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The Collective: Star Trek IV Truck For Sale May 19, 2008

by John Tenuto , Filed under: Feature Films (TMP-NEM),Memorabilia , trackback has one question before this article begins: Do you like Italian? This weekend you can get your chance to become the owner of the truck where that famous line from Star Trek IV The Voyage Home was spoken. Over Memorial Day weekend the Chevy truck driven by Dr. Gillian Taylor goes for sale at the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois.


The Star Trek IV Truck, a baby blue1976 Chevy Pickup, is part of the museum’s ‘TV & Hollywood Collection.’ The truck is being sold at Volo’s "Spring Expo and Car Corral," which features hundreds of classic cars, including some from other films such as a Terminator sequel and Spiderman. According to a spokesperson for Volo, the truck currently runs, but smokes and has a cracked engine block that would need to be replaced. The asking price is $5,595. An offer can be made in person or over the phone, starting Saturday morning. More info at the website.

Do you want the truck? Yes, No, No – Yes, No, Yes

According to the press release and the Museum’s Director Greg Grams, "My family and I are excited to host this unique event. There aren’t many times a family can come out to a tiny town of only 200 residents, enjoy good food, music and see a phenomenal display of classic and vintage cars plus see some automobiles from famous movies without traveling all the way to Hollywood."  The Volo museum is one of the larger auto museums in the country with a huge inventory of classic vehicles, military vehicles as well as the TV and Movie cars. The science fiction genre has been represented at the museum by the Ghostbusters car, KITT, the Batmobile, and an authentic Tucker, featured in the film of the same name. The museum’s Spring Auto Fair and Car Corral is May 24th and 25th from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission is $9 to the event.  More info available at


Car Trek
For a science fiction show set three hundred years in the future, the various Star Trek series actually features automobiles quite often.  The Original Series episode "Bread and Circuses" features the Jupiter 8 and Kirk famously struggled driving a vintage car in "Piece of the Action." The Animated Series featured a variety of land based vehicles, although not standard automobiles.  Deep Space Nine and Enterprise featured cars in many of its time travel episodes and on the holodeck, especially Julian Bashir’s James Bond adventures. 

Kirk: Are you afraid of cars?
Spock: Not at all. It’s your driving that alarms me.

The show with the most emphasis on cars was Star Trek Voyager because of Tom Paris’ fascination with North American 20th Century history.  The USS Voyager found a 1936 Ford truck in the Delta Quadrant in "The 37s" and both the Doctor and Tom used cars for romance on the holodeck. And the first car chase in Star Trek history actually not the infamous Agro scene in  Star Trek Nemesis, but a chase featured in the Voyager episode "Future’s End, Part 2"

Paris works on a virtual Camaro



And the Trek car tradition will continue. The new Star Trek film is known to feature at least two cars. Young Jim Kirk will be seen driving a Corvette around Iowa, and a futuristic car will feature in a scene at Starfleet Academy.

More on cars and Trek at Memory Alpha.



1. DJT - May 19, 2008

I used to drive a truck like that actually at one time.

They don’t make ’em like they used to, I guess.

2. gary - May 19, 2008

Does it have warp speed? hee hee…

3. SChaos1701 - May 19, 2008

I want it.

4. helenofpeel - May 19, 2008

if you can get it up to 83 mph, it’s secret flux-capacitor will kick in …

5. Captain Otter - May 19, 2008

6 grand for a GM rust bomb? I don’t care if Shat’s butt sweat is still in the passenger seat. It ain’t worth more than $800.

6. Phaser....where are youuu? - May 19, 2008

“I don’t care if Shat’s butt sweat is still in the passenger seat.”

#5 EWWweees!

7. CmdrR - May 19, 2008

Wow, Otter. That was a stopper. I just don’t have anything higher on the crude meter.

Love car auctions, but it’s kinda hard to get excited about a 1976 non-descript pick-up truck, regardless of the seat condition.

How bout the truck that smashed Joan Collins in the mush? That must be worth something.

8. Desertrat - May 19, 2008

1965 Ford Truck please.

I’m sorry that ever got away from me in college.

