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Beverly Hillbillies
The Family Hauler or Granny's Haulin' Rod!

  • Original year: 1968
  • Company: Model Products Corporation (MPC)
  • Scale: 1/25
  • Designer: George Barris

When TV's Beverly Hillbillies' decided it was time to drive a new car, to fit their Beverly Hills position, show producer Paul Henning commissioned George Barris to build the "Beverly Hillbillies Hot Rod" for Jethro. Barris, trying to retain the old jalopy's image that had become the show's trademark, looked for and found a 1921 Olds Roadster. The body was removed and the chassis reworked to accept a '69 olds 442 engine, automatic transmission, rear axle and brakes. Firestone Indy tires and Cragar S/S wheels were used to put the power on the pavement.

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Dave's comments:

Of course, I'll build it as the hot rod. Wish it came with an Ellie Mae vooom! I I I caught the end of the episode in which this car was a theme. You can read about it on this site. Here is a link to see photos of the original Family Hauler.



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