Duel movie trivia:

Deals on Wheels - - Classic Trucks -

The TV movie Duel used the first truck – a 1955 Peter­bilt 351 with a Cat en­gine. While filming, the truck’s en­gine be­gan to give the crew prob­lems so an­other truck was pur­chased

– the 1960 351 Peter­bilt, which be­longs to Brad Wike. This was used when they de­cided to make the TV movie into a full-length film.

They ap­plied make-up to the truck dur­ing filming to make it ap­pear uglier.

Steven Spiel­berg held truck au­di­tions and chose the 1955 Peter­bilt be­cause the long hood, split wind­shield, and round head­lights gave it more of a men­ac­ing face.

The movie was based on a book writ­ten by Richard Mathe­son. In real life, he’d been tail­gated by a truck on the day Pres­i­dent John Kennedy was as­sas­si­nated and that in­spired the story.

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