Whether we notice them or not, we all see our fair share of semi trucks on a daily basis – they’re everywhere! Well, while there are certainly plenty of every day semi-trucks on the road, we’ve compiled a list nine super cool, super unique semi-trucks that you WON’T see every day.
1. The Green Goblin:
Anytime you combine The King of Horror and The Lords of Rock, you are sure to create something extra bad – and by that we mean good. Featured on Stephen King’s 1986 movie adaptation of Maximum Overdrive and supported by the hard-rockin’ soundtrack of AC/DC’s “Who Made Who” anthem, this Green Goblin truck is a top contender for super cool semi-trucks.
2. Megatron vs. Optimus Prime:
For this second entry, it’s really just a matter of taste, therefore, we’re going to leave it up to you. Who is cooler, Megatron, the nasty leader of the Decepticons, or Optimus Prime, the noble leader of the Autobots? While one is an extra rugged MACK® Granite™ military truck that wants to destroy mankind, the other is a Freightliner FL86 cab-over-engine triple axle semi trailer truck that intends to save the human race. That said, for all the human readers out there, the decision shouldn’t be too difficult.
3. B.J. and The Bear:
Dipping into the television archives a bit, we have to highlight that infamous red and white Kenworth K-100 cab over semi truck from the briefly aired comedy B.J. and the Bear. Considering the show only aired for two years (1979 to 1981), this is still one of the most popular semi-trucks to have ever traveled the country’s highways, albeit on TV.
4. Snowman’s Truck:
Cue the theme music! This here super cool semi is from the 1977 classic comedy Smokey and the Bandit – the pioneer of all trucking movies. Although the movie starred Burt Reynolds, his friend, Snowman (Cledus), had a beauty of a black and gold Kenworth W900 rig (1973) that featured a 48-foot long mural that was manufactured by Hobbs Trailers in Texas. Despite the fact that the Pontiac Trans Am was a real showstopper at the time, Snowman’s truck is certainly an iconic big rig for the ages.
5. Rhino from M.A.S.K.:
Only the coolest cartoon and toy franchise in all of the 80s, M.A.S.K. (acronym for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) was best known for its combat weapons, disguised as everyday objects. Perhaps the most famous of all of the M.A.S.K. vehicles was Rhino – a Kenworth semi tractor that secretly doubled as a “mobile defense platform” and command center. Complete with a battering ram bumper, ejector seat, rocket launcher, radar dish and tons of other amazing gadgets, Rhino is truly one of the coolest semis ever.
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6. F.L.A.G. Mobile Unit:
Much like the Rhino from above, the F.L.A.G. Mobile Unit from Knight Rider is also more than meets the eye. Standing as an acronym for Foundation for Law and Government and acting as the mobile headquarters for all of the always-thrilling Knight Rider adventures, anyone with a pulse in the 80s had daydreams of driving this black big rig and running dispatch for Michael as he saved the day.
7. Rubber Duck’s Mack Truck:
While there are many trucks that join the Convoy, in the 1978 movie by the same name, there is no arguing that the most infamous of them all is Rubber Duck’s (Kristofferson’s) Mack RS 786LST (although, multiple trucks were used throughout the filming process, for different shots). Interestingly enough, the truck itself was designed, conceptually, by the film company, to fully fit the vibe of the film, and then Mack was commissioned to build the “star” truck, fully custom for the film. You truly WON’T see this everyday
8. Over the Top:
Of course, when it comes to the 1987 arm wrestling movie Over the Top, there are two famous trucks to highlight. For starters, there’s the ever trusty 1965 Autocar A64b with the built-in weight machine, where Lincoln Hawk (Stallone) honed his arm wrestling skills, and, secondly, there’s the red and black, grand prize Volvo for the winner of the arm wrestling competition. Sure, both have their own appeal but the shiny new Volvo would surely turn some heads!
9. Pork Chop Express:
Last but not least is the infamous Pork Chop Express from the 1986 movie Big Trouble in Little China. The difference between this big rig and the others on the list is that there is absolutely nothing fancy about this – no bells and whistles. However, because it was driven by the one and only Jack Burton (Kurt Russell), this Freightliner FLC 120 is deserving, as the sixth super cool semi-truck in trucking lore.
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We hope you’ve enjoyed this nostalgic trip down Semi-Truck Lane. As you can see, there have been some super cool semi-trucks in the past…and we’re certain there will be plenty more in the future!