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1955 Peterbilt 281

1955 Peterbilt 281 in Duel, Movie made for TV, 1971 IMDB

Class: Trucks, Trailer truck (tractor) — Model origin: US

1955 Peterbilt 281

Position 00:23:53 [*][*][*][*][*] The vehicle is part of the movie

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carfan US

2005-12-23 18:51

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It's a 1960 Peterbilt 355 model (not as in a toy model truck)

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antp BE

2005-12-23 18:53

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For what I find on Google images it is not so clear if it is a 351 or a 355 :??:

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big Tone US

2006-03-10 00:03

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1960 281

big Tone US

2006-03-10 04:43

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281 with a tag axle

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truckface NO

2006-03-28 15:23

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Believe or not, but this truck reappears in the movie "Torque". :hello:

carfan US

2006-04-28 18:55

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It's a peterbilt 355

GENERAL LEE UK

2006-04-30 02:00

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1963 Peterbilt 355 w/ single stack & horn for some reason

Big Tone US

2006-05-01 02:58

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1955 or 1960 Peterbilt 281 http://www.stlouisdumptrucks.com/Duel/DuelPage1.html

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firebird86 US

2006-05-01 05:37

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Big Tone wrote 1955 or 1960 Peterbilt 281 http://www.stlouisdumptrucks.com/Duel/DuelPage1.html

The article in your link states that the truck is indeed a 1960 Peterbilt 281, just like the original truck from the movie

trucker US

2006-06-03 21:37

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This one is also a 351!

trucker US

2006-06-09 18:15

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The 281's had single axles and the 351's have double axles. So it's a 1960 Peterbilt 351.

Big Tone US

2006-06-10 14:59

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This is a 281 with tag axle, check the link from my post above.

antp BE

2006-06-10 15:04

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Well, just call it 632 so it includes both (351+281 :D)

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Big Tone US

2006-06-10 15:06

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antp wrote Well, just call it 632 so it includes both (351+281 :D)

post it 632 antp

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Carfan US

2006-06-27 02:03

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If the people that own one of the origional trucks say it's a 281, then it must be a peterbilt 281! I mean think about it, if you owned the truck you would know all about it.

Skid US

2006-07-02 04:03

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There were actually three trucks used for Duel:

A 1955 Peterbilt 281 was the main picture truck...it was thrown from the cliff at the end and destroyed.

The 1960 281 in the above link was a backup truck. The 1955 had a crapped out engine, so the 1960 was buit as a backup. This 1960 model is the model mentioned in the article above, and there is some debate as to whether or not it was used in the movie (it likely was, just in very brief parts). This very truck appeared in the film "Torque".

A 1964 (I believe this one was actually a 351) was used for the scenes added to the film in 1973...the railroad crossing and the school bus scene. I've heard that it's still sitting in a warehouse at Universal studios in extremely poor condition. It was also used for a 1978 episode of "The Incredible Hulk".

The picture on this site appears to depict the 1955 truck.

nickman912 US

2006-07-03 09:19

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I think its kinda funny how a Universial movie prop wound up in a Warner Brothers production. O hey did anyone notice that a red Plymouth sedan was driectly in front of the truck in the opening scene? ;) Just wondering if anyone else cought that besides me.

Skid US

2006-07-03 10:15

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I dunno where you get it was Warner Brothers: The opening on my VHS and DVD both say "Universal".

EDIT: Unless you're referring to "The Incredible Hulk".

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nickman912 US

2006-07-04 07:02

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I saw it on TBS, but then again could have been the end of the previous movie I saw. I dunno, I was tired. I saw the WB logo graphic between them somewhere. But, the kid in the beginning had a Dukes of Hazzard shirt on. Universial didnt make that shaow, WB did.

Edit: It IS a WB production. I foun d the movie site: http://www2.warnerbros.com/torque/index.html

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Skid US

2006-07-04 08:19

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Torque? Hell, I thought you meant Duel. Yes, Torque WAS a WB movie.

aussiemuscle308 AU

2006-08-21 07:56

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more pics here of the last surviving truck:
http://www.tenfourmagazine.com/feature/2004/5.html

Q-Ball JP

2007-04-15 21:21

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Who knows where this truck is now?

klint SE

2007-04-27 08:21

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The 60-truck wasn´t used at all. It was just a standby truck far as I know.
The 55 was used in the whole movie except the "extra parts" filmed in ´73: Bus scene and railroad crossing and when David Mann comes out of the gas station after talking to his wife, you can see this truck having the other type of aircleaner.

kw_2010 US

2007-11-13 04:27

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JR mower man wrote Well,Q ball, the 55 was destroyed at the end of the movie in the crash. and the 64 used in the extra scenes is still being stored in universal in poor/ unrestorable condition. where as the 60 pete, the one used throughout most of the movie is the only surving truck that is still running, and driveable. it is currently in the process of being totally restored to it's original movie condition. i believe that this truck is located somewhere down south. :D



Do you think you could help me find a picture of the "unrestorable" truck at Universal?

