It’s been too long since we’ve toyed with Brian’s heartstrings over a vehicle, hasn’t it? I might have said something last week, but it still feels like it’s been too long. That’s ok, though…this find would make up for the last year if I hadn’t said anything. Over the last week or two, we’ve been paying attention to the upcoming Mecum auction in Florida, and for good reason…there’s a lot of good metal that is going to be moved in Kissimmee here shortly. But after the first of the year, it’s auction season in Arizona, with Barrett-Jackson and Russo and Steele both firing up their big-gun sales, turning the Phoenix Metro into a used-car sales event from Heaven for a gearhead. I’ve been to both auctions a couple of times and both times I walked away just stunned at what showed up to be moved on to the next guy. So, after poking around a bit inside of the better-known Barrett-Jackson auction catalog, I found one thing that I know Brian would sell certain body parts for to have parked underneath the trees at his house: his own personal copy of the GMC from the television show “The Fall Guy”.
The show is just a bit before my time, so I found myself YouTubing old clips to get the gist of why an otherwise clean-cut stock-paint GMC with a period lift kit gets our East Coaster hot and bothered. In short terms, this is the General Lee Charger with a bed…it’s sole purpose was to look badass while attaining flight hours like a Cessna. Got it…so what’s the story with this truck? It’s actually a 1984 Chevrolet K10 that’s been dressed up as a GMC, but we can forgive that. The powertrain is simple and straightforward: 350, TH400, NP208 transfer case, 10.5″ rear axle with 4.10 gears, 10-bolt front axle with 4.10 gears. The paint is fresh, the interior is restored and Lee Majors, the man who played Colt Seavers, the owner of the truck, has signed the vehicle. And of course, you get a ton of memorabilia along with the rig if you are the highest bidder.
Even if it wasn’t a TV tribute vehicle, a clean period-correct square body GM truck might do really well at the auction. Nostalgia does sell, you know!