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The Collective: Star Trek IV Truck For Sale

Trekmovie.com 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 volocars.com

 

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

 

[STAR TREK MOVIE SPOILERS]

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.

 

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May 19, 2008 2:18 pm

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

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

gary
May 19, 2008 2:19 pm

Does it have warp speed? hee hee…

SChaos1701
May 19, 2008 2:22 pm

I want it.

May 19, 2008 2:26 pm

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

Captain Otter
May 19, 2008 2:36 pm

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.

May 19, 2008 2:44 pm

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

#5 EWWweees!

CmdrR
May 19, 2008 2:53 pm

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.

Desertrat
May 19, 2008 3:01 pm

1965 Ford Truck please.

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

Xai
May 19, 2008 3:01 pm

$6 K for a Chevy POS?

Whew is right.

jeffv88
May 19, 2008 3:14 pm

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

jeffv88
May 19, 2008 3:16 pm

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

Deck Officer
May 19, 2008 3:24 pm

Does it come with a tire iron?

Denise de Arman
May 19, 2008 3:26 pm

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!

Haynes1701
May 19, 2008 3:36 pm

Only if Gillian comes with the truck…

shat hands
May 19, 2008 3:48 pm

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!

Xai
May 19, 2008 3:55 pm

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

Richard Daystrom
May 19, 2008 4:06 pm

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!

AJ
May 19, 2008 4:29 pm

Otter:

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).

That One Guy
May 19, 2008 4:31 pm

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.

Captain Otter
May 19, 2008 4:51 pm

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.

Wheeli
May 19, 2008 5:00 pm

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

May 19, 2008 5:11 pm

“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!”

Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar
May 19, 2008 5:13 pm

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

Robert Bernardo
May 19, 2008 5:48 pm

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

SolFlyer
May 19, 2008 5:55 pm

#4

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

Green-Blooded-Bastard
May 19, 2008 6:05 pm

That “future car” in the new Trek movie is the Aptera:
http://www.aptera.com/

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

Xplodin' Nacelle
May 19, 2008 6:51 pm

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

Krik Semaj
May 19, 2008 6:57 pm

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.

That One Guy
May 19, 2008 7:11 pm

25,

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…

Buckaroohawk
May 19, 2008 7:54 pm

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.

Denise de Arman
May 19, 2008 8:00 pm

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

don_sturdy
May 19, 2008 8:50 pm

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

May 19, 2008 9:13 pm

@ #16 That would just seal the deal!

May 19, 2008 9:15 pm

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

May 19, 2008 11:31 pm

[…] Someone is selling the truck from Star Trek IV for $5,595. [trekmovie] […]

subatoi
May 20, 2008 1:15 am

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?

DJ Neelix
May 20, 2008 1:48 am

@ 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.

AJ
May 20, 2008 2:13 am

Is it autographed?

toddk
May 20, 2008 3:11 am

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..:)

Biodredd
May 20, 2008 5:49 am

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.

NCC-73515
May 20, 2008 6:36 am

I’d like to have the BTTF DeLorean…

JLP
May 20, 2008 8:31 am

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

THX-1138 The Fandom Menace
May 20, 2008 11:43 am

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.

May 20, 2008 12:10 pm

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

Cobra Commander
May 20, 2008 1:21 pm

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!)

Robert Bernardo
May 20, 2008 1:31 pm

Anthony Pascale wrote:

> never thought i would see Ford v Chevy

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

Xplodin' Nacelle
May 20, 2008 5:33 pm

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.

Thomas
May 20, 2008 6:14 pm

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.

DesiluTrek
May 20, 2008 8:24 pm

I’m still looking for a good deal on a 1968 Jupiter 8.
http://tinyurl.com/6rczxp

THX-1138 The Fandom Menace
May 20, 2008 8:51 pm

#46

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.

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