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Posted at 6:08 PM ET, 11/22/2010

The John Riggins Signature Series Pick-Up

By Dan Steinberg

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)


There's a long proud history of people posting remarkable old John Riggins ads for Ford trucks. See, most notably, this one of Riggins rapping. Riggins himself recently added another one to the Internet, featuring the 1983 John Riggins Signature Series Pick-Up, done in burgundy with gold inlaid wheels and gold pin-striping and his signature on the side (though not actually this signature, obviously.)

Were any of these actually sold? Not sure, but Riggins discussed the campaign when it first started airing. Via The Post archives:

Nowadays, you see Riggins on commercials, for Ford and a local law firm. Such work prompts offensive guard Mark May to wonder aloud, "Can you imagine how much that law firm must have paid Riggo to get him to sit there in a three-piece suit and smile?"

And Riggins said, "Why did I do the commercials? I did them for my kids. One of these days, they'll probably want to go to college....This (the television commercials) wouldn't have been possible if we hadn't won the Super Bowl last year. So I have a chance to pick up some extra income. Anyway, I thought I looked pretty good in my three-piece suit."

At least one of Riggins's spots for D.C.-area Ford dealers won a National Automobile Dealers Association/Television Bureau of Advertising Award. And the fact that he drove a pickup made it to the lede of a WaPo trend piece about pickup trucks going from the country into the city. Here's the ad he just uploaded:

By Dan Steinberg  | November 22, 2010; 6:08 PM ET
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I saw one of these at a gas station in central Virginia south of Charlottesville about 2 or 3 years ago. I was pumping gas across from the guy and saw the signature on the back fender and asked him about it. He said he bought it back in the day and was a big fan. I had never heard or seen of it before, and I thought I was a big Skins fan.
So yeah, at least one dude bought one.

Posted by: armchairlinebacker | November 22, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Gawd, I wish I'd been old enough to buy one . . . Ironic or earnest: it'd work in every situation.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | November 23, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Borrowed one once to move a washer and dryer. So at least two people bought one. The one we used was beautiful and new. We scratched bed dragging the washer.

Posted by: innis3 | November 23, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

I recalled seeing one many years ago, in the Southern Maryland area. It was a good-looking truck.

Posted by: stevorama1 | November 23, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I recalled seeing one many years ago, in the Southern Maryland area. It was a good-looking truck.

Posted by: stevorama1 | November 23, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I own one of these trucks.It has 55,000 on the motor . I replaced the tranny with 38,000 my daughter was driving it at the time. I have basicly restore the truck. It sits in the garage now barely being used . The paint & pin stripes are beauitful like showroom . I still have all the orginal paper work. I have change the rubber on it to Goodyear , mud & snow . No rust . Truck is not for sale~

Posted by: doggydodo | November 26, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

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