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No. 5: 1973 Chevrolet El Camino SS, "My Name Is Earl"
Introducing Earl Jehoshaphat Hickey’s banged-up Chevy El Camino. Earl was a petty thief who was trying to redeem himself by doing good deeds – at least some of the time. Earl’s El Camino had a primered hood and a blue driver’s door stolen from another El Camino. Under the hood? A 454-cubic-inch big-block V-8. We’d say Earl went a long way toward earning good karma simply by driving an El Camino.
No. 4: 1951 Ford F1,"Sanford and Son"
From 1972 to 1977, the father-and-son duo of Fred Sanford and his son Lamont verbally scrapped over half-baked ideas to make money from their scrap business. But those schemes wouldn’t have been possible with their beat-up old 1951 Ford F1 to haul their junk around. It proved to be more reliable than Fred’s ideas.
No. 3: 1980 GMC Pickup "The Fall Guy"
The 1980s were a golden age for pickup trucks in action shows. After “Simon & Simon,” there was “The Fall Guy.” In the show, Colt Seavers (played by Lee Majors, formerly the Bionic Man) is a Hollywood stuntman turned bounty hunter – brilliant! Using his 1980 GMC 4X4 pickup truck, Seavers took down some of the most-wanted criminals on TV. From flying off jumps to ultra-dangerous high-speed pursuits, this truck did it all. It featured a 6 inch-lift, 35-inch off-road tires, multiple off-road lights, a Warn winch and our favorite feature: the hidden compartment in the pickup truck bed to hide firearms and captured convicts.
No. 2: 1995 Dodge Ram 1500, "Walker, Texas Ranger"
Chuck Norris as a Texas ranger who used martial arts to corral criminals in Dallas? Hell yes. Then, add a 1995 Dodge Ram 1500? Our minds were blown by so much awesomeness coming out of our 24-inch Sony TVs in the mid-1990s. Seriously, every TV show would be a hit if it had Chuck Norris and a Dodge Ram. It’s why we now have 60-inch flat-screen 3-D TVs.
No. 1: 1988 Toyota Hilux "Top Gear"
There’s only one thing on TV that’s tougher than Chuck Norris, and that’s the 1988 Toyota Hilux that proved indestructible after torture testing by the lads at “Top Gear.” They drove it down a flight of steps, imploded a building around it, crashed it into a tree, dunked it in the ocean, drove it through a garden shed, hit it with a wrecking ball and set it on fire – and after that, it still ran. For that, we salute the Toyota Hilux as our Top TV Truck.
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