Q-Ball JP

2007-11-18 17:40

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Was the 281 ever available with quad headlights?

crazybastard CA

2008-03-20 18:08

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JR mower man wrote Well,Q ball, the 55 was destroyed at the end of the movie in the crash. and the 64 used in the extra scenes is still being stored in universal in poor/ unrestorable condition. where as the 60 pete, the one used throughout most of the movie is the only surving truck that is still running, and driveable. it is currently in the process of being totally restored to it's original movie condition. i believe that this truck is located somewhere down south. :D
i believe i know where the truck is its located in kentucky and owned by st loughie dump trucks. its still running today but is in rough shape. (it wouldn't be the duel truck if it wasn't, lol)

crazybastard CA

2008-03-20 18:15

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Q-Ball wrote Was the 281 ever available with quad headlights?
i dont think so the 351 model was but i dont think they started coming out with the quad lights untill the 70s"?"

fairyman AU

2008-06-27 20:11

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The number plates on the front are supposedly from other cars that the truck destroyed

vondur88 CA

2008-11-07 03:45

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1960 Peterbilt 281
Current Engine: Cummins NTC 350 Small Cam Inline 6 cylinder, turbo charged, 350 bhp
Original Engine: Cummins 262, Inline 6 cylinder, turbo charged, 262 bhp
Main Transmission: 5 Speed Spicer

4x4 23 US

2008-12-24 00:33

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The Truck above is the 1955

4x4 23 US

2008-12-25 21:59

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Skid wrote There were actually three trucks used for Duel:



A 1964 (I believe this one was actually a 351) I've heard that it's still sitting in a warehouse at Universal studios in extremely poor condition. It was also used for a 1978 episode of "The Incredible Hulk".




Yes, the 64 was a 351 But the 64 Was not in "The Incredible Hulk" the one from the "The Incredible Hulk" was a whole new truck it was another 351 If you look on Dan's web site it tells you there's a 4th truck and on the "DUEL Message board" with Neil who found the 1960 he's Said this is the Truck in a warehouse at Universal Lots the Truck has been Identified as a 1962 Peterbilt 351 on the "DUEL Message board" Neil who has the facts from Universal Lots said that the 64 played as the duel truck in another movie that one also when down a cliff the 64 is long gone it's been parted out and scrapped like the 55


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4x4 23 US

2008-12-25 23:28

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Dan has talken to the original owner of the 55 & the 60 and according to him he said there was 4 trucks in the movie Duel alone he said he sold 3 trucks to and 4 Tankers to Universal Studio's he sold the 55 & 60 to them and there was a 1956 that was also made up the "56" was a 281 too the 55 & 56 were identical twins in the movie and even before the movie always have been nothing was different between the 2 The 1960 had a little long wheel base then the 55 & 56 the boss told Dan "the owner of the 60" that he knows atleast 3 scenes with the 56 was used

In Gas Attendit Scene besides the 1964 being then maybe 5 minutes of the scene it was the 56

In the window & leaving Chuck's Cafe' is another place where the 56 was used

The whole snack with Dennis in the phone booth that scene with Carey Lofin passing by after the turns in the drive way

is another scene with 56 used even after they leave and the truck passes by David Mann after pulling off and hiding from the truck it the 56


Truck History:

the 1955- is the Main truck Was crashed at cliff scene in Duel and was scrapped and parted out in 1979

the 1960- is the 2nd truck we all know the history behind the truck

The 1956- Is the 3rd truck this truck blew up in 1979 in another movie

The 1964- this one was a 351 Is the truck that Was in Rail Road/ Bus Push/ Gas Attendit scenes went down a cliff in 1975 plying as the Duel truck in another movie was scrapped and parted out in 1979

If you call it a 5th truck- is the 1962 351 From the "Incredible Hulk" some people don't count this truck as a 5th truck cause it wasn't in the movie Duel But I do It was a new truck for the new actors

Here's History behind the 5th truck if you count the 5th truck it's the 1962 Peterbilt 351

http://z15.invisionfree.com/Duel/index.php?showtopic=309

The History behind the 55, 64 & 56 after they were crashed

the 55- was brought back up the cliff the next day and went back to the oil company and he put it in a field for parts for some of his other peterbilts and was scrapped and parted out in 1979

the 64- went down the same cliff in 1975 the oil company bought it for parts and and scrapped it the same day as the 55 back in 79

the 56- Blew in 1979 and the oil comapny sold the land in 1989 and the moved the 56 to another land and the oil company had that land until 1996 and then he doesn't what happen to the truck the guy bought the trucks and that land in 1996 the struck might be still in existence

The one above is the 55





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chris142 US

2009-01-26 05:26

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crazybastard wrote i dont think so the 351 model was but i dont think they started coming out with the quad lights untill the 70s"?"

