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Below is a sampling of the many trucks on display in our Trucking Hall of Fame® Exhibit Hall. Check out our app for more information, photos, and an audio recording for each truck.  Click here to download.

1933 Ford Paddy Wagon

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Ford V8 Gasoline

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Truck Information:
Paddy Wagon is a term dating back to the 1930s referring to a police van. This 1933 Ford A wasn't originally made to be a Paddy Wagon. We loaned it to a movie company to use in F.I.S.T (1978) starring Sylvester Stallone, and they turned it into one. In the movie, F.I.S.T. stands for Federation of Inter-State Truckers. Stallone plays a truck driver and union organizer named Johnny Kovak. There is a scene in it where his character gets beat up and thrown into the back of this Paddy Wagon. It was Stallone's first movie after Rocky. The movie is set in Cleveland in 1937, but it was actually shot in Dubuque, IA. The chassis of the truck is a real 1933 Ford; the body, however, was remade of plywood and painted in the correct colors of a real Cleveland police vehicle from the '30s. The siren, horns, and everything about it is correct for the Cleveland Police Department in 1937. During the time of the film, Ford Model A's were commonly used as Paddy Wagons, and now the Ford Motor Company has an entire fleet dedicated to police vehicles. Top Speed: 65 MPH

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