it is, and how I want to build a replica of it for 24 Hours of Lemons duty. I’m surprised there isn’t more info about it out there! If any of you BangShift readers have more info on this, you know what to do… post it below!