Mack B-61 – $5,000 – $46,000
Peterbilt 281 – $18,500
A scene in the movie features the truck driving off a cliff. A mechanism was built to shoot the scene driver less, but it failed. The driver had something else to do the next day so he hopped in the truck, drove it to the cliff and jumped out at the last second. While you can’t get an exact replica, the Peterbilt 281 frequently pops up used online. You just need to be quick because they sell fast. We think this is definitely one of the baddest semi trucks on earth!
Quick Fact: As for choosing a Peterbilt in “Duel?” Spielberg liked it because the front resembled a face.
International Harvester – $9,500.00
Here is the third on our classic semi trucks and trailers list. Do you recognize the brand? International Harvester was an American Company comprised of several other companies. In other words, a merger. IN 1902, J.P. Morgan merged Deering Harvester Company with McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and a few other smaller agricultural businesses.
The result was International Harvester. IH was known for agricultural machinery, trucks, construction equipment and other household/commercial products. Trucks were the crown jewel of IH branding. Yet the brand was more recognized for agricultural equipment. Even so, trucks like the one pictured were constant highway fixtures from the early 1960s to mid 80s.
Quick Fact: International Harvester built military tactical vehicles between 1941 and 1961.
Peterbilt 351L Logger – $16,000-$46,000
The Peterbilt 351L logger was one of the most popular classic semi trucks for the company and a perfect addition for your used semi trucks collection. You can often find pictures online in old archive vaults. People knew the truck for one thing… being a consistent workhorse! You could buy one of these in the mid 1950s brand new for about $16,000.
You weren’t considered to be a real trucker unless you could shift the “Brownie” gears with your hands and rive with your knees. In short, the Peterbilt 351L inundated the logging industry as a durable semi. Now they are really popular in the modeling community. Different color variations, custom transmissions, peerless trailers, the only limit is your imagination.
Quick Fact: The 351 series outlasted the Peterbilt 281.
1949 Freightliner – $2,000
Quick Fact: The 1949 Freightliner has a 4 speed main, 3 speed auxiliary with an engine capable of cranking out 262 horsepower. And to think, you thought 1949 was all flappers and art deco.
GMC Cannonball – $6,900
Quick Fact: British singer Mark Knop referenced the GMC Cannonball in his song “I Used to Could.”
Kenworth T608 – $145,533
Quick Fact: The aerodynamic stylings features help with the T608’s fuel economy.
Volvo tanker – $21,404-$47,409
Kenworth 1978 to 1981 – $31,500
Mack RS 700 – $9,500-$35,000
Quick Fact: Those familiar with Mack trucks will understand the complexity of the R series. Different letters in conjunction with the R stood for different designations like steel frame, aluminum frame, heavy duty, setback front axle, as well as different chassis maintenance configurations.
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