9. Xai - May 19, 2008

$6 K for a Chevy POS?

Whew is right.

10. jeffv88 - May 19, 2008

oh come on Shats butt sweat is an important part of tv/movie history u could bottle it and sell it for a s*** load its worth more than some dumb kidney stone im sure

11. jeffv88 - May 19, 2008

when does the Camaro go on sale he he he =D

12. Deck Officer - May 19, 2008

Does it come with a tire iron?

13. Denise de Arman - May 19, 2008

helenofpeel#4- When the flux-capacitor kicks in, I assume the truck will takes its driver back to San Francisco, late 80’s, with Spock and Kirk seated next to him/her in the front seat – I am bidding on that truck!

14. Haynes1701 - May 19, 2008

Only if Gillian comes with the truck…

15. shat hands - May 19, 2008

I always loved that scene in voyage home.

I always wondered if the “naive” spock was the inspiration for Data in a small way?

Wish I had the cash!

16. Xai - May 19, 2008

Is the “I brake for whales” bumper sticker still attached?

17. Richard Daystrom - May 19, 2008

I’m with you Capt. Otter. I’m not paying that much for an old GM and I don’t care whose ass was in the seat! Ford Tough!

18. AJ - May 19, 2008


I have to ask, but, if I had a vial of William Shatner’s actual “butt sweat”, would you take the truck for free on the side?

I’ve had one of Catherine Hicks’s for years (running for cover).

19. That One Guy - May 19, 2008

I don’t know who to side with on this one. On one hand, it would be cool to say that I own the Trek Truck. But on the other, it really is a piece of junk. I think I’m going to have to side with CmdrR and Otter on this one. Denise, sorry. Unless you think that that piece of junk can make it to Vegas… no. It also probably gets, what, 12 miles to the gallon?

I want to ride my biCYcLE, I want to ride my bike much more than drive a beat-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking, nerf-herder like this truck.

However, I will gladly take the Camaro. Why couldn’t Trek have had George Takei driving a funky pink Miata? That would make life so much easier.

Also, if this next movie features Zachary Quinto’s or Chris Pine’s “ass-sweat,” as the term has been come to be known on this site, in a Miata, I would pay hand-over-fist for it.

20. Captain Otter - May 19, 2008

A vial of Shat sweat might be worth something. Slap a little on, go to a Trek Con, slide up next to a green-painted she-geek and let her get a whiff… it’s always the green chicks.

21. Wheeli - May 19, 2008

Hey guys the Camaro doesn’t exist, it was a virtual Camaro on the Holideck

22. George Myers - May 19, 2008

“Too much LDS at Berkley…yes no Italian,,,you like Italian.” or something, it’s a funny scene stealer. I hope it goes into another collection. “Remember where we parked!”

23. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - May 19, 2008

Hey I live 30 minutes from there. Maybe I’ll take my new Weatherbea 300 Magnum over there and put it out of it’s misery

24. Robert Bernardo - May 19, 2008

A cracked englne block?! O.K., the truck is worth less than $300 now. :-)

25. SolFlyer - May 19, 2008


Only 83?!?
That’s pretty good. The Delorean had to get up to 88.

26. Green-Blooded-Bastard - May 19, 2008

That “future car” in the new Trek movie is the Aptera:

The first prototype got 230 miles/gallon. Welcome to the future!

27. Xplodin' Nacelle - May 19, 2008

Does it come w/ the ” I Heart Whales” bumper sticker? – LOL

28. Krik Semaj - May 19, 2008

I doubt the Aptera will be used as a “future” car prop in the movie. It is already in production now. Kirk is probably using it on campus for some reason – maybe just showing off another antique he came across to the other students.
We will find out in a year.

29. That One Guy - May 19, 2008


I THOUGHT it was 88 mph. Once again, someone has saved me the trouble of the Google Search. Or Wikipedia. Thank you for that minor insignificant favor.

I also doubt that this truck can make 83. I SINCERELY doubt it can. Maybe if it were dropped from about… 1000 feet? I’d run the calculations, but I hate math. Calculus makes me cry at night…

30. Buckaroohawk - May 19, 2008

That’s a lot of money for a truck that smokes. Didn’t anyone tell it how unhealthy that habit is?

