We are counting down the Top 50 hot rods and street cars of all time that have made an appearance in a television series, or a memorable television episode. Starting from #50, and counting down to our #1 pick, follow along with our memories, and see where your favorite show lands.
13. The Fall Guy: 1982 GMC K-2500 Sierra Grande Wideside
Graduating from the “Six-Million Dollar Man” to “The Fall Guy” was another successful vehicle for actor Lee Majors, who was right at home portraying a good guy on the television screen. Although his bionics that allowed him to jump tall buildings in a single bound were not part of the plot, the muscle in his 1982 GMC K-2500 Sierra Grande Wideside truck afforded lots of action, whether jumping obstacles, or balancing on two wheels throughout the series.
Majors, as the main character Colt Seavers, portrays a Hollywood stuntman moonlighting as a bounty hunter. Packed with thrilling adventures every week, from 1981 through 1986, the GMC was as much a part of the storylines as the actors were. In the early seasons, a 1980 GMC 4×4 K-25 was used. It had a six-inch lift kit, a chrome rollbar with several high-watt lights, and 35-inch Dick Cepek off-road tires. Later, an upgrade to the 1982 model featured the Sierra Grande trim package, and was powered by a 350 cubic-inch V8 mated to a three-speed, 350 turbo Hydramatic transmission.
Neither of these trucks made the jumps however. A special jump truck had reinforced axles and frame to take the heavy abuse, and was loaded with 800 pounds of lead. An engine mounted in the center of the cab helped to reduce the number of trucks destroyed in production – unlike the General Lee Dodge Charger on the “Dukes of Hazzard.”
Another exclusive feature of the Fall Guy truck was the addition of a secret compartment that ran along the width of the bed. The opening was large enough to hold a fugitive in custody en route to the authorities.