What Truck Does Clint Eastwood Drive in Cry Macho?

Cry Macho is a 2021 Western film starring Clint Eastwood. This Hollywood celebrity also produced and directed the movie. The story is set in 1980 and follows a retired rodeo star hired to transport a rancher’s son from his mother’s home in Mexico City to his father’s ranch in Texas. Clint Eastwood is a classic truck aficionado, so its unsurprising that during this road-trip action movie, his character drives several beautiful vintage vehicles.

Cry Macho: Clint Eastwood drives a 1949 or 1950 Chevrolet Pickup Truck

Steve McQueen's 1949 Chevrolet 3100 pickup truck. In Cry Macho, Clint Eastwood's character also drives a 1949 or 1950 Chevrolet pickup truck | Mark RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images
1949 Chevrolet 3100 pickup truck | Mark RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images

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Eastwood plays a cowboy named Mike Milo. The film’s opening scene, set in 1979, shows Milo arriving at the ranch where he works. He is playing country music and driving an old Chevrolet truck. Milo’s truck is either a 1949 or 1950 Chevrolet pickup.

The truck is a green, standard cab, light-duty pickup. Chevy outfitted it with a classic, step-side bed. Milo’s truck features a floor-mounted manual shifter. It appears a bit worn down, wearing some patina on the chrome. But overall, it is in surprisingly good shape after 30 years of ranch duty. This 1950 Chevrolet is one of the most popular pickup trucks of all time. It is the perfect vehicle for Eastwood’s character.

This truck is from Chevrolet’s “Advance-Design” series. GM made these pickups from 1947 through 1955. But Milo’s truck does not have the 1947-1949 “Thriftmaster” badges. In addition, it does not have the vent window that debuted in 1951. Therefore, Milo’s truck must be a late 1949 or a 1950 model year pickup.

The 1976-1980 Chevrolet Suburban Silverado is the perfect road trip SUV

This is a vintage promo photo of a two-tone 1985 Chevrolet Suburban. In Cry Macho, Clint Eastwood's character drives a similar Chevrolet Suburban to Mexico | General Motors
1985 Chevy Suburban | General Motors

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The next scene in Cry Macho is one year later, presumably sometime in 1980. Milo has traded in his trusty Chevy truck. In its place, he is driving a seventh generation or “square body” Chevrolet Suburban.

Milo’s four-door SUV is finished in a tan and brown two-tone paint scheme. It has a tan vinyl interior. Someone has removed its Chevrolet bowtie grille badge, but it still wears its Silverado trim-level badges. It is equipped with an automatic transmission.

Milo drives the full-frame SUV down to Mexico to find his boss’s son. The Suburban proves the perfect road trip vehicle, with plenty of room for cargo, passengers, and even a chicken.

Clint Eastwood in Cry Macho | HBO

The Chevrolet Suburban is the longest-running vehicle nameplate still in production. GM offered the seventh generation Suburban from 1973 through 1991, making it the longest-running generation of the Suburban. Chevy built the Suburban on the C/K series platform and, in North America, only offered it as a 4-door SUV. Milo’s Suburban is a “Silverado” trim level. The Suburban Silverado was only available after the 1975 model year. So Chevy must have built this SUV between 1976 and 1980 (when the movie takes place).

In Cry Macho, Clint Eastwood steals a 1963 Ford Falcon 

Blue-green 1963 Ford Falcon Futura at a classic car event. In Cry Macho, Clint Eastwood steals a 1963 Ford Falcon  | Araya Doheny/Getty Images
1963 Ford Falcon Futura  | Araya Doheny/Getty Images

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[Spoiler Alert] Tragedy strikes when thieves steal Milo’s Suburban. He and his traveling companion, the rancher’s son Rafo, walk into the nearest town. There, Rafo “borrows” an old Ford Falcon sedan. The two of them then drive the old four-door car to the border. They have some mechanical issues en route, and the car is torn apart during a police search. But it is still running into the final moments of the movie.

The compact car not only proves itself mechanically, but it has plenty of room for their luggage and pet chicken. Its paint is a very faded blue-green color over a turquoise vinyl interior. The car appears to be equipped with a two-speed automatic transmission and an inline six-cylinder engine.

Ford built the Falcon from 1960 through 1970. The Falcon was the first compact car built by one of Detroit’s “Big Three.” But overshadowed by the Mustang, the Falcon is one of the ten most forgotten Fords. The manufacturer offered the vehicle in many configurations. The sedan Mike Milo and Rafo borrow appears to have the vertical grille slats of the 1963 Ford Falcon.

A 1980 Mercedes Benz 380 SEL is Cry Macho’s final getaway car

Vintage promo photo of a Mercedes-Benz 380 SEL US model for the year 1982. In Cry Macho, Clint Eastwood's character drives away in a 380 SEL at the film's conclusion. | Daimler Company
1982 Mercedes-Benz 380 SEL | Daimler Company

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[Spoiler Alert] A henchman named Aurelio catches up to Milo and Rafo before they cross the border into Texas. He is driving a brand-new 1980 Mercedes-Benz. The sturdy Mercedes, one of the best cars for a demolition derby, is the perfect vehicle to stop Milo. Aurelio uses his powerful car to ram the Falcon off the road.

But Milo and the chicken team up to take Aurelio’s gun, then Milo steals the bad guy’s car. Milo drops Rafo at the border, then drives back into Mexico to dance with a woman he met during his adventures. He may have lost his Chevrolet Suburban and totaled his borrowed Ford Falcon, but he has gained a new Mercedes Sedan. It is a beautiful car to drive off into the sunset to start his new life.

This Mercedes is a black sedan with a black interior. All 380 SELs had four doors and were equipped with a V8 engine. Milo’s Mercedes’ badging is clearly visible. 1980 was the first year of the Mercedes 380 SEL.

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