Dallas Drives: the cars used in the series

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    This car was a perfect Jock car. If you weren't around at the time, I'll describe it the best I can:

    You are a man of means. Successful and confident. You want a car that shows your status in the world.

    Do you drive a Corvette? No, that is for people on the way up-- but you've already arrived.

    Do you buy an expensive European car like Mark Graison drove? Don't be silly. Those guys are trying too hard and that is simply not your style.

    So, how about a loaded up Cadillac? Hmm... interesting, but no. You don't want a car that flaunts your wealth. You are successful enought that you don't NEED to impress people.

    The fine and expensive car for a person of success is the same as a fine cologne. It doesn't jump out at you-- it waits to be noticed.

    Just look Jock's Lincoln. Everything about it says "success". The hidden headlights hinting at technology baked into the car. The long hood hinting at the power on tap. The big grill, charging through the wind. Even the turn signals look like expensive coach lights, inviting you to look, but not quite inviting you inside.

    Wait! That car is long, wide, and handsome. But a two door? Why, of course! No reason for the owner to sit in the back seat to be chauffeured around. A man of this much power prefers to drive himself.

    Oh, yes. In Texas a man like Jock would drive a Lincoln and nothing less.


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    Very good points indeed! Lincoln Mark V's were classy cars. One wonders what Jock would have been driving if he had lived to the end of the original series in 1991.
     
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    The worst cars during the show's run had to be the car Sue Ellen stole at the end of season 2, and Mark Graison's truly awful vehicle - how John Beck drove that with a straight face I'll never know.

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    This is the 1991 version of Jock's Lincoln. I can picture him driving it.
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    And this is exactly what's wrong with the later seasons. They wanted to establish that Mark Graison was rich so they had him in that rediculous car. WE UNDERSTAND THAT HE IS RICH. Trust your audience, writers.
     
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    I remember that brown Pontiac Le Mans with the keys in the ignition that Sue Ellen stole during her drunken attempt to escape the sanatorium.

    I agree, Mark Graison's Zimmer was hideous. Neo-classic autos had a niche market in the 1980's but look really garish today.

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    Agreed! Carter McKay also drove the 1990-1997 generation Town Car during his time. I could see Jock doing the same.

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    Nice pic, Michelle Stevens. A perfect car for Carter Mckay.

    So, many of you know that I do TV and movie lighting and I'm very much a geek about behind the scenes stuff. In fact, I drive my friends crazy by freezing a scene, or backing it up a million times when a behind-the-scenes issue pops up. Here are some things that I think are cool.

    The Dukes of Hazzard
    shared a back lot with Dallas, and occasionally the producers would borrow cars from the Dukes lot:

    Uncle Jesse's truck from Dukes of Hazzard driven by Wes Parmalee
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    Boss Hogg's Cadillac from Dukes of Hazzard parked in front of Southfork
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    Hazzard County 1977 Dodge Monoco with Braddock County decals
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    I always thought JR should have stayed with the Mercedes S-class although by 1990/91 the S-class of that era was not the finest, it looked bulky and ungainly. So I can understand why they ended up with JR in the Cadillac.

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    You can tell that this was all filmed before product placement was such a big thing. Today, all of the cars would be Cadillacs, or Lincolns, or Mercedes.
     
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