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Original Sanford and Son Truck For Sale

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I have always wondered where that truck ended up. The first question I asked myself when I saw the ad was how much would that truck cost if it wasn't the one from the show. The auction is starting at $20,000 and that does not meet the reserve. Will there be any serious buyers willing to pay such a premium for the provenance? I guess we will have to wait and see.

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I think hear the Sanford and Son music playing in the background and Fred Sanford yelling, "You big dummy!"

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I have always wondered where that truck ended up. The first question I asked myself when I saw the ad was how much would that truck cost if it wasn't the one from the show. The auction is starting at $20,000 and that does not meet the reserve. Will there be any serious buyers willing to pay such a premium for the provenance? I guess we will have to wait and see.

It has been sitting in a garage in Northern Indiana for the last few decades. My late Grandfather was a big fan of the show, him being in the scrap business as well surely had the most to do with it. I do believe that most of the value of the truck is due to its status as a piece of television memorabilia. As far as the pricing, it's hard to put a number on something like this. Like most antique memorabilia, the nostalgic factor really plays in.

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Now don't lie... when you drive this around you whistle the theme song, don't you.;)

Haha, I have never driven it, but I have sat in the back during a parade that we took it through.

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I own many antique cars and trucks several which were in movies or television series ( most famous is lead car in Untouchables movie and tv series ). Having said that I will be shocked if you get anywhere near your asking price. If you do I would think it will not be a private buyer but possibly a museum. I will watch closely and if you do I will likely list 4 or 5 movie cars for sale. I was wondering, did you contact Barrett Jackson ?

Wayne

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It has been sitting in a garage in Northern Indiana for the last few decades. My late Grandfather was a big fan of the show, him being in the scrap business as well surely had the most to do with it. I do believe that most of the value of the truck is due to its status as a piece of television memorabilia. As far as the pricing, it's hard to put a number on something like this. Like most antique memorabilia, the nostalgic factor really plays in.

I don't blame you for starting the auction at $20,000 and the reserve higher, there is only one original, the show was/is very popular, and the truck always appeared at the beginning of the show. I don't think a many private individuals will pay top dollar for it but a business or attraction might. It will definitely bring in some public and generate publicity. Good luck with the sale, If I had the money I might actually be bidding. :o

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I wonder how many potential buyers will be scared away with such a high starting bid !

Wayne

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I own many antique cars and trucks several which were in movies or television series ( most famous is lead car in Untouchables movie and tv series ).
I think his truck has much more appeal and provenance than a car from the Untouchables. The Sanford truck is nearly as iconic as the Beverly Hillbillies truck. Nobody remembers what car Elliot Ness drove, but the truck was almost a cast member. It might be priced a bit high, I dunno, but I'll bet it fetches a pretty fair premium over a regular F-1in the same condition

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In my opinion, it doesn't hurt to start high. If it doesn't sell, the price can always be lowered later.

Bill

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I think his truck has much more appeal and provenance than a car from the Untouchables. The Sanford truck is nearly as iconic as the Beverly Hillbillies truck. Nobody remembers what car Elliot Ness drove, but the truck was almost a cast member. It might be priced a bit high, I dunno, but I'll bet it fetches a pretty fair premium over a regular F-1in the same condition

They had a different viewing audience and therefore can not be compared. Maybe you do not remember the car Elliott Ness drove but many do. To suggest otherwise is without merit. Hopefully for the sellers sake this means you are going to bid, correct ? Wayne

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I don't remember what car Elliot Ness drove, but I do recall that Sanford drove a beat up old pick up truck of some kind or other.

Cheers,

Grog

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I don't remember what car Elliot Ness drove, but I do recall that Sanford drove a beat up old pick up truck of some kind or other.

Cheers,

Grog[/quote

I will bet that not 1 % of this site knew it was a 1952 Ford. It was an old beat up truck of some kind or other.

Wayne

Edited by AlCapone (see edit history)

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I knew it was a 52 Ford but for all the years since the show was first on TV every beat up old pickup is called a Sanford and Son truck. For that matter ever since the "Untouchables" aired in the sixties every 20s or 30s black sedan is used with toy tommy guns and gangster clothes to re-enact mob scenes.

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Perhaps nobody knew what year and make Sanford's truck was. That is not the point. How many know the Clampett's truck is an Olds? It doesn't make them any less iconic. The Untouchables car is just another prop in the movie, like a gun or a whiskey barrel.

I am not here to knock your car, so there's no need to get defensive. And, no, I do not plan to bid on the truck. Do you?

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Perhaps nobody knew what year and make Sanford's truck was. That is not the point. How many know the Clampett's truck is an Olds? It doesn't make them any less iconic. The Untouchables car is just another prop in the movie, like a gun or a whiskey barrel.

I am not here to knock your car, so there's no need to get defensive. And, no, I do not plan to bid on the truck. Do you?

Not at that price ! Wayne

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Al,

Is your car the 1931 Buick that the group is most often seen in?

it is the 1931/32 Chrysler in my avatar. Wayne

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Great Truck!

I used to go to your grandfathers junkyard MANY years ago! If memory serves me right the main road split the yard in half. It seemed everything I needed was on the LONG DISTANCE part of the yard! Great memories!

Good luck to you on the sale!

Bill

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One thing about Antiques....

They are ONLY worth what Someone is WILLING to Pay !!

Does NOT matter what YOU think it is Worth, just a reason to keep it :)

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It's all in the timing. Lots of potential buyers still around who remember Sanford and Sons and the truck. 20 years from now maybe not so many. A few years ago the original truck from the movie Grapes of Wrath, an iconic vehicle if there ever was one, was sold and apparently due to lack of interest ended up being converted back to original according to posts made on these forums at the time. Trivia for the day...where did Elliott Ness end up career wise after he retired from chasing bad guys in big cars?

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Elliot Ness was only 28 years old when he took on the task of bringing "Scarface" down. Sadly enough, even with all his work on the case, Capone was later tried on income tax evasion with little or no involvement from Ness, although by that time the newspapers made Ness a hero. He stayed in law enforcement and in the mid '30's was instrumental in cleaning up Cleveland Ohio's police force and started programs against drunk driving and other traffic problems. He left law enforcment in 1944 and fell into relative obscurity, started to drink heavily and died on May 7 1957 in Coudersport Pa. I'm sure that the TV series and the movie are a whole lot more exciting than Ness' real life experiences! As to movie cars like this truck, to me it was only a prop used in the opening credits not like some cars that were used extensively in the series like the Ness car or the Clampett's truck so it doesn't carry any real significance to the story lines. I've known people who have tried to sell cars said to have been used in films when all they were were background props with a 2 second life on film. This truck might hold some memories for some folks but I think he'd be better off just trying to sell it as a restorable '52 Ford truck and nothing more. IMHO.

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Going against the grain a little here, but I like the rules on one of the gun sites I'm a member of. The rules states that anyone can ask what they want for their item and it is against the rules to question it. The rule actually is very well respected there and has worked very positively through the years.

Bill

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