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What kind of tow truck is Mater?

Postby Pixar Builder » Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:48 am

Yeah I know he's supposed to be a generic tow truck, but even "generic" has to be based off of something right? I mean all of the other Cars in the films seem to be based off of some real life existing automobile but what is Mater based off of/ most closely resembles?
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Re: What kind of tow truck is Mater?

Postby Modeltrainman » Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:54 am

I believe he's a 1951 Chevy. Also based on a 1951 International Harvester towtruck. One of those two. I think it says in Art of Cars.
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Re: What kind of tow truck is Mater?

Postby Flik-E » Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:46 pm

He's a Tuh-Mater, but without the TUH!
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Re: What kind of tow truck is Mater?

Postby thedriveintheatre » Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:22 pm

There's a pic of the tow-truck that inspired him on the inside page of The Art of Cars. You can try post it on a car forum and see if anyone has the answer.

Wikipedia says:

He is voiced by Larry the Cable Guy, and was inspired by a 1951 International Harvester[1][2] tow truck but bears more of a resemblance to a 1955-57 Chevrolet or GMC; the actual inspiration may be the 1955-56 version since the hood which Mater recovers at the end of the film after a twenty-year absence lacks the "gunsights" of the 1957 model.


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The consensus on IMCDB is that he is a Chevrolet 3800. IMCDB is a movie car-identification database, and I have used it frequently because I'm a car-chase aficiniado. ;)

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Debates on IMCDB have speculated him from a 56' Dodge to a '55 Ford.

I think the truth lies somewhere in between. Mater is not so much an actual model as more of an amalgation of several, just like Lightning. ;)
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Re: What kind of tow truck is Mater?

Postby Pixar Builder » Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:48 pm

Oh yeah, I can sort of see the resemblance of Mater within those trucks.

Although you do raise a very good question thedriveintheater- what sort of car was Lightning based off of or most closely resembles?
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Re: What kind of tow truck is Mater?

Postby Modeltrainman » Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:54 pm

Lightning is just a generic stockcar.
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Re: What kind of tow truck is Mater?

Postby somethingguy912 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 3:16 pm

if it's 2004, then he most closely resembles the latest Chevrolet Monte Carlo Stock Car, which has been the most commonly used stock car for such Nascar Races, or the Piston Cup in this case. The King is also another brief stock car, the 1974 Dodge Daytona and Chick Hicks an older version of the Monte Carlo, about the 1980's version of Monte Carlo.
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Re: What kind of tow truck is Mater?

Postby ellie-jessie-eve » Wed May 25, 2011 10:00 pm

A rusty one. :P
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Re: What kind of tow truck is Mater?

Postby HaloCod » Thu May 26, 2011 9:11 pm

Mater is a Chevrolet 3800. You can look at it on google.
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Re: What kind of tow truck is Mater?

Postby HotWaterFord » Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:20 am

Mater is loosely based on a 1957 or 58 Chevy 3500. Body lines on front fenders and doors are from that model. Headline more closely resemble a 1957 Ford (Less eyebrow than the Chevy).
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Re: What kind of tow truck is Mater?

Postby ObsessedWithPixar » Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:18 am

According to the Meet The Cars book, he's a Haulital brand Hook 'em truck. I don't think that's a real brand or model of vehicle, but then again, I'm not as car-savvy as I wish I was...
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Re: What kind of tow truck is Mater?

Postby Jeff Farmer » Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:20 pm

Animations are always a combination of reality and dream. But still, it would be fun if there is a real life model of mater the tow truck!

http://www.towingarlingtonva.com
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Re: What kind of tow truck is Mater?

Postby jacksmith69 » Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:30 am

The tow truck Mater is a different type of truck called boom trucks. Boom trucks are the one that have a crane attached to the end to lift heavy objects, which can also be used to lift cars to tow them. I guess since the character Mater is based on a 1950s tow truck, all tow trucks back then perhaps used to have a crane attached or were a type of boom truck. I actually asked my uncle who runs a tow truck in Houston (Marvel Towing), he says that most tow trucks are flatbeds these days (they are more safe) & you rarely find these boom tow trucks.

This is a boom truck
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/32/1980s_style_tow_truck.jpg

This is a flatbed.
http://marveltowing.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Marvel_Towing_Ferrari_Tow-600-x-400.jpg

Anyways Mater wouldn’t have been any better if it had been a flatbed, lol.
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Re: What kind of tow truck is Mater?

Postby Mawazo » Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:49 am

Its most likely to be a '55 Ford.

You may have a look at other similar or related trucks at https://wpbtowingservice.com/
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