They were an option beginning in 1958.

chicomarx BE

2009-02-26 03:17

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[Image: dueltruck1.jpg]

[Image: th_dueltruck2.jpg] [Image: th_dueltruck3.jpg] [Image: th_dueltruck4.jpg]

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TDK US

2009-03-02 23:09

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truckface wrote Believe or not, but this truck reappears in the movie "Torque". :hello:


Might be the same model truck but at the end of Duel the truck was really crashed off of a mesa. The mesa is at the top of Vasquez Canyon Rd. I can't verify the name of the mesa but I believe it is called Black Mesa.

chicomarx BE

2009-04-10 17:11

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New and improved picture. Identical shot but 640px now (was 512). Couldn't go to 720, height would be 540.

4x4 23 US

2009-05-03 19:44

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There's no photo's of the 1964 Peterbilt 351 under this Movie Truck is any one can please get some photo's of the 64 Pete from Bus Push & Rail Road Scenes you also see the 64 a little bit in Gas Attendant Scene it was near the end when you saw it

convoyduel US

2009-08-27 08:24

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3 trucks were used for Duel.

Truck 1 (pictured) is a '55. It has only one driving axle, therefore it is a 281. The presence of an unpowered tag axle has no bearing on Peterbilt's model number. I have mistakenly listed it on my website as a '56 based on my bad handwriting from when I bought truck 2 from Neil Losasso in LA in 2005. This '55 went off the cliff (Mystery Mesa) in '71. It started life as a Union Oil tanker.

Truck 2 is the 1960 that I own. I bought it from Neil Losasso who bought if from George Sack. This truck was built up by George Sack at the request of Universal Studios as a standby second unit truck and went back to George Sack's yard after filming. The title history confirms this. This same '60 model 281 was also used in Torque, Chevy Malibu commercials and David Lee Roth's 1994 video "She's My Machine". The truck is in St. Louis now and on display at the Museum of Transportation.

Truck 3 was a '64 used for added scenes in 1973 when the movie was extended for theatrical release.

A fourth truck was used by Universal to make an episode of The Incredible Hulk based on a lot of archived footage from Duel.

Kooshmeister US

2009-09-22 16:36

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Totally random, but, the truck isn't a tractor trailer/semi in Richard Matheson's original short story. Rather, it's an ordinary tanker truck hauling a tanker trailer, so it effectively has two tankloads of gas. Which are full unlike in the movie, so that when the trucker goes off the cliff his vehicle blows up real good.

Also, in the story, the trucker has a name: Keller. A play on words, like the hero's surname Mann. Man vs. Killer.

benfolio US

2009-10-17 18:19

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The 1960 is now for sale: http://www.motoexotica.com/inventory/2544/1960_Peterbilt_Tanker__.htm?pv=a

typhlosion US

2010-04-12 09:07

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HEEEEEY YOOOOOOOU GUUUUUUYS! its a 1960 as this guy now owns it! http://www.bradsclassictrucks.com/DuelPage.htm

bluesmobilerMCMLXXIV CA

2011-03-01 21:53

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convoyduel wrote
A fourth truck was used by Universal to make an episode of The Incredible Hulk based on a lot of archived footage from Duel.

When I first saw "Duel", I thought I recognized footage from "The Incredible Hulk"; I guess it keeps old footage from being wasted.

AMC man

2011-08-16 00:40

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I saw a peterbilt today it look like an old one I think it was a 281 or 351.

M26 Pershing US

2011-09-20 19:26

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The surviving '60 truck was originally another 281 with tag axle, but was recently rebuilt to where both axles are driven, so it's a 351 now. :P (I have a pic on deviantart, but can't get there on school comp.)

93montero

2012-06-16 18:54

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LencoBearcatGuy US

2014-07-27 16:43

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This is my most favorite tractor-trailer of all time. Its rusty color gives it character.

rberent US

2014-10-15 16:46

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I now have this movie in 1080HD if you want me to post them?

antp BE

2014-10-15 16:52

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The pics are already to the max allowed size for 4:3 pictures
You can post additional pics in comments if you wish, but if you use the site's own image upload they will also be limited like the main picture of this page.

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