Of course, it was built in the 1970s. Everybody smoked back then, and old habits are hard to break.

31. Denise de Arman - May 19, 2008

ThatGuy#29- Calculus made me cry during class, in the cafeteria, in the hallways, in the school parking lot…

32. don_sturdy - May 19, 2008

All GM products come with the cracked block option at no extra charge.

33. Kayla Iacovino - May 19, 2008

@ #16 That would just seal the deal!

34. Kayla Iacovino - May 19, 2008

@ 29, 25, 4… It IS 88 MPH! HAD to correct that mistake as a huge BTTF fan. Sorry, had to do it.

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36. subatoi - May 20, 2008

A. Why do they sell it? Why not keep it in the museum? They sell everything Trek these days. A bit sad…

B. I remember cars on ENT (Carpenter Street, Carbon Creek), but on DS9 I only remember some on Far Beyond the Stars. Bashir had any?

37. DJ Neelix - May 20, 2008

@ 26 I’m always happy to see enviromenatal cars being produced, but man, why does it have to be so darn ugly!? Streamline efficiancy I guess.

38. AJ - May 20, 2008

Is it autographed?

39. toddk - May 20, 2008

I’d buy it if i could..Because “It’s that truck” but i’m broke as usual..

In the photo , Look closely at the back of the truck, Youll see a miniature woman riding in back.. I swear….Okay , so it’s just an illusion..just like my dreams of owning that truck..:)

40. Biodredd - May 20, 2008

Actually, regardless of the condition of the truck’s engine block, it still worth more then the “car experts” on this site believe. The fact that its a prop that appeared on screen and can be verified as such, make it more valuable to collectors.

Fat chance anyone will see this vehicle sold for $300 or less. It more likely that if this is an auction, the price will exceed the $5,000+ price tag listed.

41. NCC-73515 - May 20, 2008

I’d like to have the BTTF DeLorean…

42. JLP - May 20, 2008

I totally took Greg Grams to a Poison Concert a few years ago.

43. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - May 20, 2008

Chevy haters-
Ford =Found On Road Dead–Forgotten On Race Day–Filthy Old Rusty Dustbucket.

But yes, that Chevy is crap. Not everything is collectible. And I should add as a bit of info that the truck that appeared in the speaking scenes while Gillian is driving is not this one. More than likely that truck had a camera rig attached to it and was driven by someone else or towed behind another vehicle. This would be the truck she peeled out in front of the cetacean institute in.

44. Anthony Pascale - May 20, 2008

I have seen all sorts of arguments pop up here. TOS v TNG, Remastered v Original, even annoying red v blue political debates

never thought i would see Ford v Chevy

45. Cobra Commander - May 20, 2008

I guess with a cracked block I won’t be driving it back to Kentucky, eh?

Funny that in 1986 that truck was only 10 years old.

My 1998 Windstar with 140,000 miles is ten years old and it still looks brand new!

They really DON’T make them like they used to! (Thankfully!)

46. Robert Bernardo - May 20, 2008

Anthony Pascale wrote:

> never thought i would see Ford v Chevy

O.K., let’s throw a Dodge truck into the mix! :-D

47. Xplodin' Nacelle - May 20, 2008

On a serious note: somebody (CBS perhaps?) should buy it, donate it, & have MIT, or Carnegie Mellon students convert it to an all electric vehicle. They have to replace the powerplant anyway, they might as well go green. TVH is already famous for being in an environmentally aware movie that converting the auctioned truck to electric would grab headlines. Let’s face it Trek needs all the good plublicity it can get, something like that could be a great PR move.

48. Thomas - May 20, 2008

47. Sounds like a good idea on paper, but that truck’s gotta weigh, what, two tons? It would take a lot of power to get a truck that heavy moving.

49. DesiluTrek - May 20, 2008

I’m still looking for a good deal on a 1968 Jupiter 8.

50. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - May 20, 2008


Now yer talkin’. I got a couple of ’em myself. Run pretty dang good too. That is after ya’ replace the tranny and work on the front end. But hoowee, do they go! And at $3.67 a gallon (sorry Europe, but that’s expensive to me) I’ve got no more money problems. No more money, no more problem.

51. monger - May 20, 2008

I’d put up at most $1000 for that and only because 1. it had Catherine Hicks’ ass on it, and
2. mostly I’d use it to haul gravel.

52. Xplodin' Nacelle - May 20, 2008

Re: #48

My idea was to have the bed lined w/ solar panels or a hydrogen fuel cell. I know that there are X-Prize like competitons involing colleges nationwide. I’m sure that someone could find a way to motivate it. The main idea is for that old junker to get people thinking about the future of our planet, & as a result tie it into Trek.

53. Mickey MET - May 20, 2008

>>40. Biodredd
. . . Fat chance anyone will see this vehicle sold for $300 or less. It more likely that if this is an auction, the price will exceed the $5,000+ price tag listed.<<

PT Barnum said it best, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” He was, of course thinking of all Chevy truck buyers. . .

The truth is that truck will exceed the $300, but won’t come close to the 5K price, even with it being a movie prop. If I’m wrong, so be it. Now if it was a DODGE product, it of course wouldn’t be a problem exceeding that value (assuming the transmission still shifted).

54. demon barber of starfleet - May 20, 2008


I’ve only seen a few episodes of Voyager but I’m finding the one with the Camaro. Best car ever and one of my bigger obsessions. Camaro + Star Trek = LOVE.

55. Mickey MET - May 20, 2008

>>48. Thomas – May 20, 2008
47. Sounds like a good idea on paper, but that truck’s gotta weigh, what, two tons? It would take a lot of power to get a truck that heavy moving.<<

That is very true, but assuming it was a 1/2 ton to begin with and was probably an old #001 cast Chevy 350, with an automatic (Turbo 400?), together that’s 1/4 to 1/3 of the weight. But a steep hill with a windmill attached might run the AM/8-track radio for the duration of the trip downhill. . . . That’s as close to being a green truck it could probably get.

56. Darth Quixote - May 21, 2008

I’m a huge fan of both Star Trek and Chevy pickups, yet even I have to laugh at 6,000 for that rust bomb.

57. AJ - May 21, 2008

Maybe the museum should have it fixed before they sell it? I’ll take it, if they throw in Axel Foley’s “crappy blue Chevy Nova” from Beverly Hills Cop.

58. Tony2448 - May 22, 2008

It looked like crap over 20 years ago I wonder how bad it is now. Top bid is $150, and seller pays for the smog check

59. Mark Lynch - May 22, 2008

If this goes for more than £7.50 including delivery and VAT the buyer will have been robbed….

I am a big ST fan but even I can’t see why anyone would want this, especially taking account of the stupidly inflated price.

60. Xplodin' Nacelle - May 22, 2008

At the very least some environmentalist Trek fan should buy this. Get it stripped of all grease, oil, plastic, etc. Then have it dragged out to sea, & sunk as a future coral reef.

There is a recent article on that talks about them doing this old subway cars that are worn out.

Any gearhead can fix up an old Chevy truck, but only a Trek fan could turn it into a media event spotlighting a greener future!

61. Bill K. - May 22, 2008

I scrapped an ’86 Suburban a few weeks ago and got $500 for it. So it’s worth at least that much, depending on what they’re paying where you take it and how much crap you fill it with. Most places are paying $200 or more a ton right now.

$6000 is a lot for one of those, movie or not, with a cracked block – but Chevy motors are a dime a dozen, it wouldn’t be that big a deal to fix it. The best part is to make it movie-authentic, you can leave it looking like crap. I think some people forget they might have bought a better truck then you saw, the character wasn’t supposed to be rich or anything, it’s entirely possible someone purposely doctored it to look more beat up than it was, for filming.

62. Xplodin' Nacelle - May 23, 2008

Rusted Sunken Truck = Coral Reef = Habitat for small fish such as Haddock = Food for Humpback Whales = Nutrients for the species = Allows whales to to thrive, having a dinner spot for about 100 years till Truck completely disintegrates sometime in the 22nd century..

Sounds like a good legacy to me for a TVH prop.

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